Special Episode of The Amazing Race - Birthday Edition

Andrew's 18th bday turned out to be a week-long celebration!
Monday last week, he got his beautiful new guitar.
Tuesday, we went to the casino with my mom.
Wednesday, we went to the casino with my mom, dad, and my nephew.
Thursday and Friday, no school!

Saturday, SURPRISE PARTY!!!!!!!!

I have been planning this for about two months. Andrew didn't know, but claims that he thought I might have a surprise party at some point (whatever).

Andrew had ten friends waiting at one of our favorite thai restaurants.
We had this elaborate setup planned to get him there: He had a guitar lesson with my friends 11-yr old daughter, Cassidy, and so I told him that I was going with her mom to do some fundraising stuff for our volunteer project, and we were all going to meet up for dinner - so just meet us at the restaurant. Great, sure, whatever, mom.

And off I went, 6pm on a Saturday night, wearing a sweatshirt - to do fundraising??
Yep, believable.

Anyway, you know how the rest goes. Here's some photos:
The Kids Table

The Adult Table

Super-cute baby!
The Birthday Banner made an appearance!
Dessert was brought out, and with it was a handful of clues for The Amazing Race, which Andrew knew nothing about...and was confused, shocked, and excited all at once.
Thanks to Fed Ex for having the envelopes that have a zip-pull opener-thing so it was more like the tv show!
Once we got everyone paired up in teams and went over the basic rules: no breaking the law, be respectful in stores, etc (nobody listened to these) and then I tossed the clues on the table and they lunged for them and the second they had one, they sprinted out the door as if their life depended on it. It was a fast exit.
And fast was the theme of the night.
Clue one led them to our local Bullwinkles (kinda like a Chuck E Cheese place) where they had to exchange 38 tickets for their next clue.Andrew's team had this done in just a couple minutes by begging some kid for some of his tickets. Had I really planned better, I would have made it a HUGE number, but I gave them all money for that leg of the race and didn't want them to have to spend any personal money and I suspect Bullwinkles wouldn't have been so happy to help if I had groups of teens harassing their customers.

Clue two led to a park down the road, where there were ribbons tied on the monkey bars. Each team had to untie ribbons until they found one with an X on it.
The next clue led them to Andrews cousins house where they had the biggest banana splits ever:
Other clues had them searching for the total price of a number of items in Fred Meyers, finding my friends daughters in the store for their clue after they get the right total;
Singing to us in the park:
Counting letters that appear on the park sign (557!!);
Filling a water bowl using a little dipping sauce container and water pooled in a fountain area:
And then ending at the bowling alley with the winning team being whoever bowled a strike first!

I originally had a few more clues, but took them out of the race because I felt like it was going to take FOREVER, but instead, we ended up with one team zipping right through everything - Andrew's team - and they finished all the tasks an hour earlier than we could get to the bowling lanes!

But in the tv show, The Amazing Race, sometimes they arrive at a location and find that it's closed and they have to wait until it opens....and that's what happened in last night's race with Andrew's friends. Who knew they would go so fast???

Anyway, the race ended and the team in second place actually won, beating out Andrews team.
Everyone said they had a great time and I even got a few thank you emails today from some of the teens! 

And THAT was proof of a successful birthday party!


  1. Mom Taxi Julie said...:

    That is the most awesome birthday party for a teen EVER!!

  1. Lynette said...:

    How inventive! What a great idea and I am sure he will always remember this birthday party. BTW at 18 they are adults...no kids table anymore. How sad.

  1. Debbie said...:

    How fun! You really went all out for that. It must have made some great memories.

  1. Linda said...:

    Wow! You did a great job..and I am sure everyone thought it was a ton of fun. We have a granddaughter turning 18 this month. I think I may copy cat some of your ideas.

    Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

  1. Great idea for a birthday party. You sound like a very cool mom! :)

  1. Unknown Mami said...:

    You are such a wonderful mom!!!

  1. Brian Miller said...:

    oh this is so cool...you did a great job with his birthday!

  1. That is how your suppose to celebrate year 18!! Your an awesome mom!

  1. You kick butt with your creativity!

  1. Brandy@YDK said...:

    You are such a fab mom!!! that's so awesome. I bet he will remember this forever and ever.

  1. What a totally awesome way to celebrate his birthday! I bet he really enjoyed all those clues!

  1. Raven said...:

    What an amazing birthday party! You totally rock!


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