Friday 6 July 2018

Ideas for planning a swashbuckling pirate party

For Ethan's fifth birthday, we went for a pirate themed party as he is a big fan of Jack Sparrow (despite never seeing the Pirates of the Caribean films before) and thought that it would be a fun choice for his friends to get dressed up and play games together.

We booked our local David Lloyd leisure centre as they offer some great birthday party packages, and take care of all the details and entertainment which makes it much less stressful for you as parents, leaving you to enjoy the smiles and fun of the day rather than struggling to blow up balloons.

We decided that Ethan shouldn't be the only one to get dressed up, so both hubs and I picked up pirate costumes to really help set the scene.

Just as we were researching costumes, a fab company called Vegaoo got in touch and having a look around their website, I knew it wouldn't be hard to find something to fit our pirate theme - they have every kind of fancy dress party covered, honestly - for kids, and big kids like us!

Typing into the search bar, which says 'I would like to dress as a...', the word pirate brought up 452 different related products - how incredible is that?! From eye patches to full on costumes, there's a really great selection to be had. Ethan already had a Disney Jake and the Neverland Pirates costume he wanted to wear, so for hubs we chose the Classic Black Pirate Costume as it looked really detailed and was a good price too considering how it brought the whole look together, coming with a jacket, a frilly shirt front, a hat with integrated wig and boot covers.

Due to an issue with the delivery company (Vegaoo themselves were brilliant and offer a really fast service), the costume didn't make it to us in time for the party, which is a shame as it really is great and Ste would have really looked pretty fancy for a pirate on the day!

The party went really well and Ethan was so, so happy - and super impressed by all the details - so I wanted to share a few ideas for hosting a pirate party in case this is a theme you'd be looking to do yourself:

* As a cheap but on-theme table cover option, use bin liners as a runner down the table

* Red, white and black balloons set the theme nicely

* Pick up some cheap inflatables, such as sharks, parrots and palm trees - you might even find a use for them under another party theme in the future!

* Make jellies in plastic cups and add a shark shaped sweet as they are setting

* Use edible paint to turn Oreo cookies into pieces of eight

* Look for party bags that fit the theme or find some treasure chest shaped ones (there's plenty out there if you have a look on eBay and Amazon, for instance) and fill it with themed loot

* Gold chocolate coins are a great treat to add to party bags and don't cost too much either

* Give your party guests a pirate name, like Swashbuckling Stephen or Cut-throat Kelly!

* For kids' parties, you could have them all design their own pirate hat or eye patch

* Party games can be turned into a theme quite easily, with a little imagination - such as using a sandpit to get children to 'dig for buried treasure'

* Put together a music playlist, using songs from movie soundtracks, to set the scene

We were really impressed with the selection, service and quality of fancy dress products from Vegaoo, and they have some great tutorials online for face painting and other party tips, including this pirate face paint tutorial:

Have you thrown a pirate themed party before? What ideas did you use to bring it all to life?

* We received the men's adult pirate costume for purposes of review, but all opinions and content are otherwise my own.


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