D's Amazing Race Party

Last weekend our eldest turned 9.. and we threw him an amazing race birthday party!

As with all the boys other parties.. I bought a plain white cake from Wegmans and let D decorate it himself.

We had a total of nine kids.. they picked bandanna's out of a bag to create 3 teams.

First Task

Not all the kids knew each other.. they were too amped up with the idea of winning that they couldn't manage to calm down and read the clue.. so we had to really guide them through it.. they made mistakes and we let it go.. it seemed a tad chaotic.. 

Second Task

I had 33 little medicine cups filled with M&M's and Goldfish crackers.. 6 of them had stickers on the bottom. The first two teams found the sticker in the first try... what are the odds!? And the third team had to eat a lot of snacks before they finally found their sticker.

Third Task

I bought 48 piece puzzles from the Dollar Tree. The boys took their time making them.. it was then that we finally got a chance to take a breath and just be able to watch them all at work.. 

Fourth Task

The kids had a blast with this one.. M and I disagreed on a few of the details regarding this task. First he thought filling the glass to the brim with only a bandanna was too much so we settled on 75% full. Then I thought the bucket was too high up on the hill so we moved it slightly lower.. We were both so wrong. These are 9 year olds.. they should have been filling the cup to the brim and the bucket should have been farther up because even though they were huffing and puffing the task took them barely 5 minutes.. they were breezing through these!!

Fifth Task

Sixth Task

We assigned a different color of Fruit Loops to each team.

Seventh Task

This was another fun one.. the kids had to make multiple trips to get the sequence correct.

 Eighth Task

This game was such a hoot.. the boys even took turns playing it once the actual race was finished. 

Ninth Task

M and I tried this activity to see how long it would take.. we had to really shake it! The kids twerked 'em all out so quickly I didn't even get a picture!

Last Task!

The secret message read - Congratulation You Have Completed The Amazing Race

All the Winners!

The kids went through the games quicker than we had expected so they filled the rest of their time playing more Pantyhose Bowling.. soccer.. just running around and a water balloon fight. Then it was time for cake and pizza

It was a great party.. it had been a little tricky keeping all the games a secret from D.. I gave all the kids jump ropes as party favors.

Here's a look back at some of his previous birthdays
1st Birthday
4th Birthday
5th Birthday
7th Birthday
8th Birthday

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Sandi said...

Great idea to have him decorate the cake!

Jennifer said...

Looks like a fun party!

Effortlessly Sophisticated

karen said...

I cannot believe he is nine! where does the time go. As always I'm in awe of your ability to throw a themed birthday party.

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

What a fun and creative party. It looks like the kids had a blast!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

What a great party! Happy Birthday, D!

Angela said...

Looks like a wonderful birthday!

Billie Jo said...

Oh my goodness!
You are "Amazing"!!!!
I love this idea, and I am certain those children had the best time ever.
Have a cozy day!

Kelly said...

Wow! A lot of planning went into this party, but it looks like it was a great success!

Debbie said...

you did an awesome job with the party, we LOVE the amazing race....we wanted the young boys to win!!!

that's a great idea to let them decorate their own cakes, i never thought of that when my boys were little!!!

Rach said...

What a fun idea for the birthday parties! I bet so much planning went behind this!


simply styling said...

Oh my goodness this party looks like it was the best ever !!! That cake is adorable too !!


Carrie said...

This is such a cute theme for a party and I've never seen anyone do this!! I love that you let him decorate his own cake, too!


Jeanie said...

What a fun party! A great theme and looks like such a good time for all the kids. I must pass this one on to Miss Molly to hold in her back pocket for when the baby grands are a little older!

Ruth Josey said...

Wow! What a fabulous party idea - I just love it! I think it was a great idea to let D decorate his own cake too. You're so creative. I'm going to pin this one so others can have this idea (and so I won't forget it if I have to throw a kid's birthday party).


Sasha said...

Happy 9th to D! What a fantastic party! The kids look like they had a ball! What a great idea for a party! I bet it took lots of hard work to arrange but what great memories for D and his friends! My son turns 9 next month too so I need to hurry up and decide what we're doing for him! ;) XXX

ALLIE NYC said...

You always have such great themed parties and the events at the parties are so clever and and so nooooot about screen time!

You are creating wonderful memories. And very cool you let D decorate the cake himself!

Allie of

Jodie's Touch of Style said...

First off, I love the idea of letting him decorate the cake!! How inventive.
And I bet this was SO fun. I'd love a party like this!

BLovedBoston said...

Looks like everyone had the best time!

Stefanie said...

What a terrific party! You put so much thought into tasks for the kids to have fun. Glad they all had a great time.

The Lucky Lifestyle said...

This is SUCH a great theme! So creative and so much fun for the kids! Also love the idea of letting your son decorate the cake. :)

Veronica Lee said...

What a fantastic party! Happy Birthday, D!

sonia // daring coco said...

This has to be the most amazing idea for a party ever. I don't think I've ever heard of one like this before but it is so genius. Also takes them off the electronics (recently went to a friends son birthday and couldn't believe how many were glued to screens!)


R's Rue said...

Happy birthday D.

Kathrine Eldridge said...

What a fun party idea! You executed it wonderfully. Love the cake!


Emmylou said...

Belated happy bday!! And how cool is this Amazing Race-themed party!! Love it:) The kiddos all looked like they had a grand time for sure.

Ivana Split said...

happy belated birthday to your son. These are great creative ideas for a birthday celebration. I love how you thought of so many activities for the kids.

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

What a fun theme for a kids party. Happy birthday to D!

Milllie said...

Wow beautifil post thanks for sharing! I enjoyed this

awhite said...

What an awesome birthday party idea- you pulled this off like a pro, lady!

Le Stylo Rouge

Margot said...

Looks like such a fun birthday party.
The game looks sooo fun.

Missymayification said...

Great and fun theme for a party. I'm sure the children had a great time.


Mica said...

Oh what a fun party idea! You put a lot of thought into it and it worked so well, it looks like they all had an amazing time! :)

Hope that your week is going well :)

Away From Blue

white and vintage said...

Happy birthday to your son! What an amzing birthday party. Such lovely ideas!
Have a great week :)

StyleOfLife said...

nice post, like it :)
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Doused in Pink | Chicago Style Blog said...

What a fun party idea! It looks like your son and his friends had a blast!

Jill - Doused in Pink

Adriana Leandro said...

What a fun party!


saTanja said...

I remember having parties like these, it was always so much fun!


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