Monday, April 30, 2012

The Mystery Party: Part 1

Well, I mentioned on facebook that this party just about did me in, but it turned out great and I have so much to share.  This post will set the scene for you…invitations, decorations and the cake.  I will follow up with posts on the crafts, the mystery and the goody pack.

As soon as Erin said Mystery Party, I jumped online to scour the internet for ideas.  It was nice to have Pinterest help me along too.  I found most of my inspiration from The Decorologist, Focus Jennie and The Moore Minutes.   The Decorologist gave me a jump start with a fantastic free printable invitation – thank you!!!  For the free printable go here.  All we did was change the color scheme and the names and places of course.

The Invitation




We kept the decorations fairly minimal.  I delegated most of this job to my 10 year old.  He drew and cut out giant question marks and traced my husband’s work shoes to leave mysterious footprints leading from our front door throughout the house.  I thought it was so fun that the whole family got involved in the process, not to mention it gave me one less thing to worry about.  A win-win.

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Our little detective is on the case!


These door pictures really remind me that I need to paint them ASAP!



We threw some candlesticks and rope on our foyer table along with the game Clue, some mystery books and an old suitcase to set the mood when our guests walked in.

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Oh, and I can’t forget the “Top Secret: Off Limits” signs we posted to close off the stairs and the office. Two reasons for this…it looked the part and it kept everyone on the main floor (plus, my office and upstairs might have been a bit messy, shhh, don’t tell).




And it seemed to me that black and white just worked for this party, along with the accent color of yellow that Erin chose for the invitation.



The Cake

Erin and I both agreed that a plain white frosted cake with a black question mark was the perfect cake for this party.  However, when I placed the order, they steered me clear of black frosting.  They said it would stain our teeth for at least 2-3 days.  I really didn’t want to be remembered as the mom who stained a bunch of 2nd grade girls’ teeth, so we got our thinking caps on.

This is one of those times when the fallback plan ends up being better than the original.  We made the question mark out of mini-Oreos and the dot out of a large Oreo.  The only mistake I made was not to buy an extra bag of Oreos to hand out with each slice of cake.  Take note, and I’m not kidding, those girls were beyond giddy about those Oreos!!


Please ignore the divot where an Oreo fell.


We also kept the menu to the very basic - pizza, lemonade and water.  I’ve done more food at other kid’s parties, but when it comes down to it, they are so excited, they just want to scarf something down quick and move on.

So those are the basics to set the scene.  In my next post, I will give you the lowdown on the fun stuff - the crafts, clues and take home gift pack.  Good stuff to come!!


  1. I LOVE the jars with the kids names on them! Great idea!

  2. Way to go Kim! I love this! Cake looks awesome! Looking forward to seeing more! I've got less than 2 Months for a 1st birthday party.. you are giving me the motivation to get cracken'! Thanks girl!!! - Kali

  3. I love the consistency of the them, and the simplicity of it. It is super cool. Can't wait to see what you have in store!

  4. Wow, I wish this was my party! I love the big question marks and also the awesome paper flowers! Thank you for visiting my spring bedroom :)

  5. Looks like such a fun party! I can imagine that the kids had so much fun. They are going to have such fond memories of the great parties their mom threw them when they were kids.

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

  6. What a great idea for a kids party! Love the little details like the footsteps around the house and the drinking jars with the names. I love drinking out of jars myself :)


    How cute and creative is this??? I LOVE IT!! I've been on the lookout for birthday party ideas for my daughter, and I wish she was older so we could do this!! She'll be four in June; however, I am DEFINITELY putting this in my "To-Do" folder, and will be pulling it out in a few years. ^_- Thank you so much for sharing all these fantastic ideas!!

    ~Nicole @

  8. Hi,
    I'm so glad I happened upon your site! The party looks amazing!! You and your family did an amazing job. I'm so happy that you shared your ideas, my daughter wants a mystery/nancy drew party for her 12th. I always stress about having parties at my home. I'm normally let's go ice skating or bounce housing or anything other than home. And, it's harder to find things to do in the winter. Now I've got some great ideas!!
    We are in love with the cake, such a cool idea:) Can't wait!!
    Thanks again for sharing!!

  9. Thank you for sharing these exciting party ideas!!I am going to be using them in my classroom at our reading celebration.I can hardly wait!!


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