DIY Pirate Party

I have three boys, and Pirates are VERY popular in our house.  So... for my oldest son's fourth birthday, we had a really easy DIY Pirate Party.

The cake was my son's favorite part.  I made it using a few modifications to the one I found here.  It was super simple, and I think it turned out pretty cute.

When the guests arrived, they were given a Pirate Treasure Map {which you can download here}.  They had to complete each task, and at the end, they got their own little treasure.

Task #1 - Make a Pirate Treasure (necklace).  Everyone was given a piece of shoe string licorice and a bowl of fruit loops.  They strung them together to make a necklace.  Fun, eh?

My Pirate Birthday Boy
Task #2 - Make a Pirate Telescope.  To keep it easy, I made the telescopes ahead of time, so all the kids had to do was decorate them with markers and stickers.  (I covered a paper towel roll with black paper.  Then, I covered one end with plastic wrap, taped it, and hid the tape with a strip of yellow paper.

Final Task -- Get a Pirate Tattoo, and collect the prize (a treasure box filled with treats).  

I think this was a lovely, simple pirate party.  All the kids were busy, everything ran smoothly, no one cried, and a good time was had by all.  You can't ask for more than that! 

Gina Bell (aka East Coast Mommy)

PS (If you like Pirates, you might also like our "Pirate Play Date".)


  1. Super cute! Your cake turned out fabulous!

  2. Such a CUTE cake! My pirate would be sure to love it!

  3. I love the pirate party idea! I've got a little boy, too, so I'm hoping it will be a future party theme at my house.

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  4. Great party East Coast Mommy! I also linked up a pirate party today! Love the telescopes!

  5. That cake is darling. I am about to redo my boys' room in a pirate theme, so this caught my eye. 3 boys in 3.5 I have two in a span of two years, and without coffee I am hot mess!

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  6. What a great party! Love the pirate theme- and your boys are totally precious! I'm visiting from TT&J wrap-up party.

  7. Very great ideas. I actually have a Pirate Themed Birthday board on Pinterest, so your ideas really are perfect. Thanks for sharing them!

    Enjoy your weekend!
    LaVonne @ Long Wait For Isabella

  8. Beautiful pirate cake. Looks like a fun party.

  9. What website did you use to create the treasure maps? So cute!

    1. I made it myself using "Word". You can download it for free using the link in this post.


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