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A secret agent party is great for little boys

If you have a little boy who can't get enough of movies like Spy Kids, a secret agent movie could be perfect for his birthday party. Putting together a shindig like this may take a bit of planning on your part, but the reward of watching your guests scramble around trying to solve the mystery you've laid before them makes it all worthwhile. Here are some tips to help ensure everything goes off without a hitch.

Start by reading a "top secret" note aloud to those in attendance. Set the stage and give them an object to pursue, whether it's a valuable ancient treasure or the secret formula to a powerful elixir. From there, give the group a set of challenges, each of which will yield a different clue to help solve the mystery. You can even pick up a create-your-own jigsaw puzzle and have it spell out a note once solved.

Give each guest a small sack full of useful spy gear, including chocolate half-dollar coins for "bribes." You can also throw in other items like a small flashlight and a little folding magnifying glass, both of which can be found online fairly inexpensively.

The reward for their effort? Cake and ice cream, of course! And make sure the birthday boy's helpful colleagues receive goodie bags full of great favors as well. Mini classic gumball machines and personalized birthday mint candies are sure to be well-received, and each child will know he did a good job.

If you're looking for a unique theme that will please, a secret agent party could be just what you need!