Memorial Day weekend always marks the beginning of summer to me and what says summer more than a pirate party on a beach? The papers for this party are featured here in my etsy shop. Because I get so many questions about this party I thought it would be fun to share more details with you here on the blog. Let’s get started! When staging a pirate party obviously the first choice is to be near water. Don’t live near the ocean? Neither do I! So we staged this party on the beach of a lake at one of our local parks before they opened to the public one day. It was the perfect venue for this celebration and because it’s a state park the entrance fees are low and sometimes even free for parties!
Every party needs an invitation and these are my pirate party invites. Bordered with pirate sayings (like yo-ho!) and a dotted line reminiscent of a treasure map this invite is styled in a classic way making it perfect for pirates of all ages! As I mentioned they are available on my etsy shop. How does this work? Really simply! You tell me what wording you want and I format the PDF file and email it back to you ready to go. You can then either print them on your home printer or take them to a local copy center or print shop and have them printed for you! Easy and extremely budget friendly!!
To set a table worthy of the Pirate’s of the Caribbean look for all things shiny! Pirates love sparkly treasure! I used dozens of strands of Christmas beaded gold garland and colored Mardi Gras beads. Then added in shells, costume jewelry, faux gold coins and lots of sand. To anchor each setting, I used gold chargers piled high with lots of “treasure” then folded black cardstock into paper boats and floated these atop the treasure piles. Placecards (also on the etsy shop) set at each place. Gold plastic flatware (from Oriental Trading Co.) was tied with twine and set on black napkins.
I love setting up a creative food display and had lots of fun making this one! A “Happy Birthday” banner (available on my etsy shop) strung from wooden dowels that are stuck in small galvanized buckets filled with sand and a pirate ship (from Pottery Barn Kids) create a dramatic backdrop for this buffet.
To personalize the buffet I have designed custom drink wrappers, food signs, bag designs and cupcake circles. If you are filling bags with popcorn like I did here I recommend not using buttered popcorn! The grease from the popcorn made lots of spots on my bags! I used 10 ounce Hawaiian Punch Polar Blast bottles for the drinks. I loved that pop of aqua!
The cupcakes are nestled in a bed of sand which is actually light brown sugar! I wasn’t comfortable putting “real” sand that close to the food…. These plain cupcakes are dressed up with a bit of yellow sprinkles (like Gold dust!) and personalized cupcake circles. These cute sandwiches are actually tuna fish sandwiches on bread made by Pepperidge Farm. Cute aren’t they?!
And what’s a pirate party without buried treasure? Here trunks are overflowing with sparkly fabrics, jewels, books, swords, more beads and even a paper Martha Stewart chandelier (because I like the silhouette!).
You can learn to make my Pirate Sail Centerpiece here.
I want to say a giant thank you to Jen Fariello for taking these amazing pictures! And to Pat Roberts and Sherry Spencer for their help and great props!!! Also to my friend Elle for lending me the awesome pirate ships and giant crocodile and parrot! Thanks Ladies!! I couldn’t have done this without you. On Friday I’ll share the instructions on how I made the pirate’s mast that is the centerpiece of the table!
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