Yo ho ho, have a bottle of H2O.
I’m not into serving kids soda or even juice—I’d rather give ’em some healthy pirate grog (in this case, good old-fashioned water). You can customize the labels of these mini bottles at cherylstyle.com/book. We put a white skull and crossbones on a black background and wrote “Poison”—but you could also write “Jack’s Brew” or something similar.
Gnaw on yer pirate grub.
When pirates eat, they do it in excess, so bake up some big turkey legs that are even bigger than some of the kids’ heads. A watermelon ship, filled with fruit and complete with a Jolly Roger flag, is a great way to prevent scurvy. But of course, all little swashbucklers need something sweet: Skull sugar cookies (recipe available in Najafi’s book) are sure to satisfy their lily-livers!
Find Najafi's recipes for turkey legs and barbecue sauce, as well as a watermelon pirate ship, here.
Cheryl Najafi is a mom of three, an entertaining expert on The Today Show, and the New York Times bestselling author of You’re So Invited: Panic Less, Play More and Get Your Party On! ($29.99; available at major booksellers) from which this article is excerpted. Learn more about Najafi and her work at cherylstyle.com, facebook.com/cherylstyle, or twitter.com/cherylstyle.