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Pirate Birthday Party Ideas

Updated on February 8, 2015

Ahoy there Matey, Here's how to throw a fabulous party!

My son wanted a Pirate Party for his 6th birthday. A pirate birthday party is an easy and fun party for both boys and girls. Read on to find ideas for games and crafts as well as some ideas for some great Pirate themed birthday cakes. Because this was a March Birthday, all of the activities were for inside due to cold weather. This birthday party is great for fall or winter birthdays as well as summer and spring birthdays. In warmer weather, you can do many of the same activities outside. Just grab the birthday kid, add 8 friends and some pirate gear and you're ready to go! The kids had a blast at the party and so did I!

Great Pirate Games for your little buccaneers

  • Pin the eyepatch on the pirate--draw a simple pirate on posterboard and have the kids take turns trying to pin on an eyepatch while blindfolded. (You can make eyepatches out of black construction paper.)
  • Swab the Deck--this is played as a relay race. Each team gets a broom and 3 ping pong balls. They have to brush the ping pong balls across the floor to the other side where another team member takes the broom and brushes the balls back. The first team to finish, wins.
  • Bomb the ships--This is a bean bag toss. I drew w simple ship on posterboard and cut out some holes in the picture. Then I made bean bags using black felt and dried beans. I cut squares of felt and hot glued the squares together--stuffed with bean. Hang the picture on the front of an open box and have the kids throw the bean bags at the ship to try to get them in the holes.
  • Cannon Ball Blast--I filled black balloons with a few pieces of candy. There were lots of balloons on the living room floor. At a given signal the kids pop the balloons and get to keep the candy inside.
  • Walk the plank--I used my daughter's balance beam (or you could use a piece of board propped between 2 large concrete blocks) and had the pirates walk across the plank. For older pirates, they had to do this blindfolded or backwards. For younger pirates, they just had to make it across.
  • Pirate Pinata--this was the final activity before cake and ice cream.
  • Pirate Ship Coloring Page--I printed these from the website listed in "Find additional ideas here" (below). This is a good filler activity to do while you are waiting for kids to arrive or be picked up.

Here's the Pin the Patch on the Pirate Game

It's so easy to make this game. All you need is a piece of posterboard and some black construction paper. I drew a simple pirate on the posterboard (minus his eyepatch of course) and then cut eye patches (ovals) out of black construction paper. Play it like pin the tail on the donkey. The kids love this game!

Make your Own Pirate Bean Bag Toss

I called this one "Bomb the Ship"

This is another simple game to make. I took a piece of posterboard and a large cardboard box. I drew a simple pirate ship on the posterboard and colored it in. Then I taped the ship to the top (open) part of the large box. Then I cut some holes in the ship with an exacto knife. Turn the box on its side and toss the bean bags through the holes. I made the bean bags with squares of felt, hot glue and dried beans. This game was such a hit that the kids all wanted several turns and they played it again during some free time at the end of the party!

Dress your Party Guests as Pirates!

12 - Cardboard Bandana Pirate Hats - New
12 - Cardboard Bandana Pirate Hats - New

As each guest came in, we outfitted him or her with some pirate gear. They had a great time dressing up as pirates! You can get some pirate gear here for your little buccaneers!


Little Buccaneers LOVE a Pirate Party!

Here's our happy bucanneers on the "plank" at my son's 6th birthday party! What fun they all had!

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      Easykidcouk 6 years ago

      Very useful blog! Specially because we are having a Pirate's week on our website.

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      batsinthebelfry 6 years ago

      A pirate birthday party sounds like fun

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great ideas!!! I love the games :) Looks like they had an arrrrrsome time

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      Close2Art LM 6 years ago

      Great ideas for a swashbuckling good time, thanks for sharing...:)rwjr

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is so very sweet, I love the original art work for ames and the Little Buccaneers tell it all with their smiles!

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      squid-janices7 6 years ago

      Ahoy Matey! So many cute ideas here.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      awesome work keep it up.........

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      awesome work keep it up.........

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      Thanks for this party lens!

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      My daughter had a Pirate Party for her 6th birthday. She looked so pretty and grown up as a Pirate Princess.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great kid party ideas

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      monkeyDluffy24 7 years ago

      What a fun idea for a party! I think the cakes turned out great. Somehow, I must have missed the recipe!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Love the pirate birthday party theme, kids certainly enjoy being dressed as pirates.

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      kimark421 7 years ago

      Great lens. I want to have a pirate themed party when my grandsons get a little older. Actually, grandpa just wants to be a pirate too. Argggh!

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      kellenmadagan 7 years ago

      I loved this party!

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      brmadagan 7 years ago

      I like this party idea.

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      Annamadagan 7 years ago

      I'd like a party like this.

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      homeschoolmomof4 7 years ago

      Sounds like a really fun party. I am just not that creative.

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      Annamadagan 7 years ago

      @blessedmomto7: What Mom?

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      Annamadagan 7 years ago

      @maytheforcebewi: Haha! Your right, Ellis!

      Great Job Mom!

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      dannystaple 7 years ago

      I think half the fun having a party like this, may be to get other children in a family involved in making the stuff needed. This a great lens!

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      maytheforcebewi 7 years ago

      That was one of your best party ideas mom.

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      blessedmomto7 7 years ago

      @Sylvestermouse: Thanks for the blessing!

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      Rhonda Albom 8 years ago from New Zealand

      What a lucky son! Looks like a great party, and there are some wonderful ideas here. I love the idea of having the guests make their take home favour.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 8 years ago from United States

      What wonderful ideas! I love the bean bag toss game! Angel Blessed and added to my Squid Angel Mouse Tracks lens.

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      AlisonMeacham 8 years ago

      What a great idea for a party theme - looks like a lot of fun.

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      Heather Burns 8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Pirate birthday parties are fun for all ages!

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      JoyfulPamela2 8 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      You come up with such fabulous activities for the children! In your "free" time I think you should become a children's party coordinator!