Luke Turns Six: DIY Treasure Hunt Party

Hi friends, I am switching things up on the blog, taking you from fashion to party planning. My first baby, Luke, turned 6 July 13th (wiping my tears). These years are passing me by too fast. How can we slow it down and at times stop it? 

Anyone who knows me, knows I love to entertain. My hubby, Mike and I love filling our home with laughter and love. So when the time came to plan Luke’s party, I knew it would be at the house. Every year is a new theme. Luke loves to use his imagination and explore. I thought the perfect theme for turning 6 would be a Scavenger Hunt themed party. 


I usually get invitations printed and mail them out, but this year I took a different approach. I found editable invites that were Scavenger Hunt themed off of ETSY. The shop I got them from not only had the invite, but the designer had a Scavenger Hunt list and gift tags. It was a no brainer. After following the editing instructions, I texted the high res image of the invite to our friends and family. The response was immediate.


I emailed the edited Scavenger Hunt List and gift tag image to a printing press, The Printing Store in Oak Park. They printed out all the colored copies I needed onto a thick card stock. I was so pleased with their help. They saved me time and money. I didn't have to buy thick card stock sold in a bundle and didn’t have to replace my color cardigans in my printer. Win, win!

I ended up stapling the Scavenger Hunt List to paper bags. When the kids arrived to the party our adventure began. I took them around the block exploring nature. We had a blast! Did you know that my first major in college was elementary education? 


No Scavenger hunt themed party is complete without a teepee. I put my DIY skills to the test and made our own. Here’s how I did it: 

- A 15 ft painters tarp in canvas

- Stakes

- A swing set

- Some elbow grease and some love

My fabulous mother, Insel, helped me by removing the swings from the swing set. I used the beam that held the swings as my support for the teepee. My father, Hal and I draped the painters tarp over the beam. We pulled the fabric taut and staked one side down leaving the other side open. The kids loved it! 


After the hunt, dinner was served. Luke insisted we had taco night. We catered the tacos from a local, family owned restaurant, La Parrillita in River Forest. They are delicious! When you visit them, tell Jackie that Sanem sent you (wink, wink). 

Luke couldn’t wait for dessert. His cake of choice was chocolate cake filled with fudge and strawberry. It was made by Reuter’s Bakery in Chicago. They have been making our cakes for any occasion since our wedding in 2007. The Scavenger Hunt themed cake was not only too cute but way too good. If thats even possible. Look at the details. Luke’s favorite detail was the river. 


As the kids were leaving they were given goody bags filled with items that played into the Scavenger Hunt theme. I purchased all the items from Amazon. I had so much fun putting the bags together. Allowing Luke and his friends to be creative at the party was important to me. It’s all about letting the them explore and letting the imagination soar.