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Best of Oh Happy Day: Treasure Hunt Party

This party I planned was for Aubrey’s birthday last year (it was her birthday this Tuesday- hb Aubs!) We told people to wear clothes they didn’t care about and comfortable shoes but we didn’t give many other details. When everyone showed up we divided the party into four groups and gave them clues and keys to Mini Coopers. A lot of us have zipcar memberships so we rented some for a few hours. The first clue had bag check numbers from four thrift stores in the Mission. (You know when they make you check your bags and give you a number.) At the thrift store everyone collected the bags and inside was a clue that sent people to the “Secret Slides.”

At the slides there were clues attached to the pieces of cardboard (there is a ton that people use to go down the slides.)

After the slides we ended up at Pier 7 where there was a clue dangling off the pier into the water.

The next clue sent us to the Chinese Fortune Cookie Factory where I had hidden the clues inside of the fortune cookies. That clue sent us to the Hyde Street Stairs which finally sent us to Crissy Field, right in front of the Golden Gate Bridge.

When we got to Crissy Field there were a bunch of Holi colors we got at India supply stores. We had a huge color fight in front of the bridge–then we ate cupcakes.

Concept by Jordan Ferney with contributions by Rebecca Gholdston Photography by Paul Ferney

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  1. Sara C. Walk

    April 8, 2010

    such a fun idea! love it

  2. Miss K

    April 8, 2010

    This is my favorite blog post of all time. I have been looking everywhere for Holi colors. Do you have any suggestions?

  3. InspiringUs

    April 8, 2010

    It's very very fanny and very colorful!!! Beautiful Day!

  4. mushbelly

    April 8, 2010

    I want nothing more than to be your friend and be invited to your parties. AWESOME!!

  5. Joan

    April 8, 2010

    this is so creative. i love it! did you end up getting the holi colors all over the inside of the zipcars?

  6. Diane Faye Zerr

    April 8, 2010

    So envious! I want a treasure hunt party!!! I especially love the color fight in the end!

  7. steffie.xo

    April 8, 2010

    Oh my gosh.. MINI COOPERS! :) Sounds like a perfect day. Love the colour fight!

  8. allyn

    April 8, 2010

    such a fantastic idea! i adore it!

  9. Katrin

    April 8, 2010

    This is one of my favorites from your blog :) Love, love, love it.

  10. Taylor

    April 8, 2010


  11. Kristy

    April 8, 2010

    This was pretty much my favourite party post ever when I saw it last year. I would LOVE to do something like that. Or at least have a colour fight. =)

  12. Anonymous

    April 8, 2010

    so after all that u guys just threw chalk dust at eachother?

  13. Lindsey

    April 8, 2010

    Oh, I so wish I was your friend so I could come to one of your parties.
    It looked like so much fun!

  14. Little Gray Pixel

    April 9, 2010

    Amazing! Reminds me of scavenger hunts we used to do in high school … only this is more "legal" and more colorful. :-)

  15. Marina Guimarães

    April 9, 2010

    great idea! details make all the diference, wonderful party!

  16. Hilary

    April 9, 2010

    Who knew about the secret slides? I'm going to have to check them out…. looks like it was a fun day.

  17. Eliza

    April 10, 2010

    I don't want to be a downer but…after I saw this beautiful post (the first time) I tried to find Holi colors online and came across several sites saying that the dye they use is usually industrial dye (some of which are dangerous and/or carcinogens). I made my own (which was a bit time consuming) using high pigment food dye (from bakers shops, regular food dye works too) mixed with corn starch (mixed a tiny tiny bit of water with the dye then roughly mixed with starch) then let it dry in the sun (oven drying is probably faster). This would be a safe idea if doing this for a kids party, especially. Just wanted to put my bit in.

  18. Adele White

    April 22, 2010

    oooo, I love the holi colors:)

  19. Ransacked Goods

    April 28, 2010

    Having celebrated Holi in India myself, I love the idea of bringing it home. I'm totally going to have to scout this out too. Thanks for the tip!

  20. Ana

    May 10, 2010

    Oh my!!!!! I think I have just fallen in love with this idea!!! It´s the perfect B´day party for my boyfriend!! And I have enough time to prepare it!!! Yeay!! Thank you!! xx

  21. Frances Seward

    June 12, 2011

    The color fighting is something they do in India during Holi – which celebrates the beginning of summer. I think it must be a very fun and bonding things to do!

  22. Ann

    June 15, 2011

    So fun! We did an engagement shoot like that!

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