1920s Murder Mystery Birthday Party

My daughter wanted a 1920s themed murder mystery party. She’s been pinning things for about a year. The biggest concerns were the story line and people being willing to really get into character. I decided to purchase a kit.  I got ours from mymysteryparty.com. It comes with everything you need to pull off this murder mystery. If you buy the DIY version, you should buy it a couple of weeks in advance so you can get everything cut out and sent out to your participants. They offer a full service option, but I thought it was a little pricey.

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I got a backdrop from Oriental Trading. I got lucky to get it on major sale. It is normally $39 but I got it for $10. I went to Dollar Tree the morning of the party and bought gold, silver, and black balloons. I also got fresh flowers for all the tables and bathroom. There were gold fans sold at Target that we hung in the party room and kitchen. I got bloody cut outs from Amazon to put throughout the house. We used gold fringe from Amazon to put in the doorways. In the foyer, my husband made a police lineup and the birthday girl used the Cricut and our laminating machine to create photo booth props.

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Because it was a speakeasy mobster theme, we planned an Italian dinner party. We served olives, peppers and onions with sausage, various meats and cheeses, caprese salad, shrimp with cocktail sauce, grapes, and salad.  We served lasagnas with Italian bread for dinner. For dessert we offered ice cream with various toppings which was a big dessert in the 1920s. I made a tiramisu. The birthday cake was a lemon cake with raspberry filling so it would look bloody when it was cut. We had a table for drinks. We had three mocktail recipes printed out for people to make their own fun drinks.

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Everyone was asked whether they were willing to participate or not. Those who were willing were assigned a character which was sent to them. Once the party started, each person received a clue for each portion of the dinner party. We had things we were supposed to say to each other and conceal from one another as well.  Everyone really got into character. It was hilarious! I purposely did not read the clues so I would be able to play along. I accidentally saw who was the victim, but did not know who the murderer was until everyone else.

There was a fact game that was required in the game. I also made a trivia game.

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In the kitchen, we had poker and roulette set up for those who wanted to play.

For the goody bags, I included candies that were around in the 1920s. Some of them were Reese’s peanut butter cups, Kit Kat candy bars, Dubble Bubble bubble gum, and Dum Dums. I also included a deck of cards, a gold pencil, handcuffs, a tuxedo box of Hershey kisses, Rice Krispie treats, and Pop Rocks (because everyone loves them).

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It was a GREAT party and we had a wonderful time.

Spooky Shindig Scavenger Hunt

We are hosting our annual Halloween party tonight.

I love Halloween and I love games! This little scavenger hunt would make a great ice-breaker or just a fun game in general. The mission is to run around and find the people who fit the description.  When the description is met, the person writes his/her initials by the number. You should make a rule, based on how many people are at your party, about how many times a person can be used. I hope if you are having a Halloween party or Spooky Shindig soon that you have a marvelous time!

SPOOKY SHINDIG SCAVENGER HUNT

  1. SOMEONE WHO WATCHED ALL OR ALMOST ALL OF THE “NIGHTMARE OF ELM STREET MOVIES”
  2. SOMEONE WHO IS AFRAID OF CLOWNS
  3. SOMEONE WHO HAS DRESSED UP AS DRACULA OR A VAMPIRE BEFORE
  4. SOMEONE WHO HAS FACE PAINT MAKEUP ON NOW
  5. A PERSON WHO IS DRESSED UP LIKE A DISNEY CHARACTER
  6. A PERSON WHO LOVES CANDY CORN
  7. A PERSON WHO DOES NOT LIKE TOOTSIE ROLLS
  8. A PERSON WHO HAS ALREADY CARVED A PUMPKIN THIS SEASON
  9. SOMEONE WHO HAS DRESSED UP LIKE A TV CHARACTER BEFORE
  10. SOMEONE WHO THINKS NOTHING IS SCARIER THAN THE UPCOMING ELECTION
  11. SOMEONE DRESSED LIKE A COMIC BOOK CHARACTER
  12. SOMEONE WHO MADE THEIR COSTUME
  13. THE PERSON WHOSE COSTUME YOU LIKE BEST
  14. A PERSON WHOSE FAVORITE HOLIDAY IS HALLOWEEN
  15. A PERSON WHO JUST DECIDED ON A COSTUME TODAY
  16. A PERSON WHO HAS DRESSED UP AS A HISTORICAL CHARACTER BEFORE
  17. A PERSON WHO IS AFRAID OF SPIDERS
  18. A PERSON WHO BELIEVES IN GHOSTS
  19. A PERSON WHO LOVES TO BE SCARED
  20. A PERSON WHO LOOKS UNDER HIS/HER BED OR IN THE CLOSET BEFORE GETTING IN BED
  21. A PERSON WHO HAS HAD A PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE THIS SEASON
  22. SOMEONE WHO LOVES GRAVEYARDS
  23. A PERSON WHO CAN SHOW YOU ONE MOVE FROM “THRILLER”
  24. A PERSON WHO CAN TELL YOU WHAT COLOR MICHEAL JACKSON’S EYES TURN AT THE END OF “THRILLER”

