September 11, 2010

Indiana Jones Birthday Party

My son C turned 7 this week, and wanted an Indiana Jones party.

It’s so funny how kids latch onto things—even without having ever seen the movies. 


For party favors I made a SUPER easy satchel for all the kids, like the one Indiana wears in the movies.  I just took a 21” x 10” piece of brown felt, and folded one end up so that there was a 6” flap left.

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I sewed around the 3 sides (leaving the folded one alone) and then sewed on a yard of this rope stuff I found at Walmart for $0.69/yard.  They came together really fast, as you can imagine!DSCF1706

I found these cowboy hats at The Dollar Tree. 


I thought they looked too much like cowboy hats (that’s weird) and decided to cut some of the hat off.


Then I looked at what I cut off and realized that it would make the perfect whip!  Score!  Two for one, baby!


So I wrapped some yarn around the ends (applying glue)...   DSCF1695 DSCF1702  DSCF1697

And called it a whip!


For the invitations and the cupcake toppers, I used the Indiana Jones font, otherwise known as SF Fedora.  I downloaded the font here, but there are many places that you can download from. DSCF1765


I made a very simple whip image using Scrapbook Factory Deluxe.  Really, I feel silly offering it as a download because they aren’t anything all that great, but if it can help anyone, then you can download some generic invites here.

generic indiana jones invites

And some cupcake toppers that you can download here. cupcake toppers generic indiana jones

I did personalize them for my son’s party but if you are in a crunch, these might be a time saver for you.  Just print the invites and the cupcake toppers onto cardstock.

I found some of the party game ideas here and here.  

We had a treasure hunt, and the prize was found in the trunk of our vehicle.  The kids loved getting their own satchels, hats, and whips!DSCF1768  

A map for their placemats—I used one of the maps found on this website. 



Instead of “Pin the Tail on the Donkey” we had the kids fly the plane to the dot on the map, blindfolded.  We used this plane image.  I just cut out the country shapes—I am no geography whiz, so be nice:). DSCF1769


We made binoculars out of toilet paper rolls. 


We also made paper airplanes.  DSCF1794 - Copy

I really love planning parties for my kids.  We had a blast!!!


  1. wow, they look so happy.. you are a great birthday planner :D

  2. oh cute and clever idea to make the hat and whip out of a cowboy hat :)

    Betty Bake Blog :)

  3. So creative! Wow, I'm impressed.

  4. How creative are you?!!! Awesome job--low cost and it looks like the kids loved it!

  5. You are such a cool mom! I hope one day I can throw parties like you for my own babies.

    Just Better Together

  6.!!! I love it all.

  7. What a great party! I love everything you did!

  8. What great ideas! I'll have to maybe steal a few when Reese's Birthday comes around, seeing as though Indiana Jones is his favorite! :) Although now Harry Potter is giving Indie a run for his money...

  9. so awesome! you really are amazing at planning parties.

  10. Wow! Next year can my kids come to his party. It all looks great and like a lot of fun. Well done :)

  11. My son would LOVE this!! We did a superhero theme for his party this year but I'll have to bookmark this post for party planning next year!

  12. Great ideas! 2 of my boys want to be Indy for H-ween and I was wondering about the I will have to check out my local Dollar Store!

  13. What a fun party! I love the hat/whip conversion! and the satchels look great too, so many fantastic yet simple ideas.


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