As many of you know Lil’S is into “spy stuff”. After making her this book as part of our handmade holiday exchange last year her love of spying has only increased. This summer at the height this spy craze she asked to have a “spy birthday”. Sure, I thought, that’ll be easy. And it WAS! About three months into our planning and gathering of ideas I stumbled upon some great blogs and did I mention Pinterest? Oh my.
My advice? Do a spy party at least once in your life. We had a blast! But first you need to start with an invitation…
This invite came from a grab bag of my ideas and those of other bloggers. I want to give credit where credit is due of course so check out some of these great sites: birthday party ideas (there is a whole list of links to blogs that have done a spy birthday party…have fun going down that rabbit hole!), creative party place, Willowday, Chicken Babies and Frugal Family TImes (I love that both Chicken Babies and Frugal Family Times freely share their ideas and their templates for passports and Agent ID cards – THANK YOU!!).
The invitation really set the tone for the party and there was much anticipation for those invited. When the “recruits” arrived they saw this on the front steps:
And when they went around to the Milk Door they saw this:
And when they followed the instructions the door opened and they met this guy:
The password (which was written in code in the invitation and a cipher had been included for decoding purposes) was uttered and the recruit was taken inside for “processing” (boots and jackets put away : ).
Once everyone had arrived they were given a debriefing. They discovered that 1. J and I were real spies and that we were running a spy agency out of our house 2. Dr. Evil had stolen the loot bags and they would need to use their newly acquired spy skills to solve the mystery. So, first things first…
Each recruit was issued an ID card, a code name and a passport:
I used this template from Chicken Babies for the ID cards. Instead of using photos we just fingerprinted the recruits with an ink pad. They also wrote their Code Names on the cards. To get their Code Name they pulled a colour out of one container and an animal out of another:
It made for some really neat names like Emerald Hawk and if you can believe it, the Pink Panther!!
Next they were issued Passports (thanks Frugal Family Times!):
As you can see each passport had a list of the training activities: Bomb Diffusion, a Laser Course, Voice Modulation, Art of Disguise and Code Deciphering. As each skill was acquired they received a check mark and handshake.
Bomb Diffusion was the first activity. We blew up around 24 black balloons. Two of them had clues from Dr. Evil inside. The kids took turns popping the balloons until the clues were found (we cleverly made sure one was “discovered” at the midpoint and the second at the end). Then they worked together to crack the code. The teamwork was impressive!
Next up was the Laser Course. We used painters tape and red yarn to “booby trap” the dining room. The kids LOVED this game and they just kept taking turns over and over again well after the clue was retrieved!
Once the laser course was “disarmed” we took it down and had some snacks. Before the party Lil’S had helped prepare “truth serum” labels for our drinks:
We played a game of “two truths and a lie” whilst eating. Hilarity ensued. It was even funnier when we tried speaking in various accents to pass our Voice Modulation test.
After the snacks we moved on to the Art of Disguise which involved the kids dressing up in costume and sitting down to take a picture of themselves with Photobooth on the computer. The pics were then emailed to the kids after the party.
Then Dr. Evil threw another wrench in our party!! A bomb had dropped onto the cake and the kids had to try to blow it out before our cake was blown to smithereens!
After cake (which didn’t blow up because I guess all that huffing and puffing really did put out the spark heh, heh) we set to work decoding the rest of the messages. All in all 5 secret clues from Dr. Evil were found. It turns out the loot bags were hidden in plan sight all along!
And some spy gear to take home. I love the Pop Rocks label “warning: explosives”. I cannot for the life of me remember which website I saw that on – so sorry!
One of the parents stayed to help out which I was forever grateful for. We (the adults) had a great time too. Mrs. Iverson was the youngest guest and surprisingly she didn’t follow the dress code of all black. She wore a glittering princess gown and a tiara. We referred to her as “the socialite”. And really doesn’t every Spy Party need a socialite on the guest list?
Most importantly, this Secret Agent had a fantastic time with her friends and some new spy gadgets to occupy her for a long, long time!