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Princesses and pirates. Definitely. Chances are you will get some female pirates. While princesses decorate crowns, pirates will quite happily make crowns to be pirate kings / just as "swag". Just make sure pirates check all weapons at the door.
I know a few who'd love that, but by 5yo probably wouldn't admit it openly! You could add something like 'knights/handsome princes/dragons welcome' and that might open it up to those girls and boys who don't do pink? Good luck, sounds like hard work!
We're planning 5th party for DD1 next month. It'll be a church hall, bouncy castle, games and cake affair. It's a joint party with our friends for their DD.
Both girls love Disney Princesses and all the associated pink tat. Can't stand it myself, but hey, it?s not my party.
So the girls want a princess party, by which they mean princess invitations, princess cups, plates and princess bouncy castle. They haven?t asked for any make up/glitter /nails done type activities (probably because they are just about young enough to not realise this exists, for which I am very grateful).
The plan is to invite the whole class (around 25 kids), of which about 15 are boys.
So, in your experience, do 5yo boys willingly attend parties if the invitation is written on princess paper?