So we got our first paying gig. We were hired to put on an Amazing Race party for a girl turning 12. We were up for the challenge.
Meghan designed these incredible invitation complete with pull tab just like the t.v. show. The birthday girl, Afton, loved a recent report she did on Argentina so we made it Latin American themed.
The race started with a soccer obstacle course in Columbia. Each team had a bandana with a specific color. This was team black. They had to link arms and make their way through a cone maze dribbling a blow up soccer ball to the finish line. Gooooaaaalllll!
Once through the cone maze, each team got a chance to pick a ride ticket. If you were fast enough to be one of the first teams, you could pick a ticket to get you in the first bus ride to the next challenge.
At the next stop they had to find the Amazing Race box to get instructions for their next challenge. You can get instructions on how to make your own Amazing Race box here.
The next challenge had each team hunting for Cascarones from Mexico or confetti eggs matching their team color. Each egg contained a puzzle piece needed for the next clue. The eggs were made with real egg shells filled with the puzzle piece and confetti and then wrapped in tissue paper.
Here they are opening the eggs to put their puzzle together.
The puzzle was “Happy Birthday” in Spanish which a team member had to sing in order to get the next clue.
The next clue sent them to Chile where they had to break open a chili pepper pinata. See how we made the pinatas here.
Inside the pinatas were a few Mexican candies as well as a Peso needed for the next clue.
Once they were done they hit a Road Block. They had to pick one of two challenges. It was either to Brazil and learn a samba dance or Argentina to eat some spicy delicacies.
Option #1: Learn a latin dance routine and perform the steps to move on.
Or option #2: Eat a cup-full of chili lima beans and
and a cup of chicharron
After accomplishing one of the two challenges they had to make a final stop to pick up a token (mini sombrero) to present at the finish line.
Here are the winners!
The kids said it was the most exhausting birthday party they have ever been to!
Time for the food!
We had carne asada on skewers and tamales from the Mexican market. We also did chips and salsa and had banana chips.
Conchas pastries and Pao de Quejo (Brazilian cheese bread)
Afton doesn’t like birthday cake so we made her a brownie “cake” that resembled an
Amazing Race Ticket.
Goody bags had a Gatorade, Cliff bar, and a globe ball.
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We have to thank Misty Ballard for the awesome pictures. It was great to not have to worry about taking pictures on that busy day. Here is her info http://www.mistyballardphotography.com
She’s pretty amazing!
It was cool to have our first adventure in professional party planning by planning an adventurous Amazing Race.
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