Shout "heave ho" at a pirate themed birthday party
June 30, 2010
Pirates have experienced somewhat of a resurgence over the past decade. Thanks in large part to the enormous success of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, many people, children and adults alike, have dreamed of living a swashbuckling lifestyles. Although that may be difficult, throwing a pirate-themed birthday party can be a surefire way to bring the seven seas home.
Sending out invitations to the landlubbers is crucial and should be worded appropriately. Standard English simply will not do when it comes to this shindig, as it requires pirate lingo to full get the point across. A buccaneer probably would not think twice about a polite "come to a birthday party" but would certainly respond "all hands on deck me hearties and come fore to me party." The invitations must be complete with a skull and crossbones as well, as there is nothing more typically pirate than the jolly roger.
However there is more to a party than just the invitations - if decorations are subpar your guests might make you walk the plank. Luckily, there are a lot of options to make the party ship-shape. First, set the scene with life size cardboard pirates. The best idea would be to adorn the deck with the quintessential pirate, captain Jack Sparrow himself. If it's a hot day, guests will definitely want to splice the mainbrace, so be sure to have a number of refreshing drinks. One easy way to keep drinks cool is by making sure that you have a treasure chest cooler. If you can put out a flag, consider hanging the jolly roger in front of your house. Don't leave the walls untouched, either. Set a beach theme by hanging an ocean scene setting roll to remind all the sea dogs of the briny deep.
When it's time for grub, the right supplies can make or break the party. Have napkins that look like a treasure map to really set the tone. Plates can either have the skull and cross bones or even something more lighthearted on them, like a parrot.
Also, you might have a mutiny on your hands if the guests do not get any booty in the form of a gift bag. There are any number of ways you can go when filling it with swag but including chocolate gold coins would be the perfect touch.
One way to add a certain flair to your event is to dress in full pirate paraphernalia. Don an eye patch, attach a parrot to your shoulder and read up on your pirate lingo to fully dress the part. You can provide guests with other similar garb, like a fake beard, pirate hat and hook for a hand to get everybody in on the fun. Hope for fair winds as you set sail on your journey toward your own pirate themed birthday party. If done correctly, the event can turn out to be a great time for even the most novice bucko.