I set up an "Orientation" table where the kids all got:
- Code Names (They picked a first and last name out of the jar, with results like Violet Butterfly and Doctor Danger)
- ID badges (We fingerprinted the kids with WASHABLE ink and wrote down their code names. The badge holders came from Staples)
- Disguises (Included sunglasses, stick-on moustaches, and moustaches on sticks)
We also played some games.
- Search for the Crown Jewels: I wrote down clues for a treasure hunt and the kids eventually found treat bags full of ring pops and candy necklaces (ie: crown jewels).
- Spy Pass-the-Parcel: for this game, you wrap a candy in some wrapping paper, add another candy on top and another layer of paper, etc etc. Then you give the resulting package to the kids, who pass it around while music plays. When the music stops, they open a layer and get the treat inside. We played to James Bond music.
- Laser (Yarn) Maze: I got the idea for this game here. I thought the kids would go through once or twice and be done, but this thing was a HUGE hit. They did it over and over for an HOUR. That's insane!
I really sugared them up during the party, so in lieu of loot bags, each of the kids went home with an I Spybook.
This party looked super awesome, right? You may be wondering how I accomplished that when I am so lazy. Here's the secret: PRINTABLES. I got these from Etsy, and they rocked! You can check them out here.
The $15 I paid was totally worth it - I got stuff to dress up the food, disguises, tags for loot bags, a banner template, and lots more. Everyone thought I had put in tons of work, but all I did was print stuff and cut it out!
Full Disclosure: I paid for all the stuff at this party, and it was totally worth it. If you click my Etsy or Amazon links and then buy the stuff they point to, I will receive a small percentage. Support your local birthday party writer!
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