Father’s Day is one of my favorite holidays because I get to celebrate the most important man in my life, my Husband. Every year I plan a little party for him with his favorite treats and food. We spend the day watching movies and hanging out. It’s one of the few days he gets to lay back and do nothing.
If you have seen our previous Father’s Day parties, you will see that my husband is a movie lover. Last year we celebrated with a quirky Nacho Libre party, this year we decided on an Indiana Jones inspired party. Indiana Jones is one of our all time favorite franchises, so this party was a blast to create. Luckily, I have a large inventory of party props from previous parties so I was able to gather everything I needed for a last minute shindig. Inspired by the movies, I created a treat table with an eclectic collection from Indy’s adventures. I wanted to create a glimpse of what Indy’s study would look like had he kept his treasures.
Starting with the backdrop, I found the canvas map at Hobby Lobby on clearance a couple of months ago. I purchased it for a Pirate party i’m planning later this year, but with a few printed and hand cut Indy inspired letters, I had the perfect backdrop for our party.
Of course, we can’t have an Indiana Jones party without Indy! My youngest son loves Indy and like all little boys, loves to dress up, so he was a natural fit for our main character.
We raided the house and collected all our candle holders, a paper weight, our rock lamp (for the stones from the Temple of Doom) and my son’s pocket watch. Placed everything on some upside down crates and added a little netting for texture. I found a wooden goblet several years ago at a yard sale and it made the perfect Holy Grail.
“That belongs in a Museum!” A little gold spray paint and a decorative cross makes the perfect cross from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
I also reused the large book that I used in our Safari party and Knights and Dragons party.
“Snakes. Why’d it have to be snakes?” This pose-able King Cobra was a great touch!
Scorpions and spiders fossil cookies, the perfect combination for archaeologist Dr. Jones and the many insects he encounters in the Temple of Doom and Raiders of the Last Ark. Inspired by Martha Stewart’s fossil cookies, I made these with my favorite peanut butter cookie recipe and some plastic bugs from our Halloween stash.
To showcase Indy’s collection, I set up a ladder shelf and gathered decor from my Halloween and party decor stash.
I made a quick trip to Michaels and found this awesome wooden map on sale that fit perfectly on the shelf and made a great place to hang Indy’s hat.
If these props look familiar, you have seen them in my Steampunk Party, I love it when I can reuse party decor for entirely different themes!
Using my Sizzix Big Shot, I created suitcase treat boxes, luggage tags, cupcake toppers and a banner for the front of the table. (Tutorials coming soon!)
My boys were a huge help in styling this party. They dug up Dad’s Excalibur sword and our Skeleton for the Last Crusader from the Last Crusade and our Halloween mummy for the Raiders of the Lost Ark.
My little man had so much fun getting into character!
I made a big batch of his favorite BBQ, Teriyaki and Buffalo wings and we ate, laughed and watched a couple of movies. It was a great day celebrating a wonderful husband and father!
I hope you enjoy seeing our little shindig and I hope you are inspired to create an Indiana Jones party for your favorite guy!
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AMAZE BALLS awesome. Those fossil cookies. OMG
Thank you Laura!
Where did you find the fertility god?
Found it on Amazon. 🙂
I’m obsessed with this party! My dad and I love Indiana Jones. I’m definitely going to have to use some of these ideas 🙂