Thursday, November 10, 2011

Indiana Jones Party

I had so much fun planning and getting ready for this party--Although I was pretty stressed Friday night when a storm came in and made it really cold and windy since a lot of the activities were planned for outside. But then Saturday turned out to be a gorgeous day, so it worked out perfectly.

We had a lot of little boys--I invited the boys from church and playgroup and a few other friends and everyone but one came--so I think we had 13 kids (plus Devin and Adalynn) which was kinda a lot, but it was fine.

As the boys arrived they each got a satchel I made and an Indiana Jones hat we found at the dollar store (they were cowboy hats that we trimmed to make more like a fedora and less like a cowboy hat). Jared also had the Indiana Jones music blaring, which was cool.

The whole party was similar to a scavenger hunt where they were on a mission to find the golden treasure. They had to complete tasks similar to ones Indiana Jones faced to receive clues. The kids really loved it. They were so into it.

We started with this letter from Indiana.

The Clues

I spray painted a skull we found at the dollar store and covered a trash can to look like a stone alter. Devin knows the movies so well, he had to point out every detail that wasn't exact. For instance, he told me that this did not look like the golden statue in the movie.

 I think the kids loved this--they were so intense and took running from the boulder very seriously.

Addie and Hannah looked so cute in their hats! Even though they were the only girls, they jumped right in the the boys! For months Devin has been telling me, "At my birthday I want to invite ALL boys AND Hannah."

This was so fun. All I did was buy 1/2 inch PVC pipe and cut them to 12 inches (then covered them in duct tape). We bought the velcro nerf bullets which fit perfectly. Jared made the targets out of felt. We have been playing with them a lot since the party!

The only place I found airplanes at was at Michaels and they were $1 a piece. Instead of buying them each one, I had Jared make 16 paper airplanes. And it worked just fine. A lot of the kids threw them over the wall, so I am so glad I didn't spend any money on them.
This was from The Temple of Doom movie where Indiana is poisoned...then has to scramble to get the antidote. We served them sprite in champagne glasses then read the second part of the clue. I had balloons and in one there was a clue that told them where the antidote was (under the bathroom sink).

I wish I had gotten a picture of the kids sipping their drinks/popping the balloons! But I didn't!

 Finding buried treasure

I used grapes in water for the eyeball soup, spaghetti for the snake guts, and red jello for the monkey brains. Some kids pretty grossed out. If I could do this party all over again, I would leave the monkey brains out! It was such a mess. There was jello everywhere! As soon as we realized what a mess it was we had them stop and cleaned up.

 Crossing the river 

(I realized about half way through that the boys love reading the clues themselves)
I didn't get any pictures of this! We taped three long cardboard boxes together and hung snakes from the top. I think we also scattered plastic bugs on the ground. At the end of the snake pit they each grabbed part of the clue with a number on it. Once all the clues were retrieved they put them in order and it told them where the treasure was (it was in the closet). The treasure was a pinata that I spray painted gold.

I just had a baggie for each kid so when the pinata broke, they had to find their bag. I didn't put much in them since they all already got a satchel, hat, blow dart gun, and gold coins.
We ended the party with cake and ice cream and opening presents.

A few more things..I made the banner with the silhouette my sister and I bought together. I love that thing!

 We also decorated the family room to look like a jungle. My friend Dolly had two huge rolls of butcher paper that she used for her daughter's party a few years ago. She totally let me have it and we went crazy. It looked so cool--the pictures don't really do it justice.

A group shot
Seeing all these mini Indiana Jones' makes me happy!

Okay. I'm done. Like I mentioned before, it really was a lot of fun. I wish I had gotten more pictures of Devin...I looked back and realized I hadn't gotten many of him! But it was a little crazy during, so I did what I could.


Sean said...

Holy Moly Val! You are the world's best mom and this had to have been the world's best birthday party!

Sean said...

And this is really Sam. Although, I'm sure Sean will be impressed when he see's this.

Michelle said...

Wow Val! That is amazing. Are you drinking lots of red bull. I wish I could have been there to see this party in action.

Anonymous said...

Mine and Devins birthdays are close enough. Lets just have you and Andi team tag next year and throw a huge birthday bash. Devin can choose the theme.

Brittany H. said...

You are amazing and inspiring. You make me want to be craftier and more imaginitive! GREAT party!!

Kristi said...

You "Rule Val" totally fabulous!

Kiley said...

What a fun party! You are amazing! I bet Devin was in Heaven!

Katy said...

Shut the front door. That is an awesome party - I want that party for me! I love Indiana Jones...and I do have a 30th birthday coming up next year....hmmm...

Extremely creative and wonderful. I think I'm so crafty, but you've just blown me out of the water. :)

Jennifer V said...

AWESOME! LOVE IT VAL! Those trees are hard core! Your the best!

Sandilee said...

Val, love all your ideas! Wondering where you find "velcro" nerf bullets? I can't even find them on amazon!! (and amazon has everything!!)

Valerie Christensen said...

Sandilee, I found them at Walmart but it was 5 years ago so not sure it they still sell them. Can't believe Amazon doesn't have them!

Valerie Christensen said...


Toys r us might have them. Pretty sure these are the same ones I used.

martha webster said...

thank you for posting up this post. We used your ideas and made some of our own for my sons 7th birthday party it went down a treat

tya nelson said...

where or how did you do the whips? I'm having a hard time finding dark brown rope for mine.

Katie Briggs said...

This is such an awesome party idea! I cant wait to do an adventure like the one you did! Thanks for the inspiration. I found the coolest site that will make Indiana Jones type font like the movie title. Here's the link for others who want to do a party like this!