Pirate and Mermaid Party Food Ideas

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If there is one thing I love about parties, it is themed desserts.  I cannot cook for the life of me, but I am an acceptable baker.  With the help of Pinterest, I rounded up some cute ideas for party foods, recreated some and created a few of my own.  It made for a sugary party table (odd for someone who doesn’t enjoy sweets, eh?), and left my husband saying – do you think we could add some healthy options next year? (Sigh…Yes.)

Here’s my dessert table round-up from the weekend’s party…

1. Clam-Shaped Cookies

Using Pepperidge Farm’s Lemon cookies, pink icing, and a yogurt-covered raisin, I recreated the clam cookies found here.  My monkey fist bookend from the boys’ upcoming beach-themed bedroom makeover made a reappearance in the background…

2. Sushi Rice Krispie Treats

These were the most fun to make and my husband’s favorite to eat.  After avoiding a near krisp-tastrophe in rolling the sushi balls, the rest was easy.  The trick to rolling the balls (which I learned from my FIL) is to butter two spoons and use them to pass the rice krispie treat mixture back and forth until it is balled in the shape you want.  Inspired by these beauties, my version disappeared before the end of the party.

3. Beach and Ocean Cupcakes (Complete with Pirate Flags)

I love creating cupcakes.  This year I made cupcakes with flags (constructed from lollipop sticks, washi tape, and craft foam) and sand- and water-topped buttercream icing.  The sand was constructed from a box of Nilla wafers and 3 Oreos thrown in a food processor.  The water was created using this video tutorial for edible glitter.  The buttercream, which was a big hit, was a simple recipe from here.  Aren’t these cupcakes cute?  And so simple!

4. Fish Butter Cookies

See our family’s take on Betty Crocker’s classic Spritz recipe here.

5. Pirate-Carved Watermelon Fruit Tray

I carved a classic pirate skull and bones from a watermelon (just like carving a pumpkin!) and glued a piece of fabric to cover the “eye” with an eyepatch.  Yo Ho!

Hope you found some dessert ideas for your next pirate or mermaid party!  Stay tuned later this week to see some of our beachy decorations and our pirate and mermaid activity stations!

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  1. Love the pirate patch watermelon!
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  2. You have the best ideas for a pirate party! I love your pins, too.
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  3. I have a pirate fan over here, so this is great! His birthday will be while we’re on vacation in the Outer Banks (notorious for pirates) so I’m bookmarking for later. He’d love some of these pirate treats!
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    • Thanks so much! We spend a lot of time in the Keys (also notorious for pirates) which I think is where my sons’ interests started. I thought so many of the pirate parties online were really scary and morbid for my toddler, so I tried to make it a little friendlier!

  4. They must have had a BLAST! And clam cookies…AWESOME! Nice work mama!
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  5. Those are beyond adorable. Wish I would have had those ideas a few years ago when we made my oldest a pirate party!
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  6. Such cute ideas. I love having homemade birthday parties for my kids, much more personal and the kids always love it.

  7. Great pictures!!!

  8. I love the watermelon! I missed it in the top image. That is stinking cute! I may steal, ahem, borrow these ideas for my sons’ fall birthday party.
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