Archive for January, 2009

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Hi Nikki

Well everyone had a blast with the Cruise scavenger hunt !!

I took some questions right off your list and then using your

Other items as suggestions… I went on line with Royal Caribbean and Printed off each decks floor plan and used that to help me get information

Thank you for all of your help ! I have included the hunt I made.

Thanks Nikki

JoAnn Seckus, Illinois USA

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Friday, January 30th, 2009

Nikki ~ Just so you know it was 10 through 14 year olds that we had this for and since there were (4) birthdays in the group of cousins we spent a little more time to make every team a winner.

It was in Granbury, Texas, September. It was birthday celebrations for a set of 10 year old twins, a 13 year old niece and a 14 year old niece. Everyone was there - 8 years old through Grandparent

We combined the Treasure Hunt with a scavenger hunt and skill/speed competition, I have to tell you the kids had a ball. Thanks for everything it worked out great!!!!

Erin Linney, Texas USA

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Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Nikki,

The Treasure Hunt was a smashing success -thanks. We took most of your ideas and changed them a little to go with our group (we still did the 6 stations but made one station food related [they had to make a pirate delicacy from foods that were on the table without labels - crushed up Oreos looked like dirt, etc.]). They also had to name the delicacy, write out the recipe and 1/2 of the team had to take a bite in front of the First Mate!

We also decided to have 6 different treasures (one for each team so the game didn’t end when the first team found their treasure). The 6 clues lead all the teams to the same location for the treasure Map but each Treasure Map had a different team’s name. So, they had to locate their team’s map which lead them to their own treasure. The teams didn’t know this so they were quite surprised when they found loot at different locations.

Thanks so much!!

Judith Block, California USA

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Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Hi Nikki -

I have found the e-book extremely helpful in planning my daughter?s 13th birthday party.

Our party is taking place in Phoenix, Arizona, USA

The party is the weekend of October 7, 2006

The special occasion is my daughter’s 13th birthday

The age range is 12-14

We are doing a Mall Hunt as a local mall most of the girls are not familiar with to add extra challenge. I have broken it into three different types - things to take photos of, questions to find answers to and items to collect.

We are checking in to a hotel with a water park, going for dinner to Sweet Tomatoes and then to the mall for the HUNT. After our return to the hotel - I have some games planned for the girls to play - then they can do what they do at this age - talk all night. In the morning, we go to the water park following breakfast and then home around 2:00 PM. Everyone gets a party bag with body glitter, lotion, nail file, nail polish, body powder, etc…….

My daughter has chosen to not be a part of the planning so it will be a surprise to her as well as the girls invited. We are ALL excited about it.

I’m sure I will be referring back to the information in your book frequently over the next few years……

Thanks

Rebecca Ihori, Arizona USA

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Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Thank you for the info on the scavenger hunt. We will be having my son’s 12th birthday party.

It is in a few weeks. I would agree this will be an easy party to plan. I purchased your booklet because I needed items for the list and ideas for invitations.

Mindy Richard, California USA

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Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Nikki,

It is Sunday and we are recuperating from the Halloween Party we hosted for our 10 year old son. The boys loved the treasure hunt! Thank you.

I had the boys eat and drink gross looking candy ( a bug, blood and vomit). I also bought 2 paint guns (they are manual and without CO2 or battery) and had them shoot at a skeleton that I painted on a piece of plywood (very easy). I am considering an adult party next year. Any advice? Thank you,

Patty Lamp, Illinois USA

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Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Hi Nikki:

Thanks for your response. We had the treasure hunt party on Saturday - huge success! Because I am so very busy I was not able to put the pen to paper until the day before - it was grueling but absolutely terrific.

My 10 year old party girls had an absolute blast!

Thanks very much,

Roni Agress, USA

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Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Hello,

I did receive the party planner as well as the Halloween pack and the pirate pack as I wasn’t sure which one I would do. After a vote from all the adult chaperone’s, the pirate theme won out. We are planning the party in MI on Oct 28th. It will be a Halloween party for my son and his friends from middle school. The age range will be from about 8 (siblings of his friends) to about 15. We usually get about 25-30 kids each year so they expect us to top last years spectacle. Its gets harder each year as they get older and don’t fall for ‘kiddie games’ anymore.