 

Science Party Fun {Continued}

We did a couple of other experiments. We did the dancing gummy worms experiment. It was kind of a dud. We also did the Mentos and Diet Coke geyser. That was lots of fun!! Most of the adults had never seen it before, so it was really a treat for them. They also did the turn an egg shell into mercury glass. It was really tough and took forever to do. The ones that had the patience, did get to see how cool it turned out in the end. I also had prepared slides for them to look at under the microscope.

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We played trivia of course. I had educational posters up all over the house. They were cute decorations, and now make their home in the school room. Back to trivia, most of the answers could be found on the posters.

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We also made cells from cookies and candies. A few of them turned out really good!

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I made chocolate lab rats, fossil cookies, petri dish jello, strawberries, pineapple, and grapes made up the fruit tray. We had a cheese tray. We had chips and guacamole and potato chips. We had tuna and chicken salad as well. I made educational signs for the foods and hung them by them.

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I made a cake with sprinkles and a jello petri dish.

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It was such a fun party!

Science experiment {Science Party}

We had a Science Lab birthday party a few weeks ago. There is so much to share that I thought that I would just do a few things at a time.

We did several experiments. This one is one that both of my older daughters have won ribbons for in science fairs.

Yeast Loves Sugar:

Each child took a water bottle and put one teaspoon of yeast inside. They then put in 1/4 cup of warm water. They then had to decide on something else to add. I gave them the information that yeast is a fungus and that it loves sugar. They ran all over the house finding things to add to their yeasty bottle.  They had to add 1 tablespoon of whatever they chose. We then swirled the bottles around and placed balloons over the mouths of the bottles. I had the children write down which one they thought would blow the balloons up the most. We watched over the next few minutes and hours as the balloons inflated with the byproducts of fermentation. It is one of my favorite experiments because they really get to see the effects and they also learn that some of the things that they thought were full of sugar really were not and vice versa.

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The sugar bottle ended up the largest in the end. I saw it wasn’t as big as it should have been and realized that the child forgot to add the water. Once I added the water, it quickly surpassed all the others.

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Science Party Goody Bags

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We had a science themed birthday party for my two girls whose birthdays are a week apart. For the goody bags, I included Dum Dum lollipops (since we weren’t Dum Dums), a solar system pencil, syringe pens, safety goggles, nose pencil sharpener,  brain splat ball, brain eraser, magnifying glass, Bath and Bodyworks antibacterial hand sanitizer, and some eye ball candies. Everyone was so excited to see what they had to take home. I can’t wait to share all the details of our science party soon!

Spider-Man party games

For our Spider-Man birthday party we had several games to play.

One was “Spin The Prey”. Groups of two would take a roll of toilet paper and spin their partner in it until the roll was empty. The fastest three teams went against one another until we had a winner.

Another game was “Web Blaster”.We took a box and marked it like a dart board and shot our “web blaster” aka silly string at it.

We had our unwrapping game. I take grocery bags and layer them around a little gift . The children sit in a circle and pass the wrapped item taking off one bag then passing it to the next child. For this party, I had gotten blue and red candies from The Fresh Market.

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We had a nice time at the Spider-Man birthday party and now it’s off to plan the next!

