Aye Matey! It's a Pirate Party!

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Aye Matey! It's a Pirate Party!

In order to celebrate our Disney trip this fall early-I am thinking of hosting a summer of Pirate Parties!

We have a generous sized deck and I have already picked up some of the beautiful under sea life melamine dishes from Pier 1 Imports. I'm thinking of carrying over that nautical theme in the patio decorations and then having "special" pirate decor to bring out just for pirate party night.

So far, I've dug around some antique markets and picked up some really reasonable crates, barrel, seashells, nautical rope, fish netting and an old pelican statue. And to add that extra scoundrel feel on pirate night, I was going to add some black mesh netting (left over from Halloween), a scorpion skeleton and maybe pick up a set of big, jail keys on a ring.

I'm at a loss on what else to do to pick up the pirate beat.
Any suggestions for how to represent Capt. Sparrow and fly our colors high???

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Maybe you can get a "treasure map" and a big jar of sand?!? You need some goblets with jewels and don't forget the rum! This sounds like a hoot!

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I got the Rum covered! biggrin Great ideas! I just remembered I also have a medium sized pirate chest...I need to write down to pick up some cheap fake pearl necklaces for it..and I have some fake diamonds left over from our wedding table decor...ohhh think this is going to be fun! Keep the ideas rolling in! Also need ideas for invites, food, drinks, etc.

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I agree with Belinda about the Rum. Lots and lots of Rum......

How about a cardboard cutout figure of the man himself? Or a dog toy/ figure to hold the keys?

Music? The soundtracks to both the film and the ride?

How about the gold chocolate coins you can get around Christmas time? I know some people stock them all year over here. Also lots of kids plastic gold and pearl/ coloured necklaces to make piles of treasure?

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I have real dogs..wonder if I could hook the keys to one of them ? ha! Great idea on the music, I just checked Amazon Prime and they do have some of the soundtrack-downloading it now.....I did see a standee of Capt. Jack...thinking I could make a photo booth area with the cut out and maybe some pirate props-hats, eye patches.... this could become addictive!

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I wish you could bottle up the smell from Pirates and share it with your guests! A life size cutout of Captain Jack would be fabulous - a must have! This will be super fun for you and your guests!

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I have a cookbook with a treasure chest cake in it, looks fairly simple, chocolate sponge and buttercream....

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Speaking of flying your colors, you have to have the Jolly Roger flying over the patio!! Maybe some lanterns too!

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The first thing to pop in my head was rum but I see you have that covered.

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How high is your deck? Run a plank off the side and if any guests misbehave threaten to make them walk it.

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You know- I could plank the side of the deck! Could be fun after the rum runs out! eek

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Mardi Gras beads make a great filler for a treasure chest and you can give them out to your guests to wear and take home afterwards.
My treasure chest (what? Don't all you Disney fans have one?) has beads spilling out of it. It looks great.

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Oh Ms Mikki! I love that you have a treasure chest out all the time! I think I should add that to our home decor somehow! mickey (as Amy is giving you a dirt look!)

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Belinda wrote:
I wish you could bottle up the smell from Pirates and share it with your guests!

There is a UK Etsy seller that is selling Pirates of the Caribbean scented candles!
https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/292068951/the-black-pearl-12oz-jar-disney-scented?ref=shop_home_active_1

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Oh my gosh! that is really cool!!!!

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Here's the invite message:

Come have a rollicking romp of a good time as we sail the high seas! All Pirates can enter the deck at 7:00pm for finger foods and rum. Bring your favorite appetizer with for plundering! Our scurvy crew will become landlubbers as we hit shore at dark. Warm up with us at a swashbuckling fire where we will weave the tales of those we made walk the plank.

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Love the invitation-" scurvy crew" is great! awesome

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There is a girl here that sells the candles too... I will post her page on Facebook for you!! SHe is from right here in Charleston!

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Sneak Peak of surprises and props for the Pirate Party

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Everything looks so fun- especially the cupcakes. Such a great idea for a party!

