Monday, February 17, 2014

Spy Birthday Party & The SECRET to a Great-Looking Kids' Party

For my son's first birthday, I picked a secret agent / spy theme, because I thought "001" was cute. Turns out, I was RIGHT.

Best Birthdays: Spy Birthday Party


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) 

Best Birthdays: Spy Birthday Party


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.

Best Birthdays: Spy Birthday Party

  • 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 set up the laser maze on the left. The kids took it down eventually and created the insane maze on the right. I clearly made it way too easy.


Best Birthdays: Spy Birthday Party


I really sugared them up during the party, so in lieu of loot bags, each of the kids went home with an I Spybook. 

Best Birthdays: Spy Party Loot Bags


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.

Best Birthdays: Spy Party


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!

Best Birthdays: Spy Party


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!


I have lots more bithday ideas on Pinterest!

15 comments :

  1. This party looks so fun! My son is big tim into spy stuff so this would be great! Pinning for later!

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  2. What a great party theme idea and that yarn/lazer maze looks like it would be a huugggee hit! Thanks for the ideas and happy Belated to your son!

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  3. This party looks fantastic. I love how active the kids are and know it will be memorable!

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  4. What a great idea! I might have to steal it ;-)

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  5. Such fun ideas! Mine are just getting into spies! Pinning this!

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  6. HAHA this is crazy cute. Pinned it.

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  7. This is the best party idea ever! I kinda want to do the laser yarn maze in the foyer and make my husband do this every night when he comes home!

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  8. I love this idea. We don't have small children around anymore but I'm sure I could round up a few adults...

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  9. I love this! I'm going to try this on my kiddos on a rainy day, thanks!

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  10. What a fun and creative party! I absolutely love the red "laser" hallway obstacle course. I am pinning for the future! Kari

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  11. This is such a cute and creative party! I love the ID badge idea. Thank you for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next time.

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  12. My son would absolutely love this!! And I can't get enough of those loot bag I Spy books. Thanks for sharing, I am featuring this in this week's What'd You Do This Weekend! Pinned :-)

    Ashley @ PioneerMomma.com

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  13. This looks so much fun I am sharing this on my social media tomorrow. :)

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