Sunday, March 22, 2009

pirate party


i had a few pirate parties this year. i hosted a murder mystery dinner to begin with..and kept the decorations up to have another party the next day :). the invitations are above. i put a little bit of sand in some plastic bottles and stuck an eye patch and a pirate ring inside along with the invite and label. they turned out great!...

here's the table setting for the murder mystery dinner. each person invited had a character that they would act out through dinner/the game. planning the decor for this table was my favorite part. i covered the table with a skull tablecloth & gold & silver gum coins along with some skeleton beads. at each setting i placed a treasure map place mat, a skull & cross bone paper plate, a skeleton goblet, a pirate bandana for a napkin, and a place card holder made out of wooden pirate shapes that i found at the craft store (i glued them together). the table also had candles and a big oil lamp that i lit during dinner. oh & i also found some small glass dishes that i filled with plastic skull heads :)...

i made a large cardboard skull stencil & used it to spray paint skull heads onto black and white flat sheets. i then hung them from the ceiling along with some rope to make them look like ship sails..

i bought a styrofoam treasure chest and filled it with bead necklaces, pirate hats, rings, and gold & silver coins. i also bought a plastic skeleton to guard the chest. i found some light up skulls (this was all around halloween of course) and put them on the table too...

we had pirates of the caribbean playing during the party..definitely set the mood...
i found a roll of plastic ship scene decor that looked great! i also found some skull garlands that i hung from the bar & table...

i had a fog machine going off and on during the night...

i bought these huge pillars and a skull for everyone to take their picture in front of (found it at a high school dance decor web site). it looked great. i also hung fish net all over my house (really inexpensive,and fun to throw around!)...

along with the fish nets i hung pirate banners and pirate lanterns all over. i also found some hanging parrots (ot) & pirate dressed skeleton's that i hung from the ceiling and nets...
here's a look at the white sail i had hanging in the kitchen (along with decked out jon & jess!)...
i don't drink alcohol (along with most of my family and friends) so i had a 'mock' arita bar! i got tons of different fruit juices, pop, syrups, etc. and had them all out for every one's enjoyment. i also made little menu's in my photoshop program that had recipe's and ideas for everyone :)...


i bought this photo op from ot...i love these things..so fun...

i had a bunch of bandanna's, cardboard pirate hats, & tattoo sleeves at the door so people could put them on as they came in if they wanted...

some of the decor from a distance...

i got brain and hand jello molds. the jello turned out great!...
at one of the parties we had cheese and crackers. i found these cute skeleton pics that i put in the cheese. i also made mini caramel apples that you can see in the top right corner (they're also featured on my cupcake blog)...

everyone that came got really dressed up. we all had a blast. i had a costume contest for most creative, best costume etc etc...and also had groups of 2 or more people get up and act out a pirate skit (that they had to come up with in about 5 minutes time) to win a prize. i had a pirate game, an applebee's gift card, and some pirate loot for the winners...

i lit tikki torches out front to set the mood...

kid pirate party...

like i said...i had a few pirate parities that week :). i wanted to take full advantage of all the decor and fun! this is a pirate ring toss game that i found at the party store.
the pic below is of some of my girlfriends with their kids all sportin' their pirate hats, bandanna's, & eye patches..
for this party i had a pirate veggie tales movie going the whole time :)...
cute gabrie eating a cuppie...i also had plastic pirate daggers that i gave each child along with a bandana, eye patch, pirate skull sucker, and a pirate ring...

cute damon & his mommy...

i had a treasure map game for the kids to play..they had to find all the missing treasure pieces that were scattered all across the lawn...

all the kids decorated cupcakes...

and here's the cupcakes i made for the party...
happy hunter showing off his pirate cupcake ( i found the pirate gummy candies at the store, they worked great)...
and there ya have it :).

5 comments:

Kristin said...

AMAZING! ArrrRRRrrr! It makes me want to be a pirate!

Anonymous said...

what great ideas! I am having a pirate party in November and starting to plan. I found your site on Hostess with the Mostess.

Duane said...

What was the name of the site you got those giant skull pillars from? Those are awesome!

Shelly Leiter said...

Can you tell me the store you found the pirate candy at?

Leslie said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!!!!! My little girl is turning 3 and we are going to do a pirate party.. thanks for your ideas and post! I will check the party stores and any other suggestions you may have... Thanks again!

 
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