Avast, me hearties! My oldest recently turned 3 and we decided to celebrate with a pirate party! She loves pirate-themed shows right now–Dora’s Pirate Adventure, Backyardigan’s Treasure Island, etc. We delivered special ARRR! pirate invitations (Rough pages in glass bottles with shells) a few weeks beforehand and asked all attendees to “wear yer pirate finery!”
I bought lots of decorations from Oriental Trading Company and Dollar Tree and made all the kids (there were 8 total) “booty” loot bags. I included bead necklaces, skull stickers, books, glow sticks, pirate rubber duckies, shell whistles, treasure maps, and bath toys for the littlest ones.
As for activities, the main one was the treasure hunt! Since we had kids aged 10 months – 4 yrs, we needed a safe, contained activity that all could partake in. We filled plastic Easter eggs with plastic pirate coins and then hid them around the basement. We gave the kids little bags then sent them down to the basement to find the treasure!
|Consulting the map to find treasure|
After the kids had found all the eggs and opened them, they got to trade the coins in for the TREASURE CHEST! The chest came pre-filled from Oriental Trading Company with 100 toys and prizes, which the kids got to divvy up.
What pirate party would be complete without a trip, as my daughter says, “to the ocean”?!?
For dessert, we had the Healthier Devil’s Food Cupcakes, which were a hit with kids and adults alike! The pirate party was lots of fun and my daughter is still talking about it weeks later.