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5 Key Steps to Planning a Memorable Party

Do you wonder where to get started? This short article will help you with some ideas and suggestions on how to create the most memorable party.

Step 1 – Style and Theme

This doesn’t necessarily mean asking guests to arrive in costume and making sure that all the food is a certain shade of blue! However some thought to the style and theme of your party will help you to plan the elements so that the party has a distinct feel to it, one that your guests will remember.

Theme will often come from the reason for the party; a birthday, special occasion, celebrating an event, a particular group of people etc. Is there a particular theme that is particularly relevant to the party, or you might wish to allude gently to one. Of course the list of theme ideas is almost endless. Choose something that has relevance to your party reason, or is a personal favourite. Decide is you are going all out with theme – guests will dress up and everything will be themed, or do you just wish to use the theme as a guide for the planning, giving the party a particular flavour. Look for a list of party themes to get some ideas.

Party style will be to some extent dictated by the theme. Consider how you would like your guests to dress: casual, black tie, costumed; what impression do you want to create e.g. casual, sophisticated, wacky

Step 2 – Food and Drink

Most, if not all party planning will involve food and drink. This can make or break a great party. Do give some thought to the part that food will play at your party – is it the main event, or a side issue to other activities? Food and drink will be influenced by several factors, you will need to consider:

Time of day & duration of the party. Will your guests expect a full meal, a light meal or just nibbles.

Theme and style. How far will these affect the food choices? You may need to research food and drink appropriate to your theme.

Budget. Food and drink expenditure may form the largest part of your budget. Set your budget and divide by the number of guests to give you the amount that you can afford to spend on each person. If your budget is limited, you might consider asking guests to bring their own alcohol drinks, or have a paid bar. Do provide plenty of soft drinks though.

Don’t forget about how your food and drink will be served – a full sit down meal, or buffet style – do you need waiting staff? Who will prepare the food – yourself, caterers, or consider hiring a chef for the day – it can be a lot cheaper than you might think.

Step 3 – Entertainment

Do you wish to provide entertainment for your guests, or just hope that they will all find each other exhilarating company! Of course we all aspire to having the most eclectic and entertaining mixture of party guest who will effortlessly entertain each other! However the reality is that some form of entertainment will be welcomed and can be used as a great starting point for guests to interact with each other.

Think carefully about what you would like your entertainment to achieve. There is a big difference between quiet background music to fill silences at the dinner party, and a wild treasure hunt which has guests working together to locate and retrieve the booty ahead of the other teams.

You can hire professional party entertainment which will fit with your theme and style – a band or small group of musicians can be excellent value for money and they will be far more memorable than your CD collection.

Party games can be a great way to have your guests interacting with each other. Team building and making new friends are best served with team games. Search on the net for plenty of team game ideas, or try the classic Treasure Hunt. Individual entertainment games can be set up to provide amusement and a talking point – look for puzzles and quizzes that are appropriate to your theme.

Don’t be afraid to try something new or adventurous. Your party will be all the more memorable for it. Guests are usually more than happy to try something new and providing it is well organised will have fun!

Step 4 – Invitations

Send invitations in plenty of time. Design them according to your chosen theme and style. It seems obvious, but do make sure that all the party details are clearly stated on the invitation:

Date, time (indication of duration), place, directions if necessary. Make sure you explain what is expected of your guests – costume / dress code, punctuality, what to bring (wine etc).

And make it exciting! Tease them with hints of what you have planned so that your guests will be eager to attend. Ask for a response so that you will know who to expect.

Keep a list of those you have invited, and note responses as you receive them. A week or so before your party, chase up responses not received. You will find it much easier to deal with the catering and final arrangements of you know how many you are expecting to attend.

Step 5 – Be Organised

My way of getting organised is to create a major checklist. Take some large sheets of paper and write down everything that you can think of that will need to be done. Organise those items into groups according to when they must be done. i.e. 2 months ahead, 1 month ahead, 3 weeks ahead, 2 weeks ahead, 1 week ahead, 3 days, 2 days 1 day, on the day.

Next have a walkthrough of your party. This is best done at the venue itself. If you are hiring a venue, ask if you can have a half hour there at a quiet time to just go through a few things. If you really cannot do this at the venue, you will have to use your very best imagination.

A walkthrough should be done from the point of arrival at your party – parking, walking to the front door, being greeted, where to hang their coat, what to do with items being brought, gifts / bottles. What will they see, what will they hear? Then go into the party itself, how will your guest meet other people, find out where to sit / eat / drink / get involved etc etc. You must imagine yourself going through every moment of your party – see it from your guest’s point of view. And make lots of notes about what you will have to do or arrange to make sure that your vision is reality. Add all of these items to your to checklist.

Be disciplined with your checklist. Don’t put anything off – delegate by all means, but do make sure that you check up and keep on target.

Leave as little as possible to the last minute. On the day itself you should be able to relax and enjoy being the best hostess in town.

Enjoy your party!


The author, Nikki Wilson, is a professional party organiser.


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"Had a great time with the treasure hunt, had a birthday party last night with 11 and 12 year olds, the treasure was a pot of goodies (St. Parick's Day theme). Your directions really helped. Planning to do it with our soccer team at our next travel tournament."

Denise Calloway, South Carolina USA

"THANK YOU, NIKKI! We had our family Treasure Hunt this weekend as part of a birthday celebration. 12 of us in all. We had so much fun!!! I couldnĂt have pulled this off without you. Big success. I highly recommend this. "

Linda Lyle California USA

"We didn't have our treasure hunt due to the weather, but we used all the adult games from the bonus ebook and everyone enjoyed them thank you so much, "

Wanda Keener, Texas USA

"It was a lot of fun. I was able to use 2 acres of land to do the games and made the treasure 2 blocks away in someone elses yard. It was so great. My son who is a little shy was the talk of the class on Monday with the kids saying it was the best party ever. Your program was exactly what I wanted. Someone to walk me through step by step. With 3 kids I don't have a lot of time to be creative and not a lot of money to have a birthday party out somewhere like Lazer tag or Chucky Cheese. If you ever come up with other parties let me know. I also gave out you web address to others. "

Kim Carter, Virginia USA

"Hello Nikki, Just wanted to say how much we enjoyed our Easter Egg Hunt today. Followed your instructions and the children loved it.

I now have all sorts of ideas for future parties. Your ideas were simple, common sense, but I never would have thought of them. Well worth the $29. "

Sue Ashworth, Buckinghamshire UK

"Hi Nikki, I had the party on Thursday, it was great everyone loved the hunt, it was something different. Everyone canĂt wait for the next hunt. "

Naila al Moosawi USA

"The treasure hunt party was great; my 16 year old son said it was an awesome party. All the kids came dressed in costume as well as the adults! The hunt took about 1.5 hours to complete. The clues lead to a compass and spade, the compass lead to a treasure map, and the map then lead to the treasure that was buried. When they dug up the chest it was wrapped in chains and locked, and a clue giving them a hint as to where they could find the key, which was hidden in another chest. Being a pirate party, there were several chests for them to look through, but it was in the cake which was shaped like a chest.

We served jerk chicken and shrimp before the hunt, they did the hunt, then ate cake, opened the chest, then played capture the flag in the dark (they had on glow stick necklaces). Everyone had a grand time!! Thanks for your ideas. "

Teresa Arthur, Vancouver USA

"Hi Nikki, my party was in Oakville, Ontario. I had it on April 9th and it was for my daughter's 8th birthday. The age range is 6-8 years old. I had some ideas about the party prior to getting your book, but your book was great to help bring all my ideas together. I modeled the game after yours but I changed a few things to be applicable for us. I didn't have a lot of time to put it together, but it only took a few hours to gather the necessary items and make the game. I loved making up the clues and the treasure map. We authenticated the map by burning it and staining it with tea, and it was very realistic.

