Yo Ho Yo Ho a Pirate’s Life for Us!
Photo Courtesy of Incredible Artists
Done right, a pirate-themed event is still a big hit with attendees. Here, elaborate décor also set the stage for character actors to have sword fighting fun. The stage was also set in the middle of the event to give a full 360 view of dueling displays.
Photo Courtesy of Morgan Eisenberg
Truthfully, most pirate grub doesn’t sound very appetizing. So we went with the Pirates of the Caribbean theme with Jamaican Beef Tacos.
1/2 cup diced fresh pineapple (from 1 pineapple, cored and skinned)
1/2 cup diced red onion (from 1 medium red onion)
3 small radishes, thinly sliced
1/3 cup fresh cilantro leaves and tender stems
2/3 cup thinly sliced red cabbage (from 1 head red cabbage)
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh juice from 2 limes
1/4 teaspoon sugar
Kosher salt, for seasoning
For the Beef Filling:
1 tablespoon vegetable or canola oil
4 scallions, white and light green parts only, thinly sliced
1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
4 medium cloves garlic, minced
1/2 or 1 Scotch bonnet pepper, seeded and minced, or Scotch bonnet hot sauce, to taste (see note)
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon Jamaican curry powder
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 pound ground beef
1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more for seasoning
1 teaspoon sugar
For the Tortillas:
1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon Jamaican curry powder
10 small flour tortillas
Walk the Plank
Photo Courtesy of Alpenfire
What better way to enjoy a pirate theme with a Pirate’s Plank titled drink. This Washington State specialty from Alpenfire is made with native yeast and Granny Smith apples in oak barrels, giving it a spicy tobacco note. Apropos for a drink named for Pirates, don’t you think?
Talk Like a Pirate Day
Photo Courtesy of Jason Nuttle
Talking heads is more than just a term for this party. This skull not only talks but interacts with guests, delightfully taking them by surprise. The skull, operated remotely by cameras and a character actor, is a fun, interactive way to get your guests talking, and talking like a pirate!