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The Pirate Party was a huge success! I'm thinking next month the Pirates will set sail and the natives on the island will throw a Tiki Party (we have plenty of tiki decorations already in the basement)- then the Pirates will return in July for my 45th Birthday party.....I see a summer of parties on the horizon! biggrin

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I bought plain glass growlers ( like the amber jug our drunken pirate skeleton is holding) and Amy put lettering on them for Rum. We used the other ones to hold the rum drinks in. Below are the 2 rum drinks we made- they both turned out quite tasty!

Captain Sparrow's Punch (also known as Planters Punch but we tweaked the original recipe)

This fruit flavored drink is thought to have originated in Jamaica. There are quite a few variations, but they all center around rum and the taste of fruit. Delicious any time of year, but particularly on those hot summer nights. A great cocktail.

Ingredients

1 Cup Amber or Dark Rum (we used Amber)
1 Cup Orange Juice (We used Florida's Best, no pulp)
1 Cup Pineapple Juice (we used canned Dole)
1 Cup Pomegranate Juice (we used Poms)
1 Cup Simple Syrup
1/2 Cup Grenadine or Maraschino Cherry juice (we used Maraschino Cherry juice)
Garnish with Orange Slices and Maraschino Cherry

Directions

Combine the rum, juices, and Grenadine.
Stir or shake vigorously until well blended, then pour into an
ice filled Collins glass. Add Garnish and ENJOY!

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and the second rum recipe:

Coconut Rum Punch - a delicious combination of tropical flavors and coconut rum to make one tasty party drink!

Siren's Warning Coconut Rum Punch:

Ingredients

1 Orange and lemon, cut into slices or wedges for garnish.
1 cup Grenadine or cherry syrup
2 cups Ginger ale
2 cups Orange juice
2 cups Pineapple juice
1 cup coconut rum

Mix Coconut Rum, orange juice, pineapple juice and ginger ale together.
Pour over ice and add grenadine, which will sink to the bottom for a beautiful ombre hue.
Serve with orange and lemon slices and maraschino cherries for garnish.

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We made it an appetizer pot luck as we had the party at 7pm on a Friday night. This worked out really well for us as by the time we had all had some drink/social time, then ate appetizers it was getting dark and we moved out to the fire pit. Most people left around 1130pm. By midnight we had the important things picked up, put away- and we were in the house. This still left Saturday and Sunday for people to do their own agenda, weddings, birthdays, mowing, etc.

Here are our appetizers-

Glazed Kielbasa Bites:

These are the perfect make ahead, bite sized appetizer. It has a sweet and salty flavor that people can't stop eating.

2 lbs. kielbasa, sliced into 1/2 inch pieces (we used turkey)
14 oz can pineapple slices, in juice, quartered
3 T teriyaki sauce
1 T sweet chili sauce
1 T honey
1 T pineapple juice (from can)

preheat oven to 425 degrees
place a piece of pineapple on top of a slice of kielbasa and stick a toothpick into them
in a small bowl combine remaining ingredients
line a baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray
place kielbasa bites onto the baking sheet
brush glaze over tops and sides of bites
place in oven and cook for 15 to 20 min (keeping an eye on them)
remove and enjoy hot!

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We also made the pirate cupcakes and some potato wedges....others brought cut fruit on bamboo sticks stacked to look like a ship, fish & chips (fish crackers and potato chips), cannon balls (malt balls), chocolate coins wrapped in gold foil, "planks" (sugar waffle cookies), little hot dogs in crescent rolls, and Hershey's gold nugget mini candies.

I was impressed how many people got in the pirate spirit of things and dressed up with some sort of jewelry and pirate accessories!

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The coconut rum punch sounds good.

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Must make punch today! Sunday Funday! Everything looks awesome!!! Great job awesome

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All looks great!

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That looks awesome Smile

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Looks like you had a great time!

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How awesome, that sounds like so much fun. I love your signs and pirate loot display.