We created a surprise 11th birthday Survivor party for our son. It was a small party- 8 boys altogether. We told the parents it was just pizza and a movie, make sure the kids come in comfortable clothes. The kids kept the secret well. Our son was really surprised.
We decorated with Tiki masks and made a sign for the front door that welcomed people to Birthday Tiki Island.
The kids showed up around 12:00 noon, so we showed them out to the back patio and served them pizza. I had little pails on the table with mini pretzels, trail mix, chips and m&m's.
Once they were all here and the birthday boy arrived, we had them choose a rubber gummy type bracelet from a brown bag. It fairly determined their team. We then gave them their first challenge. 15 minutes to come up with a team name and a poster. The team were given bandanas to wear to show their team colors and some markers and poster board.
For each activity each team was awarded points- no losers here! 3 points for the losing team and 5 for the winning team at each event/challenge.
We are lucky enough to have a huge yard, so we set up the challenges as follows:
1: Obstacle course: We used cones and hula hoops to mark the spaces and the swing set (climbing bars) were incorporated into the course. First team done earned 5 point. We kept the score tally on the posters the teams decorated at the start of the party.
2: Tug of War
3: Food Challenge: Since we can't really eat worms and bugs, we put out 2 plates of gummy worms and squishy gummy brains. Each team member had to eat 5 worms, 3 brains. Chew and swallow between each one.
4: Sack Races
5: Puzzle challenge: We gave each team a 100 piece puzzle in a ziploc bag. No Picture. First team to complete the puzzle won the points.
6: Water Balloon Challenge: Each team was given a bag of water balloons and a hose station. We placed hula hoops at the far ends of the yard. The teams had to fill the baloons and place them in the hoops without breaking them. Team with the most unbroken got the points. We then let the boys have a water balloon fight to cool off.
Next we served cake and punch, tallied the points, and declared the winning team. Everyone received a certificate of achievement (try www.123certificates.com)
Water Bottle (Rubbermaid) filled with granola bar, compass, Crystal Light iced tea single, and a few snacks.