No Cost Pirate Themed Party

Low Cost or No Cost Pirate Themed Party

Ever thought you could throw a no cost or VERY low cost pirate themed party?  Here is how we did it.

Low Cost Pirate Themed Party

One of our best friends asked for some help with decorating for her 5 year old son’s pirate themed birthday party.  You can save a lot of money by repurposing items you already have. Try out these DIY Pirate props that we came up with using everyday items.

  • Gather Halloween decorations like skulls and bones netting.
  • Search and/or borrow toys and rifles, dress up costumes
  • Look for costume jewelry like large rings and bracelets
  • Use accessories like red and black bandanas
  • Look for old Mardi Gras beads and beaded necklaces

Look Around the House

Gather some knick knacks from around the house or ask friends to borrow items like:

    • Framed Maps
    • Paintings
    • Wine Bottles
    • Gold or Wooden Knick Knacks
    • White, Red, and Black blankets, linens, or table clothes
    • Globes and Ornate Knick Knacks
    • Trunks
    • Mirrors
    • Goblets and Silver Platters
    • Candlesticks


Check Second Hand

If you still need help, check local thrift stores, yard sales, and estate sales. You will be surprised at what you can find for one or two dollars.

  • Look for ornate linens and pillows
  • Old creepy paintings are always easy to find second hand
  • Gold spoons, forks, and knives can be found in the housewares section.
  • Check the wooden and basket section
  • Look at the furniture section for small ornate items.
  • Check the kid’s toy section

Create a Pirate’s Treasure Trove

Once you have collected these items create your own Pirate’s treasure trove.

  • Display small vignettes around the house.
  • Each area should have skulls and bones draped in plastic colorful beads, plastic gold coins, and red, black, and gold fabric.
  • Make poison bottles out of recycled wine bottles and create your own easy XXX and skull images on scrapbook paper for wine bottle labels.

With Halloween right around the corner, this theme can also be used for an Adult party or for a Halloween party.  Items around the house to fit a Pirates of the Caribbean theme are globes, maps, candelabras, trunks, empty wine or liquor bottles, gold and silver trays and/or utensils, wine goblets, and mirrors. Gold and beaded costume jewelry intermixed with plastic beads add to it as well.  Don’t forget to look in your child’s toy chest.  In there we found rifles, plastic armor and plastic gold coins, snakes, and spiders.

Pirate Party Decor

There you have it! Homemade halloween ideas for a pirate themed party on the cheap!

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Here’s another party we did for the Little Mermaid using similar tips and items from around the house.

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  1. Best party ever!! You gus did such an amazing job and Aidan will remember his 5th birthday party forever 🙂 Love you

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