How to Throw a Thrifty Pirate Party

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For my son’s birthday this year we decided to have a pirate theme. He is just slightly obsessed with pirates at the moment thanks to Jake and the Neverland Pirates! Today I thought I would share with you how I kept the cost down by making our own decorations and shopping around for the best deals.

How to throw a thrifty pirate party
Thrifty pirate party food

Thrifty Pirate Decorations

As always I hate spending money so I needed to come up with some money saving ideas, as parties can be pretty expensive events these days. Once you’ve paid for all of the food, decoration, party bags and cake it all adds up. To try and save some money I always aim to make as many of the decorations as I can, like for example the cups.
How I made these thrifty pirate party cups
I bought a massive pack of Tesco value plain white cups which cost pennies. I then printed off the above image from the web (I cannot find the original source for this if it’s you please shout). I then cut it out and stuck it onto all of the cups. It was quite time-consuming but worth it I think. As cups with pre-printed design on can cost you around £2.00 for a pack of 8 whereas I only paid 55p for a pack of 25!
Make your own thrifty pirate party decorations
I also stuck some on some old beer bottles that we had lying around ready for recycling, just to add some more decoration to the table.

Thrifty Pirate Party Food

Like my daughters Enchanted Forest Party that we had last year, I made up name labels for all of the food. This is the fun bit.
Dead man's fingers pirate party food ideas
I made the labels myself by printing off images from the web and sticking them all together. The little *pirate food flags I bought online and I believe they cost me about £2 for a pack of 50!
Ideas for pirate party food
I also wanted to get some healthy food in there somewhere.
Pirate party food ideas
The party food doesn’t have to be expensive if you shop around you can find some great deals. I personally like to use a lot of the value range party foods that you can find in most supermarkets. Kids don’t care in the slightest about how much the food cost. Here’s the party boy enjoying his value party snowballs.
Pirate party ideas

Thrifty Pirate Costume

I started to worry about finding my son a pirate outfit for the day. Every pirate outfit I found online seemed to cost between £15 – £25 which is way more than I was prepared to spend on an outfit that he would only wear once; then as luck would have it I went into our local charity shop on my weekly recky and came across a pirate outfit and it was only £1. It just goes to show that if you keep your eye out there are bargains to be had.
Thrifty pirate party outfit found in a charity shop

 Thrifty Pirate Decorations

For the table decorations, I was able to use the paper plates that we had leftover from my daughter’s party and make it work with the new theme, from toadstools to pirates. I also bought a few bags of gold coins in advance at Christmas in our local pound shop to scatter across the tables. The gold on the table were rocks from the garden that I spray painted with gold spray, again from the pound shop.
Thrifty pirate party table decorations

Thrifty Pirate Party Bags

For the party bags, I bought the *red and white striped paper bags online at very low cost. I printed the name labels off on my computer and stuck them on. I then just used some string I had at home to tie them off. I thought they turned out pretty good.
Homemade pirate party bags

So there you have it, a thrifty pirate party. I think everyone enjoyed themselves.
Pirate Party
How to Throw a Thrifty Pirate Party
Gina Caro
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9 thoughts on “How to Throw a Thrifty Pirate Party

  1. Just love your party ideas – i too try to do beautiful parties on the CHEAP!! Just done a minecraft party for my 10 year old and a princess party for my 7 year old…have my 18 year old’s fairytale enchanted woods party in two weeks. Found a guy who lops trees to cut me some slices of tree trunk for FREE (my favourite price) and decorating can be cheap if you are creative. I’ve attached my URL so you can see my latest party, was so much fun.

    1. Thank you, I really enjoy organising them. Think we’re going to have a Mad Hatters Tea Party next, that should be fun. Love your party ideas too.

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