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Pirate Party Food and Recipes for Kids

Updated on August 3, 2012

Pirate Ship Subs

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Pirate Party Food

Ahoy, there! The pirate theme is a classic for birthday parties. There is something about an eye patch, bandanna, parrot and pirate lingo (Argh!) that makes a perfect party. Kids love to dress up as pirates, go on treasure hunts, and eat cool pirate food. These three pirate food ideas will make a well-rounded lunch or dinner for your buccaneer crew. The Pirate Ship Sub makes an awesome main entrée, Melon Cannonballs add a healthy side of fruit, and the Pirate's Gold Snack Mix gives the meal an extra crunch. No matter what age, your pirates will love this swashbuckling line-up.

Ingredients for Pirate Ship Subs

  • sub rolls, whole
  • large pretzel sticks
  • green olives, with pimientos
  • cream cheese
  • deli meat, any type
  • sliced white cheese, such as Baby Swiss or American

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1. Flip the sub over so that the ends point upward, and then carve out the middle to make a boat.2. Insert a large pretzel stick in the center of the bread boat and twist base into bread so that it stays in position as the mast.3. Slice 3-4 rings of green olives.4. Using cream cheese, stick green olive slices onto the side of the bread boat to make portholes.5. Roll one piece of deli meat up and slice in half.6. Position deli meat rolls to look like cannons.7. Roll another deli meat slice and cut in half.  Make a pirate with each half by adding a green olive for the head and the pimiento as the hat.8. Place one pirate on each side of the boat.  Fill in the boat with additional deli meat slices.9. Spread a line of cream cheese on one side of the slice of white cheese and attach it to the pretzel rod to make the sail.10. Add a pirate flag toothpick to complete your pirate ship!
1. Flip the sub over so that the ends point upward, and then carve out the middle to make a boat.
1. Flip the sub over so that the ends point upward, and then carve out the middle to make a boat.
2. Insert a large pretzel stick in the center of the bread boat and twist base into bread so that it stays in position as the mast.
2. Insert a large pretzel stick in the center of the bread boat and twist base into bread so that it stays in position as the mast.
3. Slice 3-4 rings of green olives.
3. Slice 3-4 rings of green olives.
4. Using cream cheese, stick green olive slices onto the side of the bread boat to make portholes.
4. Using cream cheese, stick green olive slices onto the side of the bread boat to make portholes.
5. Roll one piece of deli meat up and slice in half.
5. Roll one piece of deli meat up and slice in half.
6. Position deli meat rolls to look like cannons.
6. Position deli meat rolls to look like cannons.
7. Roll another deli meat slice and cut in half.  Make a pirate with each half by adding a green olive for the head and the pimiento as the hat.
7. Roll another deli meat slice and cut in half. Make a pirate with each half by adding a green olive for the head and the pimiento as the hat.
8. Place one pirate on each side of the boat.  Fill in the boat with additional deli meat slices.
8. Place one pirate on each side of the boat. Fill in the boat with additional deli meat slices.
9. Spread a line of cream cheese on one side of the slice of white cheese and attach it to the pretzel rod to make the sail.
9. Spread a line of cream cheese on one side of the slice of white cheese and attach it to the pretzel rod to make the sail.
10. Add a pirate flag toothpick to complete your pirate ship!
10. Add a pirate flag toothpick to complete your pirate ship!

Toothpick Pirate Flags

  • To make your toothpick pirate flags, visit the Nestle Family website for a template and instructions.

How to Eat a Pirate Ship Sub

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When it is time to eat, remove the toothpick pirate flag and set aside.  Place pretzel and olives to the side and add cheese slice to the sub.  Cut sub in half for easier handling.Enjoy!
When it is time to eat, remove the toothpick pirate flag and set aside.  Place pretzel and olives to the side and add cheese slice to the sub.
When it is time to eat, remove the toothpick pirate flag and set aside. Place pretzel and olives to the side and add cheese slice to the sub.
Cut sub in half for easier handling.
Cut sub in half for easier handling.
Enjoy!
Enjoy!

How to Make a Pirate Ship Sub

  1. Position sub roll so that ends are pointing up. Carve out the center of the roll to make a boat.
  2. Insert a pretzel stick in the center of the sub boat and twist into bread bottom so that it stays upright as the boat's mast.
  3. Slice olives to make ship portholes and attach them to the side of the sub using dabs of cream cheese.
  4. Roll up one slice of deli meat and cut in half. Position the rolls to one side of the pretzel to look like cannons.
  5. Make pirates: Roll up another slice of deli meat and cut in half. Position one roll at each end of the boat. Remove the pimientos from two olives and place an olive on top of each deli roll for the head. Place the pimiento on top of the olive for the pirate hat. You may need to secure hat with a dab of cream cheese.
  6. Roll up 1 or 2 more deli meat slices and fill in the boat.
  7. Spread a line of cream cheese down the middle of the cheese slice and attach to pretzel stick to make the sail.
  8. Add pirate flag toothpick between the pretzel and the cheese slice.
  9. Tips: Baby Swiss is a good cheese choice because the holes make the pirate sail look authentic.
  10. Substitutions: Try mayonnaise or mustard instead of cream cheese. Use smaller sub rolls for smaller pirates.
  11. Hotdog recipe: Use a hotdog bun for the boat, the hotdog for the mast, and mustard to attach the cheese sail. Don't forget the toothpick pirate flag!

