Wednesday, 10 April 2013

A Secret Agent Seventh Birthday Party

We had so much fun throwing a Secret Agent Party for our gorgeous (now) seven year old and I'm crazy excited to share all the awesome details.  This may be a long one so, if you like kids' parties as much as me, grab a cuppa and enjoy!

First we sent out cool invitations asking our friends to attend a training session at the International Spy Academy.  They also had to crack a code to give the secret password when they arrived.

We had asked our secret agent trainees to wear black attire, so we got in on the act too. (Yes, my husband blinks in nearly every photos he's in and, sadly, we are missing a kid in this photo too- Agent Nappy Rash was still asleep when we took this one)...  

I like having the party atmosphere evident as soon as the guests arrive.  Helium balloons are a great way to do this.  Also, balloons on the mail box help identify the party venue...

As our guests arrived we wanted to have the house set up like the Headquarters of the International Spy Academy.  We made a sign...

 Decorated the chalkboard...
The world map, flags and time zone clocks we have in the playroom really added to the atmosphere.  We added a strategic planning whiteboard and some wanted posters for the Evil Dr. Chaos and his henchmen...

Extra maps and our globe, plus Restricted Access signs to keep our trainee agents out of the bedrooms...

An Agents Only sign even adorned the bathroom...

When our trainees arrived they were photographed and asked to choose an ID badge.  On the back of each badge was a different secret agent code name which became their new identity.

We were planning to have each guest choice their own names by drawing a super cool adjective and noun out of different hats, but by creating them ourselves we were able to personalise the party gifts.  My favourite code name was Blue Phoenix.  Neon Lightning was pretty awesome too.

While the birthday boy ripped into gratefully unwrapped his gifts, I printed out each photo, glued them to the ID badges and added a lanyard.
I thought it was fun making IDs for all of us.  Agent Nappy Rash was not overly impressed...

With their security checks cleared and their secret identities established it was time to start secret agent training.  Our Trainers (aka my hubby and eldest son) took the trainees to our local park where they underwent a vigorous obstacle course...

Including the g-force simulator...
And rock climbing drills...

I also made a personalised, Spy Academy water-bottle for each trainee to keep them hydrated.  [Note to self: Boys love obstacle courses and being timed to see how fast they can do things!  Figure out how to apply this to housework...?]

Upon their return to HQ, the trainees had to complete the lazer course...

This is such a winner!  The boys and I had tried this one school holidays, so I was able to improve upon our earlier string and masking tape version.  For this one I used red wool (the bit of stretch helps prevent it being ripped off the wall too easily) and command picture hangers (I cut the velco-type ones in half.  They are great wall adhesives and the texture of the tiny clips kept the wool in place between them really well). 
I downloaded some spy music to play during the party.  Listening to the Mission: Impossible theme while weaving your way through the lasers was super cool!  We increased the difficulty a couple of times by adding more lasers after each trainee had tried the course twice.

After all that training it was time to hit the HQ dining room and refuel.  

We munched on...

Mystery Bars were simply a mix of fun sized chocolate bars that I unwrapped to make their selection more 'mysterious'.

Then we did the birthday cake...

The bomb looked really great with the number 7 sparkler in it.  You can tell that that's supposed to be a magnifying glass too, can't you?

Happy Birthday, Baby Bear...
As it was nearing the end of the party, I told the trainees I would go and get their lolly bags... then came back to them with the news that they were missing!  Stolen by the evil Dr Chaos!  Our nemesis had absconded with our treat bags but did, however, leave a series of clues to see how smart our trainees were.  Each child was given a different cypher or device and they had to identify which one could be used to solve which clue.  This also meant that every one got a turn solving a clue.

Each clue led to various places all over the house and garden...

I was so impressed by their code breaking skills and team work...

 Every clue used a different code or device to crack it...

 The level of excitement and enthusiasm was so rewarding to watch...

This long ribbon of paper was hidden in the mail box and needed to be wrapped around a tube in order to be read...

(Yes, that's food colouring from decorating the cake staining my finger nails!)

The final clue led them to the lolly bags hidden on top of the washing machine!

They were filled with lots of awesome loot...

Liam attended a party last year that had a Zac Power reader in the treat bags and I just loved the idea!  A special two mission Zac book fit in with our theme perfectly.  There was also a notebook and mini pen, a maze trainer, a laser finger light, (the left-over) Mystery Bars and Mentos (the official spy candy as seen in the film Agent Cody Banks 2).

This party is definitely one of my favourites... and I've thrown a lot of kids parties!  The biggest thrill of the day was seeing just how much fun my birthday boy and his friends had.  So much so that he was unable to pick just one thing as his favourite part of the day and that makes my mission: complete!


  1. OMG! I cannot begin to tell you how much I love this!!! You are amazing, everything is so neat! The cake!!! Thanks so much for the handouts, will have to try this out! xx

    1. Thanks, Nuria. It is such a fun theme! Your girls will have a blast. Let me know if you'd like anything else. : )

  2. Excellent work, as always! Now that you've told me, do you have to kill me?

    1. Can't believe I missed that one! No, Kira, but this post may self-destruct in ten minutes ; )

  3. Wow!! You've really thought of everything - the birthday boy and his friends must have had the Best. Time. Ever!!! ... I want to have a secret agent party now!! just to convince my girls that they want to have one too!!! xoxo

  4. Can you share some of the clues? I would greatly appreciate it!

    1. Sorry for the late reply, Meliss, we've all had the flu! If only I'd kept them on file- I could've emailed them to you! I stole most of my ideas from here... I used two cutout templates, a paper roll and a few different codes. Our clues went to the shed door, mail box, under the TV, bathroom, and finally to the laundry room. Hope this helps : )

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  9. hi - how did you make the magnifying glass???


  10. Hi there. Do you have printables to share of the invitations, ID badges and anything else that you'd be happy to share please? That would be amazing!!!

  11. Great work! It looks very awesome thanks for sharing the informative blog. Did you use Helium gas for filling balloons?

  12. thanks. soooooooooo helpful!


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