The birthday party was a huge success yesterday! Ryley and her friends loved it.
I have to say that one of my favorite parts of the whole thing was planning the treasure hunt with Ryan. We stayed up late Friday night writing clues and devising a plan to actually bury a treasure chest in our yard, an idea which didn’t pan out in daylight (but Ryan’s last-minute improvisation was amazing). I just love being married to my best friend.
I won’t bore you with a complete play-by-play, but here are some images from the hunt. The first clue was found in the fridge.
Thinking hard and discussing solutions:
The hunt took them off the premises:
We took a little snack break after Clue #9:
Then they continued the search with a key hidden in a book on our bookshelves. Ryan used a knife to carve it in and everything. Don’t worry; the book is stupid. :-)
Then they had to assemble the puzzle with all the pieces they had collected along the way:
X marks the spot:
Only the ground was too rocky to dig a hole and bury the treasure in the allotted time we had before the party. So Ryan added one more clue…
…leading them to the crawlspace:
Cries of “Jackpot!” “Woohoo!”
They were given bags to fill with loot:
Amirah is a ham!!!
We followed the treasure hunt with cupcakes, presents, and trampoline:
Ryley said it was her best birthday party yet, and we tend to agree.
But next year, let’s do something that requires less work! ;-)