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So we just decided to do a pirate party this year, yay!!!

Problem is I have no idea what to serve :( The decor will b that of a sunken ship. As for food I'm at a complete loss, I would like to go with Authentic Pirate food like Pirate Stew/Salamagundi (Beef Stew or maybe Spicy Shrimp Soup) and Hardtack (Baguettes) however I'm not sure if this will b too hearty for a party atmosphere and heavy drinking.

Or should we just do appetizers? I love the thought of appetizers but other than trays filled abundantly with meats, cheeses, fruits and vegetables I'm at a loss for theme finger foods. I've found several cutesy appetizers but aside from Roasted Parrot (wings) I've found them to be more kid like than I want.

Now onto the drinks...to save the budget I would like to do one punch rather than an open bar. Our friends always bring drinks but I would still like to provide them with something tasty (preferably with rum and that pairs with stew should we go that route)...and b friendly on the budget.

I know there are a lot of fruity punches out there which I'm open too should I decide to abandon the stew idea and go with a Caribbean feast instead (again at a loss of what to do).

I'm hoping to build a cardboard barrel to house the punch like this

http://artifygivecreative.com/2013/11/05/the-magic-of-cardboard-and-paper/butterbeer/

So please if you have suggestions or recipes that you've tried and approved I would hugely appreciate your input...especially with the punch, we are not huge drinkers so I'm at a total loss..
 

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I never had a Pirate themed party so I cannot give you tips by my experience but I'll try to help you anyway :)

I also do not know Pirate food, guess it would be only fish-based which I know nothing, so I'll skip to something more funny for a party. I looked on pinterest and found this, I think it looks promising!!

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/235876099203960498/

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/133348838938901447/

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/183592122279179717/

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/233976143112623715/

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/488851734522363212/

The cardboard barrel looks really awesome! I'm sorry I know no drink... only sometimes we do some CubaLibre which is simply Rum, Cola, Ice and Lemon Slices!
 

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Lots of Rum, LOL, or Grog as they call it.

They make individual bags of "Pirates Booty" - that white cheddar popcorn that is pretty good.

I like the look of the appetizers on little swords.
 

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You can use one of those small skellies to display all the meats and cheese in, stick a sword in his ribs, add a patch.
I think I served meatballs at our pirate party. I never to seem to get around to naming the food any names though?
I'll have to look for the punch recipe I used.
 

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I started peaking at some of the meatball, little smokey recipes...I really want to do the Salamungdi but am afraid my sons friends won't go near it (teenagers). (I guess I could just do the chili and call it Salamungdi, after all its kinda like stew and it is spicy).


Lol on the cheese tray...I'm actually thinking about having this little critter on the food table stealing food off the platters (if I can get him to turn out right).
http://www.piratesurgeon.com/pages/haunted_house/piratehh_monkey.htm
 

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First things that came to mind-
Shrimp with cocktail sauce (or whatever the red stuff is you eat with cold shrimp... I hate shrimp, lol)
Pineapple and Canadian bacon pizza, maybe cut into small squares (yeah its call a hawaiian pizza but its got pineapples so it seems Piratish/carribeanish)
Something with coconut, maybe dessert
Blue punch... with rum... something like a Hurricane that you get in restaurants maybe...
Some sort of lemon shot ... to keep you from getting scurvy... there's a drinking game in there somewhere
 

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http://www.pinterest.com/pin/20688479511285526/

The meathead skull would be good. I can't find a better pictue than this one. It can really look creepy and cool.


Also the small skeleton stretched out on the table with various meats of just summer sausage all across the rib area is good. You could do a sign about the last one to walk the plank.

My guests (especially the teens) love the meatballs or little smokies in bottled chili sauce and grape jellie. The meatballs look like a stew in the crockpot.
 

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Yeah I thought about fish, problem is my guests would prefer fried...and that would b a nightmare keeping it warm. Plus aside from cooking it on command I wouldn't b able to keep it fresh....and after a very successful corn dog and funnel cake concession stand at our CarnEvil party I've learned NEVER EVER DOIN THAT AGAIN lol....I don't think I moved away from those friers for 4-5 hrs lol
 

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K so the more I obsess over this menu I'm really thinking both Pirate Stew and Turtle Burgers are out. Mostly cause I think the stew will b passed over by the teens and although I think the burgers can b cute I think they'll b too time consuming and costly if we have a large crowd (we usually have around 30/35 but did hit the 80+ mark one year).

So that leads me back to silver trays filled abundantly with cheeses, meats, fruits/veggies, sweets....and maybe some dips, cocktail weenies, meatballs and wings...

Here's what I'm thinking: seeings how pirates have an abundance of food when first at sea (prior to it spoiling)...I'm thinking do Moldy Cheese, Moldy Fruit (paint some pieces with Kayro syrup and frost it with mold -colored sugar), Maggot Infested Cupcakes, maybe my Spinach Artichoke Dip, Moldy Bread (food coloring) and as for the Rotten Meats maybe toss a couple pieces of cooked rice on the wings or a handfull of cooked rice in the weenies and balls.

I'm thinking rather than name them I can just do a beautiful menu...might even include some handy pirate tips how to knock maggots off your food by banging the bread on the table...or drink more rum so you dont notice the taste of the rotten food...not sure yet.

Here's a couple links so u can see what I'm thinking
http://www.tastebook.com/recipes/1512367-Moldy-Cheese-Balls

Bread using cream cheese/blue and green food coloring
http://mobile.chefkoch.de/rezepte/m1063021211620206/Schimmeliges-Brot.html

http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/cleanplatecharlie/2012/10/gross_halloween_cupcakes.php
 

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Oooh!


I think the mold thing is a great idea.... as long at your guests aren't the kind to skip over gross looking food. Have you had success with things like that in the past (foods that have a gross appearance)?

I would love to see pics of that! It sounds great!
 

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@ Stochey... We have but nothing like maggots lol. I think they'll do okay, luckily just like pirates, give them a little alcohol and they'll eat just about anything lol

@ Halstaff...I love the skeleton idea but sadly I am a haunter with no skellys...not even one :( (I know...it's so sad)...I really need to work on that this year ;)
 

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I had a thought:

Hard boil some eggs. slice in halves. take out the yolks and whip with mustard, mayo, etc. stuff back into egg halves.

then cut beef jerky into thin slivers. use each sliver to spear a piece of lettuce,

then insert the jerky sliver into the whipped yolk, and you have something that looks like a ship with a mast and sail.

voila!
 

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this is also my theme... this year.. first time ive decided to go with a certain theme instead of just putting out all the stuff i have acquired.. im really excited.. we have even purchased a steel fence to keep out our neighborhood tots and dogs so that they dont destroy any of my props this year( this was the case last year) . so i have subscribed to this thread... as soon as i get my pirate stuff on a diff board on pinterest... i will post the link to you for you maybe it can get you some ideas ... HERE' S to wishing us both a SUCCESSFUL party !!!
 

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I started peaking at some of the meatball, little smokey recipes...I really want to do the Salamungdi but am afraid my sons friends won't go near it (teenagers). (I guess I could just do the chili and call it Salamungdi, after all its kinda like stew and it is spicy).


Lol on the cheese tray...I'm actually thinking about having this little critter on the food table stealing food off the platters (if I can get him to turn out right).
http://www.piratesurgeon.com/pages/haunted_house/piratehh_monkey.htm
wow!!! he is scarey!!! and awesome.. doubt i will even try to make him.. good luck!!!!!
 
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