On this year’s trip to Sanibel, we needed a fun party theme for Jo’s Aunt Sue, whose birthday happened to be that week. She is a huge fan of The Amazing Race, so we thought hosting our own version would be a great way to celebrate her birthday.
We had so much fun creating props for this event. From clues to signs to envelopes, our full collection of Amazing Race printables (available on Etsy) has it all! We’ve also since come up with techniques for making a clue box, fanny packs, and a pit stop mat.
First up — the envelopes. I think the most recognizable element of The Amazing Race that you can bring into your own race is the envelopes. Nothing says “I’m starting a new leg of the race” like tearing open that pull-strip on the envelope to see what’s inside, right? To make race-style envelopes, we used some 6″ x 8″ mailers that had a built-in tear strip. Then we covered the front of the envelopes with a good coat of glue stick (or spray adhesive).
Then we just stuck the printed envelope image (part of our printables collection on Etsy) on top and use some scissors to trim the excess.
And just like that, the envelopes were done and ready to be stuffed with clues.
That brings us to the second most important part of the Amazing Race — the clues! Our printables collection also includes a customizable template that you can edit to enter your own clues. We’ve got all the typical clues types covered — Route Info, Detour, Road Block, and Fast Forward, as well as some of the more uncommon ones — Speed Bump, Intersection, and U-Turn.
Once your clues are complete, you can put them into a clue box that you can make with our Amazing Race clue box tutorial.
Jo also made some custom buttons for the racers to wear, so that spectators could see that they were on an Amazing Race. These buttons were super easy to create with button blanks and yet another customizable template from our collection.
Now you’ve got everything you need for your own The Amazing Race party!
But you know Jo… she wanted just a little more. She decided that the race teams needed some way to identify themselves, so she picked up some inexpensive, brightly-colored hats from Oriental Trading Company that the teams could wear. T-shirts or bandannas in bright colors would also be a great way to identify the teams.
The prizes for our race were Visa gift cards, which were sure to please the members of the winning team, no matter how young or old they were.
We thought we’d show you some pictures from our The Amazing Race party in Sanibel, which really show the fun that the teams had.
Here are some of the team members counting post office boxes at the Sanibel US Post Office, which was one of the Road Block tasks in our race. Everyone did surprisingly well with the counting and only one team had to count twice.
One of the other tasks in the race had the teams assemble some provided pieces of felt into a design that was shown on a photo. We did this task at Three Crafty Ladies, our favorite craft store on the island. They were pleased as punch to let us work on their table in the store.
The final leg of the race finished up with a task that required one team member to drink a milkshake from Cheeburger, Cheeburger as quickly as possible. Little Jo ended up doing this task for her team, and loved every minute of it, as you can clearly see!
If you have an Amazing Race party and have any clue ideas to share, please tell us about it in the comments. We’d love to hear from the racers out there!
Visit our whole collection of The Amazing Race party ideas to make your event as authentic as you can.
- Amazing Race party for kids – Sample clues for a quick and easy outdoor race geared for kids
- Make an Amazing Race clue box – A great way to present clues for your racers.
- Make an Amazing Race Pit Stop mat and fanny packs – Learn how to customize packs for race gear and a paint mat for racers to jump on when they check in.