Clementine's love and interest in all things Native American is still strong which made this year's birthday theme easy to choose. A Native American Indian Adventure Party! Think scavenger hunt, obstacle course, crafting, history, and fun all mixed together.
We were lucky to be able to use our good friend's yard which is big and quirky and leant itself perfectly to the theme of the party. It is a long city lot with a beautiful, shaded, wooden structure at the very back. That was where the party celebrations would take place but first we had to make the "journey" to get there!
I sent an evite out to the parents and once I knew if their child was attending I sent out some real mail. I still love getting a real letter in my mailbox...who doesn't? Instead of making something by hand I bought some clipart on etsy from Grafik Boutique. The little miss picked this beautiful watercolor dreamcatcher out herself. I printed it, cut it out and sewed on one feather and one bead. On the back was a note saying how excited Clementine was to celebrate her 6th birthday with them. 'See you Saturday at the totem pole!' It arrived in their mailboxes a few days before the party. Fun!
In preparation I made some fish that are my simple take on salmon. Thanks to sparkly blue felt, gray felt, google eyes, and a glue gun the girls had some fish to catch. I constructed a buffalo out of heavy cardboard and shaggy felt. That was a project! For headbands I sewed some velcro on the ends of a pretty ribbon. Ever tried making a giant dream catcher out of hula hoop? That was a challenge. For loot bags I made little faux suede bags with fringe for everyone. Although we already have one tepee at our house which I brought to the celebration, I also made a tepee from a canvas drop cloth and bamboo which I cut from the yard.
And now for the adventure!
There were clues that were either hidden or given after each activity. Our little birthday tribe had to journey back to our camp where there the birthday celebration would be held. First we had to fish for our feast. Each child "speared" fish in the river thanks to magnets and bamboo "spears". Next they met at the totem pole and chose their spirit animal. Hunting buffalo with a bow and arrow, crossing a river (balloons), working together to build a pretend fire and taking a pretend rest for the night followed. Decorating beautiful hand made bamboo flutes with leather, glass beads and feathers was our craft activity which when they all completed that task they had to travel through the "forest" and do a little gathering. In this case that was a scavenger hunt! Once those items were found they were SO close to camp! They just had to harvest the corn which meant husking a pile of corn until they found the clue I had hidden in one of the ears which led them to their loot bags hidden in a tree. They made it! The final clue directed them to the chief. They had completed their journey. The mister, properly dressed, welcomed the girls back to the camp and had them hang their fish up to dry. They were presented with an "eagle feather" for their bravery and then rewarded with what else? A pinata! (I doctored up a pinata to fit with the theme) After cake (the "beaded" cake topper was inspired by vintage necklaces and made so well by tara of tara's treats) the girls played and painted the tepee all while flute music filled the air.