Island parties and all-American cookouts were the norm all summer, but how about trying something different? Create some ship-wrecking fun with a “Cocktails and Pirates” party! This party will be so unique and fun that friends and family might make you their official party planner for all their upcoming events.
Make your invitations the old-fashioned way with some yellowed, vintage-looking paper. Burn the edges and then write the invites with a quill pen. To get your guests really excited, make the invites look like a treasure map, with the treasure being marked with an “X” at your residence. That way, the paper doubles as an invitation and a map to your cocktail party. It’ll be a great way to get people talking about your upcoming Cocktails and Pirates party!
Your pirate decorations will make or break the party. Pirate decorations are all about the skull and crossbones. Hang some pirate danglers from the ceiling and Jolly Roger pennant banners around the party venue. Use black and white pirate balloons with other colored latex balloons for some pops of color.
There are many creative, Pirate’s Cove decorations out there. Don’t forget pirate staples like buried treasure, palm trees, and of course, a ship. Use a personalized pirate photo stand-in as a decoration and an activity for guests. Take pictures of people with the stand-in and post them to a social media site the next day and people can relive the fun they had at your pirate cocktail party!
Can’t have a Cocktails and Pirates party without the cocktails. Get creative with your cocktail names. It might be a pina colada, but you can call it a Pirate’s Pina Colada. Other ideas: Treasure Tequila Sunrise, Skull Screwdriver, High Seas Hairy Navel, Walk the Plank Gin & Tonic, and Booty Bloody Mary. Make a list of the drinks and what’s in them so your guests will know what to expect. Serve your delicious cocktails in pirate cups or pirate goblets.
Your cocktail party will probably also include some canned or bottled beverages. Keep them cold inside an inflatable treasure chest cooler. Be sure to also have non-alcoholic beverages available for people who will be driving home.
Many of your guests will probably just enjoy socializing, but it’s a good idea to have some games for people to play. Board games and card games are always popular party ideas. If your guests are really into games, have a “treasure hunt” that is set up like a scavenger hunt. Send the winners home with pirate mini pails filled with candy or baked goods.
Besides games, you might want to have a pirate movie playing on the television like Pirates of the Caribbean or Treasure Island.
Don’t send your party guests home empty-handed. Fill some Pirate Favor Bags with some “booty” like candy or popcorn for the ride home. And, of course, if they have been enjoying cocktails, make sure your guests have a designated driver.