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Fun with the Kids – Pirates of the Caribbean on Stranger Tides Party

What do you get when you mix a Friday off school with 11 kids ages 9-16 plus one cool new movie on DVD and top off with fun party food and activities? You get one fabulously fun day (and Mother of the Day award)!!

We were given the opportunity to review the new Pirates of the Caribbean on Stranger Tides movie that just came out on DVD and were given all the goodies to have a fun, family friendly party to go with it.

I had fun decorating the table using a gray flannel bed sheet as a tablecloth, the bandanas that were in the party pack and added the treasure chest pinata as our centerpiece. Included in the party pack were stick on mustaches and eye patches – these were definitely a hit! You can get your own Pirates of the Caribbean 4 party supplies at Celebrate Express.

The kids had fun working on the jack-o-lantern together – although somehow they miscalculated the whole thing with the eyes and we ended up with a pumpkin that had just an outline of a face. After they gave up on the pumpkin it was time to go back in and watch the movie. Because we had 11 kids here, we ended up playing the movie in two different rooms. The older teens – who were all in 9th or 10the grade were in the playroom watching it and the younger group 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th grade watched it in the living room.

The synopsis of the movie goes like this:

From Disney and producer Jerry Bruckheimer comes all the fun, epic adventure and humor that ignited the original. Johnny Depp returns as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. A tale of truth, betrayal, youth, demise — and mermaids! When Jack crosses paths with a woman from his past (Penélope Cruz), he’s not sure if it’s love or if she’s a ruthless con artist using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. Forced aboard the ship of the most feared pirate ever, Jack doesn’t know who to fear more —Blackbeard (Ian McShane) or the woman from his past. Directed by Rob Marshall, it’s filled with eye-popping battle scenes, mystery and all-out wit.

Well, it definitely earned its PG-13 rating in my opinion and while the high school kids LOVED the movie and really got into it, the younger group quickly lost interest and ended up going and doing their own things. I kind of went back and forth between the two groups and definitely saw scenes that would be disturbing to younger tween viewers – like the mermaid who grows fangs. Yikes! Of the 5 teens who watched the whole movie – which is 136 minutes long, 3 of them liked it better than the rest of the Pirates of Caribbean series, one said it was ok, and the other one thought it was the best movie ever and he was so into it he put headphones on so the other kids talking during the movie wouldn’t interrupt him.

Personally, I like the bonus features on the DVD like this one featuring the Legos best:


From the pinata to the pumpkin, the pizza, the movie and the mustaches, and even decorating some party favors, the day ended up being a huge hit!

Here are some printables you can use for your own movie watching party or just for some pirate fun!


Can’t get enough pirate goodness?


Disclosure: We received the movie party pack for review and to facilitate our Pirates of the Caribbean movie watching party, but all opinions of the movie are our own (well, those of the teens that came over to watch the movie ;-))


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