I have read the books thru and we are keeping few of the games suggested (scavenger hunt, flag creation and walking the plank). We are just adding ‘features’ to each of those three to slow them down a bit. Then I created 3 other games to replace the ones in the book that I know they wont like or will do so fast that they will be doubling up at the ports. So in an effort to not overwhelm my lovely adult volunteers, I need to keep them at each station for about the same time. The three new games should keep all ports on the same time scale (at least I hope it will).

Thanks for the great ideas, they got me going in the right direction. Overall I hope it goes over well.

Lisa Marten, Michigan USA

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Monday, January 26th, 2009

Nikki,

Sorry it’s taken a while to get back to you. Yes, we had our scavenger hunt. It was for my daughters’ Sweet 16 and she had invited 10 friends.

We had been looking around and trying to think of something fun to do. I came across several websites about scavenger hunts and she agreed to letting me plan one. The hard part was I had less than one week by the time I got your book online. But I had some basic ideas and used your book to help out.

It was very fun. I took them to the mall with a list of 16 stores they had to find via an envelope with a ‘pictionary’ type clue on it. They were divided up into 3 groups, so I had 16 envelopes of clues, all in the same order for each group. I started each group out at a different spot on the list, so they wouldn’t run into each other. At each store, they had to do one of several options: take a picture of themselves doing something, (at the GAP, holding a pair of underwear that my daughter would wear); find/purchase an item (at a bead store, they had to buy a small string of beads for under $3.00 in her favorite color) or contact someone at the store for their task, etc (at the GAP, the manager had them walk out of the store quacking like ducks! She really got into it!!)

I provided them with a list of rules (which we went over beforehand), some money to use for specific tasks, pens and paper to list the stores on and a bag with the clues in it. They were to call me if they got stuck on a clue.

Everything had points, so the first team done, didn’t necessarily win.

My daughter was very afraid I would make them do something ‘weird’ and was fairly anxious about the whole thing. The GAP store manager was a riot and really got into the whole thing. She was so fun and the girls actually really had a lot of fun! It was a cold weekend here, so the mall was VERY crowded on a late Saturday afternoon. I had contacted the stores where they were to take pictures and got oks from all of them. That’s how the Gap manager got involved. She couldn’t wait to help out.

The crowds at the mall were a problem, in that at one store one group had to wait to pay for their item for 15 minutes, which eventually left them without enough time to get to the last clue. But all in all , it was a huge success! The girls all had a great time and were very excited to participate. Afterwards, we took them all out to a local restaurant to eat and we gave out prizes there. We had used digital cameras, so while they were getting dressed to go to eat, we loaded them to my husbands’ laptop and

were able to show them all at dinner. That was really fun and they were all laughing.

So, that’s how it all went. It was a lot of work, but a lot of fun for the girls. Plus, no one else had done anything like that before, so that was very cool. Score one for MOM! ha

Your book was a big help. I hope to use it again sometime. I’m thinking how fun an adult one would be. Hmmm…..

Sandy Kollmorgen, Virginia USA

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Monday, January 26th, 2009

Hi Nikki,

Treasure Hunt was a hit, thanks. We had five stations that were in our back yard, front yard, neighbours and out in the kids hide-out in the bush behind our house. They had to do a basketball challenge, measure the driveway (28m), a crossword challenge, word unscramble and a balancing challenge.

Instead of having a competition to be first to find the treasure, we had two teams and one had to solve the riddle to find a map that lead them to the treasure, the other team had to solve their riddle to find a map that lead them to the key that unlocked the treasure. This way there was no losers and no unhappy party goers.

The treasure and the key (which was in an old gumboot) were hidden in the bush behind our house. (Not just one bush, I mean bushland, sorry, I used Aussie term).

When they had the treasure and the key they met in the hide-out to open the treasure. The treasure was filled with fake pearl necklaces, fake gold necklaces, glass stones (they were meant to be diamonds) and gold coins (chocolate filled).

