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How to Host a Spy Partyby uniqueutopia on December 15, 2009 Table of Contents How to Host a Spy Party . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Intro: How to Host a Spy Party . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Step 1: Making the Invitations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Step 2: Preparing the Sleuth Kit Party Packs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Step 3: Agency Training Activities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Step 4: Making the Pinata . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 2 4 6 7 9

Step 5: Decorating the Spy Cake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Step 6: Crime Scene Clues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Step 7: Drinks (contact from Alpha Zulu) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Step 8: Burnt Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Step 9: Masked Message from Tantrum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Step 10: Green Message and Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Step 11: Photo Clue and Voice Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Step 12: Read Between the Lines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Step 13: Laser Message and Symbol . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Step 14: Making Thank You Cards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

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Author:uniqueutopia Who is Hagar?An electrical & electronic engineer (not exactly rocket science) married to a doctor (not exactly brain surgery) with two fun third culture kids (not exactly Kiwis) Quote: The theory that thought is merely a movement in the brain is, in my opinion, nonsense; for if so, that theory itself would be merely a movement, an event among atoms, which may have speed and direction but of which it would be meaningless to use the words 'true' or 'false'.

Intro: How to Host a Spy PartyFor her 8th birthday, my daughter hinted that she would really like a "Secret Agent, Nancy Drew-ish, Super Sleuth, Spy Party". You know the one? No? Well, neither did I. So after a quick search for ideas (fantastic ones found here) and coming up with a few of my own, here is a step by step guide on how to host your own spy party. The party itself was a great success, with all the children really getting into it! Overview: Guests are invited to attend agency training to help foil General Tantrum's (the birthday bandit) plans to ruin yet another birthday party, namely, this one. Guests are welcomed and equipped with the necessary spy gear. They attend agency training (games etc) and graduate just as Tantrum strikes, the cake and presents are missing! They then team together to complete a clue hunt to solve the mystery of the missing presents. Of course, you may require to personalize quite a lot (depending on age, guest count etc), but hopefully this instructable will encourage you to host your very own Secret Agent, Nancy Drew-ish, Super Sleuth, Spy Party.

Image Notes 1. Secret Agent ID: They are each numbered with their agent name displayed. I stuck wool to them so that they could be worn around the neck. 2. A copy of their invitation as this contains vital clues 3. Sleuth notebook for writing down clues and codes. This also had a thumb print to help pair them up for the training games 4. Gift bags with agent name and number.

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Step 1: Making the InvitationsTop Secret Letter Transcript: Intelligence sources indicate that Gen. Tantrum (aka the birthday bandit) plans to ruin another party. We believe his intended target is the 8th birthday party of ... Your Mission: Attend fast track agent training and foil Tantrum's plans. Training will commence ..., Completion ... RSVP... CONTACT DETAILS (possibly spread over the letter and elsewhere on the invitation). Don't have a printer? Simply design photo sized invitations and have them printed cheaply as 6x4 photos at the store. I used Photoshop to design the invitations but there are free alternatives out there, such as the gimp. Working with photoshop type applications really requires instructables of their own. So, I'm going to just step you through the creative side of the design. 1. First I found a rough gungy background (adds a touch of reality). 2. Then I added a dossier folder. 3. A few sheets of paper, one for a typed message (the invitation or mission) - I used 1942 as my typewriter font, but there are many out there to download. 4. I found polaroids rather spy-ish, so by downloading a polaroid template and inserting relevant images you can gather your 'intelligence', as it were. 5. I also added a written note with additional information - and a magnifying glass. 6. Finally, I added bits and pieces (to catch the eye) - Paper clips, a pencil, coffee stain, tickets and a piece of torn paper with a clue on it (each guest has their own clue to contribute along the way). Other eye catching ideas might be passports, coins or stamps. A quick note on image size: A 6x4 photo is typically printed at 300dpi (dots per inch), so if you want to design a suitable image for printing at this size, you want to work with an image of 1800x1200 pixels (that is 6 inches x 300 dots/inch = 1800 dots or pixels and 4 inches x 300 dots/inch = 1200 dots or pixels).

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Image Notes 1. Clue for solving different mysteries in the clue hunt

Step 2: Preparing the Sleuth Kit Party PacksSleuth kits are very handy in fighting crime, holding clues, storing treats and transporting party cake. Here is a list of standard issue secret agent sleuth kit stuff; 1 x Black Agent Hat (I found the fedoras at the dollar shop) 1 x Agent ID Card (I used the ID for labeling the bags and also clue envelopes for the clue hunt) 1 x Magnifying Glass (again from the dollar shop 2 for 1) 1 x Treat (to keep the wolf from the door) 1 x Invitation (copy of their invitations as they contain vital clues) 1 x Only known photo of General Tantrum 1 x Sleuth Notebook (for clues and codes - this also had a thumb print to help pair them up for training games) 1 x Pencil (I broke one in two and sharpened both pieces) 1 x Gift Bag (dollar shop again) While making the notebook labels (with paired up thumb prints), I also made graduation certificates for the completion of agency training. I also printed their agent names out for agency mugshots as they arrive (these are used to make thank you cards after the party). My 5 year old son's job was to greet guests by teaching them a secret knock to gain access to the agency entrance. Standard issue spy gear was distributed and photos were taken (for thank you cards later). Children placed their gifts on a table with the birthday cake and snacked while all the guests arrived and were 'processed'.

Image Notes 1. Secret Agent ID: They are each numbered with their agent name displayed. I stuck wool to them so that they could be worn around the neck. 2. A copy of their invitation as this contains vital clues 3. Sleuth notebook for writing down clues and codes. This also had a thumb print to help pair them up for the training games 4. Gift bags with agent name and number.

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Image Notes 1. Radio call sign na