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Happy Birthday Aubrey

Today is my friend Aubrey’s birthday. Yesterday Rebecca and I threw a party for her and it was one of my favorite parties I’ve ever thrown. First we told everyone to meet at Aubrey’s house and to wear grubby clothes. Then we handed everyone an envelope with their first clue for a treasure hunt. Lots of our friends have zip car memberships so as a surprise we had a fleet of mini cooper convertibles to race around the city in.

The first clue was a number to a bag check at different thrift stores in the mission.

When we handed in the number they gave us a bag with another clue that sent us to the secret slides.

At the slides we found cardboard (you use cardboard to go down the slides) with clues that sent us “fishing” at pier 7.

We found the clue dangling off the very end of the pier. That clue sent us to the Fortune Cookie Factory in China Town.

Inside each fortune cookie instead of the fortune was a clue to the Lyon Street Stairs and that clue sent us to our destination at Crissy Field.

At Crissy Field there was a table of cupcakes and snacks and then we surprised everyone and got out a bunch of holi colors I got at some local Indian supply stores. Then we had a GIANT color fight right there in front of the Golden Gate Bridge. It was really really fun.




  1. Sara

    April 6, 2009

    What amazing friends you must be! This sounds like a lot of fun! and the clues…I wish I would do that

  2. jane

    April 6, 2009

    amazing party! and mini convertibles to get around in, too.

  3. Sarah

    April 6, 2009

    This sounds like so much fun!!

  4. Jennifer

    April 6, 2009

    I am considering moving to SF just so I can meet you and become buddies and think up amazing parties….you need to bottle this creativity and sell it…for millions!

  5. Katie

    April 6, 2009

    How did you make sure that a stranger didn’t steal one of your clues that was left out in the open?

    I did a similar thing one year for my man and people stole things in the middle of the hunt and ruined the whole thing. It was a HUGE bummer.

  6. summer

    April 6, 2009

    truly brilliant.
    & how fun!

  7. love.boxes

    April 6, 2009

    Love those photos! What fun!

  8. Emily

    April 6, 2009

    So much fun – I LOVE Holi! We used to celebrate it at my college every year.

  9. jen

    April 6, 2009

    This sounds like the best party ever! Amazing!

  10. Nicole Marie

    April 6, 2009

    you have the best parties/celebrations/ideas EVER!! so so so fun!!

  11. xoxo, C

    April 6, 2009

    I miss that City and I love those slides in Golden Gate Park.

  12. Anonymous

    April 6, 2009

    are those slides in noe? does the holi colors come off easy? i thought they were permanent…just curious..

  13. Laura.

    April 6, 2009

    oh! seriously, you know how to throw a party. this looks like so much fun.
    i miss san francisco.

  14. MrsEm

    April 6, 2009

    I love those slides! Many a happy road rash has been earned there.

  15. sk

    April 6, 2009

    holy…!?!! I’m speechless! What an awesome birthday surprise. I’ve never heard of a color fight, but now I’m totally on a mission to work one into my life this year. Thanks!

  16. Rachel Ure

    April 6, 2009

    wow. seriously too cool!!!!

  17. Stephanie

    April 6, 2009

    This is the best party ever, lady – holi color fight was completely inspired.

    The pictures of your friends with the pigments on them are lovely – like living paintings.

  18. lesley

    April 6, 2009

    fantastic. i am in awe of this amazing party, it looks like you guys had a blast. love the color fight, it reminds me of a fave childhood short, ‘rainbow war’. it’s super, check it out if you have time! http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1a3e8_rainbow-war_shortfilms

  19. CJ

    April 6, 2009

    Love the mini-coopers!

  20. Honora

    April 6, 2009

    Incredible! Love the photos after the color war. They are beautiful!

  21. duet letterpress

    April 6, 2009

    wow. fabulous, again. i’m pretty sure this is what you should do for a living. plan parties. [or maybe you do??]

