Finally, we used a corner punch to make frillyish corners on the invites. The party will be a scavenger hunt and here is our “rules” list. We played off Sherlocks ability to make others uncomfortable in choosing our activities. I am attaching the whole list here, maybe for some inspiration for a party of your own!
Sherlock’s Favorite Scavenger Hunt
(It really is, he told me so.)
Really important instructions:
Greetings, tiny Sherlock fandomeers and welcome to Sherlock’s favorite scavenger hunt. He does this periodically for his own personal enjoyment—and to make others feel uncomfortable.
Your team leader has been given all of your necessary supplies in addition to the T-shirts you are now wearing. Your kit should include:
· Sidewalk chalk
· Sharpie (pen)
· Scoring pen for leaders
Your team leader will tell you all you need to know on a need-to-know basis. Do NOT peek at the sheet. At every turn your local adult (team leader) will read all your instructions aloud to you. Listen carefully as your score may depend on it.
Following is a list of activities that must be carried out by each team. The more creative your approach, the more points you may score, as given by your leader and approved by Sherlock himself.
Group 1 will do the activities in the order given.
Group 2 will do the activites in reverse, from last to first.
Group 3 is a wild card and can do them in whatever order they like.
____________________THE GAME IS ON!_________________________
Activity 1: The Mourn-stache (pronounce like “stash”)
You must drive to the Vancouver Mall. Enter the mall through Nordstroms. Once inside the mall (leaders, not inside Nordstroms, do this part in the general mall area), your leader will provide you with a Sharpie.
You must either:
a)draw a moustache on your lip just like the one Sherlock wore in The Empty Hearse episode when he pretended to be a French waiter and revealed himself to John.
b)draw a handlebar-style moustache on your finger and hold it under your nose constantly from this point on for the duration of this activity.
Next, everyone must walk to Hot Topic (still wearing your moustaches). Enter the store and select a $1.99 button/pin for purchase. Your leader has money to purchase one button for each person—they will give it to you. You may not tell the employees why you are wearing moustaches until after you purchase the buttons. You must try your best to act very serious while purchasing your buttons; the more serious you are, the more points you get.
Pin your new button to your T-shirt. Take a photo with someone’s phone out in the mall wearing your buttons, shirts and moustaches.
Activitiy 2: Standing Tall
While still in the mall, choose one person to be “the stander.” Walk to the elevator and enter it when you can. Once inside, “the stander” will face the wrong way in the elevator, with their back to the door and facing the people riding in the elevator. You may not reveal that this is a scavenger hunt. The more silent you are, the better.
Once the elevator gets to the ground floor, you may exit normally.
Activity 3: The Autograph
While walking back towards Nordstrom, see if you can convince a nice passerby to autograph your shirt as Sherlock Holmes. You may tell the person that you are doing a scavenger hunt, etc. Your leader will help you choose a suitable adult or teen to sign your shirt. More people with signed shirts=more points.
Activity 4: A Study in Pink
Go back to your car and drive to VSAA (Vancouver School of Arts and Academics). Using your sidewalk chalk, write “RACHE” on the sidewalk somewhere and draw a chalk body outline next to as in a crime scene. Extra points if one person in your group lays down for the outline to be drawn around them.
Activity 5: Sherlock and his arrogance
Each person (one at a time) must climb up onto the “chicken” sculpture in front of VSAA. Standing very tall on the structure, tell the world very loudly that you are the world’s only consulting detective and tell why you are the only one who can solve the most difficult mysteries. Feel free to rip off lines from the show.
Extra points if someone in the group records these speeches with their phone. Extra extra points for hamming it up and not breaking character.
Activity 6: The British Accent
Drive to a local fast food place such as McDonald’s or Burger King. While everyone enters the restaurant, only one person will do this activity. In their best British accent, they must order a small soda. (Your leader has the money for this) Only one soda must be purchased even though there are several people in your group.
Extra points if you can also act like Sherlock. You may tell the employees what you are up to once you purchase the soda. J Your leader will tell you what to do with the drink. You can just toss if it you like to avoid spilling.
Leaders, scoring will be at your discretion on a scale of 1-10 for each activity. You may add additional points for drama, adhering to the game, team cohesion and cooperation and for speed.
Remember, this is for posterity, so be honest.