Every good spy needs a mission kit to establish their cover or a go-bag in case their cover is blown! So if you’re having a spy or secret agent party a mission kit makes a fantastic party favor. You can have a lot of fun with the contents, as well as the bag itself and they keep the kids entertained at the same time!
For my son’s birthday this year he wanted to do something that involved puzzles, clues, sneaking up on his friends and nerf guns. So the secret agent or spy theme worked perfectly. This was one of my favorite parties to design. I really got into the role of Commander in Chief! This is the first of several posts I’ll be writing on the party decorations, activities and DIY’s.
In this post I’m going to review with you one of my favorite parts of any party design – the favor bag. I know not everyone is a fan of favor bags and they are not necessary, but if I do one I sooooo love the little details. The favor gives me the challenge of keeping in theme and holding a child’s interest for more than a second.
The favor bag is also one of the things that really needs a bit of forethought and advance ordering so I always start here. They get my creative juices going, so lets walk through mine.
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THE SPY MISSION KIT SHOPPING LIST:
I’ve included links for you, the majority of items are on Oriental Trading, which I rate highly because it means one-stop shopping!
- A bag or backpack
- Top secret invisible ink markers & Top secret pencils
- Fingerprint tattoos
- Fake passports
- Fake money (movie props or play money)
- Spy glasses (either rear view or black disguise glasses)
- Fake mustaches
- Target range stickers
- Small containers of “poison” aka. Candyfetti
- Favor tags or labels
Step 1 – The Bag
For a spy mission kit you want a bag that is easy for the kids to carry around, nice and light weight. I found cotton backpacks that I was able to get personalized printing added to. They come in packs of 12, are really reasonable and a great size for this age group.
I had a lot of fun with the personalization on these. For half the bags I used the phrase “Deny Everything” and for the remainder I used “I was never here”. Classic spy terminology but also something I tend to get a lot of around the house…”it wasn’t me!”.
As these were mission kits, Kim created luggage labels and airport bag scan tags as the favor tags. These were so cute! Small Moments always thinks of every detail and these were no exception. Check out the destinations, exotic spy resorts only!
Step 2 – Lay-out the favor contents
This is the bit that when the kids go “can I help?” so I get them to do it. I give them the pile of my purchases and they have to create a pile for each favor that contains one of everything.
I then do a double check and make sure we have it done and they get to fill each bag.
Most of the items pop straight into the bag as is, but for the money, I got the kids to roll up several notes (1 of each denomination) and we popped them into a bag with a cute label “Cover Essentials“.
Once the bags were full we tied them off with the luggage tags and bag scan labels.
Step 3 – Displaying the Favors
The mission kits I displayed as if they were bags left in a luggage compartment. I have a set of vintage shelves in my office I rolled out and used. I then had signage to tell the spy’s what the bags were for and that they could be collected after training. I had a spare set of favors that I displayed on the top shelf so they could see what they were getting.
I kept some of the take home / favor items out of the bags so they could use them….or eat them. The notebooks, pencils and a fake mustache were at their table setting. They needed to take notes during training!
The capsules of “poison” that were to be eaten in the event of capture were also out on display in the enemy briefing room. We wanted our spy’s to take their training seriously! Of course I think they then all tried to get captured! Too funny…I’ve put some “hi-jinx” photos below.
Our spies all received their mission kits post-training when they were ready to tackle the real world of undercover missions. Their handlers were on hand to pick them up and make their undercover placements in the homes of unsuspecting parents!
You can have a lot of fun with this theme, you could try out hiding the mission kits at a dead drop they have to hunt out with clues. Lots of fun options and I hope you enjoy getting into this fun theme.
More on this Spy party coming to the blog soon.
Happy partying, Nat x