A Princess & Pirate Tea Party

Ahoy, Mates!

In August, I threw a back-to-school Princess & Pirate tea party for the kids at church.  I wanted an event that would be special for the boys and girls.  And I knew there was no way a boy was going to a tea party without something enticing – hence the pirate part – Argh!

This event was for tots – age 10 and held on a Saturday from 11:00 until 12:30.  I’ve observed over the years that most people plan children’s parties to last entirely too long. A party for kids should be loads of fun, but the length of the party should correspond with the age of the child.

The Dreaded Pregnant Pause

Have you ever been to a child’s party (or any party) that was not very well organized and there was a lot of just sitting and looking around and yawning . . . . just a lot of bored people?  Well, let me say that I just hate pregnant pauses unless it’s in a comedy routine!  So an hour and a half – not over two hours – is the perfect length for a party for small children.  Trust me on this one!


I had a sign-up sheet on the INFO table weeks in advance.  I announced it each Sunday and made sure the kids knew it was going to be fun!  I usually do this about a month before the party and have a cut-off date to sign up about a week before the party.

Note:  Of course, if this is not going to be a church event, you can skip the sign-up sheet and send out invites!  😉

After all was said and done (some kids had other plans, some out of town, sports, etc.) we ended up with about 20 children and several parents.  Important Note:  Some people will show up that did not sign up or RSVP.  Some people will not show up that did sign up.  Trust me, after over 30 years of doing this, it’s a given.  So, plan on having a few extra place settings, prizes, etc.

My theme colors were pink and black.p22use



As the children arrived, each place setting had color sheets and a box of crayons (take home, also) and a pirate hat or tiara and a princess or pirate mug (to drink out of and take home).  So, they were suited up, settled down and quietly coloring (well, not so quietly, but it’s not a party if it’s quiet).p7use

I used pink tulle as a table skirt with a lighter pink overlay for the girls and a black table cloth with a pirate map as a runner for the boys table, with pirate “coins” sprinkled down the map/runner.p13use

 Let the Games Begin!

We had a real OK – make believe – pirate and princess on hand to oversee the games.  Believe it or not, musical chairs remains a favorite with most children.  Prizes were given to the winners and applause was given to all!  Of course, no child left the party without a bag of loot!p11use

Time to Eat!

After lots of fun, games, prizes and laughter, it was tea party time.


Peanut Butter & Jelly Party Sandwiches (No one at this party had allergies – make sure before serving)

Ham & Cheese Party Sandwiches

Goldfish & Teddy Grahams


Clear fruit punch (no stains) (pretend tea)

Note:  I’ve learned – with kids – to keep the menu simple and kid sized.

How To Sneak In A Lesson On Manners

While lunch was being served (hint:  the children were served at their tables.  Buffet lines don’t work so well with small hands trying to balance cups and plates), I had a simple hand-out to give the kids about basic table manners.  It was a color sheet and then we sang a song about proper manners and went through the worksheet.  Later, a mom told me that they went out to dinner that night and her little 3 year old daughter said, “We must put our napkins in our laps before we eat.”  That made my day!p23use

Dessert Bar


p1use.jpcandyapplesDessert was funfetti princess cupcakes and pirate peanut butter ball cupcakes with peanut butter buttercream frosting.  You can find the peanut butter cupcakes here.  The caramel apples were a take-home favor (no messy drips on princess dresses or floors).

The Favorite Thing!

Then, after the tea (punch) party, we had a princess and pirate treasure hunt!  This was a team treasure hunt.  Yes, they had to employ teamwork – one for all and all for one kind of thing.  I had made up five clues and placed them in locations to correspond with the clue.  So the first clue was given to them and each clue was a little poem that told where to find the next clue, etc.  They had to go inside, outside, to the basketball court, the fountain, etc.  The treasure hunt ended in the children’s church classroom (how fitting). (And I can’t believe I’m actually posting this pic of me with that weirdo face I’m making!)p32use

The boys received backpacks full of prizes – pirate patches, pirate hats, coloring books, pencils, crayons, candy, etc.  The girls received princess bags full of fun prizes, scented girly bath stuff, etc.  When they went back to the party area (fellowship hall) we helped them put their caramel apples, crayons, just washed mugs, manners hand-out and coloring sheets into their backpacks/bags.  They got a bunch of loot!  Note:  Parents were invited to eat, also, and they each received a caramel apple, as well.  We all like take-home favors!usethis

Where did I shop?

Tableware, balloons – Party City

Centerpieces – The Pirate Ship was ordered from Amazon.com.  The Princess centerpieces were a tea set, tiara, princess shoes, mirror, brush, all on a pedestal – all from Ross.  AFTER the party, I saw a princess castle at Walmart (party section) that would have been perfect for the princess table.  Oh, well. 🙂

Backpacks, Princess totes, mugs, prizes – Oriental Trading Company (online)

The ceiling decoration was plastic table covers and balloons – inexpensive, but impressive!  I found the idea on Pinterest.p35

Decor, Ideas and more for the best Princess and Pirate Party.

Looking for more pirate party ideas? Check out 30 Incredible Pirate Party Ideas!


About Alli

Southern, Morning Person, Jesus Girl, Frugal Party Planner, Writer/Blogger, Mom, Nana, Wife, Beach Bum Wannabe - Let's Have a Party!


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