Pirate Party Decoration Ideas In 5 Easy Steps

by Ann Mifsud

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The sky is the limit when it comes to pirate party decoration ideas. We know that it could be overwhelming when you’re excited with the idea of throwing a themed party, but not knowing where to start from.

When we were settled on throwing an unforgettable pirate party for our youngest kid, we thought of a few guidelines that have helped us transform our backyard in the most spellbound party area fit for this theme.

In this article we share these guidelines with you to the detail. We explain, step by step, what you need to do, to set up your venue for the best pirate party ever.

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1. The color scheme for pirate-themed decorations

Go for red, black, white and a touch of gold. You can’t go wrong if you settle on these four colors. They go well with one another and they are the classic pirate-themed colors. You can emphasize one color over another, but we suggest that you use gold sporadically.

2. The backdrop for a pirate party venue

What you need

How do you do it

There are two options when it comes to the backdrop. You either decide to cover the wall area in black cloth or you buy this treasure map and use it as a backdrop.

If you go for black cloth you will you’ll be able to cover as many areas as you want. Obviously the more you want to cover, the more length of black cloth you need. You can find some inexpensive black fabric that will do the trick for you.

We hung the black cloth over two lengths of steel wire that were set up to meet at right angles, since we wanted our backdrop in one of the corners of our backyard. To achieve a nice round bend in the corner we taped a curved piece of PVC pipe where the two lengths of steel wire met.

Use clothes pegs to secure the cloth over the steel wire. Disguise these pegs using balloons, pieces of cloth or some other hanging decorations.

Using a treasure map as a backdrop is then a good alternative, especially if you’re pressed for time and you don’t mind not covering the walls as we are here suggesting. Attach the map behind the focal point.

You can, furthermore, go for a combination of black cloth and a treasure map as backdrop. We liked this idea but we went for a smaller map which we designed and printed ourselves. We’re making it available for you to download for free. (Coming soon)

3. Pirate party hanging decorations

What you need

How do you do it

Pennant Banner

Some sort of pennant or running banner is a must at a pirate-themed party. Remember to go for black, red and white. If you are doing it yourself, add a few pictures in line with the theme, such as a pirate parrot, a hook, a treasure chest and the Jolly Roger.

Another option could be using striped cardboard in red and white or red and black. You may wish to add your kid’s name and age on it too.

Once the backdrop is up, hang the pennant banner in the pirate theme. We chose to buy this banner because it was exactly what we needed.

Balloons

Balloons are fun at any party. For a pirate-themed kid’s party, choose red, black and white balloons.

You could make a balloon arch. This is fairly easy to do and saves you some money. Besides, it will give the venue an over-the-top look. Whether you decide to put it behind the food table or at any other place in the room, make sure it is somewhere it cannot be missed.

Read How To Impress With A Balloon Arch At Your Next Kid’s Party.

If you do not want to go for a balloon arch, you could cover the ceiling with red, black and white helium-filled balloons and tie dangling ribbons to them. This depends on the size of the room of course, but as an option it also gives an extravagant impression.

Using a net tied to the ceiling with tens of air-filled balloons in it could also be interesting. At the end of the party then, cut the net and let the kids run after and play with the shower of balloons.

Another amazing look can be achieved with a mix of pirate-themed balloons alongside some block-colored red, white, black or spotted ones in different sizes. Keeping to the recommended color-scheme helps bring it all together. Adding a few sporadic gold balloons here and there gives the venue that treasure touch.

At our son’s birthday party, we used 12” red, black and white balloons and these pirate-themed ones. We tied them in bunches of four or eight balloons before we hung them up against the backdrop.

See note below on how early you can hang the balloons so they do not deflate.

Pro tip: Use thin fishing line to hang decorations to achieve an overall neat look.

To add some more sparkle to your hanging decorations, get foil pirate-themed balloons.

Filling your balloons with helium helps lift the place, but they also push your budget.

If you wish to save some money, you can refrain from filling these balloons with helium. Fill them with air and hang them from the galleaon’s uppermost flag with clear fishing line.

Alternatively use balloon stick-ons. These could work in some places and with some creativity. Their down side though is that they may make it difficult to create a middle-of-the-room effect. They do work well against walls and doors though.

