Scooby Doo birthday party
A friend of ours had a Scooby Doo-themed birthday party for her 4-year-old son recently, and I jumped right in to help with party details. Kids’ parties are so fun to plan, and I love Scooby Doo, so it was easy to find inspiration. I thought I’d share the details of what we did for the party with you in case you are also looking for Scooby Doo birthday party ideas.
First up was the invitation. These were part of a big set of Scooby Doo Party Printables we found on Etsy. This fun, folding invitation looks like Scooby’s face on the front, and opens up to a Mystery Machine-inspired insert with party details. I just love how the ears pop up, don’t you? The envelopes were sealed with a sticker of Scooby’s dog tag, which is something that shows up throughout the whole party.
And remember those fleece messenger bags I told you about a few days ago? I ended up making eight of them. I just love how they came out, and the collars and tags crack me up every time I see them.
The bags were to be “inspector kits” for the kids, so they could solve any mysteries that happened to crop up during the party. We got all sorts of fun little toys at Oriental Trading Company to fill the bags, including a notepad and pen for writing down clues.
A compass, magnifying glass, and flashlight were there to help the kids in their searches, and a pair of disguise glasses were just in case they needed to be stealthy. So fun!
Speaking of mysteries, we set up a mystery hunt game for the kids. Scooby had been taken, and they had to find him! Fortunately, there was a clue that led them to another, and another, until they finally found a giant inflatable Scooby Doo in the garage. I wrote the clues on giant paw print cards from the printables set. Oh my goodness, watching those kids run around the house with their magnifying glasses was hysterical.
For favor bags, we used printable Scooby Doo faces to decorate ordinary brown paper lunch bags. Instant Scooby! We filled the bags with things like candy, small toys, and lots of Scooby Snacks, both purchased and homemade.
We also printed up some tiny Mystery Machine favor boxes and filled them with M&Ms.
I picked up some inexpensive bubbles in coordinating colors and replaced the labels with the printable cutlery wraps, which fit perfectly!
We filled the popcorn boxes with cheese balls, a snack we chose more for the coordinating color than anything else.
The water bottle wraps from the set also worked great for soda bottles.
Our bright green paper straws were even more festive when we added coordinating straw flags featuring favorite Scooby Doo phrases.
And bowls full of Scooby Snacks were an absolute must.
We made the kids necklaces that looked like Scooby’s collar by adding the printable dog tags to some blue ribbon. They loved them!