Remnants of the party are still scattered all over the kitchen, but I just can't wait to go through all the photos and share the festivities with you. After a lot of research (thank you Zoe) and some brain storming to come up with some riddles (definitely the hardest part) it all came together. I thought I would share the play by play with you as all the suggestions given to me were very helpful and the kids had a ball!
All of the explorers met at our local park. This park only had a swing set but had lots of trees to work with. The first clue asked them to look for a sack hung high in the trees. The sack contained an explorers bag for each of the children. They collected a little something for their bag after they found each clue. This would become their lolly/treat bag at the end of the party.
I bought a few yards of calico for the draw string bags. Once I had a system down, it was quite a quick and easy process to sew all 18 of them! The bags were empty except for one that contained the next clue.
Next they were off to find a bunch of balloons tied in a tree. Each balloon had glitter in it so each child that popped a balloon had a magical sparkly explosion. One of the balloons carried the next clue.
Then they were off the find an obstacle course. I thought everything would fall apart at this point. Our age group was from 3 to 4 year olds with only two children 5 and 6. They all managed to wait fairly patiently in line for their turn and even accomplished the course very successfully. Phew, almost there.
Finally they were to find the pinata that was hanging in a tree. I would love to say that my brilliant pinata finally came to fruition and it looked fabulous blowing in the breeze with the pretty dangly bits I imagined but at 7pm last night it was still wet. It just wasn't meant to be. My friend however just happened to have one in her office, waiting for a rainy day (thanks Gee!)
The final clue that was inside the pinata had the kids walk back to our house for party food and cake. Zoe had drawn stepping stones along the footpath with sidewalk chalk for the kids to walk along. Very cute.
ribbon sandwiches ( three slices of bread with a spread between each piece. Cut into skinny strips with the crusts cut off, a childhood favorite of mine)
strawberry cake marshmallow stacks - inspired but my friend Anna, chocolate dipped marshmallows, and Bakerella. I wanted to do both treats and thought I would combine them together with a strawberry to cut the sugary sweetness. Needless to say, they were a hit. Bakerella is brilliant! You must check it out.
fruit juice punch
treasure chest cake
I think this was our best party yet. Up until now, we have just done party food and let the kids run around. My husband even congratulated me on my ability to roll with the punches (pinata drama) No meltdowns this year. Perhaps I am learning to curb my control freak behavior.
Off to over see the putting away of laundry. Just kidding. I'm not that bad.