Pirates. I knew little to nothing about how pirates in the early 1700’s actually operated (worth some quick Google searches) until I was introduced to the STARZ series Black Sails, a prequel to Treasure Island. It paints a vastly different picture than Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow. The four seasons originally aired 2014-2017, it’s on Hulu now, and I must say the effects have stood the brief test of time. Like most subscription original series, you just need to get beyond the extra-ribald first season to get sucked into the plot and character development.
To celebrate the end of a binge and set the mood for viewing the final Black Sails episodes (and to feel control over some aspect of my tiny world) I turned the apartment into a mini pirate den. Of note, searching “pirate party” only produced little kid birthday bashes with games and finger food menus, so I was flying pretty blind with this.
The Must Haves:
- Fishing nets
- Candles everywhere they safely can be placed (setting things ablaze is cool for pirates, but not for renters)
- Empty bottles – tall, short, clear, colored, etc.
- Palm leaves and tropical plants
- A festive playlist – the Black Sails soundtrack is 10/10
- Gold coins (pirates need booty)
- A black sail (or banner) to show where your loyalties lie
I knew better than to attempt any sort of authentic cooking, so we ordered from a highly recommended place in the city. I, a fool, ordered the fried fish not realizing it would literally be a fried fish that had to be picked apart like a steamed crab.
The Beverage(s) of Choice:
- Dark and Stormy – dark rum, lime juice, dry ginger beer
- Painkiller – Virgin Islands rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, cream of coconut
- Jungle Bird – blackstrap rum, campari, lime juice, simple syrup, pineapple juice
- Mai Tai – white rum, gold rum, aged rum, a different aged rum, orange curaçao, lime juice, orgeat
So happy watching of Black Sails!
Or happy reading of Treasure Island!
Or happy decorating for a just-because pirate party!