An Amazing Race theme party is a fun and fast-paced idea that’s great for teens and adults. Here’s how to plan an event with no road blocks!
The Amazing Race is a television show where teams of contestants travel around the world on a global scavenger hunt, performing challenges and gathering clues at “pit stops” to keep them moving along on a quest to be the team to finish first. You can host your own Amazing Race theme party on a smaller scale by adapting your travel area to include stops at different places in your town or city. Here’s how…
Sending great invitations is a good way to get everybody excited about the party before it even starts. There are lots of options for creating your own Amazing Race theme invitations, or you could look online for e-cards or printables. Here are some ideas you might try:
Write your party information on a map of your town, putting an “X” where you live as the starting point. (This could also be a helpful tool for teams to use during the competition.)
Send your invitation information written in a small notepad with a pencil attached.
Make your invitations look like passports that the contestants can get stamped at each stop during the party.
Create invitations that look like the clues given out on the Amazing Race television show.
AN AMAZING RACE THEME PARTY
Because this party theme will have your guests traveling and performing challenges at different locations around town, it’s important to do some pre-planning to make sure things are organized and run smoothly. Here are some things to consider:
1. Divide Your Group Into Teams — Each team should have between 2-5 team members, depending on the size of your party. Each team also needs a driver (If your guests aren’t old enough to drive, each team should have a parent or chaperone to help them out.) Make sure that each team takes at least one cell phone with a contact number in case they have questions or run into problems. It is also ideal to send at least one camera or video camera with each group to capture the fun of the evening.
2. Plan Your Route(s) — The Amazing Race is comprised of different “legs” of the journey. Mentally map out in advance the different stops you want your teams to make. It works best to give each team a different route on their quest, so that they don’t keep running into each other as they progress.
3. Plan Your Stops and Challenges — Some things that make the Amazing Race theme special are the inclusion of challenges and international flair. Try to consider both of these when planning your party. It’s also a fun idea to include a stop or two that has special meaning to you or your guests, such as a favorite restaurant or recreation spot. Also, you will need to have someone available at each stop to make sure the challenges are completed and to hand out the next clue. If you are asking people who work at your stopping points for help in passing out your clues, set this up ahead of time to make sure it’s okay with them and their employers. Here are some ideas:
- Visit a Japanese restaurant and order (and eat) one of the following: ika frita (fried squid), chuka (seaweed salad) or kappamaki (cucumber roll). Ask your host for the next clue. (Japan)
- Look up a specific fact about a country and tell it to the head librarian to get your next clue. (country of your choice)
- Make a rubbing of a grave stone with a specific year of death at the local cemetery. (Transylvania)
- Visit American Eagle Outfitters and sing the National Anthem to the cashier for a clue. (USA)
- Go to the local grocery store and find (fill in a unique ethnic food). Ask the cashier at stand #1 for the next clue as you check out. (country of your choice)
- Find a bubble tea shop and try a pào mò hóng chá; literally “foam red tea”. (China)
These are just some ideas. Tailor your stops and challenges to your group. If your guests are all of legal drinking age, you might make your race a pub crawl, where the teams have to do things such as try a drink at one stop, try a food at another, perform a dance at a third, and get their picture taken with the bartender at the fourth.
You should also include a road block challenge which is an especially difficult challenge that only needs to be completed by one member of a team (eating a questionable food works well for this), and a detour challenge where the group gets to choose between two options, and all must complete the choice.
4. Create Your Clues — The clues that you give the teams should be fairly cryptic, but easy enough to figure out so that no one gets too off track. A fun option for clues is to record them onto DVDs. Just make sure that each team has access to a portable DVD player before you begin.
5. End the Race at Your House or a Local Restaurant — A great way to finish up the race is by serving a big international buffet somewhere to regroup, celebrate, and compare stories.
AMAZING RACE THEME DECORATIONS
Since this is a movable party, you really don’t need too many decorations. However, if you’re getting together for food and drinks at the end of the evening, you might incorporate an international theme into your decorations. Use things like maps, travel posters, and international flags.
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International Party Supplies
International Flag Banner
Since this is an Amazing Race theme challenge, you should have a nice prize for the winner. On the show that means one million dollars. Here are some less expensive options:
- Ten $100,000 Candy Bars
- The Amazing Race Wii Game
- Luggage Tags
- Design Your Own Award Medals or Small Gold Trophies
- The Amazing Race DVD
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