I helped my friend, Cathi, with this Pirate Party.
This ship was our favorite decoration. We found a picture of a pirate ship and projected it onto black felt on the wall. We cut it out and attached it to purple curtains. I made the "Pirates Beware" sign on cardboard and used a yard stake to make it stand up.
We had face paint, bandanas and eye patches available as guests entered.
Each child got to choose a craft--either a treasure chest or a sword. These were ordered from Oriental Trading Company.
We used navy blue sheets for the table cloths, a decorative fish net, and royal blue organza chair sashes (from www.tableclothfactory.com) under the ships. The solar lantern was from Target. The ships were from a Pilgrim place setting pattern in a Thanksgiving edition of a 2011 magazine... Family Fun maybe? We enlarged the pattern to make the ship out of a 12 x 12 brown page. We used plain white paper for the sails and printed a skull pattern on the top one. We used a bamboo skewer for the mast.
These jars were from Frappucino drinks. Twine is wrapped around them and we printed skulls on red paper for guests to write their names on.
Each of the kids got a balloon sword.
We did a cannon ball war, so the guests were separated into two teams and each had to make their own boat.
Each team got a bag of chocolate marshmellows to use as cannon balls and the goal was to throw them into the other team's boat. The one with the least marshmellows in their boat when the timer went off won. We set the timer for 5 minutes, but it was a bit long. I'd recommend 3 or 4 minutes.
I didn't get a picture of the final skeleton. We added a red sash, eye patch, and sword. He looked really cool hanging from a tree at the entrance to the party. This is a milk jug skeleton. It took me forever and was a real pain. I was planning to make two, but I'm not ever going to make another one! Lol. It took several hours to cut out the pieces and put them together. I used 7 milk jugs. The directions can be found here.