The morning of the party I had everything ready to go early and I felt completely relaxed, which is not always the case prior to a party. The party was a resounding success. The kids absolutely loved the game. They had so much fun, and worked really well in teams. I buried the treasure in our front yard, so that was definitely the highlight for the group. They were chanting "dig, dig, dig" to the team who was digging to get the treasure up. Once it was found, they screamed with joy and excitement at what was in the tin.

Everyone had fun. No one was frustrated or felt they couldn't do the game.

So thank you for all your assistance. I will definitely do another treasure hunt again. In fact my 6 year old asked if she could have the same party next year. It was so much fun for the kids but also for the my husband and myself. We couldn't wait for the kids to get here so we could play the game.

Thanks again! "

Susan Thomson, Ontario Canada

"Hi Nikki, we had a great party. The games we played at the party was like Amazing Race. They had to play a game to get a clue. (They collect all seven clues and put it together to find the treasure). I made passport for everyone. We traveled around the world to all seven continents. They had different ways to travel around the world. (bike, Wheel bower, skates, etc.) When they collected all the clues they had to find the treasure box that was buried.

We had two teams. I know the kids loved it we had it before our spring break, and yesterday was the first day back and they were still talking about it.

Thanks for the help and ideas. "

Shawna Bates, Georgia USA

"All went VERY well.. I had about 30 children to do the hunt... They really liked it... It took a lot of thought and planning this first run but it will be a sinch the next time.... I made copies of the pages, cut, color coded, glued and laminated the different stations. I used fold down baskets for the stations... I just taped name to it... Sooo I can pack it all up and use it next year... THANKS it was lots of fun... "

Nadine Draper, Ohio USA

"Well everything came out a big hit. Everyone loved it. They thought it was real creative. Everyone had a real good time. It was 4 teams of 2. That way everyone really had to work together and no one was left out. Thanks again, "

Tatyana Capdevila, Florida USA

"Hi Nikki!, I just wanted to give you a report back on how the treasure hunt went. The kids had a ball! I got some really great ideas from your book about what to do at the ports. I have a request out to our family for people to send me any pictures they took. I'll send you one if I get a cute one. "

Angelic Thompson, New Orleans USA

"I'm a procrastinator and the party is tomorrow night!!! So no time to write much now - but, I'll try to let you know how it all went! I am loving the package and it is working out nicely - so far - so good! THANKS! And, thanks for having something IMMEDIATELY available for a procrastinator like me! It's for a group of freshman girls and I think it will be tons of fun! THANKS! "

Lynne Allenspach, Montana USA

"Hi Nikki, I must admit that I am not computer savy and rely mostly on my 16 year old son to get me out of most jams I find myself in :) I was able to access the treasure hunt and Easter bonus hunt (which was awesome by the way) As for the hunt, my family is big on these type of events and I have been doing some variety for years.

Your kit was awesome, it saved me countless hours on the planning end and everyone really had fun. We do this event each easter for my husband's family. There are 4 brothers and we divide them into teams for the hunt. This was by far the most organized and stress free event. We did find that at the end only having one team retrieve the treasure map was a problem as two teams solved the puzzle simultaneously.

This is a great service and I truly am grateful that I found your web site.

p.s. the egg challenge was by far the most entertaining..... "

Susan Rossi Cook, Massachusetts USA

"Hi Nikki, thank you very much for all the follow-up emails and also for making that customization website available. It's been REALLY EASY to plan with all your materials and the website.

My son's 7th birthday party was this past Saturday and ran the pirate-themed treasure hunt. The kids ranged in age from 3-8. It was great fun! The kids really enjoyed themselves and the parents seemed to enjoy watching the activities, too.

I followed your basic design, signs, and most of the games. We did the whole treasure hunt on our backyard lawn in a space of about 15 ft x 25 ft.

I really enjoyed planning this and running it, too. Your instructions were great and really easy to follow. I'm looking forward to planning another treasure hunt soon. As I mentioned earlier, all the kids had a great time and the parents really enjoyed watching the treasure hunt. I've already shared your Web site address with several parents. Thanks again, "

Mary Anne Arcilla, California USA

"Thank you for your email. Our party was yesterday and it was awesome! This was by far the best party we've had and required the least effort from myself (because you completed the work)! I had began to research pirate party ideas a month before I ran across your product and was sceptical about spending the money due to I had purchased another "kit" and was disappointed. I am so happy now we took a chance on your product; everyone was so impressed and the children had a blast!!!

PS- Your customer service is a very nice touch!! We really appreciate you!!!! "

Flora Parker, Georgia USA

"Nikki, I got the Treasure Hunt for my Church Group. We meet once a month for a Movie Night and on the night of the Treasure Hunt we were watching "National Treasure". I thought a treasure hunt would be fun to do before the movie and everyone had a great time! I didn't have a clue on how to have a treasure hunt, so I went to the web and found you. You did a great job of putting this game together and I will be able to use it for many more parties to come. I used some of your ideas and did few of my own and it turned out to be a huge success. Everyone is still talking about how much fun they had. We had our hunt all indoors on Friday night, April 7th. I will attach a few of the pictures from our "Treasure Hunt". Thanks for the help. "

Cheryl F. Barbour, North Carolina USA

"Thank you. I always believe that the true mark of a company is how they handle difficult situations. Your company has responded admirably. I look forward to doing business with you the future. Best, J "

John Sadowski, Michigan USA

"Thank you so very much for helping with this problem and refunding that second purchase. It has been a pleasure doing business with you. Once again, thank you!! "

Donda Hilke, Connecticut USA

"Hi Nikki, The party was great. Glad I ordered your packet.Thanks, "

Diane Siegel, South Carolina USA

"Thanks for your was great. I really helped plan my children's party. They had a great husband created the map and we made up great clues. Will use it again for a family gig. "

Alice Greenspoon, Texas USA

"Hey Nikki.. just wanted to let you know... we had our "treasure hunt" this past weekend! What a hit it was!!! We had 16 participants aging in range from 12 to 50... everyone loved it and we all had a great time!! Thanks for everything!! I will certainly recommend the treasure hunt to one and all!!! "

Nancy Foote, Michigan USA

"We had our pirate treasure hunt game this week-end on our yacht club cruise. We did all the planning, purchasing the treasure and put it together in 3 days with very late nights, but it was a huge success. Everyone had a great time. We have many more ideas for another hunt next year when we will have more time to plan.

Thank-you for all the great ideas and for all the flexibility to the game, it was easily adaptable to our space, weather and various abilities of our players. Our youngest player was 7 years old and our oldest was in their late 60's and they all enjoyed the challenges, puzzles and best of all finding the map and treasure. "

Bev Hamlik, Washington USA

"Hi Nikki, The treasure hunt that we conducted went excellent. Everything went fantastic, my whole family had a great time whether they participated or not, it was great to see the whole family, young and old, get involved to play, laugh, and have a great time! Thanks! "

Kristen Williams, North Carolina USA

"I used the Treasure Hunt Game ("The Great Hunt for Summer Vacation") for a group of 1st through 5th graders (about 80 kids) as part of our last day of school activities. They had a great time. Several kids asked me if we'll be able to do it again next year. Some of the parent volunteers and teachers encouraged me to keep all the props and signs so we can use the game again. The teachers really enjoyed it.

