Party #3- Secret spy agent

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Our third party finalist submitted by Lisa from Moore Minutes – she recently hosted a Secret Agent Spy party for her son’s birthday. I had no idea a secret spy party could be so elaborately wonderful, what a lucky little boy she has.

Starting off her theme the invitations were sent in manila envelopes with a “top secret” stamp on the front. Inside there was a message to decode in order to find out the party details.

The desert bar was set up with super lively colors to make the crime scene youth friendly. The food selection included adorable baby-bombs, a large bomb birthday cake, a tray of mystery bars and a plentiful supply of colorful candy. Lisa used crime scene tape, play bullets and top secret labels to pull everything together.

At party entrance each of the boys was given an agent badge and fingerprinted for security. The boys also received agent glasses, compasses and detective bands as favors.

Chalk drawn footprints lead up to the party entrance and after eating the boys followed them out as they were sent on their “secret mission”. They scurried through the neighborhood finding clues to solve the crime of the stolen birthday present. The boys had to overcome obstacles, make it through a laser maze, and they were even attacked by bad guys (aka. dads with water guns) during their journey. Thankfully, they solved the crime and found the birthday bike along with their favor bags hoisted up in a tree.

Although this elaborate adventure had a few party planning kinks along the way, it looks like an amazing day for a 9 year old little boy.

Thanks for sharing with us Lisa. Vote by commenting below if you would like Lisa to win the challenge.


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Posted March 16, 2010
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145 Responses to “Party #3- Secret spy agent”

  1. Lisa says:

    Thank you Vicky for this highlight and opportunity! I am excited about it. :)

  2. Jill says:

    Love this idea! So creative and fun.

  3. Larry says:

    Good party for boys. Congrats on the write up.

  4. Kirsty says:

    I absolutely love every detail of this party. A true memory maker which celebrates the magic of childhood in every way! All the little details are so delightful and clever.

  5. Happy Nester says:

    I love this idea! Clever and cute!

  6. Ginny says:

    Great idea for a birthday party!!!

  7. Chris says:

    This party was awesome! It went off without a hitch and Skyler had the best 9 year old birthday ever!. Good Job Lisa.

  8. Julie Carothers says:

    You’re very Gifted Lisa…and the best thing about your parties is that they are given in LOVE!

  9. Moxie says:

    I have three young boys and this party idea seriously ROCKS! How FUN!!
    (Girls would like it too)

  10. Such a cool party. Lisa always pays attention to every little detail. By far one of the most creative parties I have seen! Good luck!

  11. Leanne says:

    This is the best boy party ever. What little boy doesn’t want to be a secret agent.

  12. Brandi says:

    I love Lisa and everything she does.. shes so creative and puts love into everything she does!!! xoxo. Lisa, you better share this anthro $$ with me. hehe.

  13. lisa says:

    I think that is such a great idea & a unique fun party! Lisa is so so creative!

  14. Dana Eddy says:


    This is an absolutely awesome spread and very creative idea from the average kids parties. Especially when you are throwing a part for a 9 year old boy!!!! Really gave me some creative ideas of my own and helps to see “thinking out of the box” ideas! Thanks so much for sharing your ideas with me!

    Dana :)

  15. Dawn Melton says:

    SUPER great idea! What a great mom and party planner you are!

  16. Rachel says:

    Love the loot hidden up in the tree! That effort looks like it was totally worth it. Great party!

  17. lynn says:

    This looks like the coolest party ever! Absolutely perfect for a boy.

  18. Patty Poorten says:

    What a fun party! I plan to copy the idea someday for one of my grandkids!!! Thank you for sharing Lisa! :)

  19. Janine says:

    This party exemplifies boyhood charm, mystery, and fun. What a creative idea for an unforgettable birthday party. Love the details for all the “secret agents” involved.

  20. Emily says:

    This party is so creative :) Love it!!!

  21. Jessica says:

    What great ideas, presentation and execution! I can’t wait to see what you do for the 10th birthday!

  22. Emily says:

    This is such an awesome idea! I LOVE it and I can’t wait until my son is old enough for this kind of thing!

