Pirates are known for being a raucous bunch--and as a party theme, a rollicking good time all around. Besides having guests dress in pirate gear and playing swashbuckling music, provide pirate party foods as well: foods that have something to do with life on the high seas and throughout the Caribbean (the pirates' stamping grounds) but that are also party-appropriate, such as finger foods and cake.
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Caribbean Finger Foods
Serve various Caribbean foods, since many pirates sailed in the Caribbean and enjoyed these foods at port. Choose finger foods because they're easily picked off a plate and eaten. Fried, salted plantains (these look like large blackened bananas when raw) make a good choice, and so do taquitos, which are small fried tacos popular in Puerto Rico.
Tropical fruits are a great choice for a pirate party, since they are reminiscent of the Caribbean. Slice up some bananas, pineapples, mangos and papaya, and let guests eat them off toothpicks.
Pirates were often on the ocean for long stretches of time. They had to bring preserved foods with them to eat after all the fresh food had gone bad or been eaten. This could include everything from hard biscuits (called hard tack) to salted meats to sauerkraut. However, these might not be the most appealing party dishes, so tame them a bit by serving the sauerkraut on hot dogs and the biscuits fresh and steaming, topped with cheese. Pickled food is another fun choice: Arrange a plate with pickled green beans, pickled peppers and pickle slices.
Bake a rum cake to serve at the party. Rum was a Caribbean favourite among pirates, and a rum-inspired cake can give a tone of pirate revelry to your party. Variations include a pineapple-rum cake or a chocolate-rum cake.
Sugar cookies are a fun party treat that can be shaped and decorated in any way you like--including with a Jolly Roger's skull and crossbones. With a skull-shaped cookie cutter or a knife, cut skull shapes out of cookie dough. Decorate with black and white sugar crystals or draw skull details onto the cookies with frosting. If this is for a kids' party, have the children decorate their own skull cookies.
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