I'm planning to use the game once again for a class party for my son this summer ... probably with a different theme. It was easy to set up, and the challenge ideas were awesome. Thanks! "

Julie Keller, Wisconsin USA

"We all had a great time on the Treasure Hunt. Memorial Day Weekend was all family and fourth of July will be all of our friends and their kids. We plan to do another treasure hunt then with some different challenges. (beer drinking, doughnut eating off a clothes line with no hands allowed and a few others). Planning it was as fun as being in it. It was a great time! Thanks Again! "

Diane Gregor, Michigan USA

"Hi Nikki, Many thanks for the great Treasure Hunt game planner and the supportive communications. I was asked to do a treasure hunt for a friendĂs 40th and we went away to a beautiful country house for the weekend. The group included some very competitive men ű so it was great to have a really strong, uncheatable structure for the treasure hunt as a basis!

Anyway they loved it and said it was the best treasure hunt they had ever done. So IĂm sure youĂll get some hits as a result. Thanks again and good wishes for your business "

Vey Straker, Herefordshire United Kingdom

"Hi Nikki, I found your site during a Google search. I had two days to plan a hunt for my 9 year old son and 6 of his friends, as a last day of school treat.

Your site really helped. I had to make some changes because I only had 7 kids, but it was a great time for all. The hunt and all the challenges took about 2 hours. I had a lot of fun putting it together too. Next time I will take more time planning.

The kids asked if we can do this next year for the last day of school. They want to make it a yearly tradition. Thanks. "

Patti Chiofalo, New Jersey USA

"Hi, Nikki, I wanted to let you know that my son's birthday party was a huge success! If it wasn't for your package deal with pre-printed pages and instructions, there would have been no way I could have had the birthday party at all. I started at noon planning each station and looking for things to do the challenges with, and by the time my son and his 9 junior high-age friends got to the house, I had each station planned, the cake frosted, and treasure chest hidden. The kids really enjoyed the challenges and had a choice of movies that were pirate themed: Goonies, Pirates of the Carribean, and National Treasure. Thank you so much for making my job easier and a great hit with the rest of the kids. You know, kids aren't as easily impressed these days, and my younger son is asking for this for his birthday. Thanks again, I'll check out your other add-ons for party ideas! "

LeAnn Harrison, Montana USA

"We did have fun. There was one adult and one child on each team and it was so cute to see the kids come wrapped as mummies.

One hyperactive child only came with partial shards of toilet paper since he couldn't stop moving. We weren't picky on how much of their body was covered. One little girl never moved and she came perfectly wrapped. I recommend a toilet paper like Scott, since the softer rolls fell apart too easily. I found out my adult niece couldn't spell backwards and she became very frustrated! I think everyone was surprised that it wasn't just a straightforward "here's the map, find the treasure" and they were very surprised to actually have to DIG for the treasure! I used a large tin wrapped in a plastic bag, but when the shovel hit, the bag broke and the tin lid got dented, so a little dirt got in, but not much. The trouble was they kept trying to pull it out before totally uncovering it. "

Linda Livingood, Pensylvania USA

"Well, we had the treasure hunt yesterday. It went really well, the children were so excited and had a fantastic time. I literally buried the treasure and it was lovely watching them dig, surrounded by the other 15 children.

My nephew and niece, my brother and sister, and of course my husband, were all helpers and they enjoyed it as much as the children. Needless to say, I was shattered last night after all the planning, preps and doing, but it was well worth it just to watch the childrenĂs faces.

Many thanks for replying to my email, and for the ebook I purchased, I just don't know what to follow this with next year! "

Val Hawksfield, Kent United Kingdom

"Our treasure hunt went very well. I had a bunch of kids aged 6-14 and they loved it. Thank-you for a great plan. "

Amanda Pouliot, Texas USA

"The treasure hunt was terrific-the kids and adults had lots of fun. Hoping to 'run' another at our annual summer get together in August. Thanks again, "

Maggie Pakulski, Maine USA

"Thanks 4 the mail Nikki. The game went great, and if we have a second and third opportunity to play it will go even better! My wife and I are in Germany at the moment but when weĂre back in N.A. IĂm sure my wife will write a more detailed report. Best Regards, Louis {Antje,s hubby} "

Antje Petrovich-Breit, Ontario Canada

"Hi Nikki, our treasure hunt at our spring campout went very well, even though we had to dodge a few thunderstorms. Our scout and parents really enjoyed it. It was different and it was fun. And we are here to have fun. And we do plan to use it again for our fall campout, which is in the planning stage now. That's in October. Made a couple of mistakes on the planning, but learned a lot from this event. Will be keeping in touch soon to see what options we have for our next event. "

Ron Cromer, South Carolina USA

"Nikki, just wanted to let you know that my son's birthday party went really well. I had a lot of fun putting it together and the boys enjoyed all the challenges and especially digging up the treasure! All the instructions and the question puzzle were a bit challenging for them even though I modified some of the questions (they were 8 year olds) but they had fun! I used your "matching items" game to pair up the boys before the treasure hunt started, which worked out well. Thanks for the ideas and putting it all out on "paper" for me. I will definitely use it for other parties. "

Deanne Benetz, California USA

"Nikki: Thanks for your message. The party is tonight in Oceanside, NY for a group of 13 year olds. I purchased your book on Monday and have put together a Treasure Hunt using baseball terms although I don't consider the party to have a theme. I am using some of the suggestions for challenges in your book as well as having made up a few of my own. Your book was very clear and the instructions were all easy to understand. I am so glad I found your website!! I was going to attempt to put a Treasure Hunt together on my own and I was procrastinating over it as you may have figured out from the fact that I just ordered the book Monday!!! "

Lorraine Rello-Incontro, New York USA

"It was AWESOME! Thanks so much, everyone loved it! It was great, I loved it! "

Theresa Truong, Texas USA

"Hi Nikki, the Treasure Hunt was a GREAT success, and everyone had a GREAT time at the annual Block Party! ALL the kids (and I mean all....there must have been at least 60 - 70 kids participating) had a great time, and I think the adults at each of the participating homes on the block did also! We did the Pirate theme and everyone seemed to enjoy all of the pirate flags...balloons, and the Pirate we had "hanging in the galley" of Pirate Beach (he was a bit scary for the real youngsters...but it definitely added to the effect we were trying to achieve.)

We had a huge Treasure Chest "buried" in our back yard filled with all sorts of toys, candy bags, faux jewelry, coins etc.... and the winning team all seemed to revel in the excitement.

We can't thank you enough for your help. The program really helped us to plan, and make the event as special as you had described. Thanks for all of the pointers along the way, and we look forward to possibly hosting this event at our next Block Party!

All our best and many thanks again for providing such an innovative and helpful tool to make the party a huge success. Agrrrrr Matey! "

Mike & Chuck, New York USA

"Hi! I just wanted to write...I found the hunt very easy to plan with all of your instructions! The only place I had trouble was when trying to "age" the map. I could have used a little more instruction on that, rather that just use cold tea!

Great program, "

Lisa Fellhauer, Michigan USA

"Hi Nikki We finally completed our Treasure Hunt last week! We had so much fun -- thank you for the great kick-start!!! I ordered your Treasure Hunt software package way back in February, 2006.

Your software was just what I needed to get started, get me thinking about what I wanted to do -- and it was GREAT fun! Everyone, from kids to adults, had a great time! For me, it was like Christmas, having chosen wonderful presents for all -- and watching everyone Ooooh and Aaaah. My participants had a ball! Of course, now that everyone had so much fun, next year I have to come up with a game for EVERYONE -- the grownups want to play, too!!!

