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Arrr! Throw a pirate-themed sleepover party!

Avast, me hearties, yo ho! Sept. 19 is International Talk Like A Pirate Day, and you know what that means! Grab your eye patches and parrots, girl, ‘cause it’s time to yuk it up with your best friends from dusk ‘til dawn with this walk like a pirate, talk like a pirate sleepover party.




A last minute BFF “kidnapping” is very Jolly Roger, but for invites with a bit more notice and a touch more class, try printing up scrolls on parchment paper. Use an old-fashioned font and have fun with the lingo:


Ye are summoned to appear the 19 of September before Captain (Your Name) at (time, address). Be not tardy lest ye be thrown into the brig!


All pirates shall wear proper garb to best celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day, or they shall walk the plank!


Tie up your scrolls with scarlet ribbon and covertly slide them onto your buds’ desks before class.




Line the walkway leading to your front door with posters. Draw a skulls and cross bones and leave warnings for your visitors of the “Turn back, scallywag, before it’s too late!” variety.


To set the mood inside, stock up on black balloons and gold streamers. Close the blinds and light some candles for some pirate party atmosphere.


If you’re really going all-out, why not create a Tortuga of your very own? Make a hideaway big enough for your sleeping bags out of sheets, pillows, and furniture (Be sure to get Mom’s approval first!). Is the weather still nice? Bring the party outside! Pitch a tent and toss in squashy pillows and electric lanterns.


Let it Roll off the Tongue


You can’t celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day without requiring your crew to, you know, talk like a pirate. Have them switch their Facebook language from English to Pirate in solidarity and require “Arrrs” and “Ayes” long into the night. The girl who keeps it up the longest deserves a prize! I’m thinking a jar of foil-covered chocolate coins would be appropriate.


Some Healthy Competition


If the pool’s still open, host a diving competition! Have your buds walk the plank. Be sure to give ‘em points for swagger and splash.


A costume contest is a must-have. Look for eye patches, peg legs, stripes, bandanas, torn shirts, and authentic hats.


Why not try a parroting pirate contest? The girl who mimics her friend’s pirate-speak the best wins!


For a hostess with time on her hands—or parents willing to set up the game—sponsor a treasure hunt. You can pit your friends against one another or search as a group. Make each clue a scroll and have them lead to the ultimate treasure…dessert!



Cook-out foods fit the hardy pirate lifestyle to a T. For snacks, how about some sea-worthy goldfish? Wipe out sugar cravings with Swedish Fish and gummy worms. To round out your sleepover nosh, try out these GL recipes:


On the Trail Mix Cookies would be the perfect complement to your treasure hunt.


This Pot O’ Gold Mac ‘N’ Cheese is an easy-peasy recipe guaranteed to satisfy pirate stomachs


Time to Tuck in?
Not before a movie or two! Cuddle into your sleeping bags and pop in the Pirates of the Caribbean. Not in the mood for Johnny Depp? Pick a classic pirate flick, such as The Princess Bride, Hook, or Muppet Treasure Island.

BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 9/16/2010 12:00:00 AM


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