Ahoy maties! Add another dimension to your nautical decor by hosting a pirate themed party. Just use nautical decorations plus a few symbols of the notorious seafaring buccaneers of the 18th and 19th century.
The iconic Jolly Roger flag along with ships, parrots, treasure chests, booty & loot, such as gold coins and sparkling gems, transform a nautical event to a swashbuckling affair.
If ye spy a pirate theme party on the horizon, never again fear for the party planning details. The first step is to choose your theme colors to set the tone for your event, specifically:
Black & gold for rustic and traditional
Black & red for whimsical and lighthearted
Front Entrance & Foyer
Create a dark & foreboding entrance to your pirate's lair:
Line the entrance walkway with skulls on stakes alternating with tiki torches
Paint the name of your event or location in black paint on weathered wood, such as "Pirate's Cove", "Davy Jones' Locker", or "The Crow's Nest"
Raise a Jolly Roger skull & crossbones flag or use a string of Jolly Roger pennants
Stand one or more tombstone props in the front yard illuminated by a lantern or flameless tealight candle
Flank the front door with a pair of life preservers with terms like "Landlubbers Beware!" and "Avast ye Scallywags!". Or, take a less sinister approach with "Ahoy Me Hearties!" and "Sail Ho!". Use the back (blank) side of "Welcome Aboard" Life Preservers to write your warnings/greetings or add "Un-" to the front to read "Un-Welcome Aboard".
In the foyer, think 18th century wharf or tavern:
Use green, yellow or blue colored light bulbs to create an eerie effect
Arrange wood cargo crates, fisherman nets, and barrels as props
Stand a barrel or drape a table with burlap and include
A guestbook and feather pen
A pillar or taper candle on a large candlestick or candelabrum with dripping wax
Optionally, stencil skull & crossbones and/or swords to the sail and bucket.
The Cut Of Your Jib
Convert your serving table into a pirate ship with a:
Triangle jib from striped or black cloth
Jolly Roger pennants
Rope and/or twine
Serving suggestions from PartySwizzle.com:
Place Shiny Gold Coins in the center of each dinner plate or charger; it also makes great table scatter if you have serving areas to spruce up
Serve appetizers on imposing Skull & Crossbones Serving Trays
Use gruesome serving utensils like a set of 4 Assorted Bloodshot Eyeball Handle Spreaders for dips and spreads
Hoist Jolly Roger Pirate Flag Toothpicks in hors d' oeuvres and garnishes
Enhance the experience with blue & red hurricane lanterns or Admiralty anchors salt & pepper shakers
Insert mini skeleton hands reaching up from appetizers and cupcakes
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Serve up your spirits in a memorable way by creating your own makeshift bar. Throw a door or wooden planks over 2 barrels to make a rustic vignette for the carousers
Hang a large Jolly Roger skull & crossbones flag behind the bar
Add some whimsy to the bar scene with a swarthy pirate made out of coconuts, along with a colorfu parrot
Fill a small tabletop chest or wood box with plastic gold coins, pearl necklaces, over-sized diamonds and gold beads
Use Skull & Cross Swords or other pirate-themed beverage napkins to serve the buccaneers
Light it up with Davy Jones' hand reaching up from his watery grave, using a Ghoulish Green Hand Votive Candle Holder
String Hurricane Lantern party lights along the edge of the bartop
Skewer drink garnishes with Multi-Colored Sword Picks
Arrange tabletop decorations for a mini pirate scene in the bathroom with a wood pirate ship, tombstones, small treasure chest and scatter gems, skull, carved balsa wood parrot or coconut pirate
Shaped soaps like treasure chests, seashells, palm trees and alligators are always a big hit with the deck hands
Add nautical themed hand towels featuring captain’s wheel and anchor designs for a notable detail
Sprinkle pirate themed confetti on the counter top
Pirate-Themed Wearables & Accessories
Invite your guests to attend in costume, but if the bounty’s been good lately, christen the crew with a few choice themed wearable decorations to set the tone for swash-buckling fun. Some suggestions include:
Large gold earrings
Skull & bones party beads
Pearl and gold party bead necklaces
Add-on mustaches and beards
Toy swords & pistols
Dreadlocks & beaded braid
Hopefully we have your decorating juices flowing...check out food & drink ideas for more creative ways to make your pirate themed party memorable.