  23. Hannah says:

    Fabulous party! I’d expect no less from Lisa. When I have kids of my own, I’ll be asking her for help! :)

  24. Sandi Leonard says:

    Love this party idea. Great stuff.

  25. Jen says:

    I think this party idea is adorable, and so different. The invitations are my absolute favorite part!

  26. Kathy Neisess says:

    Wow Lisa, this party is the ‚Äö?Ñ??bomb‚Äö?Ñ?¥! How fun! It may be perfect for the boys, but I know my daughter would LOVE having a Secret Spy Agent Party. Thanks for the idea. Good luck trying to top it ;-)

  27. Jami Swain says:

    Love this idea! The planning and details are amazing! Seems like Lisa was meant to have little boys! I couldn’t imagine pulling off a party like this! And it all looks like it was done with love and care :)

    Awesome Lisa!


  28. Louise says:

    Hey Lisa, you so awwsome. That party look like so much fun!

  29. Wow, that looks like a seriously awesome party for the kids! Love it!

  30. Kari says:

    Great idea!

  31. Melissa Callow~ says:

    Lisa you are so creative! Love your attention to details.What a wonderful party for Skyler!

  32. Ruth Ann says:

    Lisa, you are so creative and amazing. I’m so impressed!

  33. Becca says:

    That looks like an amazing birthday party for a nine year old boy!!

  34. Shelley says:

    Wow…that is amazing. I will have to ask for your help next year!

  35. Dorey says:

    Love it! Lisa is one creative girl. =0)

  36. Kelly says:

    Lisa! You are amazing!!

  37. LOVE this party idea!!!

  38. sonya says:

    can i hire you to do my kids’ parties from now on?! fantastic!

  39. Martha says:

    What a great party — what young boy wouldn’t just love this!

  40. Kristen says:

    Love this idea. Looks like the boys enjoyed it so much and I bet that was an amazing feeling for Lisa. This is an ideal birthday party for any 9 year old boy!

  41. Codi Barley says:

    LOVE this party! So creative! Lisa you are extremely talented! :)

  42. Michelle says:

    Lisa is amazing in everything she does, especially making the people around her know they are loved and I am positive Skyler knew he was loved this day!!

  43. Suzanne says:

    WOW! I’m totally doing this for my next party. Considering I have 4 boys and possibly another on the way! Great job. The creative outlet for the kids is BRILLIANT! :) Love the bomb cake and the decoder idea!

  44. Kyle says:

    Wow, looks like a lit of work…Good job!

  45. Cheri says:

    Just amazing! Love every detail!

  46. SallyG says:

    Lisa..This is amazing! I love it!!

  47. Tashia says:

    Lisa is very talented and very imaginative..

  48. Nancy says:

    Such a cool idea! Any boy would absolutely love this party!

  49. Katie says:

    How neat! I definitely think that girls would like this too :)

  50. Mystica says:

    What creativity and talent and most importantly the patience to put it all together so beautifully.

  51. stephanie says:

    loved the ideas! awesome!

  52. Chrissy says:

    Love love love this idea!!

  53. Lisa is one of the most talented people I have ever known. She comes up with the best ideas! I wish I had half of her creativity:) Good luck Lisa.

  54. Jodi says:

    My son would have loved this as a party theme when he was little…heck he’s big now and he’d still love it : )

  55. Aimee says:

    What a great idea! My kids would LOVE it!!!

  56. Kelly says:

    This is such a cool idea. The invitations and cake are my favorite little touches!

  57. Nattiel says:

    This is a great idea… i wish i could be this creative but i just didnt get that bone in my body.

  58. Tootsie says:

    what great ideas !!! I love love love it too!!!

  59. Tootsie says:

    it sounds like a wonderful fun time! I might have to use this…hope you don’t mind…
    how do you think of these things?

  60. Lisa Shatzer says:

    I think a secret agent party is an awesome idea! I know my boys would love it!!

