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I did it. I followed my own last minute birthday party planning tips and pulled off a Secret Agent Birthday Party for a group of boys who could not have been happier.
I have to say, I think this has been our best party yet. Perhaps it was because of all the help I found on Pinterest (check out my Secret Agent Spy Party board) or maybe my son just chose a great birthday party theme this year!
I’ve separated this into two posts just because it ended up being pretty long. Read on to see how we pulled our super spy boy party together and make sure you visit part two to grab my free party decor print outs.
Secret Agent Birthday Party Invitations
I found inspiration for the invitation all over the internet. You can see it in the top image. Some of my favorite features of the invitation I created were:
- The QR code with a link to the party location: I created a Google Map then used goo.gl to shorten the link and create the code.
- The “National Birthday Celebration Agency” seal, which I created for the party.
- The passport grid background (available in the printable)
- The fonts: Smash, OCR A Extended
I sent the invitations using Paperless Post. I created the invitation myself, saved it as an image, then uploaded it to Paperless Post as you would any photo. You can also try Smilebox for great evites and if you’re looking for an easy-to-use, online graphic design site, I recommend PicMonkey and Canva.
Secret Agent Birthday Party Supplies
I paid close attention to my budget as I shopped for our spy party supplies. I knew what I want and what I was willing to pay and was able to stay within my budget by shopping carefully. I found everything I needed at Michael’s, Amazon.com, World Market and Dollar Tree (my first stop!). Here are the major supplies…
- Black t-shirts and ink-jet iron-on transfers (I wanted to put “Special Agent” on each shirt, but ran out of time). The shirts were $3 each at Michael’s.
- Rearview mirror spy glasses (coolest glasses ever!): $2.50 from Amazon.com
- Stick-on mustaches: A little itchy, but still enjoyed. I think I picked them up at World Market, but I’ve seen them everywhere.
- Water balloons: My sweet tween princess blew up 90 water balloons! I used these to hang as decorations (perfect grenades) and for the bomb diffusing game. We also filled some with water and froze them to use in our drink bucket (just don’t freeze them too long).
- Red rope: Grabbed it from the Dollar Tree to use for the laser course.
- Small notebooks: Also from the Dollar Tree, used to make the Passports.
- Badges and badge holders: I used business card paper for these and I had the holders from an event a few years ago.
- Spy Activities: We found kits for dusting for fingerprints and cracking codes at the Dollar Tree.
- Goodie bag supplies: I struck gold with .40 cent secret agent novelty items I found at Michael’s. I also thew in some “explosive” Pop Rocks and Smarties for my super smart super spies and they all took home their glasses, t-shirts and mustaches.
- Cupcake toppings: Yep, even little boys enjoy a cupcake bar!
- Dymo label-maker: We used ours to print out code names for the kids to add to their badges.
- Mini Sunglasses: I found these in the American Girl supplies at Michael’s and thought they’d be the perfect topper for my son’s cupcake!
The only thing I needed that I didn’t have was a whistle. It’s a must-have to corral 10 boys.
You’ve got the invitations and shopping list, now check out Part 2 to see the party preparations and activities and to grab the free Secret Agent Party Printables.