I was searching the internet for great kid birthday ideas and came across one that was the tv show Amazing Race. I knew JJ our son loved this show and thought it would be a lot of fun. I love a good scavenger hunt and that is exactly what the Amazing Race is only on a much larger scale. Here is what we did and hopefully it helps you if you want to do this kind of party.
I searched the images on google and found the yellow envelope logo. I simply saved it in my pictures and from their I sent it to my printer. I had it printed on sticker paper 6 in x 8 in. If you need to be a little more cost effective you can always print it on regular paper and glue the labels on.
I found the awesome card templates on http://www.chicaandjo.com/2010/07/05/amazing-race-party Chica and Jo's. The site is very user friendly and they also had other great ideas. Again, I had these printed on a thinner card-stock.
I organized each envelope in a number order. I labeled the outside of the envelope but also the inside corner. I would match the number with the paper I was putting in.That way there was a check and balance system so no one got the wrong clue.
I printed up a guide for me as well. Which Leg had what and what I needed to do on that leg. This really helped me to stay on top of it while the party was in progress. There were 4 legs on our race and 7 clues. It really was so much fun to do.
Since the kids didn't all know each other and the drivers didn't know them I made name badges for them. I also got these at Chica and Jo's. they worked great on some of the clues also.
We also had fun making the water bottles with labels. It just made everything feel so official. I know, The detail was more for me but it was fun.
This has to be the most handmade, cheesiest part but last minute decided we needed tags for the cars. So I made the darling rear view mirror hangers. Got to love it:)
I put up route markers so the kids would know they were in the right place or on the right path. I really wanted the kids to do most of the work on their own without help from their drivers.
My favorite part was that we had a neighbor that; had done this for a youth group in our area. They made tan awesome clue box and pit stop mat. I was excited that they let me borrow these. They just made they whole thing AWESOME.; You could make the clue box like this one or what I was going to do before I borrowed this one I was just going to paint a small box black and add a red and yellow fabric on the bottom.
Before I forget if you are doing this for kids you will need drivers for them. We had our wonderful grandparents and uncles, and brothers lady love help us out. This was a life saver. You will need someone. Or keep it more localized. There isn't a ton of work to do on this party and it really is a blast for everyone. Have fun doing this one.
Cake and ice cream
The best moment had to be the finish line when they were all in a foot race to the finish. You could see the will and determination to win on those sweet boys faces.
What People Ate
We did little snack packs for the kids. They each had a bag of chips, 2 water bottles, 2 fruit snacks, a bag of peanut m&m's.
What People Drank
Rootbeer and water
Most Touching Moment
My son said to me after it was all over "You are the best mom ever." That made all the work worth it.
The pie eating contest was great. The boys couldn't decide if winning was worth it.