How to Throw a Talk Like a Pirate Day Party
Shiver me timbers! It’s time to paaaarrrrrty!
Ahoy, mateys! One of the best holidays of the year is upon us. Yo ho ho! Today, Sept. 19, is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. This means two, very precise things. First, you should absolutely talk like a pirate All. Day. Long. Second, you should definitely throw a pirate-themed party. How, you ask? Aaaarrrrrgh, grab a barrel o’ rum, and read on!
First things first: To talk like a pirate, you must look like a pirate.
Kid's Pirate Makeup
Your baby buccaneers should look the part, too. Can’t come up with a costume for your little ones? Get crafty, and make one with our step-by-step tutorial.
Don’t forget to dress your furry friends for the party.
Set the Scene
Tropical Backyard Swimming Pool With Pirate Theme
Shoot cannons across the water to a sinking pirate ship, or peer out from the top of the stone castle in this enchanting pool area. With just a little imagination, this backyard pool surrounded by palm trees is a pirate's battleground.
If you’re lucky enough to have a pool in your backyard, design your party around it. Let your creativity run wild, incorporating purchased or handmade props. Think cannons, pirate ships, pirate flags, ropes and wood planks.
Set out an assortment of snacks for guests to munch on while they mingle. Search for pirate-themed chips or crackers, and stick mini pirate flags in all your dips.
Zucchini Pirate Boats
If you want something a bit more substantial, try Food Network’s zucchini pirate boats filled with corn-and-bacon salsa.
Make This: Food Network's Zucchini Pirate Boats
With coconut rum and pineapple juice, this tropical cocktail is a pirate’s dream. Make a big batch, and serve it in a punch bowl.
Make This: Coconut Rum Cocktail
Serve cupcakes and cookies embellished with a skull-and-crossbones design.
Make Food Network's adorable gelatin-and-candy cups for the kids. Top the mini oceans with a plastic pirate ship or a mini pirate flag.
Make This: Food Network's Candy Ocean Cups
Pirate Chest Party Favors
A pirate treasure chest full of party favors is a great way to reward guests for making it through the party. Mini treasure boxes filled with candy, gold coins, sparkly gems and temporary tattoos add to the pirate theme.
Create a treasure chest full of take-home treats for your guests. Gold-wrapped chocolate coins are a must!
French Onion Dip
Sweet caramelized onions and plenty of fresh thyme add bold flavor to brighten this hearty dip, inspired by French onion soup. Serve with cheesy baguette as the traditional soup garnish and endive for some pleasantly-bitter contrast to the richness. Get the recipe>>
Supreme Pizza Dip
This hearty dip has the works: pepperoni, onions and bell peppers stirred into a thick tomato sauce, all topped with gooey melted cheese. Serve in a skillet and let your guests pile their baguette slices high with toppings, deep-dish style. Get the recipe>>
Creamy Potato and Roasted Red Pepper Dip
This tangy potato dip is loosely based on the classic Greek skordalia and gets zip from a hefty dose of blanched garlic and fresh lemon juice. A quick roasted red pepper sauce is spooned into the middle of the potatoes to add even more flavor to this crowd-pleasing appetizer. Get the recipe>>
Bacon Beer Cheese
Cook 6 chopped bacon slices in a saucepan; remove, leave the drippings. Melt 2 tablespoons butter with the drippings. Add 1/4 cup flour and cook over medium heat, stirring, 2 minutes. Add 1 cup each cream and beer, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard and 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika; simmer 5 minutes. Stir in 2 cups grated cheddar until melted. Serve topped with chopped scallions and bacon.
Southern Pimento Cheese
Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tenn., shares a Smoky Mountain-style recipe for pimento cheese fritters, ideal for serving at casual get-togethers or large dinner parties. Get the recipe>>
Three is not a crowd in this flavorful assortment of hummus. Using the same base for all three makes this an easy way to create variety. Just stir in different toppings right before serving. Whether your guests like their dip spicy, earthy or traditional, there will be something for everyone. Get the recipes>>
Roasted Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Dip
This savory dip features the classic combo of earthy broccoli and rich, tangy cheddar. Like most cheese dips it's best devoured immediately after it's prepared, while the sauce is piping hot. Be sure to use mild cheddar in this recipe since sharp cheddars tend to get grainy when cooked in this type of sauce. Get the recipe>>