Mar 26, 2016

Stellapalooza 2016, Part 1

Can you believe it is already March 26th?  I can't!  I have felt that way the past 8 times it has been March 26th, because that is Stella's birthday.  This year it fell on a Saturday, so she was able to have her party on her actual birthday.  She chose her own theme and she wanted a secret spy birthday party.  I am not at all sure how she came up with that, but it actually turned out to be a pretty simple theme to pull off.  Her annual birthday banner...
Oriental Trading was selling cardboard spy cutouts half price.  They were leftover from an old VBS theme, and perfect for our party.  I usually don't go all out on things like this, but for half price I could not resist...
Her invitation looked like a confidential message.  We even stamped it on the outside of the brown manilla envelopes that we mailed them in...
The dollar store had cool detective kits that let you collect fingerprints or crack a secret code, so we threw in some notebooks, pencils, and little magnifying glasses from Oriental Trading and party favors were done...
These cool sticky footprints came from Oriental Trading also...
Our main attraction at the party was a neighborhood-wide scavenger hunt.  The kids received a new clue at every stop after finishing a challenge.  Their first challenge was to decode a message using the backwards alphabet code...
The kids competed in teams of 2.  The birthday girl cheated a little by choosing Aaron as her teammate.  He is 12, fast, and obviously smarter than your average 8 year old, so it gave them a distinct advantage...
The message said "Stella is eight years old today."
I love this sweet picture of Madeline helping Cille crack the code.  Madeline was one of the grown ups stationed around the neighborhood manning the challenges and passing out clues...

The second challenge was to drink an entire strawberry Icee as a team...
Jamie manned the Icees and did a little photography on the side at this station...


Brain freeze!
This is how second graders look when you take a picture of them...
...and this is how they look when you offer them a chance for a selfie...
They. Crack. Me. Up!


Such cuties...
Missy and I were huffing and puffing our way around the neighborhood trying to keep the kids in sight.  We are the ones who deserved Icees!
Molly finishing like a champion...
Another friend handling business for her team...
More scavenger hunt fun to come!  This was only the second stop!

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