Ah, the challenge! We had great fun! "

Eileen Blackwood, Minnesota USA

"We had the party I used the treasure hunt party planner as a guide. I only had one team and had the girls work together. I set up six challenges (using your ideas as guides) the challenges were building a tower out of cups, building a pyramid out of people, writing a birthday limerick, singing a song, perform a play/skit and scramble puzzle. The girls had a great time and worked together. Thanks "

Lisa Esten, Massachusetts USA

"The party was this past Sunday, and everything went well. I used the Pirate theme pack - the instructions were simple and easy to follow. The party was a success. "

Marybeth Riordan, New York USA

"My son's 10th birthday party was a smashing success thanks in part to your wonderful treasure hunt ideas with the pirate theme...Thank you! "

Stacie Choy, Surrey United Kingdom

"The treasure hunt was a success. Had 6 teams with 6 on each team. Everyone enjoyed it. We were all dressed in pirate costumes. "

Mike Brenchak, North Carolina USA

"Hey Nikki,

I really want to Thank You for your support during my planning stages of the treasure hunt for The Quickel's 40th Anniversary Party! I am confident this party will be fondly reminisced time and time again, through the years, by the anniversary couple and their guests!! It was a huge success!

The tropical island theme worked really well. The island names were decided upon via 6 fond memories that Mike and Judy carry with them after 40 years of marriage. It really personalized the game! At each island station the teams found their challenge in a bottle (with sand and seashells) to replicate a "message in a bottle"!

I am sending over a few pictures. Hoping you will enjoy them! Let me know if you have any trouble getting them to come up. Thank you again, "

Robin Scharding, North Carolina USA

"We did the treasure hunt at our picnic on Sunday and it was a hit. I learned a lot, particularly about being rushed into setting it up. But all in all, everyone had a good time and they were challenged by the clues. One dad was so proud of his 9 year-old son, who figured out the five to eight puzzle while the adults were still working on it. I will definitely be thinking of clues and prizes for the treasure throughout the whole year, just to make it better next time. Thank you. "

Sandy Manchester, Washington USA

"We modified the treasure hunt to fit our needs, and it was a great success.

Parents chaperoned the children in the campground so it was a nice family event. The making of the flags was a big hit. Also using the binoculars with the plank was a huge hit. Thanks again, "

Marla Mazur, California USA

"Hello Nikki, I had my treasure hunt for my 10 year old daughterĂs birthday. It was a bit unorganized but hey I had to work the morning of the party. We had 17 kids over. My husband was uneasy about how we were going to keep them all entertained and having fun for 5 hours. It was great! I scattered the stations all over the place. Finding the treasure map was the best. My husband hid it in a bird house. It took them like 10 minutes to clue in. They ran around it who knows how many times. The next best thing was the actual location of the treasure chest. Instead of burying it we strung it up in a tree. Of course, no one thought of looking up. It was right in the middle of all the action throughout the whole hunt. We were laughing. It was a blast. This party took place middle of July. On this past Monday, one of kids mentions to my daughter that that was the most fun at a party. Now the other kids want treasure hunts too. Next year it will be even better since we had the trial run and it went over amazing. Thanks for your help. "

Doris Traeger, Ontario Canada

"Hi Nikki, we completed the treasure hunt on Saturday. I modified the game to suit the venue and the crowd as we had 15 teams participating in the hunt. Contestants had a fun time. I will be fine tuning the game mechanics to cater for a team building crowd for January 2007. "

Vivien Hoe, Singapore

"I used your treasure hunt for my best friend's 40th birthday party. I did not know most of the people that came; so, I was a little nervous about pulling the whole thing off. I purchased your delightfully easy-to-implement treasure hunt only about ten days before the party.

We all had so much fun! The guests were laughing constantly and couldn't wait to reach the actual treasure. There were groups of her friends from all different backgrounds--many of whom who seemed reluctant to mix with the others. The treasure hunt was so wonderful that new friendships were formed, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses were exchanged, and my husband and I are enjoying a reputation for being the best party givers ever.

We received so many compliments, you just would be amazed. My friend for whom the party was given was at her office the next day; and, she said the people that had elected not to come were very disappointed when they heard how much fun everyone else had. One young lady upon leaving said to me that she would like to be invited to the next party I have. I had to laugh as I had never met her prior to my friend's party.

It has been nearly a month; and, we are still the talk of the town so to speak. We live in one of those areas where everyone knows everyone else's business whether they know you or not. I imagine you should be receiving a lot of hits from the folks in Salinas, California so they too can give the greatest party ever.

Not only did your program delight every single last party guest; but, it was easy for me to arrange as well. You have a remarkable product that will serve well for years as it is true quality. A rare find today! Thank you so very much. "

Cynthia Bryn Smith, California USA

"Hi Nikki, Party was yesterday and was a great success. As you would expect weather very unpredictable in Ireland for Nov but we were blessed with a dry if windy day. Have taken some photos and will email them to you this week. Thanks so much for package which I must say was very thorough. The hardest part for me was trying to contain the children (21 in total) when they arrived at party and explain how the treasure hunt worked. Your website details have been passed to several parents so hopefully you will reap the rewards. Thanks again and photos will follow. "

Anne Goodwin, Co, Kildare Ireland

"Hi Nikki, it was great! All the parents that stayed and watch were amazed and impressed. I think it went off well for the first time. I had family member and friends saying they wanted to have their own treasure hunt. Thank you, thank you, thank you for holding my hand and walking me through this step by step. "

Angel Blizzard, California USA

"Hi Nikki, We had the party the day after we ordered your planner. It was my son's 12th birthday party and he complained that he didn't want to play any games, but I didn't want 10 children running through the house for 3 hours. Our party was held in an old convent in Pennsylvania, USA. The guests were aged from 6 to 35. We had a Halloween theme, since Shane's birthday is October 31st. The guests had to search for Uncle's Seymour's Last Will & Testament.

We followed all your suggestions for the challenges, teaming older players with younger ones. The puzzle pieces led the players to the chapel (we have a real chapel with stained glass windows and oak pews in our home), where we had hidden the Last Will & Testament with directions to Uncle Seymour's most treasured worldly possessions. My two sons, my husband and I dressed in Halloween costumes and supervised the rooms. Even after one team had located the treasure, the others were having so much fun that they asked if they could complete the remaining challenges (the one with the peas seemed to be everyone's favorite). Everyone had a great time, but what made me happiest was that my son kept thanking me the next day, telling me how much he loved me for throwing such a great party for him. Thank you for the great plans - they were well worth the money! Gratefully, "

Ildiko Mulligan, Pennsylvania USA

"We had a fantastic time. Our Pirate themed treasure hunt party was a "treasure!" The hunt was superb and the tools that you provided made it easy to customize to our group. The children loved it! I appreciate that you kept checking with us to make sure things were progressing well as we planned the event. Again thanks! "

Tim Craft, Virginia USA

"We had the party on Saturday - huge success! Because I am so very busy I was not able to put the pen to paper until the day before - it was gruelling but absolutely terrific. My 10 year old party girls had an absolute blast! Thanks very much, "

Roni Agress, Connecticut USA

"We had our treasure hunt Sat night. It was great. The students enjoyed it and so did the adults that were working the different stations. I was so relieved to have something already complete and ready to use. It was user friendly. We changed the font and copied it onto brown aged paper and it looked so real. We had middle school age and college age. They all enjoyed it. We had the stations set up among a pirate town and they had to go through the town to complete. We used it to eliminate the teams to two and the two completed a treasure hunt that was extra. Thank you for such a good product. "

Pam Bennett, Tennessee USA

"Dear Nikki, just wanted to let you know we used your treasure hunt at a party yesterday and it was a big hit. There were twenty ten year olds and we put them in five teams which was great. It all went well and it really was enjoyed. I was happy with the product and would do it again. Thanks. "