Paper Fans and Swirls

Dangling paper lanterns, honeycomb balls, streams or swirl decorations can well accompany your balloon decorations. Do not go for all of them, but choose a few options and buy them in the same color scheme. These will compliment the look at your pirate-themed party venue but not replace balloons.

We transformed these plain swirls into pirate-themed one, by attaching to them small paper props which we designed and printed ourselves.

You can also find these props in the free downloadable document that we are sharing with you. (Coming soon)

Treasure Map

Last but not least is the treasure map. There are plenty to choose from, but we decided to design our own and use it as a hanging piece. We’re sharing the design with you for free. (Coming soon)

If you decide to download our map, you need to print 18 parts, each on an A4 size paper and glue them together. Attach the map to a piece of thin wood before you hang it where you need it.

We used this treasure map as a backdrop for our photo booth activity as well.

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4. The focal point of the pirate party place

What you need

  • Black table skirt
  • Red cloth or table runner
  • Pirate-themed props

How do you do it

More often than not, the focal point of a party is where the food table is set up. We covered our table with the remaining black cloth we had left. There are also these nice black table skirts if you wish to invest in one. Black table cloths can be used over and over again for various party themes.

Another theme which uses a black tablecover is the glow in the dark or neon party theme. If you want detailed guideline on how to throw a neon party, go to our 13 Easy Steps To A Successful Neon Party.

We surrounded the edge of the food table with some bright red fabric and attached it using drawing pins. If you don’t want to make holes in your table, you can run the red fabric across the surface of the table.

We also designed and printed some pirate props, attached them to a piece of black ribbon with some transparent tape and tied them around the edge of the table.

Get hold of these props for free in the downloadable file. (Coming soon)

5. How much time does it take to set up these pirate party decorations?

Our first advise is not to leave the party decorations for the day of the party, even if your guests will be coming in the afternoon or later. Preparing the food, which most of the time is necessary to do on the day, could already be a big feat, especially if you’re doing the party as a family without any outside help. Obviously, this applies to any other celebration you’ll be holding for your little ones.

Another point to keep in mind, is that young children tend to get bored waiting for the party get started. This sometimes leads for some undesirable behavior from their part. So it is so wise not to leave, at least, the party decor for the last minute. In this scenario think also how you’re going to keep the little ones occupied until you’re ready.

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Secondly, make sure that you have bought and/or printed and cut out all the props you’ll be needing for the pirate party, as described above, at least a week before the party is due.

Then when it comes to decorate the place itself, we suggest that you set aside between 4 to 6 hours, preferably spread over two days.

First set up the backdrop. Use steel wire, as described above, onto which you will be hanging the black cloth. Then continue with the hanging decorations, with the exception of the balloons, especially if you’re holding the party outdoors and/or in hot weather.

Caution: Hang balloons as close to when the party is starting as possible, especially if it is going to be held outside in summery conditions. Air-filled latex balloons tend to start deflating as soon as they are put up, whilst helium-filled balloons tend to loose their lift.

For more detailed information how you can keep your balloons from popping and deflating go to: How To Keep Balloons From Deflating And Popping.

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Finish off your pirate-themed party decor with the food table, where you’re going to be displaying many of the food items together with a pirate-themed cake.

For a full tutorial how to organize a pirate-themed party, go to… Amazing Pirate Party Ideas For Kids.

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Concluding thoughts on pirate party decoration ideas

A pirate-themed party is certainly a hit with most of young kids between the ages of 5 to 9. We can attest to this, by what we saw with our own eyes, at our son’s 7th birthday party.

In this article we have shared with you our pirate party decoration ideas in 5 easy steps. It is what we did to decorate our backyard for the occasion.

In addition, we are also sharing with you for free all the hanging decoration designs we came up with. You just need to download them, print them and cut them out.

We ‘re also giving out our advice as to how much time you need to finish up decorating the venue in time and without too much stress, for a memorable pirate-themed party.

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Hi I'm Ann

Hi I'm Ann

Mom to three kids, I am the proud co-founder of Easy Kids' Parties. After a career in journalism and education, I diverted my skills to creating this website, with the aim of helping all those parents out there who wish to organize amazing and memorable parties for their kids but feel overwhelmed at the idea.  Discover more...

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