I'm going to break down the party into two posts because I have too many photos to process, my computer is slow, it's late, and I can stretch this out and force you to look at my photos. The party was a success; no one got hurt, there was lots of laughter, and the weather was perfect. I went a little overboard with this party and I always say that I won't do it again, but I will. I love planning parties and I would do it for a living if someone would pay me. I don't like the frantic last minute moping of the floor or shoving dirty dishes in the stove, but I enjoy the days before; the day my kids and I were shopping at Goodwill for "artifacts" and were planning what color wax candy bottles we could buy for "antidote." Those are the times I want to remember. I think Visty summed it up best in her comment on my last post, "...you will find yourself addicted to the rush of the potential failure and humiliation of a bad party, and every year there you'll be again." I'm addicted.
I bought scrapbook map paper from Joanne Fabrics, glued them together, cut them to 5x7, and used Word for the directions and my useless picture processing software to print the little picture of Indiana Jones on the outside. I found the idea from Sippycups are for Chardonnay. Then I spent hours standing in the garage burning the edges. Perhaps when Martha tells us that burning the edges for effect is simple, she is talking about making 4 invitations, not 12. Even though there was a lot of effort in these, I'm happy with how they turned out. I rolled them up and tied them with twine and stuck a vintage stamp on some card stock and put their names on each one. The kids loved their invitations; one mom told me her son yelled at his brother for not rolling his map the right way with Indy on the front. Always glad to help out with family harmony. Tips: an eraser will remove some of the excess burn marks if you get a little carried away with the burning, when it comes to fire-less is more-don't let it flame up, just start it on fire and put it out with your fingers (if you are tough) or use a spoon or something hard and non-flammable.
The Treat Boxes:
I found these plain wood boxes for $1.99 at Michael's and used a stamp pad to personalize them. Then I filled them with some shredded brown paper, chocolate gold coins, nugget bubble gum, and a compass. For the book, I bought blank Moleskins and put their names on each one. I added some travel stickers later, but I forgot to take a picture. Everything was tied together with twine and an Indiana Jones "whip" to annoy their parents with. Kids love it when their name is put on something, especially if "top secret" is also there. My kids carry their little moleskin books around all day and have me write their stories in them ($7.99 for 3). Putting these together was easy and I spent a little more than I usually do on take home treat bag/box, but I think the kids really liked them.
Tomorrow: cake and the $40 snake pit.
If you were wondering from my last post who changed the garbage bag, my husband did, but he used the passive aggressive move of not putting a new bag in...so I guess that makes it a draw.