Monica Eskin, New York USA

"It is Sunday and we are recuperating from the Halloween Party we hosted for our 10 year old son. The boys loved the treasure hunt! Thank you. I had the boys eat and drink gross looking candy ( a bug, blood and vomit). I also bought 2 paint guns (they are manual and without CO2 or battery) and had them shoot at a skeleton that I painted on a piece of plywood (very easy). I am considering an adult party next year. Thank you. "

Patty Lamp, Illinois USA

"The task was a bit more daunting than I thought it would be. I ordered your planner on Wednesday and my party was Friday. I pulled it off. The kids had a great time. Thank you for your help, had a blast. "

Sylvia Rich, California USA

"Hi Nikki, You have a great product. We just might be your first customers to conduct our treasure hunt in the nude. Our events calendar had a kids' treasure hunt scheduled for Saturday afternoon. I used some of your ideas to design the hunt, but I am saving the full version for next season when we will have better attendance in the warm weather months. The kids (ages 5,6, & 9) loved it, and I can't wait to put on the full program next year. Thank you. "

Stuart Antrim, Georgia USA

"Dear Nikki, We had a great time!! I had 25 children over. We used compasses and shovels. The groups of kids went from clue to clue. Some were even tied on a balloon and placed on a pond to float around. The party was 3 hours long. Thanks "

Chantel Prater, Indiana USA

"Hi Nikki, The party was a great success. It was a lot of fun and my neighbour asked where I got my ideas from. Thanks, "

Catherine Grote, Kansas USA

"I used your treasure hunt game for my son's 12th birthday party. We were doing a haunted Luau theme and I used the Hawaiian Islands as the places that they had to visit. It was great. The program to customize the hunt worked great and was very easy to use. I had about 15 kids that were doing the hunt. They had a really good time. I was having a little trouble trying to come up with a treasure but a friend suggested lottery tickets. The kids went nuts over them. I had three sets of three lottery tickets tied together for the team that figured out the location and dug it up. But I also had single tickets in the box so that everyone got one. It was a great party game for that age group. I was really pleased with the product. I am planning on using the Halloween games bonus that I got for my son's Halloween party at school. Thanks. "

Kathy Stover, West Virginia USA

"Hi Nikki, Thank you for your treasure hunt book. We held our treasure hunt a couple of weeks ago and it consisted of 12 groups of 10 year old children, a total of 110 kids. The treasure hunt was a culminating activity of our term's unit "What is your treasure?" We had 6 stations and made up fun challenges at each stop, the children received a piece of the last puzzle each time they successfully completed a challenge. The teams eventually ended up in the principal's office where they found a spade and a beautifully tea-stained treasure map that directed them to a sand pit on the school property where the treasure was buried. The winning team received the contents of the treasure chest and each participant a love heart with the words "Where your treasure is, there will be your heart also" Matt 21:6 with a chocolate bar attached to the back. The children absolutely loved the hunt and it was a highlight of the term. Your book was so helpful in setting up the treasure hunt, which was quite complex with so many children involved. We will definitely use all of the tips again when we run the treasure unit next year. Thank you for all of your help and your follow-up emails which ensured the day was a huge success! "

Anna Payne, Queensland, Australia

"Hi Nikki, Treasure Hunt was a hit, thanks. We had five stations that were in our back yard, front yard, neighbours and out in the kids hide-out in the bush behind our house. The treasure and the key (which was in an old gumboot) were hidden in the bush behind our house. When they had the treasure and the key they met in the hide-out to open the treasure. The treasure was filled with fake pearl necklaces, fake gold necklaces, glass stones (they were meant to be diamonds) and gold coins (chocolate filled). Thanks again "

Tania Keenan, New South Wales Australia

"The party this past weekend was a huge success. We had an away sleep-over at our family mountain house and had the treasure hunt on day 2. It went extremely smoothly and the ten girls had a blast! Last week was an insane week and I had little time to prepare, and now that I've done the hunt I feel like I could do it perfectly next time. Your product is exceptional and you truly saved me valuable time and stress!!! I look forward to having another hunt sometime very soon. Thanks so much, "

Kirsten Salas, Georgia USA

"The pirate treasure hunt was great. The kids had a lot of fun. The only thing I changed is I had the kids put their colored bandannas on first so everyone would know what color they were. I also replaced the gold earrings with tattoos at that station. The winning team really got into digging up the treasure. It was great to see girls really get into the game. Thanks for everything!! "

Catherine Ferguson, Utah USA

"Our treasure hunt was based on the pirates of the Caribbean II dead mans chest characters. It was a swarm of fun for all and a huge hit, participants and watchers alike enjoyed the games and puzzles and the treasure at the end!! Thank you for the kit it was a big hit. A lot of work transforming it to my theme on the computer. But so worth it. We had three teams of 3-4 boys ages 11-14. Thanks again "

Monique Rogers, Georgia USA

"We had a great time with the treasure hunt. Our big birthday party involves my two daughters, now 2 & 6, and their dad. All birthdays within 10 days. We had about a dozen kids into the treasure hunt. The booty in the treasure chest was used for goody bags for the young guests. The kids had a great time and were ready for cake afterwards. Between the bounce house, riding a real horse (we have a friend who brought one), and the treasure hunt the kids were totally worn out. Then it became Dad's party, and the adults had a great time also. We did a treasure hunt for dad, and he was completely confused (we meant to do that) and had a great time.

It was wonderful that I was able to set this up with very little effort. By setting it up so that it doesn't matter if something goes wrong, everyone wins - everyone enjoyed it. I received lots of compliments on how great the party was. I look forward to using this on other occasions, as well as when the kids are just bored. Thanks for your efforts - which saved me from making them. "

Sandy Walkington, Texas USA

"The treasure hunt went great! All the girls dressed up in pirate garb. My daughter was totally surprised. They all enjoyed the treasure hunt part and everything worked out perfectly. Your e-book was a great guide to planning an exciting party. Thank you! "

RobAnne Burns, California USA

"We had our party for my 9 year old daughter's birthday and 17 of her classmates last weekend! What a blast!! Everyone left saying that was the best party they have ever been to! After one team located the treasure map then we all went on the treasure hunt together and they were so excited they could hardly stand it. What fun dragging our old wooden treasure chest up to open it up and share the goodies!! Party bags, chocolate covered gold coins, silver nuggets (Hersheys kisses), necklaces and so much more!

Everything went great. Thanks again for all your help....can't wait to re-arrange the challenges and plan another one for an older group!"

Tammy Freeman, Kansas USA

"Dear Nikki, many thanks. The party is over, and the hunt went well. It was a very nice change from my usual treasure hunts. Good product. I actually bought and downloaded three different hunt games, and yours was by far the best. The calculator worked brilliantly! I changed it to match the combination on the lock which I already had, and it worked like a charm. How long did it take you to work out all the connections so every team would wind up with the same combination? Thanks again,"

Laura Gordon, Pennsylvania USA

" We had the party and the girls loved it!  I have never seen 17 18 year olds change clothes from their dresses and high heels into jeans and sweats so quickly!  It was amazing how competitive and creative in their searches they were! You provided a lot of great ideas I know we will use again. Thanks "

Jackie Hoehner, Nebraska USA

" We held our treasure hunt yesterday for my daughter's 8th birthday.  It went great and everyone had a wonderful time.  One of the mom's told me later that night that her daughter hadn't stopped talking about it!  They liked the mummy and the pea challenges as well as the tightrope and the binoculars. Thanks Again - It was great!"

