BITS AND NIBBLES:
- swashbuckling snacks. Purchase sword-shaped cocktail picks, available at most grocery stores. Thread grapes, cheese or other sliced fruit onto each sword.
- Bone Bread Sticks.Make bone bread sticks out of dough and dip in bloody marinara sauce. Tell yer guests they taste bad to the bone!
- Canon Balls. Serve meatballs in Teriyaki sauce as canon balls. Stack them on several mini trays in pyramid style like canon balls ready for battle!
- Celery Ships. Cut celery into 3-inch lengths. Smear with peanut butter. Make a small pirate flag (using template with mystery) and stick in the center of the celery. Place a few raisins along the length to make the pirates.
- Watermelon Pirate Ship. Accentuate with a large pirate sail (template design included with mystery).
- Pirates Booty. Puffed corn. Not really sure why it is called Pirate's Booty, but it fits the theme.
Flags to name and label your food are included in the "extras" portion of your mystery.
- Fish and Chips. A staple in any seaside inne.
- Salmagundi. This pirate stew, based on a British recipes, was essentially a conglomeration of whatever they had on hand. This Americanized version of the dish has the easiest ingredients to locate. Pirate Salmagundi might include turtle meat among other uncommon ingredients.
- Jerk Chicken. When pirates landed on an island in the Caribbean, the eating was good. Barbecue was a common method for preparing food. This recipe will give you one of the popular, although spicy, flavors from the islands.
- Salty Sea Dogs. Serve hot dogs or sausages with a pirate sail (sails templates included in mystery packet).
- A CARRIBEAN TREAT. Serve ice cream balls rolled in coconut or frozen bananas and fresh mango sorbet for dessert.
- Ocean Blue Parfait. Make pirate parfait with blue jello and gummy fish. Top with white whipped cream sprinkled with blue sprinkles (for ocean waves) and an orange pirate ship with a toothpick pirate flag (included with packet).
- THEMED CAKES: Click on pictures to go to more in-depth directions on how to make the cakes seen.
- Shark's Blood Cocktails-- Freeze red Hawaiian Punch into ice cubes. Put the ice cubes into sprite or another clear liquid and watch as the sprite turns pink to red.
- Planters Punch - This punch will capture the spirit of pirate grog with the rum and citrus flavors, but a few other ingredients make it much more interesting than that. Serve it in a punch bowl OR serve it in labeled growlers. (Label designs included with the mystery.)
No matter what you serve, think about how ye serve it!
- Be sure to utilize the party extras portion of the mystery to make some growler labels that you can then fill with your favorite beverage!
- The how-to section will show you how to make a pirate treasure chest out of a styrofoam cooler – what better way to serve ye ale?
- And if you would like to label your food, there are templated designs to do that with pirate sails!
- And don't forget the MENU to list all the food ye will be servin'!
- As well as large pirate sails for foods like hot dogs, cake, watermelon, etc.
- And who can forget me favorite little Jolly Rogers to place in your appetizers?
SETTING YE PIRATE TABLE
There are many ways to really "dress-up" your table(s) for your party.
Cover your table with a black tablecloth and scatter gold chocolate (or plastic) coins and plastic jewels.
Create a treasure chest centerpiece and fill it with whatever you wish!
Adding a few pirate accessories can go a long way!
- Strings of beads/pearls wrapped around glassware, centerpieces, napkin holders, etc.
- Treasure chest
- Coins or jewels scattered about
- Red & white napkins
- A spyglass (or two)
- Empty bottles
Using bottles instead of glasses can add to the effect. If the bottles are clear, consider serving a red, blood-like beverage or utilizing the "shark's blood cocktail" idea on our food page.
Think about table runners or table clothes made out of materials such as:
- Red fabric
- Black fabric
- Fish netting
- Cheesecloth (pictured below right)
- Brown Craft paper
- Carribean inspired fabrics or designs
- Jolly Roger flags
- Striped fabric
- Skull-themed fabric
Looking for a cd filled with pirate ditties? Try this website that has reviews of pirate music. From "Got booty" to "Prelude to Mutiny", this website has reviews to help you pick a cd to your liking.
Movie Soundtracks-- Find some great pirate music from the soundtracks of famous pirate movies. Try Pirates of the Carribean, Pirates of Penzance or any of your favorite pirate movies!
For Free Music-- Visit your local library for a number of compilations from the time.