Saturday, February 26, 2011


After having to cancel Elijah's 7th birthday party last week due to sickness, I was so happy to reschedule it for today. I am still not 100% but I faked it for my birthday boy to give him a party he will never forget. If you know me at all you know I love birthdays, and more than birthday's I love I love birthday parties. I would rank throwing birthday parties for my kids it the top 5 reasons I love being their mom. I love making a memory that will last a lifetime for them. The boys (Hannah is old enough yet) can remember each birthday and what we did that year. I love hearing them talk about parties of the past. So this year Elijah requested a "Secret Agent" party and I was more than happy to comply.

Each guest got a special id badge, hat and glasses. This is Elijah in his secret agent gear.
And big brother Isaiah.

The id badges had a special agent number, Elijah's was 107 and his code name was "bomber"
Here's the table all ready for the rowdy boys.

First things need to feed them...PIZZA of course.

Then it was on to the first mission "Bomb Detecting" Each agent had a bomb aka a spray painted hamburger take out box. I hid them all around the house like an Easter egg hunt. Each bomb had the agents number on it so they had to find their own bomb. Once all the bombs were found they all circled around to "detonate" their bomb full of candy. This was a huge hit.

I printed off a picture of each guest. Their task was to disguise their picture the best they could with markers,and I had mustache stickers. They absolutely loved this and took time to really do a good job. I was pleasantly surprised at these boys ranging from 6-10 could sit so diligently.

Some decided to wear the mustaches for themselves. I wonder if his mom would even recognize him.

This one impressed me the most. Check out the uni brow!

Then they practiced the art of dusting for fingerprints. I pre made the fingerprint dust ( I am glad I did) To do this you take a candle and a porcelain plate. Hold the plate over the candle to produce a soot then mix the soot with equal parts cornstarch...and there you have it. I stored it in some bead jars you can get at the craft store.
Then they pressed their fingerprint on a coffee mug, dusted, and there was their fingerprint. We transferred to tape to get a better look.

I ordered some ink less fingerprint ink, so the boys weren't covered in black ink. They each did their own set of fingerprints and then compared it to a chart to see which "type" of print they had. We discussed how God created us each so individually that no one has the same fingerprint.

Check out this band of characters.

I created a "case" for them to solve. The case of the missing birthday cake. There were 10 clues that took them inside and out. They had so much fun and it wasn't as easy as they thought it would be. I wanted to make them work for it.

Look at them all huddled around.
They found it in the end.

His specially made magnifying glass cake. He LOVED it.

Finally blowing out his birthday candles.

I love his face in this picture. He said "I think this was my favorite party ever" but he said that last year. =)

And of course some presents.
The kids had such a great time. It was totally worth it!
Happy Birthday to our Fantastic Elijah!

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