How to Do Pirate Party Decorations


Pirates are a common theme for both boy and girl birthday parties. Pirates are colorful characters, so plan for colorful decorations. Use skulls and cross bones, treasure and other maritime objects to decorate. Make sure to have eye patches, pirate hats and some plastic swords on hand to add to the fun. Use a treasure box decoration filled with goodie bags in a treasure hunt right before the revelers go home.

Things You'll Need

  • Red duct tape
  • Construction paper
  • Markers
  • Sticks
  • Staples
  • Fishing nets
  • Boat roping
  • Empty refrigerator box
  • Box cutter
  • Tempera paint
  • Tape
  • Helium balloons
  • Butcher paper
  • Streamers
  • Black plastic table cloths
  • Gold foil candy coins
  • Marti Gras beads
  • Treasure chest (box or basket)
  • Goodie bags

Outdoor Decorations

  • Make invitations with construction paper and markers that look like maps showing the location of the party. Tell the attendees to bring the invitation with them so they can find the party. Place a large "X" made from red duct tape in front of the door to be used, or lead them to the backyard where a big red "X" marks the party spot.

  • Make pirate flags with crossbones and skulls from construction paper, attach them to a stick with staples and stick them in the ground by the entrance to the party.

  • Hang old fishing nets or boat roping from trees and any available roof.

  • Make a ship from an empty refrigerator box on its side by drawing the silhouette of a pirate ship on the side and cutting it out with a box cutter. Dress it up with tempera paint to look festive.

Indoor Decorations

  • Hang fishing nets and rope from the ceiling or on walls.

  • Make pirate flats without sticks and tape them to the wall.

  • Decorate the room with vibrant red, black and gold balloons.

  • Draw maps on brown butcher paper or use brown paper grocery bags cut apart. Use markers to draw footsteps, trees, houses and other landmarks within the community. Use one map as the real treasure map used in the treasure hunt later.

  • Hang colorful streamers from lighting fixtures and ceiling. Use red, black and gold to incorporate the pirate theme.

Table Decorations

  • Cover tables with black plastic tablecloths and put a red streamer down the center.

  • Scatter foil-covered coins and Marti Gras beads down the center of each table.

  • Place the treasure chest in the center of the main table as a centerpiece.

Tips & Warnings

  • Find paper treasure chests at party stores or make one using a large box and painting it to look like wood. A large basket will do if all else fails. Have the kids make flags and maps to decorate walls and stick in the ground.
  • Make sure that any toys used as decorations, like swords, will not inflict injury on anyone. There will be sword fights.

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