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8 Playful & Modern Pirate Party Ideas

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Pirate Party Homemade Cake

If you’re on a *treasure* hunt for creative pirate party ideas… X marks THIS spot! 😉

I’m excited to share this Pirate Party theme with you today. It features one of my favorite color combos and lots of playful (& totally doable! 🙌) ideas.

Scroll down for a closer peek at everything, including:

    • 3-ingredient Caribbean Punch
    • cheeky Pirate Bananas
    • “X Marks the Spot” DIY Loot Bags
    • and more!

Pirate Party Printables

My Pirate Birthday printables are available in our store. They make it so EASY to add pro designer style & personalization to your event. It’s like instant branding for your party! 🙌Click here to shop now.

P.S. This theme is also available in a Pirate Baby Shower version!

Pirate Party Printables

1. Pirate Letters

These paper mache letters are a great way to personalize the party too. In addition to pirate phrases, try decorating the name or initials of the guest of honor!

Start with plain paper mache letters (widely available at most craft stores and online). Then, paint them gold and add crafty pirate-inspired elements like seashells, twine, eye patches, and colorful glass beads for “treasure”.

Pirate Party Decorations - Paper Mache Letters

2. “Caribbean Sea” Pirate Party Punch

This tasty party punch will have pint-sized pirates beggin’ for more! To make it, combine 1 gallon of Berry Blue Typhoon Hawaiian Punch, 2 liters of lemon-lime soda, and 32 oz white grape juice.

Pirate Party Punch

Serve in a drink dispenser embellished with pirate-y trims like nautical rope, chains, and giant craft jewels. Get the party punch label here.

3. Jolly Roger Jello Ships

Cute toppers are for more than just cupcakes! Little ones will love these fun & colorful jello pirate ship snacks. Click here for the tutorial.

Jolly Roger Jello Ships - Pirate Party Food

4. Pirate Bananas

Proof that even “healthy” party treats can bring smiles. (P.S. This a fun “anytime” surprise for lunch boxes too!)

Pirate Bananas - Pirate Party Food

5. Pirate Party Sandwiches

Cookie Cutters make sandwiches (or “sandys”) fun too!

I added some crushed potato chips to the PB & Honey for a bit of that awesome salty/sweet combo AND so we could label them our “crunchy skulls”. Get the customizable pirate labels here.

Pirate Party Food - Skull and Shark Sandwiches

6. Homemade Pirate Party Cake

I’m definitely no pro when it comes to cake decorating, but I’ve enjoyed challenging myself to find easy/doable ways to make homemade cakes still look awesome. Gotta say I LOVE how this pirate cake turned out! (See the full pic at the top of the post, and a close-up below.)

Wanna make it for your pirate party, too? Click here for the tutorial.

Pirate Party Cake Decorations

7. Pirate Dress Up Station

What little pirates wouldn’t love to dress like a MATEY?! Use a printable sign to invite them to plunder some goodies to dress up with…

Pirate Party Dress Up Station

And of course, you can never have too much gold at a pirate party… ;)

Pirate Party Gold Chains

8. X Marks the Spot Favor Bags

Send your guests off with a little “loot” before they sail away. These cute DIY favor bags are super easy to make! Click here for the tutorial.

Pirate Party Favor Bags - X Marks the Spot

Hope you’re able to have some fun with these ideas! If you need more inspiration, check out our Pirate Party Archives here on HWTM.

Pirate Party Printables:

Printables are my go-to *secret weapon* for adding style & personalization to any celebration! Click here to customize my Pirate Birthday collection for your own party – instantly, online! 🤗

Pirate Party Printables



  1. @GirlyGirlPartea January 31, 2017 at 11:34 am

    Playful & Modern Pirate Birthday Party Ideas https://t.co/ympVKPb59p

  2. Homes & Weddings June 21, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    How lovely is this! Those pirate bananas are amazing! Cracked me up.

  3. Rebecca June 29, 2017 at 7:27 am

    Hi Jennifer, could I order custom invites from you in the same style as this suite? I love it, but would like a couple more things if that’s possible!

  4. @satsumadesigns August 2, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Argh-uably the cutest pirate party ever! https://t.co/uwzFVoRfPK #birthday #party #Pirates Thx @HWTM_Jenn https://t.co/XpA8ibW5Sv

  5. katymyers@5thavestore.com August 4, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Hi Jennifer,
    These pirate bananas are are very lovely indeed.


  6. Leslie January 14, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    Such cute ideas!

  7. Heidi March 28, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    Oh my goodness, this is adorable. Well done! Love the pirate bananas.

  8. jenn s. March 29, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    Hi Jaimee – They’re available to download in my article on the Fisher-Price website. Here’s the link: https://www.fisher-price.com/en_us/parenting-articles/having-fun-together/pirate-birthday-party-ideas Hope that helps! :)

  9. samia December 4, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    Hi!!!!! I’m trying to find the printables but the page is not allowing to subscribe, therefore I cannot use the printables :(
    They are soooo cute and I would love to use some for my sons bday party!!!Thanks :)

    • jenn s. December 4, 2019 at 4:41 pm

      Just emailed you :)

  10. jenn s. January 2, 2020 at 8:41 am

    just emailed you :)

  11. Justine V February 21, 2020 at 10:37 am

    Hi! I cant seem to find the printables. Anyway i can get it through email?

    • jenn s. February 21, 2020 at 10:56 am

      Hi Justine –
      These printables are available with a Design Hero Membership – which is an all-access pass to ALL the designer printables on my site. You can take a closer look at just this collection here: https://www.hwtm.com/printables/pirate-birthday/ Please let me know if you have any questions! :)

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