With the soaring popularity of the Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise, your child may want to have a Pirate themed birthday party. You can buy the same party favors and decorations that everyone else is, or you can be a little more creative and create a pirate themed birthday party that will be the talk of the neighborhood. To prepare for this special party you will need to do a little planning, a little shopping, and a little digging.
Pirates of the Caribbean Party Games
One of the easiest ways to increase the fun at a birthday party is to offer exciting and novel party games. For your Pirate Themed Party one great game is to have a treasure hunt. This treasure hunt should include several clues that the pirates will need to follow to find the final hiding place of the treasure, which of course should be buried. At each location you can have prizes buried such as eye patches, beads, coins, coconuts, etc. And then for the final treasure have hidden fossils, gemstones, candy, etc.
You can find a lot of great low priced pirate themed novelties at the Oriental Trading Company website. You can even request a printed catalog be sent to you. In this catalog you will find crafts, trinkets, eye patches, pirate hats, costumes, games, and fun low cost items that will be great for your party. If you are interested in seeing what this vendor has to offer go to their website located at: http://www.orientaltrading.com.
Another treasure hunt that you can offer your pirate wanna-bes is an actual treasure hunt for real gemstones. You can purchase a 3 and a half gallon bag of sapphire gravel from a sapphire mine in Montana for about $100, which includes shipping. This is enough gravel for a dozen or more treasure hunters. You can also purchases tweezers, gravel screens, and other gemstone packages. A great bargain for parties is the Spokane Bar Sapphire Mine’s Winter Garnet Gravel package. You can get three of these mining kits for about $35, including shipping. These packages are deceptively small, but they are loaded with garnets. For more information about this treasure hunting option you can visit their website at http://www.sapphiremine.com.
Other great online shops to find treasure hunting products include the Store for Knowledge, and the Gold Fever Prospecting online store. Each of these online stores offer treasure hunting kits ranging from break your own geode kits to gold panning kits. You can find the Store for Knowledge at http://storeforknowledge.com, and Gold Fever Prospecting at http://store.goldfeverprospecting.com/goandgepamix.html.
For the refreshments at your pirate themed party you will want to be creative. You can make buried treasure cupcakes by following the basic directions for making cupcakes and then burry a chocolate candy in the center of each cupcake. For the drinks make a tropical punch and garnish each glass with a pirate sword stir stick. Or you can buy coconut shaped cups and fill each with fruit punch. Another easy refreshment with a tropical theme can be tropical flavored slushy, or a tropical flavored smoothies. If you plan on serving a meal at the party you can make tropical kabobs with lean meat and pineapple pieces. For side treats you can have tropical fruit bites, dried fruit, or for a sweeter treat Hershey’s treasures candies. The Oriental Trading Company also carries a number of party treats that you can purchase in bulk and save money.
Decorations for your pirate party can should use elements from the Pirates of the Caribbean movie such as sand, coconuts, palm trees, etc. You can also use movie posters, cut outs, and other movie promotional materials to spruce up the pirate feel of your party. To fill in the decoration gaps left by movie materials you can again go to the Oriental Trading Company to find low cost decorations. For example you can purchase various sized palm trees, you can purchase grass skirts, sea shells, treasure chest centerpieces, etc. To find these items online you can go to http://www.orientaltrading.com.