Sandy Stewart, Idaho USA

" Hi Nikki, I ran a treasure hunt on the island of Guadelupe for my mothers sixtieth birthday party, I incorporated locals into the challenges and buried a case of French champagne under water at the end of a dock. It was a big success. Lots of fun "

Ian Kellett, Montana USA

" Hello Nikki, The Treasure Hunt I had for my son's ninth birthday was incredible fun. It was worth paying to download your guide to give me ideas for how to structure the hunt. It ended up being complicated but inexpensive compared to other activities like laser tag. Anyway, it was a huge success. We had a total RSVP response from his class probably because the party promised to be different. These guys go to birthdays constantly so anything different sticks out.

It was worth the cost to download, and I appreciate your help in making a great and memorable party. "

Tim Burn, Maryland USA

" Hi Nikki, Thanks for all the information and ideas. My son (8y.o.) had his party here yesterday and it went beautifully. I was pleasantly surprised that it took them an hour to do the hunt - I thought they would race through. There were ten boys and they are very sporting and competitive, so this appealed to their competitive nature but took the sporting bit out of it, which was what I wanted.

Thank you for all your help. I am doing the Easter party at school for the children I teach - 5 year olds - adapted a bit as there will be a lot of them. I am also doing it for my nieces and nephews in Australia when we visit them at Easter."

Naomi Gist, Hong Kong China

" I love how you have it setup. I'll be using it at a family reunion that I'm hosting this summer. There'll be a bunch of people in their teens and older. I think it'll be a great activity for everyone to participate in!

You've done a fantastic job setting it up to work for just about any scenario. Thanks again for your assistance! I'll be sure to recommend this product to others and I'll let you know how it goes at the family reunion."

Gina Gustafson, Minneapolis USA

" Hi Nikki, The party went well. There were ten, 11 and 12 year old girls. I stayed with the instructions in your book almost exactly as I downloaded your book the morning of the party. Every challenge and puzzle was perfect for their age and ability and I had every prop around the house.

I am sure I will be able to use your book for years to come. Thanks "

Diane Brahams, California USA

" Had a treasure hunt for my girlfriend taking us all over the city of Scottsdale and back to our place for romance. We're both kids at heart and loved the ideas you put together. Thanks for making it available online -- quick for me, easy to use, and of high quality.

I plan on using the other ideas in the future -- thank you."

David Jackemeyer, Arizona USA

" Just a quick reply. It took about 2 hours for the boys to go through the station and find the treasure - they had a lot of fun. I look forward to doing another treasure hunt for another party down the road. Thanks"

Mortimer Howard, California USA

" Hi Nikki, I received the download and I've read it about 4 times now.  I'm really excited to plan my daughter's party.  I think it will be lots of fun.  I don't know what I would have done if I hadn't found your website.  Your planner is so well thought out and helpful."

Melissa West, Utah USA

" Hello Nikki I have just had my daughter's party and it was a great success. I only had 8 little girls and instead of breaking them into teams they all went around together. Best wishes"

Maria Drury, Vaud Switzerland

" We had a great party! I had a BBQ cum treasure hunt for my daughter's birthday. They went crazy all over the place and were so excited to find the treasure. They all had a great time, thank you!

Thanks and will definitely consult you again if I need any more help."

Sin Fun Tham, Singapore

"The party was really fun.  All the girls loved it and we can't wait to do it again!!"

Leslie Leopard, Alabama USA

" Dear Nikki, I loved the book it gave me wonderful ideas! I hope you come out with a sequel, because I bet it will rock! "

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"The treasure hunt was great. Now we have been requested to do a city wide treasure hunt to raise money for a scholarship fund. My children had a ball and so did I (I may have had more fun than them). This will absolutely be an annual event for us. The original reason for it was because we don't celebrate Halloween and I wanted my children to get some candy and have an opportunity to dress up in a controlled situation. They love the idea. I found a great pirate mask and scared a few of the younger children but my older kids thought it was hilarious. Thanks for everything and keep the updates coming "

Donna Benn, Florida USA

"Nikki, It was a huge success!!! Never thought a bunch of 17 year old soccer players could love something so much- We are at our Regional Championships and playing in the final tomorrow so something must have worked! Will send a picture when I get home "

Patty Seitz, New Jersey USA

" Thank you for this excellent product. We had the party on Saturday and it was fantastic. I live in France so had to translate it and we did a Harry Potter theme.  For the code, we sent the kids to a computer where they typed in the code and then a powerpoint presentation sent them to the kitchen for the treasure. It was really brilliant fun and I know we'll be doing it all again soon! Thanks again, "

Alex Laurie, Eure et Loir France

"What a great game - it was as much fun for the organizer as it was for the players. Everyone had a ball"

Verity Brinkworth , Bristol England.

" Dear Nikki, The treasure hunt was a great success. The children enjoyed themselves from beginning to end and for the first time nobody squabbled! The layout is very clear and nobody had any trouble following it. I bought a little treasure chest for next to nothing and filled it with chocolate pennies. At the end several of the kids said that my parties were always the best so please take all the credit! Do you have any other party suggestions? Many thanks for a great day "

Ann Germain-Hansford St Marcellin France.

"Hi Nikki, It all went very well. It seemed easy, and when you have the planner in front of you it is straight forward. However without the planner I really don't think I'd have been able to do it. Thank you"

Russell Holman, Essex UK.

"Nikki, What a fantastic help your material has been. I got so motivated by it yesterday that I did most of my decision making and planning in one morning!

Thanks a million for offering to send the spreadsheet in a form that works for me. You're the best!"

Kim Bickel, Indianapolis USA

" Thanks for your hints we are using this for a Xmas party and it gave me some great ideas "

Kathy Henry, Melbourne Australia

"Nikki, Thanks for such great ideas. I found your site via and ordered the supplies Halloween morning for a party starting 5:30 that evening.
After setting up the haunted house, cleaning, and preparing the food we had about 35 minutes to plan. Even with such little time to plan the kids went home smiling and telling their parents they had a good time. We didn't get a chance the bury treasure but plan to for our daughter's birthday in the spring. Thanks for a great product and can I email you for ideas for our spring birthday party? Thanks again."

Sidney Ricks, California USA

"I read through the Treasure Hunt Party Game thoroughly and made the necessary copies, bought any needed materials, and the party soon got underway.
I made up a great map using your ideas and buried a treasure in the yard. The kids LOVED the hunt and we made the treasure map quite detailed and fun for them.
Thanks for your help!"

Faye Farley, Ohio USA

"Thank you Nikki for helping me with my hunt. Everything went great. "

Vikki Moore, Ohio USA

"I had my treasure hunt last weekend over Halloween --it went very well --we used the eye ball (ping pong) task and the mummy toilet paper task --among others --the clue that I broke up into puzzle parts worked very well - even for 6 year olds! I have a winter birthday coming up for an 11 year old -- do you have any theme ideas?? - we have lots of snow here.....Thanks"

Holly Cluse, Vermont, USA

"We had our picnic with our treasure hunt on Saturday. We had it at a public lake so we had the obstacle of other people. It just made it more interesting. I was very amazed on how smooth the game went once it was all set up. I had seven teams with ages varying between 4 and 45 and 4 helpers. The hunt was thoroughly enjoyed by all. I used the games in your game set with a few alterations. Below is a picture of the Egyptian mummy game. This was so funny to watch the teams. Everyone had a great time especially the team who won the treasure box with 500 loonies in it!!!!

Thanks for the great game."