Photos of Melon Cannonballs

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Cantaloupe cannonballsWatermelon cannonballsHoneydew melon cannonballs
Cantaloupe cannonballs
Cantaloupe cannonballs
Watermelon cannonballs
Watermelon cannonballs
Honeydew melon cannonballs
Honeydew melon cannonballs

Melon Cannonballs

This simple recipe is easy enough for even young children to help. You will need a melon ball scooper to make the balls round enough to resemble cannonballs. Watermelon, honeydew melon, and cantaloupe all work well for this project. The cannonball stacks look best if made with one color of melon, though. We tried a multi-colored stack, which was pretty, but did not really look like a stack of cannonballs. This recipe idea will also work for a pyramid if your theme is Ancient Egypt.

Photo of Pirate's Gold Snack Mix

Pirate's Gold Snack Mix

Pirate's Gold is a sweet and salty mix of various yellow or gold colored snacks. It can be served as a snack or alongside the Pirate Ship Subs and Melon Cannonballs. Little plastic or paperboard treasure chests are perfect to hold this treat, but small bowls will work as well. You also can use a large treasure chest lined with a bandanna as shown to the right. Place the treasure chest as a table centerpiece with small paper or plastic cups for serving. Pick 4 or 5 of these ingredients to make your own Pirate's Gold:

  • yellow cereal: Corn Chex, Captain Crunch, Cheerios or Corn Pops
  • peanuts, salted or honey roasted
  • Reese's Pieces
  • Teddy Grahams, honey flavored
  • Goldfish, Baby or Cheddar
  • Cheez-Its, regular or Gripz
  • banana chips
  • golden raisins

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      Sarah Johnson 5 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

      Thanks, Denise and thanks to Cardelean for the link! I will have to go check out her Pirate books.

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Excellent ideas here! I followed this from Cardeleans Pirate Book hub. I love it. Rate up and all across! Very clever and creative.

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      Sarah Johnson 5 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

      Thank you, Purple Perl. I'm not much of a cook, but have fun putting things together. HubPages' thumbnail photo option is a great tool for recipes or projects.

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      Purple Perl 5 years ago from Bangalore,India

      The step by step instructions are particularly useful! Thanks for the great recipe and pics.

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      Sarah Johnson 5 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

      Thank you, vespawoolf and kelleyward!

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Congrats on winning a prize in the contest! Take care, Kelley

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      Congrats on winning a prize in the contest for your fun and unique recipe!

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      Sarah Johnson 5 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

      You are right, Simone! I had just as much fun making these. No age limit!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      For kids??? No, these ideas are for SUPER COOL ADULTS!!! Totally love this Hub and the adorable food creations + photos! I absolutely love the sandwich. I have half a mind to go home and make it right now.

      Thanks for the awesome Hub!

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      Sarah Johnson 5 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

      Thanks, Teresa, teaches12345, melbel, and Global-Chica! The food ideas were fun to come up with and make. The kids helped with every step. Still enjoying the melon cannonballs for breakfast today!

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      Anna 5 years ago from New York, NY

      Wow, these are really fabulous pirate themed party ideas! So creative and I totally love it.

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      Melanie Shebel 5 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan

      These are amazing ideas. I love the melon cannonballs! These are such creative ideas! :)

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      This is so good. I had to chuckle at the cannonballs, so cute! This would make an enjoyable party idea.

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      Teresa Coppens 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Sarah, looks deliciously fun. Might try these with my youngest son's next birthday coming up very soon. Voted up and delicious!

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      Sarah Johnson 5 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

      Thanks, Alissa. My kids are 10 and 12 and they still got a kick out of these pirate foods. Girls like them too.

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      Sarah Johnson 5 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

      Thanks, Daisy The boats were fun to make and the cannonballs turned out pretty cool - a good way to get the picky eater to eat melon.

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      These are so awesome! My six year old saw the pirate ship sub and said "wow!" :) I guess I will be picking up some sub rolls this week at the store. Thanks for the fun ideas! Voted useful and awesome and sharing!

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Sarah,

      What a wonderful theme for a party! You've presented some great ideas here. I especially love the *boat sandwich* and the "melon canonballs*. Great job!