  61. Lisa is so creative and fun and a wonderful Momma. I think she should WIN hands down. She does a wonderful job in every projects she does because she puts her heart into it and you can feel the love in the projects she does for her family. GO LISA!!!
    Cheri from Its So Very Cheri

  62. Toni Roberts says:

    Lisa did a FAB job on this spy party. The secret spy party is such a perfect theme for boys – the adorable invitations, the bomb cake, laser maze, etc.. It looks so fun I want this party : )

  63. Sarah says:

    What a great party! Spy kids across the world…unite! :)

  64. I thought this was one of the most creative parties I have seen in a long time. Loved it!

  65. jenjen says:

    Wow – what an amazing party. I love all of the details. Those donuts that look like bombs are so cute. What a great party!!!


  66. JD says:

    Lisa, it sounds like a fantastic party for a wonderful little boy. Your little guys are very precious and I know you strive to do and to be the very best for them. What lucky parents you are. Your talents are awesome and you seem to make great things happen. Keep it up!

  67. Rene says:

    My boys would love this!!

  68. What a great idea for a boys party, even some girls would love this!

  69. Wow! Lisa, this looks like great fun, well done!!!

  70. Leslie Rodriguez says:

    Very creative and fun! You can tell there was a lot of thought and planning that went into such an exciting theme. Great job!

  71. MamaHall says:

    I think it’s brilliant! I can her the Mission Impossible theme song in my head! What a fun party and what a lucky birthday boy :) Great idea!

  72. Lisa you rock! This type of party is right up my boys alley.

  73. tracey says:

    Lisa’s idea is awesome!!! My son would LOVE to have a party like this! Too fun!!!

    :) T

  74. These are such fantastic ideas. I love the party invitations and the secret agent badges are very neat. It is so hard to find great ideas for boys birthday parties but this one sure hit the nail on the head. Great Job, Lisa!

  75. Lisa is amazing! I’ve followed her blog for a while and she amazes me at every turn!

  76. Very creative ideas! Another vote for Lisa.

  77. Gina says:

    Awesome-what a fun party! And I love how the dads got in on the action!

  78. Lisa is amazing and this party is such a fun idea! I don’t have boys but can’t wait to throw a party for my nephew when he gets a little older! :)

  79. Donna Santoy says:

    So clever….looks like tons of fun.

  80. Wow! This is an amazing party. Lisa is definitely the winner in my book!

  81. Bei Bambini says:

    This is such a creative idea!!!! The attention to detail (like fingerprinting) is too cute!! A GREAT idea for kids party!!!

  82. Genny says:

    Awesome party! I especially love the finger-printing! :)

  83. Lynn says:

    Such a clever party idea! I’ll bet the kids will remember for a long time!!

  84. Sarah Matrisciano says:

    The party was amazing!! What am imagination you have Lisa!

  85. Tracey says:

    This is one of the neatest themes I’ve seen and Lisa executed it perfectly!

  86. As soon as I saw Lisa’s party idea, I knew it was one to be filed in my mind for future use! All of her ideas look so fun, and {someday} I just may have to throw a Secret Angent Party of my own – Lisa has my vote!

  87. Kate says:

    I have been an event planner for eighteen years and was completely and utterly impressed with Lisa’s Spy Party. Her attention to detail and creativity is what really captured my eye. A very talented lady indeed

  88. Rikki says:

    It looked awesome Lisa!

  89. Mandy says:

    what a fun party! My girls would go crazy over this. I also love how the dads got involved. Way to go!

  90. mom2fur says:

    That is one of the most clever and cute party ideas I’ve ever seen! The kids must have had an amazing time!

  91. Carrie says:

    great job I love it all :D


  92. Best. birthday. ever.

    Seriously, that is sooo creative, and I LOVE the games, and the cake, and the invitations, and pretty much all of it. :P Even as a little girly-girl, I would have loved this as a child.

  93. Paula says:

    How fun is this idea?!

  94. Kristin says:

    Lisa always has the BEST ideas. Her munchkins are so lucky to have such a creative mama!

  95. Ashley says:

    This is super cute!! I will have to keep this in mind for a future party theme.

  96. Anna Jenk says:

    Love this idea- she is a winner!

  97. Tiffany H says:

    Super fun idea! Love it!

  98. Priscila says:

    ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh this has got to be the cutest and most creative idea I have ever seen!!! This is something I will have to do in the future!!! So amazing!

  99. Clover says:

    Very creative!

