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Indiana Jones - The Party

It's time to share our Indiana Jones Birthday Party...

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Get your hats and blow dart guns...

Dart guns are PVC pipe wrapped in tan duct tape.  This size shoots Nerf suction cup darts beautifully!


I always have a sign in sheet at drop off birthday parties....its an easy go to in case any of the archaeologists get a piranha bite or upset stomach after eating monkey brains!!!

Here's the set up...see the banners?  They say "Happy," "Birthday," "Haden."

As the archaeologists came in to the backyard, they began blow dart practice.

The Pankot Palace Buffet waiting for diners!

The Sands of Egypt with a table to decipher clues.

The Temple of Doom...crossing the stones to get to the treasure box containing clues was tricky!

The Snake Pit Challenge
An obstacle course set up with a hanging hula hoop, a balance beam over Piranha Pass, nets to cross under, tunnels to cross through and snakes to manuever past in order to escape!

Lots and lots of SNAKES!!!

Piranha Pass had live PIRANHAS!!!!!
(Ok, they were minnows....but still the hit of the party!!!)

Going through Snake Pit Challenge...crossing Piranha Pass...

Climbing to the top of the challenge....

After they completed the Snake Pit Challenge, they received their personalized satchels which included a clue.  They worked together to put the clue together to start their adventure.

They were sent to the Sands of Egypt were they dug through the sand to find more clues.
What is that??!?!  A skeleton?!?!  Very cool!!!

Getting ready to cross the stones...picking the wrong stone will cause the earth to collapse underneath...
(Ok, fine.  The earth won't really collapse, but the eggs under the wrong block will crack...they wanted to step on the wrong stones just to feel the eggs crack!  How did they know what were the right stones?!?!  They had to spell INDIANA!)

Finally!  Safely across the stones!  The treasure chest held chinese handcuffs, gold coins and clues.  Thank goodness they had plenty of room in their stachels for their goodies!

Here is one of the clues.
Would you like to see them all?
Piranha Pass was the next stop.
River Rocks held down clues...it was scary with all of the piranhas and snakes!
(The clues were kept dry in ziploc baggies.)

Pankot Palace Banquet was next...eewwww...GROSS!
The Banquet included Eyeball Soup (frozen green grapes and plain yogurt,) Monkey brains (red jello,) and Sanke Guts (Spaghetti, food coloring and more plain yogurt.)
They really had to dig around in this to find all of the clues!

After a toast to the birthday boy, they all cooled off with a glass of Pankot Punch.
(Pankot Punch Recipe - Blue Hawaiian Punch with green ice cubes made from Kool Aid frozen in small plastic cups...this way the ice lasts longer and also gives the punch a cool "glowy" look!)
Uh-oh!!!  They punch was spiked with a mysterious serum that causes boys to turn into girls and girls to turn into boys.  YIKES!!  Where is that antidote?!?

After popping black balloons, they found the antidote (wax bottles) with the next clue wrapped around them.

They wasted no time drinking the antidote!

The clue led them back to the front where the treasure chest pinata was waiting,..
they filled their stachels with the loot!

They finished the party with cake and ice cream.


A great adventure was had by all!
Happy birthday my precious boy!
Here are links to other Indiana Jones Party related items:

This was truly one of the most fun parties I've hosted. Thanks to all of the other blogger moms out there for their inspiration and ideas! You are amazing!
Find inspiration for your own Indian Jones Party at the following sites:


If you have an Indiana Jones Party post that is not listed above...let me know!  I'd love to add it to the list to share with others!

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Tuesday To Do # 16 and #15 List Makers

Hey guys!  Thanks to everyone for linking up to last week's Tuesday To Do Party!
It was great!  Lots of clever ideas and yummy recipes!
Could I ask a little favor?  Some of you sweet, busy bloggers didn't link back to the party...I'm sure you meant to, but just didn't get to it.  Will you please be sure to add the Tuesday To Do Party link?
Thanks so much!!!

Here are a few of my favorites from last week!

Crafty Cupcake Girl made this adorable watermelon shark for her son's birthday party!  I'm so making this for my guys!  They'll LOVE it!!!

I'm making these Kale chips...my first attempt at preparing kale didn't turn out so great.  Luckily, Permanent Posies shared a great recipe for preparing these!


Aren't these fluffy fabric pom poms sweet?  Annalea over at Make It, Give It shows you how to make your own!

