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A Pirate and Polka Dot Boy and Girl Birthday Party

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A pirate themed party always guarantees a great time! Staci of Lizard and Ladybug put a fun pirate and polka dot twist on this adventurous theme as she celebrated both a girl and boy’s birthday party for her son and daughter. Her decoration ideas are creative and budget friendly.


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To set the scene for this pirate party, Staci hung a giant Jolly Roger flag at the entrance along with darling pirate themed signs crafted by The Purple Pug.  DIY “Yo Ho” bunting made of coffee filters and polka- dotted 3-D cardboard (first) initials added a personal touch.


polka dotted pirate birthday party

I am smitten with the way Staci displayed her refreshments! First up: a DIY treasure map table cover using kraft paper and paint. Black dots mark the path to the yummy food.  Each item was also marked with a food label, making the tempting choices easily identifiable.

black dot mark pirates party

black dot mark pirates party

Some of my favorite theme-coordinating snacks are the creative fruit swords (fruit kabobs speared with a plastic sword toothpick), plank cookies (Kit Kats and wafer cookies), pirate poppers (donut holes) and “treasure maps” (fruit roll ups).

fruits roll up pirate birthday party

plank cookies pirate birthday party

pirate poppers birthday party

fruit roll pirate party

Food was plenty and delicious looking options include polka dot pops, pixie dust (pixie sticks), gold doubloons (chocolate coins) and ship wheel pasta (tortellini with sun-dried tomatoes and basil).

polka dot pirate party



pirate poppers

Cupcakes were crowned with cute toppers from The Purple Pug and displayed in a three-tiered stand.


To keep little pirates from mutiny, Staci planned fun activities.  First off—and a definite hit—was the huge bouncy-house pirate ship.  Pirates need a ship!

pirate ship

And if there is a pirate ship, then walking the plank is always a possibility.  Staci used a blue tarp to represent water.  Kids walked polka dotted wood planks.

polka dotted wood planks

Another way guests kept busy was with bubble pirate “swords”.  Staci thought of everything, including a refill station where guests could add more bubble solution.  Not only could guests enjoy their bubble swords at the party, they also served as a great take-home party favor.

pirate swords

At the request of her children, affectionately called “Lizard” and “Ladybug”, a filled treasure chest piñata was another fun party activity. Guests took a whack or two until the loot scattered on the ground.

piñata pirate party

As pirates disembarked from this exciting seafaring party adventure, they visited one last station. Fish netting held treasure maps which thanked them for participating in the pirate and polka dots adventure.

fishing net pirate party

What a swashbuckling’ good time!

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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it’s okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.