Yo, ho, ho

March 1st, 2013

Kids Pirate Party Ideas

What is it about pirates that enthralls children’s imaginations? My sons have been flying the Jolly Roger since they were babies (one, quite literally before he was born). And it’s not just boys. When I was a little girl, I pretended to be Anne Bonny.

It doesn’t take a very deep knowledge of history to know that these were not the sort of people you’d want your kids to emulate in reality. But in fantasy and legend, they represent a swaggering walk on the wild side. Free of mothers and manners, pirates are the ultimate brats.

As much as my guys love pirates, and as much as I love homemade birthday parties, I was kind of flabbergasted to realize we’ve never combined the two. (Unless it was in the early years, and I’ve forgotten, which is very possible. This is why mother keeps a blog now.) When I was asked to share a few kids pirate party ideas from Disney Junior, in connection with the show Jake and the Never Land Pirates, I was happy to sign on, as somebody who has often scoured the internet for easy and frugal home party ideas.

My children are a little old for some of these activities (Jake seems geared toward preschoolers), but I can definitely use some of the decor and food inspiration when my third grader’s next birthday comes around. Check out the very pinteresty twine-wrapped bottles in the video below, and the how-hard-can-this-be  Treasure Chest Cake. I also love the simple pantry hack for creating the Captain’s famous prosthetic. Today is “Dress Like a Book Character Day” at school, also known as “Extra Panic Before Breakfast Day,” and that prop alone may get me off the hook.

I am being compensated for posting this video, and for passing along this invitation to any small pirates in your crew: “And you celebrate Jake’s Birthday with Disney Junior this Friday March 1st during a special episode, Jake’s Birthday Bash at 8:30a/9:30c on Disney Channel.”  Have a fantastic Friday!


One Response to “Yo, ho, ho”

  1. Susan says:

    Timing is everything. We had Pirate Day at my school just today. If I’d read this post yesterday, they all would have had hooks!

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