  22. sierra

    April 6, 2009

    so! amazingly! fantastic!

    i am going to have a treasure hunt for my birthday too…i’m using the fellow who does the chinese new year one.

  23. Diana

    April 6, 2009

    Umm, can I be your best friend so you can throw me an awesome 30th birthday party (coming up this August). I absolutely love your ideas…so clever and thoughtful!

  24. michelle

    April 6, 2009

    Just awesome. The cars, clues, colors… Aubrey will never forget it. And I love the photo of you and Paul on the slides – you look like little kids.

  25. amberlee

    April 6, 2009

    amazing. I think you’ve just inspired me to take my kids on a day in the ciy. (We used to live so close and now that we’re N of Sac I miss it!)

  26. Acerbia

    April 6, 2009

    That looks like so much fun! Especially the color fight part.

    But I think those are the Lyon St. stairs, not the Hyde St. stairs.

  27. bex

    April 6, 2009

    My hair may never recover – my blonde bits are still greenish blue. This party was so much fun.

  28. Heather Carson

    April 6, 2009

    You are amazing! You need to write a book with all your amazing party ideas!

  29. Carlita

    April 6, 2009

    superb! i love interactive parties. very very clever!

  30. tsugi

    April 6, 2009

    That looked AWESOME! Makes me want to throw a party for no reason at all

  31. darling savage

    April 6, 2009

    so fun! i’ve got to find a store in portland that has those holi colors. what a great idea!

  32. m l e

    April 6, 2009

    seriously so fun, I’m so happy I was included!

  33. littlestreetfighter's Mom

    April 6, 2009

    O.K. ~ you are amazing!!! what an inspiration. how do you find the time?! with a little baby?

    You are my favorite blogger for sure!!!

  34. littlestreetfighter's Mom

    April 6, 2009

    O.K. ~ you are amazing!!! what an inspiration. how do you find the time?! with a little baby?

    You are my favorite blogger for sure!!!

  35. Kaylen

    April 6, 2009

    this is FABULOUS. I love it! Also, did some research on this dry paint. I want it!

  36. amyandseth

    April 6, 2009

    you are simply amazing…wow

  37. kimberly

    April 6, 2009

    I love the way you truly LIVE your life!

  38. Becki

    April 6, 2009

    Looks like so much fun. Happy Birthday Aubrey!

  39. Lillian

    April 6, 2009

    Oh my. The 9th picture is THE BEST.

  40. Holly

    April 6, 2009

    you are the coolest chick ever. i adore your parties!

  41. k8theriver

    April 6, 2009

    happy bday aubrey!
    (i think that slide picture is the first time i’ve ever seen paul with any animation on his face.)

  42. syleegurl

    April 6, 2009

    BEST. PARTY. EVER! Great idea! I’m stealing this immediately.

  43. Kate@ Kids and Cocktails

    April 6, 2009

    Why are you so much cooler than I am? Darn you! :)

  44. micah and nic

    April 6, 2009

    happy birthday Aubs

  45. Chloe

    April 6, 2009

    That’s brilliant. You are the coolest bunch of people ever…

  46. Bryan and Sarah

    April 6, 2009

    This looks like it was so fun. I’m definitely hiring you for future parties (if you’re available)!

  47. Kristy

    April 6, 2009

    Best. Party. Ever.

    I wish that kind of thing were appropriate for a wedding, but something tells me my mother (and his) would have a heart attack.

  48. Scooter Couple

    April 6, 2009

    How awesome it must be to be your friend.

    800 degrees of awesome.

  49. melissa

    April 6, 2009

    Jordan,you don’t know me but you inspire me everyday! Thank you! Your party is my birthday dream, colour fight….fantastic.

  50. melissa

    April 6, 2009

    Kristy, who liked the idea for a wedding. Could you imagine a colour fight trash the dress experience. Brilliant!!! If I wasn’t already married I absolutely would!

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