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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Super Sweet 16 Scavenger Hunt

Just a month ago, my daughter turned Super Sweet 16! For years I had dreamed of the party we would throw her; rented hall, DJ, catered food, everyone she's ever met plus all her family in attendance. Alas, on her 15th birthday when we finally asked her what she expected for her 16th birthday, she said she wanted a small party with a really cool theme. She told me that the scavenger hunt I had put together for her 4 years earlier was the best time she'd ever had at a party, but this time she wanted one on a much larger scale. And the idea was born for her polka-dot themed, super sweet sixteen scavenger hunt.

Here's what we did:

  • Recruited 3 adults to drive

  • Invited 8 people (plus the birthday girl is 9)

  • Split the guests into 3 teams at random

  • Each adult driver is paired up with a team of 3 guests

  • Scavenger hunt started and ended prompty with penalties for lateness

This was a heavily themed party. We started out with unique invitations hand delivered one month in advance to assure proper notice. I purchased white cardboard mailing boxes 6" X 4" X 2". Inside the box I included a bed of "polka dot" themed candies - Skittles and M&Ms. This was mainly to cover up the hidden color coded sticker that was stuck to the bottom inside of the box. This is how we randomly picked the teams. I also included instructions for the hunt, boundries, maps, tips and tricks for codes and ciphers that may be included in the hunt. I also included a secret hidden message that was written in code. On the top of the stack of papers I added a magnet with "Save the Date" information. All of this was printed on my home computer and cut to fit inside the boxes. I'll add more details later.

If you're interested in planning your own driving scavenger hunt and you would like some help, email me at

Saturday, January 5, 2008

What do you think of the logo?

This is the logo I'm going with at least for now. Anyone have any comments on it or suggestions for improvement? Just comment below.


This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Ready to take on a new project

So, in the past too many years I have come across a lot of useful and sometimes just entertaining websites. So, as my new project I will be compiling these many sites into a useful and searchable list. This will eventually be the go to site for information on all things crafty: scrapbooking, sewing, pattern making, polymer clay. There will be tutorials, directions, pictures, inspiration and ideas. I'll also be posting ideas, suggestions and actual samples of menus, favors and invitations for theme parties I have thrown in the past. They are legend! I look forward to sharing links to other's information as well as some of my own information. Look for it...coming soon.