How to Throw a Talk Like a Pirate Day Party

Shiver me timbers! It’s time to paaaarrrrrty!

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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

Pool With Toy Cannons, Pirate Ship and Stone Castle Play Area

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

Photo by: Jodi Pudge

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

Pink Cocktail With Pineapple Garnish

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

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!

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