The dust has finally settled with from our Indiana Jones Birthday Party. Lucky for you, I vlogged mostly the whole thing so you can actually see what happened-including a cake disaster turned into a master piece.
First, Let me talk about invitations
Now that vista print prints invitations this was a no brainer for me. I had them print my design lengthwise on a post card. I saved on postage and envelopes.
For entertainment and decorations and I went up in my attic. Watch my vlog here.
We used basic colors such as Red/Yellow/and Black. It all was practically stuff I have had left over from other parties. (nice another way to save money-Hands DOWN red is the most popular, versatile party color.)
For Entertainment-We started off with coloring sheets (see goodie bag vlog for what they were used for) as we awaited for all of the guests to arrive. I explained as the directer of the movie, that they were actually at a birthday museum and that the present sitting on the floor(wrapped in tin foil and brown twine) was a very important historical present that we needed to keep an eye on.
After all of the guests arrived, We played with a parachute that I had and Indiana Jones’s hat. We tried to make a story about his hat and the weather. It was windy and then he was in a airplane and it almost fell off, ect. In the end we tried to make the hat fly high up in the air and catch it in the parachute.
At that moment, my sisters, (dressed up as bad guys) came running by with the “secret” package in hand screaming “I have your
present Indiana Jones.” The kids rallied together to make a plan and I lead the crew through an obstacle course consisting of the tunnel of doom (filled with fake snakes), a mat that they had to roll across, and inflatable alligator that they had to crawl under and then they had to sit and wait for directions.
The whole time we were doing this, my sisters, were under white sheets “sleeping” in a tent that we had set up earlier. Near them was the present.
Each child took their turn, as the camera taped them, to replace the present quickly with a sand bag. My son ,the last one to go replaced the bag, got the present, awoke the bad guys and challenged them to a fight.
The director(that was my husband and I) decided that the best way to settle the fued was to challenge them to a game of tug of war, the bad guys(or really good aunts for doing these things) for the kids. It was preplanned that the game was rigged and as the bad guys stood there arguing over who’s fault it was that they lost the game the kids tied them up. (I must say for the adults at the party…this was hysterical)
We then decided to mummify them and wrapped them up in toilet paper. This was truly a Kodak moment and a lot of fun.
After wards, the birthday boy introduced the cast to each other including his very awesome Aunts. (If you don’t have aunts like we did, babysitters and other parents are great to play this part)
We indulged in BlogWellDone’s recipes and added peanut butter and jelly snake wraps to the menu. My mom served “olives” or eye balls to any kid brave enough to have them. They loved the monkey brains, not one bit was left over….I didn’t even get to try some.
We then went on a little treasure hunt. Nothing huge and at the end was their goodie cups.
We also, to keep with the theme is we made whips. The kids LOVED LOVED LOVED them and they were very responsible with them…….. seeing that they were made out of paper.
Elizabeth Norton, is a mom of 2 and former(by choice) party planner for many. She is determined to help every parent celebrate every moment with their child while saving money and not getting stressed. She is known as the true Party Planning Professor please email her if you have any questions.