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Link up your creations!  Sewing, crafting, cooking, tips, photography, tablescapes, parties, scrapbooking, collectibles...it all works.  Please save your items for sell, your giveaways and your own parties for those specific blog parties.  You're the best!

(Borrowed these little rules from the Shabby Nest...she's got it going on!)

1. Link directly to your post and not just to your blog.

2. Grab the TUESDAY TO DO BUTTON from the sidebar, and link back the Blackberry Vine.  (Yes, it can be a little time-consuming, but it's the sweet blogger thing to do!)

3. Please visit other participants and leave them some comment love.  Comment, comment, comment!!!

I reserve the right to remove posts that are not in keeping with the spirit of Tuesday To-Do including but not limited to those that link to your shop, your giveaway or your linky party, and those that do not link back to the Blackberry Vine. Thanks for playing fair!!


Indiana Jones - The Cake

This had to be one of the easiest cakes I've ever done!
I baked all of the layers earlier in the week and stored them in the freezer.  The night before the party, I put the cake together and frosted it with mostly chocolate frosting.  To add some depth to it, I added some darker chocolate as well as some vanilla frosings.

(front)
The morning of the party, I began decorating with simple black cracks, green vines and green grass.  The steps were bite size Twix candy bars and the rocks were chocolate rock candy! 

(right side)
The plastic palm trees were purchased from the bakery at the grocery store.
I also had a few left over from the Curious George Cake I made a few years ago.

(back)

(top)
The topper was created in a a print shop program and simply glued to two skewers a few day before the party.

(left side)
Indy and Mutt were Ebay purchases.


That's MY cake!


Some of the comments from the kids were so precious!
They all thought it was so cool!
One little boy just couldn't understand that I actually made it!  So funny!

Want more Indiana Jones Party Ideas?!?
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Inspiration for this cake and all other Indiana Jones Party ideas were found at the following sites:

If you have an Indiana Jones Party post that is not listed above...let me know!  I'd love to add it to the list to share with others!

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Tuesday To Do #15 and #14 List Makers

Thanks for another great week of ideas!
I'm always amazed by your ideas, recipes and creativity!
Here are this week's list makers!


Old Town Home shows you how to make your own as well as where to get the supplies...just in case you don't have an old wine barrel lying around!


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Now on the the party...


Link up your creations!  Sewing, crafting, cooking, tips, photography, tablescapes, parties, scrapbooking, collectibles...it all works.  Please save your items for sell, your giveaways and your own parties for those specific blog parties.  You're the best!

(Borrowed these little rules from the Shabby Nest...she's got it going on!)

1. Link directly to your post and not just to your blog.

2. Grab the TUESDAY TO DO BUTTON from the sidebar, and link back the Blackberry Vine.  (Yes, it can be a little time-consuming, but it's the sweet blogger thing to do!)

3. Please visit other participants and leave them some comment love.  Comment, comment, comment!!!

I reserve the right to remove posts that are not in keeping with the spirit of Tuesday To-Do including but not limited to those that link to your shop, your giveaway or your linky party, and those that do not link back to the Blackberry Vine. Thanks for playing fair!!



Indiana Jones Party - Satchels

As I mentioned a few days ago, I'm in the midst of planning an Indiana Jones Party for my now 7 year old.

I've been inspired by many blogs I've found...see the list at the bottom of this post.
One such blog, Em-agination, gave a great tutorial on how to make some easy felt satchels for the guests to carry their clues and such around in.
I added cording for the strap (I think she used more felt...doing it over, I'd probably just cut out more felt and sew it on as a strap, too.)

To make keeping up with their satchels just a little easier, I came up with a label for each guest.  Using a graphic from Graphics Fairy, I used various fonts to create a label.  I then printed the labels on fabric.  (How do you print on fabric?  Go here.)

After personalizing (I did leave a few blank for those last minute RSVPs...I'll just fill those in with a sharpie...) and printing out the labels, I simply cut them out and sewed them on to the flap of the satchel.

Pretty cool, huh?!?!?
Oh, and did I mention super easy and quick???
If you'd like to use my labels for your own party, click here.


Inspiration for these satchels and all other Indiana Jones Party ideas were found at the following sites:

If you have an Indiana Jones Party post that is not listed above...let me know!  I'd love to add it to the list to share with others!

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