We used a hot glue gun to attach labels to seashells so that everyone would know what they were eating. Zach and I also had a ridiculous amount of fun trying to think of creative ways to tie the food into the theme with some terrible puns. We love bad puns.
First up: Catch of the Day. We had goldfish crackers and fish sticks as an entree.
Of course, fish and chips is a natural fit. But chips aren't quite right when your child is named "Tate", and his most common nickname is, of course, "Tater Tot". So lo and behold:
(Come on, funny right? "Tate-arrrr tot"? For a pirate party? We crack ourselves up.)
With all the deep-fried junk food, we needed some fruit in there, didn't we?
Ruby red punch, anyone?
And what would a party be without cake? On Tate's actual birthday, I made a traditional layer cake, topped with a ship to tie into the coming pirate party theme, as dessert.
So for the party, we decided to go with the easier-to-eat, ultra-adorable, and super-delicious mini cupcakes. They fit our theme perfectly.
The menu was easy. It was fun. It was kid-friendly. Nothing required forks. All-in-all, I think the menu worked.
P.S. For the parents, Zach put together platters of assorted cheeses, hummus, salami, crab cakes, and a little more "high brow" food. He also made rum-based cocktails. My favorite was his rum-and-pineapple concoction, served on ice, in a mason jar. Yum.