Thanks again

Tania Keenan, NSW Australia

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Sunday, January 25th, 2009

HI, Nikki

Thank you for your reply, it was very helpful. I decided to purchase your product, I’m under the gun to create a fun bday party for my 10 year old daughter so I’m going to shoot for the mall scavenger hunt. I’m sure your ebook will make my life much easier as I’m too busy to figure this one out by myself!

Appreciate your time. Have a good day.

Becky Beasley, Washington USA

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Sunday, January 25th, 2009

Our party will be a week long event held in Italy (Tuscany) during the last week of July. We have hired two large villas each for a week in close proximity to each other for our daughters wedding. As most of the guests will be travelling from Australia (bride) and the U.S. (grooms family) and we haven’t met I was looking for a lighthearted theme.

My idea was that everyone could be given a list of items and/or questions that had to been collected over the week as guests toured the area (a red wine label from a famous local winery, a ticket to a Florence museum etc) along with some quiz questions/puzzles etc.

Regards

Jill Hill, Hyogo Japan

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Sunday, January 25th, 2009

I used your treasure hunt game for my son’s 12th birthday party. We were doing a haunted Luau theme and I used the Hawaiian Islands as the places that they had to visit. It was great. The program to customize the hunt worked great and was very easy to use. I had about 15 kids that were doing the hunt. They had a really good time. I was having a little trouble trying to come up with a treasure but a friend suggested lottery tickets.

The kids went nuts over them. I had three sets of three lottery tickets tied together for the team that figured out the location and dug it up. But I also had single tickets in the box so that everyone got one. It was a great party game for that age group. I was really pleased with the product.

I am planning on using the Halloween games bonus that I got for my son’s Halloween party at school. Thanks.

Kathy Stover, West Virginia USA

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Sunday, January 25th, 2009

Hi Nikki,

I just wanted to let you know that we had our Pirate Party this past Saturday and had 160 in attendance. We followed your suggestion of only having the 6 stations, making sure to have enough room and supplies for two teams to be at any given port at one time. Because of the size of our party and the broad range of age groups from 4 to 15, we slightly modified the activities at some of the ports, and the party went splendidly following your schedule. Each color team had an arm or headband in their team color and the team carried a team flag which we affixed to 5-ft sticks (so if anyone had to take a break to go to the bathroom they could easily find their team flag when they came back into the room.)

As each guest arrived we gave them their arm/headband based on the child’s age, then sent them to the tattoo parlor for a fake tattoo. We had a professional photographer ready to take individual photos, then fed them a nautical lunch of fish sticks, macaroni and cheese, and tator tots, following by dirt cups (choc pudding with crushed Oreo on top and a gummy worm stuck in) and also pirate cookies. Once everyone finished eating, our team leaders held their flags high in the air so all of the participants could find their team and then the fun began.

We gave out a puzzle piece at each port once the team completed each activity, and once they finished all, they put their puzzle together. The little ones’ puzzle gave a simple clue to directly go to find their treasure. The older kids puzzle was the first clue in a series of clues that led to their treasure. We had a different treasure location for each color team.

The feedback on Monday at work was unbelievable. Everyone had a fantastic time. The parents loved it too and still say ‘ARRRRR’ to me every time they pass me at work. Parents said the kids were thrilled with their treasure bags and most did not want to take off their pirate outfits when they got home. Our next party will be a Halloween party in October. I don’t know how we are going to top this one!

Our photographer took over 300 pictures at the party and we get them back tomorrow. I can’t wait!

A million thanks!

Judy McEvoy, New York USA

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Sunday, January 25th, 2009

Hi! Nikki!

I will be using the treasure hunt for a neighborhood party and also the magic trick and party games at our camping reunion at the beach in August. You have saved my brain a lot of study and thinking. Thanks again for your help.

I have used your treasure hunt game twice for children 8 and under. They loved it. The clues made them think and the adults assisting them enjoyed the hunt as well. I’m sorry I don’t have pictures but I will use the game again and send you some. It’s a wonderful way to surprise a young guest coming to visit. A great icebreaker. Your games always make me look so clever

Ida Peterson, Washington USA

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Sunday, January 25th, 2009

Hi Nikki,

Our church had our treasure hunt this past weekend. It was a great success and so much fun. This was a family event so all ages were able to participate. We used cities in the Bible (Paul’s Journey) as our stations, and challenges that Paul would have faced in these cities, some mental some physical. We have 60 people participate and everyone had so much fun and could not believe how well the treasure hunt worked out and how organized it was. Your planner kits was great I would recommend it to other churches and groups. Thanks for the help.

