My 12 years old is in love with CSI and wants her birthday party to be a CSI theme. I need some help with ideas for decorations and games.
DJ from Amarillo, TX
I think this will give you a lot of ideas,
It's probably a little late to respond, but what the heck, it might come in handy next year too, or for someone else. Have you seen the CSI board game? Do a net search or check eBay. That might be a fun activity.
Send invitations that look like arrest warrants, or alternatively, promotions to CSI-1 or Lab Tech 1. If you're feeling spunky, go to the dollar store and see if they've got cheap police badges to offer to people who show up. Even spunkier? Ask each kid's mom for their latest school picture, and get them laminated to look like police ID cards (with something on the bottom that says For Entertainment Purposes Only) to hand the kids, along with their badges, as party favors.
Print out a standard ten-card for each party attendee (http://www.crimescene.com/store/ind ... nid=b692f68efaee7d0ee1743ec3a0d4502d -- click on Larger Image and print that out) and have each child fingerprinted when they come into the room, using a stamp pad of washable ink. Offer a box of rubber gloves, which you can get from any drugstore.
See if you can find some inexpensive lab equipment. Give people a beaker or Ehrlenmeyer flask of seltzer or Sprite, then encourage them to use a pipette or buret for adding Torani flavorings or sno-cone flavorings. http://www.indigo.com/glass/glass.html for all sorts of equipment, though it's a bit spendy, but your daughter can later use it for her home chemistry lab.
You might also check out a "my first chemistry set" type of thing, or check a bar supply store for test tubes and holders -- they're popular serving vessels for shots nowadays, and since they're kids, a shot of Coke or Kool-Aid will be even more festive and appropriate than a shot of alcohol. If even that is too much, just serve the drinks in paper or plastic cups, but get one of each -- Ehrlenmeyer flask, beaker, graduated cylinder, and/or pipette -- for adding colors and flavors to seltzers or Sprite.
Play music from "The Who," especially the theme songs from each of the three CSI shows. Better yet, have the CSI theme, "Who Are You?" on a CD attached to your doorbell, so that it plays every time someone arrives. (That'll take some electrical know-how, so be REALLY SURE of what you're doing, or skip it.)
Perhaps try a "host a murder" party, with a CSI slant -- guests have to find forensic clues, not just listen to people's stories to find the culprit. I bet there are even CSI-type host-a-murder party kits out there somewhere, if you look for them.
Maybe ask people to come in costume as either cops, CSIs, victims, witnesses, or murderers. Does anyone in your family or circle of friends (or your daughter, if she's lucky) resemble anyone from CSI or its spinoff shows?
I bet your daughter would flip for her own lab coat...
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