A holiday reprieve for you today! As we celebrate the 11th birthday of my middle daughter today, I am reminded of this fun party we had a few years ago. She loves to read and loves mysteries so a Nancy Drew Party was her request.
Yellow, Pink and Green are her favorite colors and were our color guides for everything from invite to decor and cake.
We did a fun invite based on a few I’d seen on Pinterest. It was a letter from Nancy Drew (aka my daughter) with a copy of the ransom note about our dog being missing. Swoozie’s created all the pieces for me. (Sorry for the poor image quality here! Ugly old granite doesn’t help!)
At the party we hid clues around the house, inside and out, that the girls had to figure out. Some were written in code, backwards and had to be read in the mirror and other’s were riddles hidden balloons!
They were given notebooks to record their clues. The first was in code:
Gsv urihg xofv rh vzhb
Blf’oo pmld dsviv gl ollp
Rg’h hlnvgsrmt blf ivzw
Dsvm blf rm z xlab mllp
The first clue is easy
you’ll know where to look
it’s something you read
when you’re in a cozy nook
The next was hidden in four books given to the girls as favors (volume 9 for her 9th birthday of course!) and written so small that they had to be read with a magnifying glass.
You’ll find the next clue
In a bright sunny spot
Search high and low
X Marks the Spot
(hidden in a yellow balloon)
The final clue (there were about 7 total)
She’s where you have sweet dreams
And want her to be
but she probably won’t join you
until she is three!
Our dog was supposed to be missing and needing to be found but she had a mishap and was in the hospital, so this adorable pup filled in.
This was the first gluten free cake I baked. I used my baking secret weapon, 123 Gluten Free.
I just love birthday parties. Tonight we are working a Glow-in-the-dark theme. Happy Birthday, sweet girl! We love you!
This is a precious idea!! May copy it in a few years!
You definitely need to do this! There are more details I’m happy to share with you!
That was a precious party! My daughter had a wonderful time and still talks about it two years later!
I’m so glad, Roz! It was such fun to watch them solve the clues!
Always will be remembered by all
Please hug Cloe and wish her Happy birthday
From Sydney’s grandparents.
Hope your doggie recovers soon.