Birthday Treasure Hunt!

Greetings Friends! Have you had a relaxing weekend?  I'm still basking in the joy of a week long visit from Youngest Daughter and Ginger Grand--what a sweet time we had! Today I am sharing my birthday celebration with GG...

Birthday treasure hunt

GG's birthday was a few weeks before their visit.  I sent him a gift but really wanted to celebrate with him in person.  Since he had already had a few parties before they arrived, I came up with a treasure hunt idea.  I used PicMonkey to create a map with images from the garden as clues and left little trinkets along the way for him to hunt.  

Birthday treasure hunt and map

Ginger Grand has always been fond of ladybugs.  I knew he would enjoy these binoculars. At each stop, I added chocolate candy coins  treasure. 

Birthday treasure hunt

Next was a creepy, crawly wind up centipede...

Birthday treasure hunt

GG had to pick it up just to make sure it wasn't real!  I can't tell you how many times we wound it up and watched it creep during his visit.  He squealed in delight every time :)

Birthday treasure hunt

He genuinely seemed surprised each time he saw the candy and exclaimed, "Treasure!"

Birthday treasure hunt

What little boy doesn't like airplanes? I thought these foam ones from Target were fun.

Birthday treasure hunt

I think GG agreed! 

Birthday treasure hunt

The treasure hunt ended at the tree where GG had swung since he was a baby. When they moved last year, he could no longer fit in his toddler swing but that didn't keep him from asking about it when I went anywhere near that tree!  I had his new big boy swing hanging with treasure on the seat.  He hopped on and my heart was happy. 

Birthday treasure hunt

Selfie with my sweet boy--can you tell I like him just a little?!

Family time

What or who makes your heart happy?





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16 comments:

  1. What fun! My Tiger would love a treasure hunt also. Thanks for the great idea! Cute selfie!

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  2. So sweet Cecilia ... What a fun 'private' birthday party you had for him. Great ideas. I bet you had as much fun as he did. Love that creepy, crawly wind up centipede and of course the swing which will bring hours of fun for him. He will always look forward to the next visit. Wishing you more happy times with GG.
    Hugs,
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

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  3. Hello lovely lady! I love the photo of you with your sweetie - you are beautiful!

    Your treasure hunt looks like it was a lot of fun for everyone involved :) What a charming idea. Enjoy your Monday, my friend! Hugs!

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  4. Dear Cecelia, your treasure hunt looked like a success! It really made me feel good to see your pic with CC and how happy you were! CC is a darling boy, some days you could just eat them up. Have a great start to your week dear friend. hugs, Jo

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  5. What fun! Your GG is adorable! Love the treasure hunt idea and goodies. The picture of GG with the creepy crawlie is priceless! Too cute. And y'all's selfie is so sweet! Glad you had a wonderful visit. Family always fills my heart! Have a great week!

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  6. What a fun idea! Treasure hunt is great and addictive way to make kids want play outside.

    Wimbledon Carpet cleaners

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  7. Awww.. this was so sweet! You are awesome! I love the treasure hunt to celebrate your babies birthday. He is a cutie! And so are you :-) Thanks for sharing this special time with us!

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  8. Cecilia what a fun party! Kids love treasure hunts and all of the treasures at each stop were so cute. Love that you call him G.G. and the selfie is too cute!
    hugs,
    Jann

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  9. What a amazing party! He is so cute!

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  10. That looks like the MOST fun! Love the fun photos! Hugs, Diane

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  11. What a darling boy (I love mop-headed boys; ours are too), and what a darling idea for his birthday! I bet he loves that swing! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment on my Peter Rabbit bday party for our sweet boy; it brought me over to visit you! ~Zuni

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  12. What a great idea for a wee boy. I'll bet he loved it. I have 3 ginger grands, love them to bits.

    Diana

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  13. such a special day you made for him, such fun ideas.... my daughter is 25 and waiting to start her family until her and her husband have finished their master degrees, can't wait until grandkids come along

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  14. So glad you shared this with Roses of Inspiration. It's such a sweet idea to do with little ones :) Hugs to you!

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  15. What a fun activity! I was able to visit my parents this past weekend so they could spend time with their grandbaby. They love to spoil him! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty :)

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  16. Cecilia, this looks like SOOOO MUCH FUN, a well executed birthday plan! Good for you and for the little, oops sorry, big boy! Thank you for linking it up at SHARE IT sunday linky party. A new party will open again tomorrow and I can't wait to see what you'll bring. ~ Till soon, Rose

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