Jane Jones, Ontario Canada

" Thank you so much for offering this  ebook. I love the treasure hunt book and I am working feverously on a party for next week. Thank you so much "

Jane Porpora, New York USA

"Hi Nikki, We had a great Treasure Hunt for my daughter’s 11 year old party. We had five teams and I had two other grown-ups helping me. I did the pea challenge, the balancing on a rope, a general knowledge quiz, the backward clues quiz, a memory game and a beat the buzzer game, some they found more challenging than others. The treasure map I hid inside a balloon and mixed it in with lots of other balloons so they had to pop them all to find the map, I had also hidden the bag of balloons.
The treasure map was then found and the hunt for the chest started - it was located up a tree.
They all had great fun, the weather stayed dry and the bags of gold coins for the treasure box were appreciated. What a great idea, I shall certainly keep it for using again."

Louise Ross, Glasgow Scotland

"Thought you might enjoy a few pictures of our daughter's 16th's birthday celebration. We combined a masquerade ball with your treasure hunt party game which turned out to be a good combination for our group of young people. It turned out a lot of fun and I heard many positive remarks during the evening about the treasure hunt.

Blessings from the Smith House"
Patricia Smith, Oklahoma USA

"Once we got started, it went pretty smoothly. I had teams of one adult and one kid, and I mixed them up, so usually the parent didn't get their own kid. I thought that would help the neighbors get to know other people's kids a little better. Everyone had lots of fun and much laughter was heard. The only thing I regret is not having it all in the same room, because some of the tasks were quite funny! The tasks were a bit of a challenge because I had to configure them so that all can participate (we had ages from 2 to 54). So some tasks were better done by the small kids and some tasks were better done by the adults. All in all, I was very pleased and am looking forward to planning my a treasure hunt for my daughter's birthday party in two weeks, which means I better get cracking now! Thank you very much, that was $30 well spent."

Patricia Smith, Oklahoma USA

" I really appreciate the game. We used the game for youth church activity. The group ranging from 12- 18 years old had a fun time together. The puzzle pieces had a riddle on it that led them to the key to the treasure chest. We had a wonderful time. "

Justin Peters, Massachusetts USA

"Dear Nikki, The hunt was a GREAT success! It took the kids over an hour to get through it, and they all had a really good time. Digging up the treasure was so exciting!
Thanks for all your input, it was priceless, even if I never did a treasure hunt again your book was worth the money spent! (but OF COURSE we'll be using it again and again, now we'll be professionals before you know it!)
I'll keep you posted on our next one..."

Ciao from Italy, Fabrizia

"Many thanks for your help and quick response - they are good suggestions."

Beth Brake, Pennsylvania USA

"What a wonderful treasure hunt, super fun, really well organized, great activities included. I played the game with my seven year old nephew, Jack, and three strangers. We ended up great friends ( and the winning team!) A wonderful game."

Fran Martin , Macon, France

"The party was a huge success. Everyone really enjoyed it. We hid the treasure in the house in a chest that had a lock on it. I gave them a key along with the map, it took them quite a while to find it. It was great. They mostly liked the stations and games that were played there. I made the pirate beach station out by the pool and incorporated the walking the plank game into the pool area.

Thanks for was well worth the money."

Kelly Coulter, California USA

"Hey Nikki, I organized the treasure hunt last weekend and it was a great success.

My planning was based out of your Treasure Hunt download and made some little changes here and there to suit our theme. I had 24 people from ages 8-60 and this was played at a large park area.

Great fun...

I owe the success of the game to you. It was very well planned out and in good detail. I am planning to organize another treasure in the near future and I am excited.

I am now addressed as Mr. Treasure Hunt...:) Thanks"

Raidu Rayasam, Massachusetts USA

"I did enjoy all the bits I did, I was needed to do the puzzle."

James aged 6, Macon, France

" Had the party! Ran the treasure hunt - and our guests had a GREAT time! Still getting comments about it! Sorry I don't have any photos... the 'mummy' wrap was hilarious!"

Gary Locke, California USA

" This is just a quick note to let you know everything went well. We did make a few changes to your plan like you suggested, but followed most everything else. The kids had a great time and we may try something with the adult students this spring or summer. I’m sending you some photos too. "

David Campbell, Hokkaido Japan

"Our treasure hunt took place last weekend and was a success. The book helped a lot and everyone was impressed with the logistics of the game. Thank you for a well designed book. "

Patrick Racine, Ontario Canada

"I wanted to let you know that the treasure hunt was a big success. For us, the part we liked the most was that there was very little reading required, as we hosted 5 and 6-year olds! We also played the pairs game in your 10-best games because we had some kids from the new school and some kids from the old school. Thanks for the great ideas!"

Linda Coerr, North Carolina USA

" Ian, thanks for the prompt response we managed to download the stuff and the bunch of 6 year olds loved running round our garden looking for the clues, thanks a lot"

Debbie Faint, Cheshire England

"The treasure hunt is done and the kids had fun. Your suggestions were very good and I think we will do another treasure hunt in the future with our other kids. "

Toni Hudson, Texas USA

"Dear Nikki, The treasure hunt was a great success. I planned it for my niece's 9th birthday party and had the kids all running everywhere in the house. They loved it. The kids all talked about it in school days after the party. I planned the whole hunt in 3 days and it didn't take long at all with your help. Thank you so much for a memorable birthday for my niece. And it was so much fun planning it too. "

Cindy Lindsey, Michigan USA

"Everyone enjoyed themselves and said it was the best party ever. Thank you for treasure hunt pack, it was really worth it."

Jaya Shankar, Middlesex, UK

"Dear Nikki, Thank you - we had the party yesterday for my son's 10th birthday. All of the kids seemed to enjoy it very much. Thanks again"

Katja Walker, Sydney Australia

"Hi Nikki.  The treasure hunt was a success.  The treasure map was a lot of fun to do and really turned out great - we used the tea idea to age it and used a lighter to burn the edges.  I'm going to save it as a keepsake for my kids. I would DEFINITELY do this again - I'm thinking of planning one for adults this summer. "

Karen Hayward, Toronto Canada

"The treasure hunt went really well - especially the challenges.  Of course the losing team had to do a forfeit, we dressed them in Santa outfits and the rest of us were their reindeer - the forfeit was that Father Christmas had to go to the nearest post box and post his travel receipts back to Lapland and ask the first passer by if they could take a photograph of us all as proof that father Christmas had been to Croydon Surrey England - we did it, but not before mum and dad had run off into a neighbour’s garden to avoid all possible chance meetings with anyone they knew!"

Nick Wahla, Croydon England

" Yes, we have had our treasure hunt. I don't know what I was looking for when I purchased your book....However it did help. I put the kids (age 7-13) into three teams. We used the stations where the teams had to go and complete a task as a team to earn clues. Each team had to figure out their clues to find their party goody bags. So the kids had a good time and it took them about 1 1/2hrs to do it. My daughters 12th birthday turned out nice... "

Kathleen Noriega, Arizona USA

"Thanks to your book, my daughter's 12th birthday party was a great success.  I followed your guidance step by step. "

Chiaki Yasuda , Virginia USA

"I used the Pirate Hunt Game and not only did the kids have a fantastic time, I had a great time doing it. It really was excellent and my family thought I was so creative"

Michelle Caragol, Colorado, USA

"Dear Nikki, I wanted to give you a review of our party last Saturday. It was a real hit, all the boys had a great time. We had 8 boys ages 11 and 12 over for our twin’s 11th birthday party. We gave instruction to bring their bikes to the party as they were to search within our housing development for clues, the map, and treasure. The invitations were hand delivered on brown paper sacks to look like treasure maps.
We included many of your games; Pea and straw, toilet paper wrap, word puzzle, rope walk, we added – name the landmark game with pictures of US national landmarks as an educational station.
Our map was hidden by our community pool under a bench in a poster tube. It led them to an undeveloped lot that had 3 piles of dirt. There was an actual X taped onto one of the piles of dirt. We spray painted a Styrofoam cooler black and glued a latch for the combination lock to hold. The boy’s party favors were in the treasure chest which included a flashlight, movie gift card and some candy!
My wife and I did the whole thing with each of us taking one team (4 boys). Thanks again for the great kit as it made the process very easy. We had a fun time in planning the whole event. The combination twist is a very clever thing!"

