When the party guests' stomachs start to growl, it's time for some pirate party food. There are lots of pirate party food ideas you can serve at a pirate theme kids party.
While you don't want to serve what pirates actually ate on the open seas, remember that to be a pirate means not using good table manners and centering the food on a pirate or nautical theme. This means lots of finger food as well as food that makes the party guests think about ships and the ocean.
For the main course, consider serving chicken drumsticks and wings. Little hands can grab these easily and tear right in with pirate gusto. Another entree idea is to make pigs in a blanket, but call them "pirate fingers." Chicken nuggets can double as gold pieces and even sandwiches can take on a pirate theme with little plastic swords holding them together. Fish and chips are the perfect nautical fare for party guests as well.
Side dishes allow you to use even more creative pirate party food ideas. Turn creamy pasta alfredo into slimy seaweed with a few drops of green food coloring or serve round cheese puffs and call them cannonballs. Change the traditional "ants on a log" to "pirates on a ship" and use celery and apple slices filled with peanut butter. Thread little paper sails onto toothpicks and insert gently into each portion and don't forget the raisin pirates. Of course, cheddar goldfish crackers bring the ocean right to each plate. Cut up refrigerated breadstick dough and form a dozen little X's. Bake and coat with butter and Parmesan cheese and you'll find that every pirate is eager for an "X marks the spot" at the pirate theme kids party.
Consider drinks in your pirate party food ideas. Everyone knows that pirates drank grog or ale, so use foamy root beer in mugs to satisfy their thirst. You can also make "Barracuda Blood" drinks by mixing fruit punch and fizzy lemon-lime soda. For simple convenience, purchase juice boxes of apple juice or fruit punch and paste a skull and crossbones cutout on each one.
Learning pirate history is a fascinating glimpse into a world of those who lived hard and brutal lives on the seven seas whether you share some pirate stories, name food items after famous pirates or simply want to learn more about them with your pirate-obsessed child.
Treasure hunt ideas can be elaborate for older kids or simple and fast for a younger crowd. No matter the age of the party guests, any well-done treasure hunt activities will make the pirate party memorable.