Sunday, August 26, 2012

Xander's Spy Birthday Party

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Xander aspires to be a spy someday.  Months ago, he told me that he wanted a Spy Birthday party.  Ben jumped on the bandwagon and helped make this birthday party something to remember.

THE INVITATION

Ben was the mastermind behind the creative invitations. We put the invitation in a manila envelope labeled, " Agent (and then the child's name)".  On the backside, we put "TOP SECRET".

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Inside was a minature file folder labeled, "Top Secret" with papers in the file.  When you opened it, it had the details of the birthday party, a satelite map of the location, and a DVD explaining the mission.

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The DVD. . .

Here's what was on the DVD.



THE SPY TEAM

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We had each of the family members help out during the party.  They were great assets to the mission.

Agent CJ-Code name, Elizabeth
Agent Zoey-Code name, Peanuts
Agent Mia-Code name, Mean Mia
Agent Mom-Code name, Ragin' Asian'
Agent Dad-Code name, Big DADDY B

The day of his party arrived and Xander was thrilled as ever.  I'll take you through all of our activites.

SPY CHECK IN

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As the kids arrived, they checked in at the table.  They had to be fingerprinted and they needed to come up with a code name.  As we all know, a spy's real identification is vital to protect.

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SPY HEADQUARTERS

After checking in, they were escorted inside the spy headquarters where they received instruction from, Commander X.  Commander X told them that they needed to do some spy training in order to be prepared for their first mission.  You can watch the video clip that the kids watched.



SPY TRAINING

The spys had to undergo intense training at the impossible obstacle course.  They were timed for efficiency.  The first thing they had to do was to put on a disguise, run around the cones, do 10 power jumps on the trampoline, throw tennis balls into the target can, scale over a table, jump over 3 boxes, hold a giant object while balancing on tiles, and finally sliding down the slide.

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THE MISSION
After completing the spy training, they received further information from Commander X.



THE LAZER

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Each agent had to pass through the deadly lazer zone.  Once everyone had completed the task, they received their first clue, which was a fingerprint.

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THE NEXT TASK

The kids brought back the clue and Agent Dad talked and interacted with Commander X.  He helped scan the fingerprint.  While the fingerprint was scanning, they received instruction for the next task.



LOCATE AND DEACTIVATE THE REAL BOMB

The warehouse held the next clue.  Inside, it was filled with decoy bombs.  Their task was to locate the real bomb and to deactivate it safely away from civilians. All Agent Dad told them was that one of the bombs was different than the others. He didn't tell them how it was different.

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Once they located the real bomb (a black balloon filled with red star confetti), they had to safely deactivate it.

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The other agents loved that it was filled with red stars and collected them, which was great because it was less clean up for me!  They received their next clue which was a footprint.

THE LAST TASK

They brought the footprint back and Commander X.  Agent Dad and Commander X talked back and forth once again.  Agent Dad told them that they needed to break into the vault and find the secret message and code.



THE VAULT

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I just used the idea of the punch board, where there is a plastic cup that you stick through the hole that has tissue paper on the top.  The kids had to break through the vault to find the secret code and message.  After finding it, they had to break the code.  The message read, "The bad guy is in the room."

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When the kids read that, they started looking at each other, trying to figure out who it was!

AND THE BAD GUY IS. . .

The agents came back and found out who the bad guy was.  They also received instruction where they had to use the truth serum to get the bad guy to tell them where he hid the secret stuff.



INTERROGATION TOOLS

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Ben has a poker set that comes in this very cool case, we emptied it out and filled it with. . .

Truth Serum (aka Silly String)!
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THE BAD GUY IS GOING DOWN!

After handcuffing Agent Dad, the rogue agent.  They got their truth serum ready to work its magic!

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They showed no mercy!

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They got Agent Dad to talk and he told them where he hid the secret stuff.

THE SECRET STUFF. .

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All the agents received a spy bag with their name on it.  Inside were spy gadgets like handcuffs, black sunglasses (because that is why spys wear), and candy.

THE INCREDIBLE SPY TEAM

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With the mission accomplished, it was time to eat!  We feed them lunch and then sang, "Happy Birthday" to Agent Xander.

I made cupcakes with a magnifying glass on top that they could take home.

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We had such a great time with all of the agents!  They were super fun and Xander had a blast solving the case with all of his friends!

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THE REAL THING

Xander got some spy gear for his birthday and now, he is the real thing!

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We didn't have his party on his actual birthday.  This is what agent Xander looked like on his birthday.

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He wanted to make a treat for his birthday and it ended up being a jack o lantern.  We stuck candles in it and it was his "cake".  This boy loves Halloween-runs in the family I guess!

He loves his Hulk pjs so much that when he is in them, he growls like the hulk and talks in a deep voice.  Ben found him still up past his bedtime and told him to go to sleep.  In a deep voice Xander says, "HULK GOES TO BED AT NINE!"

I love this boy and can't believe he is going to first grade!  Watch out world, here comes Xander the Hulk, or I mean Xander the spy!  Whatever he decides, he'll be great at it!

10 comments:

Michael Family said...

You guys are so freakin' awesome. There are no words.

Emily Lewis said...

Wow Val! You know I love me some awesome birthday party! I love all your really awesome game ideas! And all the dvd shorts with Xander made it so cool! wow! I think you may have outdone yourself!!

Jen Pixton said...

I don't know how you guys think up and carry out all these awesome ideas! Amazing!

Abby Watson said...

Oh my gosh! that was the best birthday party ever...I feel like I was there just by reading this post :). He's so cute and big!

Hannah said...

ADORABLE!!

Laura said...

Oh my goodness! This is the best birthday party I've ever seen! What a lucky little guy!

OhioMom2 said...

What an amazing birthday party!!! Would you share how you made the spy videos (was there a template, what program?) I'd love to do something like that for my sons 7th birthday in February!

Sarah Bailey said...

Amazing!! I love all your details! So cute.

Miriam Ramos said...

This is, by far,the most cutest but well manage put together party. I laughed every time agentx was on screen. Absolutely Brilliant! I felt I was part of the party. Good job guys.

mama c said...

This party is so awesome. My boys are wanting a spy party for their birthday this year. can you share the printables that you guys used?