There is never a bad time to throw a pirate themed party and look for cool pirate party ideas. Of course there’s always Halloween — and then today’s Talk Like a Pirate Day. (One of our favorites!) But it’s a cool birthday party theme all on its own, and it doesn’t even have to be all Pirates of the Carribbean themed either. So thanks to printable decor and activities, crafty DIY shortcuts, movies on demand, and clever but easy cupcake decorating ideas, it’s possible to pull together a cool pirate themed party (or pARRRty) for your kids and all their best mateys in just...Read More
Ahoy mateys, it’s Talk Like a Pirate Day, one of our favorite should-be-a-real-holiday days of the year. And though my “pirate speak” is a little rusty, my ability to find some of the cutest and coolest pirate-related treasures is right on the mark. So keep reading for six of the best pirate-related gifts for the little landlubbers and scallywags in your crew. Hopewell Creek Designs’ 9-piece felt pirate set (at top) has everything to get your buccaneers started: a handy treasure map, a compass, gold doubloons, a bottle of Pirate Rum, and the Jolly Roger flag to fly proudly on the mast...Read More
Fun fact: scurvy can make your teeth fall out, which means that many pirates had the same problems as our gap-toothed elementary school kids. So what a perfect little way we’ve discovered to celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day! This ceramic Tooth Fairy Dish hails from CMP favorite mom-run shop The Brick Kiln on Etsy, and makes tooth-to-booty transformations cute and easy. Plus? How great to find one that doesn’t have a fairy on it for our sons (and daughters) who may not like such things. Even if they do like the actual tooth fairy. You can personalize the name, hair...Read More
Avast me hearties, it’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day! And if you have a little landlubber who likes to plunder your desk drawers and yell arrrrrrr at all hours of the day and night, we have got the cutest little tee to add to your booty. The Pepe the Pirate tee from b. childrenswear features a kid-friendly design for kiddos with an affection for life on the high seas. I’d call the design “pirate lite” since Pepe looks like he’d be perfectly amenable to swabbing the deck a second or third time, instead of doing something truly lawless. If...Read More
Arrr! What could be cuter than a tiny pirate rattle? Why, a tiny baby holding on to a tiny pirate rattle, of course. September 19 is Talk Like a Pirate Day. But just because you’re too little to talk, doesn’t mean you can’t participate. For every baby who ever dreamed of being a boatswain and swabbing the decks, this adorable tiny pirate rattle is a perfect introduction to life on the high seas. From the scruffy beard to the embroidered belt buckle, this freebooter might just be the cutest pirate I’ve ever seen. And, shiver me timbers, there’s even...Read More
Ready to put an end to the old question about how one man can defeat 10 ninjas? Well if he’s a pirate in the hands of a very good checker player, it’s not only possible, it’s likely. The pirates vs ninjas checkerboard from Brooklyn artist Anna Donado of Goosegrease, is amazing both in concept and in execution. It’s all handmade and handpainted using non-toxic materials. (She specializes in cake toppers, so one would presume that she knows a little something about non-toxic paints.) Of course 34 handmade characters, the checkerboard, and a little muslin bag for storage doesn’t come...Read More
Avast, me hearties and shiver me slumbers! This organic pirate bedding is the next best thing to being rocked to sleep in the crow’s nest. And even better, you can’t get seasick! Those scurvy dogs at The Land of Nod are in cahoots with Winter Water Factory to bring you A Pirate’s Bedding for Me, which is one of the most stylish sets of pirate bedding for kids we’ve ever seen. From sheet to duvets to shams, yarr setting sail in 200 thread count, machine washable, organic cotton. We love the cool blue and the subtle rolling waves, which...Read More
This Monday is TLAPD. That’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day, in case you were too busy getting keelhauled to check your calendarrrrrrr. We’ve been celebrating for years, of course and we’ve got the pirate underwear to prove it. But if you’re on board, we’ve got some great ideas for gettin’ yer grog on. Did a scurvy dog poke out your eye? You’re going to need an eye patch. And they even have hot pink. Or you can always get some from the party store and give the kids glitter pens and paint markers to personalize. Setting up a photo...Read More
After falling in love with Canadian mom Kate Inglis’ writing at her personal blog Sweet Salty, it was no surprise to me that she’d write a book. But what I didn’t expect was that it would be the fantastically scrumptious morsel of kid fiction, The Dread Crew: Pirates of the Backwoods, now finally available in the USA. [see the giveaway after the jump!] The story begins with the pirates of the Dread Crew lost in the Maritime woods, with self-proclaimed pirate tracker, Eric Stewart, hot on their tail. We then follow his wonderful adventures, all of which are illustrated...Read More
