Talk Like a Pirate

Resources For A Wannabe Pirate

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So you want to throw a pirate party?  With National Talk Like A Pirate Day coming up on the 19th September, this is a great time to do your best at imitating some of our most atrocious ancestors.

But what do you wear, how do you decorate and how do you act? After all, if you’re going to do it you may as well do it properly.

To give you a helping hand we’ve put together a set of the best resources from around the web.


Invitations are a great way to set the tone and theme of a party before it has even started. Buy themed invites to give the guests an idea of what to expect, and provide them with some inspiration for their costumes.

Fancy Dress

Once you’ve decided on a theme it’s time to sort out your costume! Fancy dress is one of the integral parts of any party, and a great costume can turn you into a fearsome, swashbuckling pirate in no time. Give your friends a fright with some of these great resources to turn you into a savvy scallywag!

  • Make up can be a great tool to add the finishing touches to your perfect pirate outfit.  For all you budding pirettes, or female pirates for those not up on their pirate lingo, take a look at this excellent make up tutorial. You’re guaranteed to stand out from the crowd; think heavy eye shadow and red lipstick! 
  • Alternatively, for any boys who want to turn themselves into a legendary Disney scoundrel, this Captain Jack sparrow make-up tutorial shows you how to get the look.

Games & Activities 

There are plenty of games which can be adapted to a pirate theme. However, the obvious choice has to be the treasure hunt. Hide various items in and around the house. Create maps and age them by pouring on tea, or crumpling it up and smoothing it out several times. Mark out the prizes as X on the map.

Cannon ball toss will have the kids soaking wet and in hysterics! Have them pair up and face each other, then give them one black water balloon per pair. The aim is to throw it between them until it pops and one person is drenched!


If you’re throwing a party for a bunch of kids, then they will undoubtedly be nagging you for food before long. So why not make dinner time extra fun by cooking up some great pirate themed treats? Here are some ideas to try:

  • This treasure chest cake is a great twist on the traditional birthday cake. Its colourful treasure and yummy chocolate icing will fit in perfectly with the theme of the party, and the kids will love it. What’s more, it’s so easy to make!
  • Try these cool cupcake toppers to give your food an easy pirate makeover. Use these templates to top off your cakes and make them swashbuckling tasty. 
  • A very simple party food to help fill up tummies is pretzels. These conveniently look like anchors, and you can enhance the effect by using pirate napkins.
  • Check out this useful resource for pirate themed food ideas.

To be a convincing pirate you’re going to need to know some classic vocabulary and phrases.  Speakin' like a scurvy pirate isn’t harrrd 'n thar be lots 'o tools out thar to help ye.

These resources should get you ready to put on the pirate performance of a lifetime. Tweet us your pirate party pictures or share them on our Facebook wall, for a chance to become our Facebook fan of the week and get 10% off your next order.