A pirate-themed party is perfect if you've got a Jack Sparrow-obsessed toddler or preschooler running around your house with an eye patch. You can find plenty of pirate-themed decor and accessories at party stores, but you are on your own when it comes to the food. Keep your little pirate out of mischief before the big day by having him help you in the kitchen to create kid-friendly, pirate-themed party food.
Fruits and Veggies
Make a pirate ship using celery sticks. Cut celery stalks in half lengthwise and have your tot slather cream cheese down the middle of each stalk and add raisins on top to represent pirates. To make a sail, poke a pretzel through a small piece of lettuce so that it resembles a billowing sail, and stick it firmly into the cream cheese. Another idea is to make banana wooden planks to represent the plank pirate enemies have to walk. Slice bananas in half lengthwise. Brush each banana half with a little butter, then have your child dip each banana in ground almonds. For a treasure chest of gold, pour golden raisins into a miniature toy chest.
Your kid can easily make cool fish-shaped sandwiches using a cookie cutter. Help him assemble peanut butter and jelly, turkey and cheese, and tuna fish sandwiches, and then let him cut them into fish shapes with a fish cookie cutter. Place them on a blue platter to represent water. You might also be able to find a boat-shaped cookie cutter at a party store. For pirate swords, help him stick three mini meatballs each onto wood skewers. Use bell peppers cut into rectangles and a melon or pineapple chunk beneath it to create the sword handle at the bottom. You can fully expect your little swashbuckler and his friends to play with these chicken swords before eating them.
To make an under-the-sea dessert with your kid, first make a blue-colored gelatin mix according to the instructions on the box. Pour the gelatin halfway up in clear, plastic cups. Let your kid put gelatin candy such as gumdrops and gummy fish in each cup. Refrigerate until the gelatin is firm. Add a few drops of blue food coloring to whipped topping and have your toddler fill up the cups with it. To create chocolate cannonballs, mix crushed chocolate cookies and cream cheese together. Help your kid shape the mixture into round balls and dip each one into melted chocolate. Let them cool in the fridge, then assemble to look like a pyramid of cannonballs.
For easy drink mixes your kid can help you make, combine pureed fruit, such as strawberries, with lemon-lime soda or lemonade. Add red food coloring to make it bright red and call it "Bloody Punch." Add sherbet ice cream for a fizzy, sweet twist. For kid-friendly pirate "ale," fill cups with vanilla ice cream, then pour room temperature root beer on top.