Ahoy, It’s A Pirate Theme Baby Shower!
When my friend said she was doing a Pirate theme for her twin boys arriving soon, I envisioned Johnny Depp, skulls, liquor, sword fighting, and killing. I was not sure how these two precious bundles of joy would ever sleep in a room covered in that theme. More so, I wasn’t sure how in the world I would ever do a baby shower based around that theme. I had NO idea that baby Pirates was an actual theme and it had nothing to do with Pirates of the Caribbean. Thankfully, the babies’ room would not be PG-13 or R rated as I had originally thought (along with wondering if my friend had officially lost her mind!). However, I never realized just how adorable this theme would turn out to be in their room and in planning an event!
I sat down and started researching baby pirates. Fun Fiesta Party Designs created my unique invitation, Food Tents, Thank you Notes, and Banners with cute monkey pirates.
Next step was to create a Pirate theme menu for this fun baby shower.
Deadman’s Fingers – Little Smokies. Use your favorite recipe or if you don’t have one, we just throw the smokies in the crockpot, a bottle of your preferred BBQ sauce, 1 cup of brown sugar, ½ cup of ketchup, and a tablespoon of Worcestershire, stir it all together, and cook on low for two hours. You could also nix the crockpot Little Smokies and wrap the smokies in crescent rolls and cook in the oven. Perfect for Deadman’s Fingers!
Cannonballs – Meatballs. Again, if you have a favorite recipe, use that. For us, we rely on a 32 jar of grape jelly and a 12 oz jar of chili sauce. Some people use BBQ sauce instead of chili sauce so it is your own personal taste preference. Simmer in the crockpot on low for two hours. If you cook on the stovetop, just have them simmer in a pot for about the same amount of time on low.
Sandpit – Vanilla Pudding dessert. This is a fun dessert during the summer to layer in a sand bucket and use a shovel as the serving spoon. We used the shovel but put it in a rectangle dish and inserted gold coins.
- 1 pkg Vanilla Wafers
- ½ small package of Vanilla Oreos- See Instructions 1 for note on Oreos
- 8 oz Cream Cheese
- ¼ C Butter
- ⅔ C powdered sugar
- 2 small pkgs French Vanilla instant pudding mix
- 2¾ C Milk
- 12 oz Cool Whip
- Crush the Vanilla Wafers and Vanilla Oreos together until they resemble sand. The original recipe calls for only two Oreos but we felt like it needed much more to get the consistency we wanted.
- In a small bowl, cream together softened 8 oz cream cheese, butter, and powdered sugar until smooth.
- In another larger bowl, mix pudding with milk and then add the pudding mixture to the cream cheese mixture and mix together.
- Fold in all of the Cool Whip.
- Layer sand, pudding, sand, pudding, sand into whatever container you use.
- Serve with a shovel
Fish and Chips – Goldfish and Potato Chips
Parrot Food – Cheese and Crackers
Seaweed Salad – Pasta Salad. You can use the box kind or if you want a budget friendly version, make your own, which is what we do. For a Pirate theme, I would suggest using the colored spiral pasta. However, when your store is out of that or doesn’t even carry it, use the pasta shells, like we did. Cook the pasta according to the box then add in your favorite ingredients- cucumbers, tomatoes, olives, onions, pepperoni, shredded cheese, whatever you want! Then toss in Italian dressing and mix it all together. I left the bottle of Italian dressing on the table so people could add more as needed. The pasta really soaks it up so to keep it moist, keep it out or keep adding more as needed.
Pirate Ship Fruit Bowl – Watermelons cut into baby carriages is all the rave at baby showers. But try cutting a pirate ship, complete with sails, for your next Pirate theme party! Everyone LOVED the creativity and it was actually easy to do by just following directions easily found on the internet.
For beverages, we had Sea Water with bottles of water and Sea Punch, combining Blue Hawaiian Punch, Pineapple Juice, and 7 UP, to give it that Sea Blue color with a delectable taste.
A friend made the cake for me based on pictures I found on the internet. We added in cupcakes so it was easy for everyone to pick those up to eat and just had cute cupcake toppers added on. We sent mom and dad home with the cake. It was too cute to cut to be honest!
The next step was decorations and games. We kept it simple since most everyone was dropping in after work. A fun game we played was Name that Baby Song. Since we had guests from all generations at the party, it was interesting to see who knew which songs. These were snippets of songs with the word “baby” in each one. The guests had to write down the song and the artist to win the prize for the mom-to-be. She ended up winning the prize anyway!
The baby shower was a huge success. Who would have thought that a Pirate theme party for babies would turn out to be so cute and exactly what the mom-to-be would love?