Mark Miserak, Texas USA

"Hi Nikki, We had the hunt last night with about 25 10 and 12 year old girls, It was a little chaotic but they had fun. "

Jennifer Honeycutt, North Carolina USA

"Hi Nikki! Well, let me tell you what a success our children/adult Halloween party was!!!! Everyone (and I mean everyone) is still telling me how awesome the treasure hunt was. Last year we tried doing it ourselves, and even though the kids had fun running around our 5 acres, it could in NO WAY compare to this years!! Since we did have some difficulty with pay pal at first, it delayed our creative time, but thanks to your book, we pulled it off! We're inspired to have an adult treasure hunt party next, it's such a great idea. I did give a couple of my friends your e-mail hopefully you'll hear from them. Good luck in the future.... Thanks again. "

Monet and Kris Storkersen, California USA

"Hi Nikki! I just wanted to give you a report back on how the treasure hunt went.

The kids had a ball! I got some really great ideas from your book about what to do at the ports. I have a request out to our family for people to send me any pictures they took. I'll send you one if I get a cute one. "

Susan Cotter, Minnesota USA

"It worked out well for our ecumenical church congregational life day here in the Whistler mountains of British Columbia. I even adapted the stations to be various spot where St Paul journeyed on his travels - and it was all well received by everyone of all ages. The treasure was our birthday cake and ice cream - after the build up I think the kids wanted more.

Thanks again for making it available online."

William Roberts, British Colombia Canada

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Annual corporate Christmas Party in a ski resort. Our theme this year is Pirates and Wenches. 40 people all adult..drinkers...
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Company picnic for 80 adults on Angel Island in the middle of the San Francisco Bay.
My daughters' 13th birthday. The party will be around our pool, and we have about 15 acres of lawn to use. BBQ and swimming. About 30 kids, and 20 parents.
Back To School - Treasure Hunt in my backyard for neighbors, family, and friends. I plan to turn the treasure hunt into an annual community event.
My 50th birthday - guests age from 9 - 71 years old!
My daughter's 8th birthday.
My daughters 11th birthday, in the local park.
My son's birthday, we had 10 boys ages 9-12.
An elementary school K-5th. Our attendance is roughly 500-600 kids.
Birthday party for my son who will be turning 9 in December. We are planning on having the party at the Embassy Suites Hotel so the kids can swim etc.
A birthday party for my soon to be 7 year old son. He had a pirate treasure hunt in our back yard last year (maps, buried treasure, etc), and this year he wants to do a hunt based on the movie National Treasure with Nicholas Cage.
A Masquerade Ball celebrating our youngest daughter's 16th birthday. The party is being held at Kerr Mansion.
40 of my friends this weekend
A very big party in our hostel. The participation might vary from 50-60 people at a time.
Part of a larger fundraising event for Orphans of Aids Victims in Africa. I have a 60 acre piece of property with about 5 acres of woods with trails etc.
During our Island Packet Sailboat Rendezvous. The treasure hunt is on Saturday when we have a sailboat race, however, not everyone wants to participate in the race. I am using the game to fill some of the time for those who choose not to be in the race.
We are planning a girls 12 yr. old party using only things in nature with a medieval fantasy theme.
I am planning to use the treasure hunt for our annual family reunion.
I am planning a picnic for our church group, and it will be over 100 people there. We are having it at a local park and will have access to it only 1 hr before people will start arriving. The park is a large grass area with a shelter in the middle
My brother's 40th birthday bash.
For my boss's children and cousins. They will be doing this in Maui at a hotel I have never been to.

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A 4 year old birthday party at a water park. We are going to do a pirate treasure hunt in a wooded area nearby with a creek etc.
A company party. There are about 15 employees and their families-so a total of about 30 people. In a park and have all ages participate---mix it up a little so people get to know each other.
50th birthday party. 40 confirmed guests (20yrs.old to 60 yrs. old) In the back yard.
Company picnic with a "Pirates of the Carribbean" theme. We will have about 100 people, children and adults.
The theme is team building, for a group of managers. So, they are all adults, and are typically VERY competitive. There will be about 40 people involved.
My Mothers 50th birthday.... we love to dance, drink some and are wild....
For 14-15 year olds and a few adults to transport each team. A citywide hunt (we live in a small town) and will last several hours.
A staff & family barbecue for this weekend. It is being held at a park site with a lake. The age of the guests range from 3 to 65.
A pool party - for adults. We are all parents of high schoolers so we are between 45 - 55.
A performing arts camp and the theme for the camp is journeys/adventures.
Every year, we rent a house with friends for a week at a time with our families. This year we will be in Lake George, NY in the third week of August. There will be seven adults and seven children (from 6 yrs old to 10 years old).
A party for church staff and leadership and their families: 6 months to 65 years.
My son's 10th birthday party in September. I had found a great site near us, on a small peninsula on Sydney Harbour.
A company picnic. We usually have around 175 people there with ages ranging from 0-70.
My husband and I are throwing a b-b-q for some people that were very involved with the relandscaping of our yard. It'll pretty much be all adults, with the exception of a few little ones (3 and under).
This is for our local insurance association. We have a scavenger hunt every year. Age range is from 20 to 65.
It is for my daughter's 7th birthday party on 3rd July and we are expecting 14 (maybe 15) children between the ages of 6 1/2 and 7 1/2.
I am doing a treasure hunt for a bunch of 17 year old soccer players as a team bonding event before they leave to compete in a Regional tournament.
I am having a Slumber Party for 8 teenage girls.
It's a first year customer appreciation party for a tanning-hair salon.
I am organizing a kids event for our church (this Saturday). I am looking at 40 to 60 k- 5th grade children...
I am planning a strawberry picking party for my 7 year old.
My daughter's 13th birthday party with a pirate theme (she loves Pirates of the Caribbean
Our annual family vacation at a beach house. The house is directly on the beach. Ages 9 - 70.

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The party is being held on Memorial day week-end, at a local park, for well over 100 people.
Our neighbourhood has a Ladies Bunco group. Each June, we host a poolside party which has a theme. This year, our theme is Pirates. The ages of the women are from 30 to 50.
Our party is a Memorial Day weekend party. It is held lakeside.
We are planning the hunt the last day of school for my 11 yr old daughter. There will be 10-15 children there for the hunt.
A children's event to celebrate/kick-off our capital stewardship campaign for our new "family center." We'll have children from Kindergarten up to 6th grade.
Birthday party for my grandson and his friends ages 10-12, We live on the side of a mountain with steep slopes, lots of stone steps, a creek, a large goldfish pond and lots of good places to hide things. The party is an annual occasion.
Church social, most guests are 25 to about 45.
My Best Friends Birthday: ages 21-70
The cub scouts: 100-150 kids!
Family reunion, ~30 people, mix of adults and families, at sister's home in rural Wisconsin, plenty of woods and indoor space.
Our youth group of approx 15 teenagers in a church hall.
My daughter will be turning 8 and we are planning a slumber party.
Girl Scout Day Camp. Our theme this year is "Treasure Grove". We plan to use various activities throughout the week referencing this theme.
4th grade birthday party at a lake with a large sandy beach area and a covered pavilion.
Youth group at church: a small group consisting of stair step ages (don't think I even have 2 the same age).

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