Thursday, November 10, 2011
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.
We started with this letter from Indiana.
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."
Um, 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!
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
I purposefully planned the party at a time so I wouldn't have to serve lunch or dinner, but I wanted to have lots of snacks and I wanted them to fit in with our theme. A big thanks to my sister Jen and Andi and Brandon for helping me think of some cute names! I LOVED Brandon's Indiana Jones Soda suggestion--I almost bought a bunch of Jones soda, but didn't want to spend $1.30 per soda, so sadly I had to x that idea.
My friend Amy made the cake! She is really into cake decorating and I was asking her advice on how to make it and she just offered to do the whole thing (and the cupcakes). I bought the cake topper from Amazon, and she did the rest. I LOVED it! And I kid you not, it was one of the best tasting cakes I have ever had--she made some sort of filling that was just wonderful. Not good for my diet, but so worth it.
Next I will blog about the actual party!