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treasure hunt party

Our big boy celebrated his sixth birthday at the neighborhood park commonly referred to as "The Rock Playground." Like many park settings, there wasn't much decorating to be done, but these colorful paper lanterns added fun and flair, and were super affordable.

The food was made by the grandmas, catered by Shelly of Twinkle Bites,

and baked by Yours Truly. (I wish someone had told me earlier the ribbon was crooked.)

Instead of a cake, we baked chocolate cupcake cones for the kids, and mini vanilla cupcakes for the grownups. I used this vanilla buttercream frosting which was indestructible and held up beautifully under the hot sun. The holder for the cones was created from a large pizza box (picked up at the local pizzeria); we cut holes into the lid and decorated the side panels with artwork printed on sticky label paper.

The goodie bags were filled with chocolate rock pebbles, a rock candy stick, and a couple of sugar cookies in the shape of the birthday boy's face. "Goodies from me to you! Please recycle too!" were printed on the tags.

For the grand finale (and the only organized form of entertainment - love park parties), we plotted a treasure hunt around the park and designed a map with clues and Xs to mark the hidden treasures spots.

Of course, there were rules. What would a kid's game be without rules? We made a dummy map to explain how a treasure map worked, which included using a legend as a guide, and camouflaged the real clues with the birthday boy's face.

We led them to the spot and off they went-a-hunting.

The kids had a lot of fun (the tag-along grownups did too) and went home with stuffed velvet bags full of colorful gems, ancient coins, gold beads, river rocks and the surprise treasure: giant sparkling diamonds.

Psst!...Except for the coins, all the treasures were discovered in the Floral section of Joann's at very affordable, mom-friendly prices!

The babies didn't get to participate, but they were preoccupied anyway.

Next up for delivery: the thank yous.


Reader Comments (10)

SOOOO FREAKIN' AWESOME!!!!! Well done - everything looked so amazing and I'm sure tasted amazing, too! (Sepaking of which, I may need some recipes to the rainbow jello thing from one of your posts AND those mini scones and cookies - so cute! They remind me of that cookie cereal with the burgler... cookie crisp??)

Anyhow, HUGE thumbs up for a job seriously well done!!! You're such an inspiration for my next party :)!!


06.29.2010 | Unregistered CommenterJodie

WOW! I'm speechless!....the best birthday ever! From the planning, to the decos, to the food, to the water bottle labels, to the games, to the favors, on and on.....BEST PARTY EVER!
Happy birthday to the big boy!

06.29.2010 | Unregistered Commenterpeg

Lisa and Po:
I came back to State to have a wonderful day with my 2 grand kids, birthday boy is 6 years old, he enjoyed so much in his birthday party, so am I and grandma, you did an excellent job, you are so creative and warm heart to stimulate every kid and family to have a nice morning in the park, thanks.

06.29.2010 | Unregistered Commentergrandpa

love the treasure map, invites, & thank you's!

07.7.2010 | Unregistered Commentersusan@pocacosas

what a great party! The map is amazing! they must have had so much fun!

07.7.2010 | Unregistered CommenterSandi

This is awesome! In the midst of planning a treasure hunt for my 6 year old in September!

LOVE the diamonds!

07.8.2010 | Unregistered CommenterStacey

Great party and such fun details!

07.27.2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Loved the map and invitations! That is such a creative idea for a party!

08.4.2010 | Unregistered CommenterCindy

LOVE your post! Wish I was there with you girls at the cake and ribbon stores, so sad!!!
I had to share that you and your husband got the exact same thing at popbar that Mike and I did. However, I had the coffee pop and he had the hot chocolate!

I love your treasure hunt idea! You are very creative - I don't know if you are a event planner or not; however, you have a lot of talent. I work for a nationwide entertainment directory, we reach thousands of visitors each week. We are looking for party planning ideas, favors, etc. If we use any of your ideas - we will link them to your site. If you do have a business you can sign up as a free vendor listing. We are getting ready to have a competition, we would love to get some of your ideas! Great job!

Party Planning Connection

05.5.2011 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Pittman

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