Because this year was a pretty exciting year for Lily, turning eight and all, I let her have a friend birthday party. I don't do these every year, in fact, Lily has only had two other friend parties - one when she was three, and one when she turned six. And so, needless to say, she was pretty darn excited about it.
She narrowed it down to either a mad scientist party or a secret agent party, and the secret agent party idea won. And I am so glad it did, because it was a blast to plan, and the kids had an awesome time. We mailed out the invitations, which were in code - you had to use a mirror to read it.
Once they came inside, they were immediately put to work gathering their secret agent supplies and making their ID badge. I took each of their pictures to put on it (They all turned out very much like an ID picture should - looking like a mug shot - nice.). I also fingerprinted them - for security reasons :).
Once they had their ID done, I put a secret identity on each of their backs, and they had to use their detective skills to discover who they were. Pretty funny to see which kids were very good at deduction.
After they discovered their secret identity, it was time for the Secret Agent Training Course. I put Kevin - the master - in charge of the obstacle course, and he did not disappoint. I think it was the kids' favorite part. (Thank goodness for an unfinished basement to set it up in.)
But the best part was getting to have a great time with her friends. And even with a few of her friends not being able to come (May is a crazy busy month), she still had a fantastic time and had six wonderful kids be there to celebrate with her. Happy Birthday Lily!