Monday, January 31, 2011

Secret Agent themed birthday party

 My son just turned 10! TEN!! Double digits! It's crazy! While trying to figure out how to celebrate it, I came across this party and thought it would be perfect. I only had to sweet talk my son for just a bit to get him on board with a Secret Agent themed party instead of roller skating.



Here are my Secret Agents all ready to party! The bottom one is the birthday boy.




This is the outside of the invitation- made from craft colored cardstock.

The inside is printed from my computer on regular old printer paper. It says, "You have been selected for a secret mission in honor of Mason xxxxx's 10th birthday party. Please report to HQ (address) Jan 29 from 11-1. Lunch will be served as part of your mission. Don't forget to wear black. Please notify the Agency if you are unable to attend." At the bottom it says, "This message will destruct on Jan 29 at 2:00pm."

The front door of the community building.

We had the party at a community building in a local park.  I wasn't allowed to put anything on the walls, so I kept things pretty simple.

Some of the table decorations.

When the guests arrived they were subjected to photographing, fingerprinting...

made their name badges,

and received their supply bag.  It included a black felt bag that I sewed, plastic handcuffs, a compass, a magnifying glass, sunglasses, a secret agent notebook and pen.

We had 4 different missions for the secret agents to go on. The Director (my husband) called all the agents around him and told them about each mission.

The 1st mission "Your first mission is decoding a message. Sometimes the agency will give you a message in code so it can't be read by the enemy. A good secret agent will be able to crack the code. You are to decode the message with the KEY given. Use the pen and paper that are in your supply bag to write down what the message is. Report back to the Director when you have all finished." I typed up a simple message on my computer about having fun at the party. Then I changed the font to Webdings. Then included the A-Z in webdings. The kids loved it and all worked together to figure it out.

The second mission was the Shooting Range. It said, "A good secret agent can hit their target. When it's your turn, grab a nerf gun and shoot 5 darts at the target, aiming for the center #5. (the target is one that my husband has had forever and keeps in his office. It's named Bob.) Report back to the Director when you have finished." 

The third mission was deciphering. It said, "A good secret agent can look at things from many angles to figure them out. Look at the photos included in the folder (really grainy close up shots of a camera, binoculars, a watch, a cell phone) to figure out what is pictured. Record your answers in your secret agent notebook. When you have all your answers, return to the Director for the correct answers." The kids loved this too. They couldn't figure out what any of them were, but loved looking at the photos with their magnifying glasses trying to figure it out.

The fourth and final mission was an obstacle course.  The description said, "A good secret agent can maneuver around obstacles to complete their mission.  You are to do 20 jumping jacks, walk through the laser beam field (red yarn wrapped around chair legs), detonate 2 bombs (pop 2 black balloons) and throw 2 grenades (tennis balls) into the bucket for dispoal.  When you have all finished, you may go to the Mess Hall for lunch.  The Director will meet you there

We kept lunch pretty simple with pizza, chips, carrots, apples and dips. 

And a birthday cake with sparkler candles.  It doesn't look wonderful, but it tasted pretty good.  Most of the kids came back for seconds.

Right before leaving, each of the kids was presented with a certificate stating that they had completed their training and were offically a Secret Agent.  We all had lots of fun!

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4 comments:

  1. That looked like a lot of fun! Very creative!

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  2. FUN!! I love theme parties...makes for awesome memories!

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  3. Great party, I bet the kids had a blast! I may have to copy this idea for Ryan's double digit party this summer!

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