Friday, August 9, 2013

Birthday Party #2--Friends and Scavenger Hunt!

Kendra invited three friends over for a pool/scavenger hunt/sleepover party to celebrate her birthday.  I've said it before, but Kendra has a real gift for discernment when it comes to people.  She picks some GREAT friends.  They were loud, they were crazy, but they are such good girls---it was a lot of fun for ME to hang out with them, too!  :-)

The girls arrived around 1:00 and the first item on the agenda was some pool time! 

We were having one of our famous 1,000,000 degree days, so after about an hour we decided that we would move on to the next thing on the party agenda and return to the pool after the sun stopped baking us to a crisp within moments of exposure!

So, the girls showered up and we piled into my car and headed toward the mall!  I had planned a scavenger hunt for the girls.  The clues would lead them to certain stores or mall locations and they had to do something and pose for pictures.  Instead of making gift bags for the girls with useless junk they would just throw away when they got home I gave them each $10 to spend in the mall on anything they wanted.  They LOVED that! 

The clue cards...I tried to use the names of the stores somehow in the clue.

And...they're off!
This clue said to choose a cap for your favorite team and represent!  (For the record, Kendra wanted a Detroit Tigers cap, but they didn't have one!)

This clue said to relax their tired tootsies

This was in Aero where they were supposed to pick something they'd like to have for Back to School.  They all went for a scarf instead!

This clue said to find the sign for the year of Kendra's mom's birth, showing the GAP in our ages.  :-)

The clue told them to try on some lip gloss at Bath & Body and pucker up!

They all had to pick shades with Kendra's favorite color:  Sparkles!

Trying on crazy shoes (they all were DYING to get them off because they HURT!)

The last clue said "Time's up...choose a fun watch and take a pic"

There is a pretty cool photo booth thing in our mall that Kendra has been dying to try for a long time.  I told her to wait until her birthday party because it was kind-of pricey.  But it turns out it was a pretty good deal---for $6 the girls got to take 5 pictures with 5 backgrounds of their choice which were then printed on a sticker sheet, but the best part of the deal is they were then emailed to us!  We entered in all of our email addresses, so each of the girls got a full set of pictures that they can print or use however they want!  They loved it!

C almost dropped Kendra on her head! 
Here are the five pictures sent via email.  SO CUTE!  (the funniest part was that since the booth used a green screen and J wore a green shirt it looked like she did a costume change for each picture! ha!)

After the scavenger hunt we went to a few stores for the girls to spend their $10 cash-ola.  Two of them bought things and two chose to save the money.  Then we headed back to our house for yummy pizza!

Next, the girls gave Kendra the gifts they chose for her.  Background story on the first pic:  Kendra's friend F had asked her via text what she might like for a present.  Kendra didn't really have a good answer, so F said, "Ok, I'll get you some plain black socks, no sparkles!, and a Barney video."  We got  a huge laugh at the time...little did we know that F would be true to her word!!!  :-)
I LOVE how much Kendra is laughing at this! 

Kendra was spoiled by her friends...a cool custom notebook, pens, a neat t-shirt, several earrings and hair bows, nail polish, and fun "nerd" glasses!
A closeup of the back of the tshirt---I couldn't get the pic to turn!

We headed back to the much better without the beating sun!

YUMMY ice cream sundaes!!!  (Love that Lucy is front and center!)

Nail polish fest in the a.m. before parents came to get them
Kendra said she had a total blast with her friends.  Mission accomplished!!!


  1. Holy cow what a fun party!!!! I loved the scavenger hunt. How perfect and all those girls look like such sweethearts!!! And wowza, you weren't kidding about how much nail polish you own. I have like 10 bottles and probably half of those have dried up. I bet they all had a fabulous time!!!

  2. Love seeing the pictures. Faith had a BLAST!! Thanks for having her!

  3. The goal of having a birthday celebration is to entertain the birthday celebrant and his/her guests, so it's nice to hear that you accomplished this mission with some scavenger hunt and fun time with her friends. They will surely remember this one and look forward for next year's party. You better prepare yourself for that. Haha!
    Rosalinda @ Riddle Me