If you are just finding this post, I wanted to let you know that this is the second posting in planning, organizing and carrying out my husband’s 40th birthday “Survivor” themed party.  If you would like to read the first one, how I created the invite, please click here.

After setting the date and designing the invite, came my very own challenge
of creating and organizing the Survioior challenges. I’m sure you have seen the
TV show. The challenges are interesting, fun and competitive.

I racked my brain and turned to the Internet for ideas. I scoured the Internet looking for games to purchase. I came up empty handed. So, I knew that I was on my own and each would have to be created by myself. Here is my challenge listing, the rules and way I plan on setting everything up.

First, I needed a way to keep me on task and a way for our guests to see the
upcoming challenges. I found our over-sized dry erase board in the basement and decided this would be the perfect place to list the challenges. It is large, spacious and wouldn’t cost me any additional money or time to prepare. It also serves as a place to record the winning team of each challenge, an added bonus.

Picking Teams:

Chose two team captains. Seek out two people that are the most competitive or
the physically strongest party guests. The team captains will take turns picking
teams, school yard style. If you end up with an extra person, the extra person
gets to pick the team of their choice to belong to. Give each team member a
cloth strip for a team arm band or headband. (I cut strips out of old bed sheets
in the two team matching colors.)

 If you prefer, you can purchase bandanna’s:

Navy Blue Paisley Bandanas - Dozen Packed 22x22Bandanas by the Dozen (12 units per pack, 100% cotton) [Pink Paisley]Turquoise Paisley Bandanas - Dozen Packed - Single Sided 22x22

 

Challenge #1:
Challenge Name For Board: Artsy Fartsy

 Materials and Set Up:

Before challenge day, cut out a piece of material or canvas in rectangular
shape. Before guests arrive, select a spot on opposite ends of the yard and set
out a team flag. Set out an assortment of paints, brushes and markers for each
flag.

To Play:

Have each team return to their team flag. The challenge is for each team to
chose a team name and create a flag. They have 10 minutes to come up with a team name and create the flag using assorted paints, brushes and markers.

Give warnings at 5 min and 1 min intervals. Our daughter will judge this event.

 

Challenge #2: Challenge Name For Board: Match Game

To Make The Game:

Gather 30 pieces of wood. Locate 15 matching pairs of tribal-inspired images
or use my pattern Survivor Match Game.

Glue the tribal images onto the wood blocks. Use a handheld torch to burn the edges and yellow some of the paper to give them aged look. Then brush them with Mod Podge to seal them.

Set Up Before Guests Arrive:

Place each wooden piece into a small bag (I used these) and scatter the bags randomly around the yard. You can tie them in trees, swingsets, fences or just set them in the grass.

To Play:
Using a medium size bag, place two rocks in it, one black and one white. Each team captain reaches into the bag at the same time and pulls out a rock. The team that pulls out the black rock, chooses if they want to go first or second. First team sends one team member out into the yard to chose two bags and brings them back to the team. They open the bag and show everyone the pieces. If they match, the team keeps them. If not, they return the pieces to the yard. Then the following team tries. Yes, the other team does see the pieces and where the pieces go back. Everyone does. So, choosing the order in which your team retrieves the pieces could be the key to the game. It becomes a large scale memory game. The team with most pairs at the end, wins.

Party supplies:

Pack of Twelve 16oz Coconut CupsInflatable /Inflate PALM TREE Cooler - Great for Luau or Pool PartyHOME BARTENDING - 101 TROPICAL DRINKS

Challenge #3: Challenge Name For Board: Wet T-Shirt Contest

Materials:
2 T-shirts, one in each team color. 4 buckets.

To Play:
Each team is given a T-shirt in their team color and a 1 bucket full of water
on the starting line. 25 yards away, directly across from the filled water
bucket, is another, empty bucket.Each team lines up behind their water bucket. On go, the first person in line soaks up as much water in the t-shirt as they can and runs down and rings out their t-shirt into the empty bucket. They then run back and hand the t-shirt off to the next team member in line, who does the same thing. First team to overflow their bucket wins.


Challenge #4: Challenge Name For Board: Hot Shot Challenge

Materials and Set Up:

Make or purchase 2 old-fashioned slingshots
2 bags of marbles
Clay pigeons in assorted sizes (located in sporting goods section used to shoot trap)
2 team colored paints
(3) 6 foot boards
Hot glue gun
Hot
glue sticks

My two team colors are green and black,  So, I needed to paint 12 of both team’s clay pigeons. After the “targets” are painted, space them out evenly, by hot gluing them to 2×4 lumber or similar wooden structure and rotate the colored targets.

In our case, we had some old cedar fence boards sitting around, so I attached
the targets to them with hot glue. I decided to attach the cedar fence boards
across our backyard fence. However, you could build a frame or use
ladders.

Items Purchased:

Fabricas Selectas New Generation CanisterBeeman 3027 Classic II SlingshotMidwest Target Company OD90PK Orange Clay Targets - 90 Count

 

To Play:

Team members take turns shooting at the opposite team member’s colored
targets using the sling shot loaded with marbles. The objective of the game is
to break the other teams targets. The team with the last target standing, is the
winner.

Break Time. Time To Eat and get some refreshments! I will do a seperate
posting on the food.  Look for it to follow this posting.

After eating the teams assemble again. If additional guests wandered in and
want to play the last two games, assign them a team.

 

Blind Mice Challenge #5:

Gather 60 balls, 20 of each team color and 20 red distractor balls.
I purchased the 100 Bestway Plastic Balls. They were cheap and came
in assorted colors. After we are finished with them, they will be cleaned up and
given to my sister for my twin nieces to put into their playpen a few months
down the line.

Scattered the balls in one section of the yard. Each team picks one caller
and lineup their team members according to who they would like to go
first.

Blindfold the first team member of each team. The team caller stands by their bucket. The caller directs the blindfolded team member to locate one ball in their team color and return it to their team bucket. They can then take off the blindfold and past it to the next team member.

It gets a little tricky because the blindfolded team members try and pick up
the other teams balls or the distractor balls.  Which, adds to the fun.  The caller is yelling, “No, not your ball.  Drop it.”

Items Purchased:

100 Bestway Plastic BallsDream Essentials Snooz Silky Soft Eye Mask - Black5 Gallon Bucket

 

Challenge #6: Challenge Name For Board: Big Foot
Challenge:

Materials:
Plywood
Heavy elastic
Small bags
Card board
Glue
Scissors
Image
Ribbon
Mat

To Make The Game:

Cut out two pairs of giant feet out of wood. Attach heavy duty straps to them
so the team members can slide their feet in them.

Print out any image. You can download and print my blank pattern —> Survivior Puzzle Pattern.  I printed out my husband’s logo, glued it to a board, Mod Podge  the logo and then had me cut out tiles from the logo.

To Play:

Have the teams decide who will be the runners and one or two people to be the
puzzle solvers. Line up the runners for the team on the start line. The solvers
will stay at the puzzle solving table and wait for all the teams members to
retrieve their pieces.

Have the first person for each team slide on their big feet.  On go, have the
first member of each team run to one of the trees, untie a team, color coated
bag and race back to their team mat and drop the bag. Once they cross the finish
line and drop the pieces on the mat, they exchange feet with the next person in
line.  Continue until all bags are retrieved.

After the last person has retrieved their bag, the puzzle challenge begins.
The person or people working on the puzzle run over to the mat and pick up all
the bags and returns them to their solving table. They quickly untie the bags
and dump out the pieces to begin solving the puzzle.

First team to solve the puzzle wins.

Hope these Survivor themed party challenges gave you an idea where to start planning.