We celebrated Bud’s birthday last weekend with friends and family. When asked, Bud said he wanted a “spy/detective/soldier/adventurer” party. That left us a lot of room to plan a party. We asked if he wanted a big party with lots of friends, or a smaller party with just a one family and his grandparents. He picked the latter (thankfully!) and we told him he could invite one family from our church. He picked a family with 8 kids (great kids and some really fun boys.)
One of Bud’s favorite books these days are Tintin comic books. My mom got him a dvd of some of the books made into cartoons, which he has really enjoyed watching. So, Thomas and I took Tintin as a rough guide for his party. We made a spy mission for the boys to go through with clues leading to the prize at the end–their spy kits consisting of handcuffs, notebooks, pencils, disguises and candy.
The first clue they got was to a map leading to a rock in the garden that was glued to a lid of a jar. The jar had a key and a clue, leading them to our neighbor’s house where a locked box was waiting on their porch. In the box was a fingerprint and some enlarged prints. They had to match the small one to the larger one. On the back of the match was a picture of Thomas’ dad, who had the next clue.
The next clue was a puzzle they had to put together, leading them to a sign in our neighborhood.
The sign led them back to our house with some paint dribbled in along the trail. On the porch was a laser field they had to navigate through.
Upon entering the house, they had to detonate a ton of bombs (black balloons).
It was a fun party, and we had a great time hanging out with grandparents all day. Happy birthday, Bud!