With movies like Pirates of the Caribbean capturing the attention of people of all ages, and not just children, throwing a birthday party using pirate party supplies is a fun and popular idea. This party doesn’t have to be specifically themed to any particular pirate movie art cartoon, but just be about pirates and it will still be a hit. Here are some ideas to consider when planning and setting up your birthday party using pirate party supplies:
- Fill out pirate themed birthday invitations: these can be store-bought, or you can make them with your children. There are also a plethora of Internet sites with free printable pirate invitations that are full color, or black and white if you choose to color them in and decorate them with your children.
- Make it a costume party: on the invitations, as that each guest come in a pirate costume. Make sure you, as well as all your helpers, are also wearing a pirate costume. That way, the adults in attendance can have just as much fun as the kids.
- If this is a summer party, think outside the box: if you have an in-ground pool, ask that each guest bring their bathing suits and a towel with them. That way, you can have some pool games, and you can pretend the kids are walking off the plank using your diving board.
- Use theater props: in addition to pirate part supplies and a pirate costume dawned by each guest, consider hitting a theater supply company to see if you can rent a treasure chest, some authentic looking plastic swords, some colorful parrots, and maybe even a boat anchor.
When filling up the loot bags for this birthday party, there are a number of goodies you can choose from at big box stores, the dollar store, and on the Internet. Pick up eye patches, plastic shiny coins, periscopes, and compasses. If you can afford the added expense in your budget, consider using sacks made from twill or tweed and, with black fabric or acrylic paint, stencil a skull and cross bones on to each one. That, along with the pirate costume, will add a lot of fun and flair to the party.
Pick up some large sheets of drawing paper, one for each party guest. Two or three days before the birthday party, stain each piece of paper in tea separately and let them dry completely. Take some brown rubber stamp ink (some people refer to it as distress ink), and rub it along the edges of the dried sheets. Create treasure maps on each of these sheets of paper. Hide items throughout your home, or if your yard is large enough, do this outside. Draw out how many paces each guest must take in order to find these treasures. You can step this project up by using a stamp in the shape of a foot to create the path on the map, and stickers or drawings depicting all the areas where the treasures are hidden.