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!

Pirate Makeup

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.

Pillaging Pets



Don’t forget to dress your furry friends for the party.

Set the Scene

Tropical Backyard Swimming Pool With Pirate Theme

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.

From: My Yard Goes Disney

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.

Scallywag Snacks

Halloween Snacks

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Jodi Pudge

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.

Pirate Punch

Tropical Tequila Cocktail

Tropical Tequila Cocktail

Not for the faint of heart, this cocktail has a smooth taste with a powerful punch, thanks to tequila, coconut rum and peach schnapps topped with pineapple and cranberry juices. Photo by Evan Sklar

Photo by: Evan Sklar

Evan Sklar

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.

Shiver-Me-Timbers Sweets

Pirate-Themed Boy's Birthday Party with Skull and Crossbones Cupcakes
Skull Cookies

Pirate-Themed Boy's Birthday Party with Skull and Crossbones Cupcakes

A skull-and-crossbones design is perfect for decorating sweets for a pirate themed birthday party.

Skull Cookies

Serve cupcakes and cookies embellished with a skull-and-crossbones design.

Candy Seas

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.

Treasure Chest

Pirate Chest Party Favors

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!

24 Easy Party Dip Recipes You'll Love

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Try one of these fabulous party dips. They're just as easy to make as they are delicious — we promise!

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>>

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Crab Dip on Crostini

Keep ravenous guests at bay with this warm and creamy starter that features the fresh flavors of crab, corn and three different cheeses. 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>>

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Spicy Ginger and Coconut Edamame Dip

The big flavor in this bright dip comes from spicy Sriracha, fresh ginger and coconut. Get the recipe>>

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Olive Tapenade

Everyone will love this savory Kalamata olive and feta cheese dip on crunchy, toasted crostinis that you can whip up in just a few minutes. Get the recipe>>

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Irish Nacho Dip

This savory dip (flavored with stout beer) is a great option for a St. Patrick's Day party, but we like it any time of the year! Get the recipe>>

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Buffalo Chicken Dip

This one is even easier than you might think when you use a store-bought rotisserie chicken. Get the recipe>>

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Alton Brown's Guacamole

For a no-fail recipe that is bound to please even the pickiest guest, give Alton Brown's guacamole a try. Get the recipe>>

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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>>

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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.

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Thyme and Honey Ricotta Spread

Want to impress your guests even though you only have 10 minutes before your party starts? You can with this super simple ricotta spread. Get the recipe>> 

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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>>   

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Gorgonzola Spinach Artichoke Dip

Definitely big enough to feed a crowd, this savory spinach and artichoke dip is chock-full of cheesy goodness. Get the recipe>>

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Hummus Trio

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>>

Red Pepper Hummus

For a little something extra, try your hand at this tasty hummus flavored with sauteed red peppers. Get the recipe>>

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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>>

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Queso Fundido con Chorizo

Cheese, beer, chorizo, yum. This warm party dip is so delicious, you might consider doubling up. Get the recipe>>

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Greek Salad Layered Dip

Layer fresh Greek salad toppings over a cool yogurt dip with sweet cucumber and creamy feta cheese for a refreshing, lighter-tasting option at parties. Get the recipe>>

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Gouda and Beer Fondue

This delicious fondue is served in a bowl that you can also eat once the fondue is gone. For heartier fare, serve the fondue with pieces of cooked bratwurst as well as the bread and fruit. Get the recipe>>

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White Bean Dip

A lighter take on traditional bean dip, white bean dip is a great alternative for summer parties. Get the recipe>>

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Jalapeño Queso Fundido

Cheese stars in this spicy, beer-blasted dip, and grating your own makes all the difference. This dish is best served hot and fresh (not reheated), so wait until your guests have all arrived before popping it under the broiler. Get the recipe>> 

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Artichoke and Black Truffle Dip

Pair flatbreads and pitas with our savory Mediterranean-inspired dip that's served hot fresh out of the oven. Get the recipe>>

Beer Cheese Dip

This tangy and spicy cheese dip gets its kick from horseradish sauce. Serve it with pretzels or on toasted crostinis. Get the recipe>>

Easy Queso Blanco Dip

Creamy and smooth with just a hint of heat, this queso blanco is a definite crowd pleaser. Get the recipe>>

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