Hawkins Church Vicksburg Ms.

Julie Townley, Massachusetts

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Monday, January 12th, 2009

My 30th Birthday and Halloween celebrations in London, England.

Russell Holman, London UK

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Monday, January 12th, 2009

on Easter Sunday for my 4 year old daughter

Di Armistead, London UK

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Saturday, January 10th, 2009

Hi Nikki

I am thinking of organising a treasure hunt for my daughters 11th birthday, how big an open space do we need? We could do it in the local park.

Regards

Louise Ross, East Renfrew UK

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Saturday, January 10th, 2009

Nikki-

the Treasure Hunt I am planning is for our Church’s Vacation Bible Study- so it needs to be Christian- based for children- actually one hunt for smaller children and a second hunt for pre-teens.

Thanks-

Tina Chiapetta, Illionois USA

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Thursday, January 8th, 2009

Michigan USA on memorial day weekend.

35 family members get together at our cottage for a fishing tournament and other games, softball, cards, cocktails, boating, tubing, etc.

Age range is 6-70 with about 10 under 13 years of age.

The theme title is the 5th annual Gregor family & friends fishing tournament.

Since the main event of the weekend is the fishing tournament the following day, many of the items in the treasure chest will be fishing related (fishing lures, and other tackle box items and kids fishing games and craft projects.)

Diane Gregor, Michigan USA

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Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

Hi,

I am planning a strawberry picking party for my 7 year old. And aside from picking strawberries and making their own individual shortcakes I wanted to something else that would take up some time and be unique.

Christine Flory, New York USA

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Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Nikki

I have read through the planner and have started coming up with ideas.

The party will be held at the Mall of America, Bloomington MN with 6 - 12year olds- 2 teams of 3. I have purchased t-shirts for all of them to wear so that people will know that they are playing a game. I’m having difficulty trying to judge how many things I need to have them play for

two hours. Any ideas on that would be of great help.

I really want to do a variety of things, like riddles, so one that I have come up with is, picture in front of the store that ‘every athletic team has’ answer Coach. But of course they have to figure it out. I’m doing a lot of hunt and find with pictures but I haven’t come up with anything to exciting for them to actually look for. I am using your ideas on perfume card, cellular phone brochure but those are pretty easy. I have a couple of weeks until the party so maybe I can come up with more ideas.

If you have other obscure items to find, let me know because I’d like to challenge them.

Thank you.

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Hi Gina

It is always difficult to judge just how long things will take, as what you think is hard they will do quickly and what you believe to be easy will stump them for ages!! (Just the way it goes…). So I suggest that you have way too many items on your list and a strict time limit (penalties for being late back). That way they will do as much as they can and no one is expected to do everything.

To challenge them a little, give them some photo challenges or tasks to be completed. You can always give extra point for tasks so that they are encouraged to do them, rather than just stick to the easy stuff.

Best Wishes

Nikki

Gina Matschi, Minnesota USA

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Monday, January 5th, 2009

Hi Nikki,

So far we are getting along fine, we have about 30 kids we are inviting.. ages 9-10. We are doing the pirate theme treasure hunt. We were thinking about having a treasure for each team instead of just one. I suspect this could get quite complicated. Any suggestions?

thanks!

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Hi Tracy

There are a couple of approaches - one is to have enough treasure for everyone. The first team digs it up, but then gets to share it with everyone.

Second have several boxes of treasure in the same location. The first team finds one, then as the other teams get there, they can dig in the surrounding area.

Third idea is that each team gets a different treasure map and so finds treasure in a different location. That doesn?t need to be too complicated, the first team to solve the final clue gets the first map and so on. You will have to create several maps though!

Best wishes

Nikki

Tracy Nekula, Ohio USA

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Sunday, January 4th, 2009

In California on 29th October for my son’s 8th birthday. Guests aged 6-10 yrs.

Tammie Williams, California USA

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