Best DIY Pirate Party Ideas

The photos for DIY Pirate Party Ideas were submitted by Courtney Jacques at Recherché Custom Invitations.

Inspiring Pirate Party Ideas by Courtney Jacques

Pirate Party Ideas

This may be my favorite DIY Pirate Parties that I’ve seen. With so many creative Pirate party ideas, this one works for kids of every age. Courtney and her husband created all the graphics for the invitations and decorations as well as the woodwork and art for the games and décor. I hope it inspires you as much as it inspired me.

Here is a quick video:

Pirate Invitations

Let’s start with the invitations. They start with: “Ahoy Mateys! Ye be invited to set sail with Captain Jalina and her crew to celebrate her 5th birthday!” For the date and time it says “All hands on deck Ye best be wearin’ yer Pirate attire”. The address section is headed, “Chart ye course to” and the RSVP says, “Say yay or Nay”. For siblings, she cleverly put “all crewmates welcome!”

Pirate Party Invitations

The guests were encouraged to dress up. A chalkboard sign that says “Ye best be lookin’ like a Pirate” offered Pirate hats, hooks, and eye patches. The birthday girl looked adorable in her red and black outfit.

Easy Pirate Dress Up Ideas

  • Bandannas around the head and ankle
  • Eye Patch
  • Red and White Striped Clothing
  • Ripped shorts or pants
  • White tops or blouses
  • Hoop earrings

Pirate Party Decorating Ideas -Chalkboard sign

Pirate Party Decorating Ideas Pirates Only Sign

Pirate Party Costume Ideas

Pirate Party Girls Costume Ideas

Pirate Decorations

The décor was fabulous and very detailed including a Pirate ship, lantern, treasure chest and compass. There was fish netting layered with black table clothes with Pirate treasure and fake gold coins (affiliate link) scattered here and there.

Reuse things you already have around the house like:

  • Glass bottles with rolled up paper inside
  • Empty wine bottles with the labels removed
  • Ornate trinkets
  • Costume jewelry
  • Beaded necklaces
  • Seashells
  • Any nautical decor
  • Skulls and bones from your Halloween decorations
  • Trunks and wooden boxes



Pirate Party Decorating Ideas

Pirate Party Decorating Ideas Telescope

Pirate Party Decorating Ideas Skeleton

Pirate Party Decorating Ideas -Ship's Wheel

Pirate Party Decorating Ideas Pirate Ship

Pirate Party Decorating Ideas Message in a Bottle

Pirate Party Decorating Ideas Lantern

Pirate Party Decorating Ideas -Compass

Pirate Party Decorating Ideas - Treasure Chest

Pirate Party Decorating Ideas - Pirate Ship

Other Pirate Decor Ideas to Consider

  • Stick with Red, Black, White, metallic colors, and Neutral colors
  • Use textured fabrics like netting, burlap, and red bandannas
  • Use old wooden boxes and scrap wood that you can find at a thrift store or yard sale

Pirate Party Food and Drink

For food, Courtney served fish and chips, scurvy dogs, and seaweed wraps. She created water bottle labels, drinking straws, and matching cupcake toppers. The food table was beautifully decorated as well.

Pirate Party Ideas Food Table

Pirate Party Ideas Utensils

Pirate Party Ideas - Party Food Seaweed Wraps

Pirate Party Ideas - Party Food Hot Dogs

Pirate Party Ideas - Party Food Fish and Chips

Pirate Party Ideas Cupcakes

Pirate Party Ideas - Birthday Cake

Pirate Party Ideas Bottles Water

Pirate Party Ideas Drinks

Pirate Party Ideas Drink Straws

There was a beautifully painted ocean backdrop for photo opportunities. 

Pirate Party Ideas - Photo Backdrop - Under the Sea

Pirate Party Ideas - Photo Backdrop

DIY Pirate Games and Activities

Misty Cove provided a place for the guests to cool off.

Pirate Party Ideas - Misty Cove

Pirate Party Ideas - Misty Cove Water Misters

DIY Pirate Party Games

Lastly, the games were my favorite including:

  • Walk the Plank, Cornhole
  • Hook Toss
  • Pirate Ship Piñata
  • Treasure Hunt – complete with map and treasure of course

Pirate Party Game Ideas - Walk the Plank DIY

Pirate Party Game Ideas - Walk the Plank

Pirate Party Game Ideas - Walk the Plank - DIY Inspired

Pirate Party Game Ideas -Hook Toss

Pirate Party Game Ideas - Cornhole

Pirate Party Game Ideas - Pinata

Pirate Party Game Ideas - Pinata Ship

Pirate Party Game Ideas -Treasure Hunt (1)

Pirate Party Game Ideas -Treasure Hunt (3)

Pirate Party Game Ideas -Treasure Hunt (2)

If you missed Courtney’s Minnie Mouse party and Minecraft Party, you have to check them out!

Other Fun Kid’s Birthday Party Ideas:

Here are some other themed birthday party ideas to spark your creativity and inspire you!

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  1. This is absolutely the most adorable pirate’s party I’ve seen. I love how you go into so much detail- even the water bottles are decorated! I hope all the parents got lots of pictures of their kids (especially with the photo wall!) My 7-year-old boy loves pirates (among other things), and I think a pirate themed party like this would be perfect- especially your walk the plank game. Thank you so much for sharing!

    1. I’m so glad you were inspired by it! This party was done by my friend Courtney. She always throws the most fabulous parties. I will let her know what you said!

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