Girly Pirate Birthday Party

2/04/2013 09:14:00 AM Posted by mommy2twincesses

For the twins’ 4th birthday they chose a pirate theme for their party. I was pleasantly surprised at all the inexpensive and creative ideas I both came up with and found online, as well as adorable low cost decorations!

When the girls firmly decided on the pirate theme I jumped on to see what I could find that would fit their criteria of “pirate”, “girly”, “not scary”, and most importantly, “PINK”. I was pleased as punch when I came across “Party So Perfect” as they had exactly what we were looking for and her mini-packages were perfectly priced! The transaction was smooth and seamless and I’d highly recommend her for all your party printable needs :o)

After I secured a visual of the theme via the printables, I began to scour the internet for pirate party ideas in general. I hit the jackpot when I found The Notable Nest! This mom blog was chock full of great ideas so all I had to do was put a girly spin on things :o)

Here is the precious invitation:

I found a blank pink foam sign at the Dollar Tree and personalized it to welcome our mates:

The food was prepared and set out when our guests arrived and consisted of:
Cannon Balls (aka meatballs), Parrot Wings (aka hot wings), Peg Legs (aka lil smokies), Polly’s Crackers (aka Ritz crackers), Shark Bait (aka Goldfish crackers), and chips and dip (which I failed at coming up with a clever name for).

The table was strewn with Dollar Tree beads, plastic gold coins, and left over trinkets from the goody bags.

The drinks were in a cooler close by with a sticker above them that said, “Drink up me hearties, yo ho!”

After everyone had their tummies full, I gathered the children in the kitchen to start the adventures of the day! 

We began by drawing new “pirate” names out of a crumpled paper sack that I had written “Pick ye pirate name” on. Along with the name came a number, and this is the order we used (or tried to at least) for the other games. Our pirate names included (you put your real name in the blank): Land Lubber _____, Red Beard _____, Captain _____, Deck Swabber _____, Salty Dog _____, Boney ______ Maroney, Gold Tooth _____, Peg Leg _____, and our only diaper wearer was Poopdeck _____ :o) We ALL got a kick out the pirate names! LOL

After receiving their new names, the crew got “Pirate Loot” bags filled with eye patches, tattoos, a telescope, and an inflatable sword-you know, all the pirate adventure “must haves” (I totally PLANNED on doing bandanas too, but waited too long and it just slipped my mind-I would’ve just purchased a yard or two of skull and cross bone material and cut it in squares).

Now that the gang had appropriate pirate names and garb (which some came decked in to start with) we played our first game-Shark Infested Waters. I simply filled one side of the sink with water and scattered “treasure” (small random sea life toys and mermaids all found at the Dollar Tree) about and tossed in a larger shark to “guard” it. I swirled the water around and the kids took turns reaching in to retrieve treasure while trying to avoid getting “bitten” by the shark. This was surprisingly enough a HUGE hit! 

After everyone had defeated the shark and scored some treasure, I gave them a homemade treasure map to follow! 
The big kids were the ring leaders here and eventually they DID find more treasure, but this time it was “buried”. I filled a plastic shoe box with uncooked rice and hid shells and dismembered yard sale jewelry underneath it. They all had a blast “digging” and the rice stayed outside and didn’t stick to their skin or clothes the way sand would.

Now that they had plenty of treasure, we came back inside and they placed the loot in “oceans in a jar” that I had made up the night before. It’s simply a little vegetable oil and colored water! I would’ve done bottles, but the toys were too big to fit and I had these small jars handy, so I went with what I had. 

With activities and crafts complete we moved on to cake and presents, the kids free played for a bit, and then our guests started to file out.

 Whew! That was FUN!!!!

Happy 4th birrrrrrrthday to my sweet girls!


  1. Kelly Griglione said...

    Hi there! You totally made my day ... SO glad you were able to use some ideas for your party, and so fun to see the photos. Thanks so much for linking back, and for letting me come see. Looks like it was a really fun party. I was surprised too that fishing for things in the sink was such a hit.

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