You don’t need to be a super sleuth to figure out how to throw a spy party. The theme provides some obvious inspiration for the decorations and activities. Use these ideas as a starting point for your spy birthday party.
Give the guests clues to the theme of the party starting with the invitations. One idea is to use an inexpensive magnifying glass for the invitations. Write the party information in tiny print on a piece of paper. Attach the paper to the magnifying glass with ribbon so they don’t get separated. The kids use the magnifying glass to increase the size of the print to read it.
Another idea is to use manila folders to hold the invitations. Write “Top Secret” or “For Your Eyes Only” on the outside. Inside, include a paper with all of the party details. You might start the invitation wording with, “This is your mission should you choose to accept it.”
Get out the spy gear to decorate the party room. Trench coats and spy hats hanging around the party area get the theme started. Make giant cutouts of magnifying glasses and thumbprints to hang on the wall. Giant question marks, “Top Secret” signs and mustaches also work as decorations.
Don’t skimp on the activities you plan. The kids might entertain themselves for a while, but you’ll want some organized activities to keep them under control.
Let the kids follow the clues in a treasure hunt. Write clues that the kids must solve to find a prize at the end. Encourage the kids to work together as a team, or let them break up into smaller teams.
Another way to encourage the kids to think like spies is to create secret codes. Use pictures or other codes to create a secrete message. The kids work to figure out the code to solve the message. Let the kids come up with their own codes or use the key you created to make their own secret messages.
Every spy needs a good disguise. Gather lots of different costumes, hats, glasses and other items that could be used as a disguise. The kids all choose their pieces and put together a disguise. They can also come up with secret spy names.
If you want to get the kids moving, set up a spy relay race. You’ll need a spy costume for each team — try a trench coat, fedora hat, mustache and glasses. One player from each team gears up as a spy and runs down the playing area. When he returns, he takes off the spy costume and passes it to the next player.