Photo Booth Fun

One of the things at our little man’s party that ended up being so fun was the photo booth.

We just set up the foyer with a backdrop (tablecloth) and some buildings (boxes). We provided masks (David’s collection) and some signs and let our guests have fun with it. The boxes were various ones from our many orders from Amazon. My crafty daughter painted them black and then stuck aluminum foil squares on it to make the windows.

The signs were from a blog and were part of a pack of free printables. We laminated them and placed them in the dress up box.

I loved how creative some people were.

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This was just such a simple thing; but it really added such a fun and memorable touch to his party.

Spider-Man Birthday Party Goody Bags

I always love putting together a cute goody bag for the party-goers to enjoy at home. I try to make everything fit with the theme in some way. For this party, I let David paint his hand print on a white bag and when it was dry, I made it into a Spider-Man.

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We filled the bag with fun little things. Each bag had a silly straw (Target’s dollar bin), strawberry applesauce pouch and Avenger fruit snacks (both from Kroger), Spider-man gummy, sweet tarts, and a lollipop (Wal-Mart). It also had a container of silly string (Dollar Tree or Target’s dollar bin) which had a label on it that said “Web Blaster”. It was a free printable from Reading Confetti. I also put some Spider-Man stickers  and a bug viewer (both from Oriental Trading) in each bag.

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Everyone seemed to enjoy their treat to take home.

 

Spider-Man Stuff from Etsy

For my little man’s birthday party, he chose the Spider-Man theme. He has loved Spider-Man since I can remember. I ordered adorable invitations from Cindy’s Event Creations Etsy shop. I always try to make the children’s invitations with a picture of them on it;  that way the people who we invite have pictures of the children at each age. I think they turned out so cute! We put Spider-Man stickers on the back of the envelopes for a little extra Spider-Man touch.

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Since having David, I have bought him a shirt with the theme of his birthday and his name or initial for every birthday. They are sweet reminders of how he has grown. I also ordered this from another Etsy shop called  Auntie Donna’s . It is perfect and we all loved it!!

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I highly recommend both these shops as great places to get these Spider-Man necessities.

I can’t wait to share more about our Spider-Man fun!

 

Spider-Man Trivia

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My little man is having a Spider-Man birthday party. I always make a trivia game for every party. Some people love them, some hate them, but I think they’re fun and at least you walk away having learned something. I’m going to be telling all about his party over the next few days (hopefully), but wanted to give you the preview of the trivia game. I used Homoarakhn font from Fonts2U. If you need help with any of the answers, feel free to ask. Also, feel free, to cut and paste if you want to use my quiz.

Spider-Man Trivia

 

  1. Stan Lee got the idea of Spider-Man after seeing what?

 

  1. Peter Parker worked for (A) The Daily Mail (b) The Daily Bugle (C) The Daily News

 

  1. True or False: Spider-Man has died a few times.

 

  1. True or False: the Green Goblin was a fan creation bought by Marvel for $220.

 

  1. Peter Parker has an IQ of (A) 140 (B) 200 (C) 250

 

  1. True or False: Gwen Stacy and Uncle Ben are among the very few comic characters to remain dead.

 

  1. Spider-Man is considered the (A) 1st (B) 2nd (c) 3rd favorite Superhero according to IGN

 

  1. True or False: Tony Stark made a stark spider suit for Spider-Man.

 

  1. Peter Parker graduated high school in (A) 1962 (b)1965 (c) 1967

 

10.   Spider-Man’s first girlfriend was (A) Betty Brant (b) Gwen Stacy (c) Mary Jane

 

  1. True or False: Spider-Man’s webbing lasts eight hours..

 

  1. True or False: Spider-Man has been affiliated with the Secret Defenders (Avengers), New Fantastic Four, and the Outlaws..

 

  1. Stan Lee compared his Spider-Man character to ????, the Biblical figure who, in addition to defeating a giant, was also saved from death by the web of a spider according to Jewish tales.

 

  1. True or False: Uncle Ben told Peter, “Remember, with great power comes great responsibility.

 

  1. Peter Parker’s parents were members of what secret agency?