Candice went off the beaten path for this fun birthday party and sent her son and his friends off the beaten path, too. She tells us all about it: Brewer has an extreme thirst for knowledge and adventure. While observing him during a leprechaun and nature hunt while on pre-k field trips I KNEW a treasure hunt birthday would be a hit!
He is also a nut for treasure maps which is how the invitations came about. We started those early on and I actually gave a tutorial at my blog Ragamuffin Design. We used the same concept on the treasure map and the clues.
The "hunters" were given clues that sent them around the park from one landmark to another. Each clue was inside a bottle. They were made from coronita bottles painted in chalkboard paint to make it appropriate. They eventually found their treasure chest hoisted over a dock that required a rope and pulley to retrieve!
I made each one a pouch made of old washcloths and twine and filled them with jewelry, stones and silver dollars. (20 kids - eek! on many levels)
After the adventure it was time for dinner with simple and rustic homemade BBQ and slaw sandwiches (ok, in all honesty the kids were served hotdogs - Boston butts are a fortune!), kettle chips and homemade lemonade(Ina Garten's recipe). The lemonade was poured into emptied and cleaned clear wine and liquor bottles and sealed with corks. The sandwiches were wrapped in wax paper, tied in red ribbon and placed in an old wooden shipping box.
The tables were covered in layered fabric and strips of burlap tied with blue and white "twine" which was really a laundry line from the dollar tree. The birthday "cake" was compass topped strawberry shortcakes. The compasses also came from the dollar tree and were 6 per pack! (party favor aisle, not toys)
And, no joke, the evening ended in a downpour with tornado warnings. What's a treasure hunt without a stormy sea?
5 pictures won't show it all. See more of the party at Ragamuffin Design.
(Images: Candice Padgett)