  100. Shari says:

    Absolutely Awesome Party!!!

  101. Tanya says:

    That is such an awesome party idea!! Love it!! Lisa is so creative on everything she does! Her boys are lucky they have such a wonderful mother!

  102. jenin says:

    Great theme!

  103. Paula says:

    What an adorable party!! Very creative Lisa:)

  104. laurie says:

    WOW! What a fabulous party. I just adore that Kaboom ball.

  105. TidyMom says:

    LOVE it!!
    Lisa did an amazing job!! I wish my kids were still young enough for a party like this!…….I’m sure I would get the BEST MOM award! lol

  106. FM says:

    What wonderful ideas! And what a very lucky little boy to have such a creative mom to pull off this fabulous birthday party. Loved the fingerprint idea and the bike up the tree. Awesome.

  107. Very cool idea! The theme played out so well!

  108. Sue says:

    Love this originality!

  109. The spy party theme is perfection! Just so beautiful yet fun at the same time. Wonderful job Lisa! :)

  110. Tracy says:

    Great idea. I did something similar but not near as creative or well done. You went all the way with it. Cool mom!

  111. Kristen Lingana says:

    What an AWESOME idea! You’re soooo creative and you always do a fantastic job planning any event.

  112. Michelle says:

    This looks great! I hope you win Lisa!

  113. I love this party, especially the fingerprint idea. What a greaet party!!
    Great job, Lisa!!


  114. What an awesome idea!

  115. i love this party and featured it on my blog too! :)

  116. What a cool idea! Hanging the bike from a tree took it over the top. I be he’ll remember that birthday for the rest of his life. He’ll be 90 years old and will still talk about his cool parents. Great job!

  117. Tausha says:

    I love this! Great creativity! What a great mom!!

  118. Jamie says:

    I remember when Lisa posted about her Secret Agent party and thinking…”Wow this girl is super creative!” That’s a party I would like to go to!

  119. Becky says:

    OM goodness-this is so fun–my boys would have been crazy for this!

  120. barbara jean says:

    This party looks like sooo much fun. I can see a lot of planning went into it to make this a special day for her son. I love the whole detective theme. So perfect for a group of boys.

    Great job Lisa!!

    Barbara Jean

  121. Lindy says:

    What a cool cake!

  122. Larry says:

    Lisa, good job. I’m proud of you.

  123. Sarah says:

    This is so cool! I hope my daughter will like things like this when she’s a bit older.

  124. Dorey says:

    LOVE IT! Lisa is one creative gal! ;0)

  125. Jane says:

    What a creative and fun idea! I know the boys (both big and small) had a ball. Lisa, you have a wonderful imagination!
    Jane (artfully graced)

  126. This sound awesome! My kids would love this!

  127. Christine says:

    Great Party idea and sounds fun.

  128. My daughter wants to have a scavenger hunt BD party soon. This has got my wheels turning, thanks TCC and Lisa @ Moore Minutes.

  129. How creative! What an awesome birthday party!

    Mary Ellen

  130. This is the best idea I have heard of for a boys party. So much fun and the invitations were just wonderful too. I know all the children had a wonderful time and loved every minute of it. What a great theme. The dessert bar looked yummy too. Great ideas. Marty

  131. G and G Burgess says:

    My vote is on this one. Very creative.

  132. Sheri says:

    What a fun day! I bet all of those kids are begging their moms for a fun party like that one now!

  133. Renee says:

    I was at this party and enjoyed it very much! It was a lively time.

  134. Mariah says:

    What a great party idea, it looks like so much fun. Love the invitations, finger print badges and the scavenger hunt…super creative.


  135. If anyone knows how to plan a creative and fun party – it’s Lisa! Love her ideas!


  136. Annikke says:

    What a super fun party! Love the “bomb” desserts!

  137. Layla says:

    Lisa really knows how to rock a party!!!

    Layla :-)

  138. Dani says:

    O my Gosh! What a great idea! How much fun!!! I’m 23 and think it’d be fun to attend this party! What a great mom for putting so much work into a birthday party!!!

  139. Darla says:

    I so remember when Lisa posted this party … I still think it is the most exciting party for a little boy!! Actually my girls would love it too!

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