A few months back, we had an amazingly fun Spy themed birthday party for our daughter. I found bits and pieces of ideas from the interwebs and put this together.
We went with a “007” theme since she was turning 7, and I found some images that I was able to import and trace in my Silhouette Studio software for the invitation and party extras. After some deliberating with fellow mom-friends and my cousin, who’s a second grade teacher, we decided to drop the gun part of the 007 bond logo. I didn’t want to make waves on the playground. But, FYI, if you include it in yours I am totally not offended.
The invitations turned out really cute. We included a tiny envelope that said “Your Secret Mission” that included the URL for the flipagram we created. It was set to the James Bond theme song. Obviously.
And a birthday isn’t a birthday around these parts without a custom banner and accessories.
The girls were greeted at the front door with a sign, which was, admittedly, the most lame thing I created. I ran outta steam.
After the girls came in, they came to our dining table where each person had a pink file folder and materials to make their own badge. We had washable pink ink pads for the girls to put their fingerprint on their badge too. I had intended to print a tiny picture of each girl and have it on their badge, but I’m no pinterest show, so I let that one slide.
Inside each of the folders was a letter explaining what the girls had to do to complete their 007 Spy training.
We had a yarn/ laser bean obstacle course:
And my favorite- cracking the cipher code. We printed up the alphabet in a Wingdings type font on cardstock, cut each letter match out, and carefully put them inside black ballons. We dropped 26 balloons on the girls and they needed to “diffuse” the bombs to get the code.
After cracking the code, we broke for lunch, after which a new mission mysteriously appeared in an envelope. It seemed Dr. No stole the “loot bags” and hid them somewhere.
The new mission directed each of the girls to look for a clue on the underside of their lunch plate. The clues led each of them to a random place in the house (freezer, laundry room, piano bench, etc) where they each found an envelope containing a word written in cipher code.
The girls worked together to decode each of the words and then figured out the order of the sentence. They discovered that the loot bags were inside a locked cedar chest, and where to find the key. After they found the loot bags we celebrated by having cake and presents.
For those of you who like lists, the party flow was about 2 hours and went as follows:
- Guests arrive- badge craft
- Game time
- yarn/laser obstacle course
- dress up/ hiding in plain sight
- cracking the cipher code
- New Mission
- find new clues
- decode clues
- find loot bags
- Cake & Presents
All of my silhouette files are available on my google drive. Hope you can use some of these ideas to have a fun party for your children too!