When I was a kid, a tent was a musty quilt over a card table, and it was heaven. Kids have it a little better today, and the magic of a secret fort lives on with the fantastic card table playhouses by Miss Pretty Pretty of Imaginative Play Toys. Check out the pirate ship playhouse (hardy har yarr), the firehouse, fairy house, colorful cottages, super hero hideout, princess playhouse, and more. She’s got all the childhood obsessions covered, and also handles custom orders in case your kid just can’t live without a purple Indian princess and pirate castle in...Read More
As the New York City taxpayer amongst us, I felt it my sworn duty (so help me Bloomberg) to try the New York Pizza flavor Pirate’s Booty recently introduced by Robert’s Gourmet. You know, the beloved makers of all-natural treats for parents looking to justify the snacks in the house. I’m happy to say that the flavor of these baked corn and rice puffs does taste like pizza, more than say, pizza-flavored Combos. (So now you know my guilty pleasure airplane snack.) I was quite surprised that you can actually taste real tomato and oregano, and paprika gives it...Read More
The only thing that could make Alpha Mom’s new free designer online invitations made exclusively for Pingg better is if they’d been available last month when I was planning my son’s birthday party. I can’t believe how perfect the whimsical, smiling pirates would have worked for his sweetly naive “friendly” pirate party and honestly, they’re far cuter and more attention grabbing than some of the more generic looking designs on other e-invitation sites. Even though the ship has sailed on his party, these happy creatures can also be found on three other e-invitations, including an adorable Halloween Party design...Read More
We love Oliver Chin, author of the Tales from the Chinese Zodiac Series. In his latest book, Baltazar and the Flying Pirates, Chin teams up with illustrator (and blogger!) Justin Roth in this, um, high-flying tale of adventure and fortune. The best part? The head pirate, Captain Redlocks, is a redheaded woman. Oh yes she is. And she captains the Cutlass, the fastest ship in the skies. Because not only men can be all swarthy and adventurous and brandish swords and wear cool black eye patches. (Does anyone besides me see a hat tip to My Lady’s Cutlass, the...Read More
It had to happen eventually – -first Cookie Monster, and now pirates have gone on a health kick. Now your wee sea raider can easily sport a message of terror best befitting his or her station in life (right at the highchair) with these adorable pirate onesies. And really, is there any message that strikes more fear into a kid’s heart than the directive to eat yar peas and carrots! Find them from the terrific design studio, Red Prarie Press for just 15 bucks. Then when dinner is refused, you can feel free to declare it’s time for someone...Read More
After having a son, I quickly realized that boys tend to get that end of the stick when it comes to decor options. Basically, you’re stuck with some variation of planes, trains, or dinosaurs, and that’s really about it. If you’re lucky, maybe a space ship. So when I found the pirate wall stickers from Nouvelles Images, a French-based design company, I just had to share. We’re already huge wall decal fans at our house, since we seem to be pretty fickle about design. Like most of the wall stickers we’ve featured, you can move and reposition them as...Read More
Pirates may be lawless, mean and smelly, but I’m having a blast listening to the buccaneering rock of Portland, Oregon’s Captain Bogg & Salty on their new CD, Emphatical Piratical. And fortunately, instead of telling my kids to rob and pillage, they’ve taught them some of the more practical things one needs to learn for a life at sea with songs like Don’t Drink Seawater and Never Smile at a Crocodile. The first few songs remind me of the fast beats and choral chants of a Dropkick Murphys show minus the bodies hurtling through the air. But these hardened...Read More
My son has decided he wants to be a pirate. For Halloween. And for a living. This is in large part because recently he’s become the star of a wonderful personalized book called Here There Be Pirates from Flatten Me. Just seeing his cute little face immortalized in a store-quality printed pirate adventure makes him want to major in plundering and pillaging. But when I think about it, isn’t that what reading is all about? Putting yourself in different shoes and situations? Mom of four and entrepreneur Margo Redfern gets this. She knows if kids are personally invested in...Read More
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