Sunday, November 7, 2010

Science Party- part 1


Harris's science party was a blast! Harris was in his element (forgive me but it had to be said) and I'm fairly sure that Bryce, aka Dr. Dad, enjoyed it as much as any of the children! It was also special that his Gran, Grandpa Al and Grandma were in attendance as well as his Aunt Jeni and Uncle Bill! I'm going to break up the party into two posts- tomorrow I'll share our experiments.

Bryce lead all of the experiments at the party much to Harris' delight. Marilyn made Bryce and Harris matching bow ties.


Each child was given a "lab" coat, safety goggles and a name tag when they got to the party (all of which they took home). Since it was cost prohibitive to buy 6 real lab coats I made them out of men's undershirts. I cut straight up the middle of the shirt and Marilyn stitched back a collar for them. I was a little flummoxed at first because all but one of the boys declined to put on their lab coats when they first arrived. However, Bryce started the party by giving a speech on lab safety and they all were all soon eager to dress the part!


One of my favorite parts of planning my children's birthday parties is the cake and the food. This year we kept it simple but fun! Harris's Periodic Table of the Elements of Harris was the perfect backdrop for the food!


Bryce and I made the flask cake from Family Fun magazine. (It was my first from scratch gluten free cake and I don't think anyone could really tell the difference!)


We also served petri dishes filled with gummi worms and jello. Totally gross looking but perfect.


Cantaloupe balls were meant to resemble a molecule of water. I feel sure that every one of the five year old boys understood and appreciated that touch!


Decorated science cookies were given to children to take home. I finally feel like I got the whole "flow" technique of icing cookies. It was fun to use sprinkles and balls to look like bubbling concoctions.


We marked clear glasses to look like beakers and served toxic juice! I even pulled out my never used and neglected fat separator to use as a pitcher because I thought it looked like lab equipment!


My next post will be all about the fun science experiments the children did!






28 comments:

  1. All the details are perfect...love all of it!

    kelly

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  2. what a great party! You did such an awesome job - even down to the cantaloupe molecules! love it!

    hugs! Kim @ Party Frosting!
    party inspiration

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  3. What a great party! Love the lab coats, matching bow ties and the cake looks marvelous! The cookies look lovely and colourful too! As always you have thought of every detail, even down to the fruit molecules!!! hehe Can't wait to see the experiments.

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  4. Seriously impressive! Great job!!!!

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  5. Magnificent, as always! Love every detail, and there are so many! Your cookies turned out beautiful as did your cake. Please adopt me...

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  6. Are you kiddin me? YOU are OUT OF THIS WORLD WONDERFUL!!! What memories! What creativity! What joy! I wish I was a kid again just so I could come to a party like this!!!!!!!

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  7. I love all the details. So imaginative. Just think about what those boys were saying when they got home!

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  8. I have been dying to throw a science party. Your ideas were so creative and inspiring. I have added them to my idea file. ; ) Like you, I was an elementary school teacher and am now home with my 3 little ones. I loved teaching and do miss it sometimes. To keep my foot in the door, I teach a science class at our local Y for 4.5-7 year olds. WE have so much fun. One of my favorite experiments is blowing up a balloon without blowing. You pour about a half a cup of vinegar in a water bottle (@16 fl oz size). Using a funnel you put about 1 tbls of baking soda in a balloon and attach the balloon to the top of the water bottle. The children lift up the balloon so the baking soda falls into the bottle and let go. The gas created by the mixture inflates the balloon. Most of my science activities come from the Usborne Science Activities books. There are 3 volumes and they are wonderful! You should also check out "The Reasons for Seasons" and "Gee, Wiz!" by Allison and Katz. They have fabulous science ideas and I know how much you like quality children's books. ; ) Thanks for always inspiring me.

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  9. NOT ONE SINGLE detail missed!!!!
    NOT one!

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  10. Thanks everyone for your kind comments! And thank you Erin for the book recommendations, I will be sure to check them out!

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  11. I love this party! My son turns five next year that this would be right up his ally. Kudos to you for such a fantastic job!

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  12. This is absolutely adorable! I love it - especially the gummy worms in the petri dishes....cute!

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  13. I just added your party to my site and listed you in my directory! Great ideas!

    http://www.toppartyideas.com/science-party-snack-recipes/

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  15. Love this party! It's fabulous, I hope to try this theme when my kids are a little bit older, thanks for sharing.... I'm featuring it on my blog this Friday.

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  16. This is unbelievable! I love it! Thank you for posting!

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  17. Your party is awesome and I am definitely going to do this for my son's birthday in September!

    My sons are totally into the periodic table right now because of a great book they have been reading. I bet your son would love it too. :-)

    Here's the link.
    http://www.amazon.com/Periodic-Table-Elements-Style/dp/0753460858/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1309228560&sr=8-7

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  18. This is brilliant! My daughter has a birthday in October and I think we may be borrowing your idea. Thank you so much for sharing!!!

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  19. we are having a science party for my daughter next month and this is the only post I've seen with inexpensive, do-it-yourself, awesome ideas! Thank you!

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  20. You did such an amazing job! I can't believe how fun this party looks. I am going to make the cookies for my brother in-law for his birthday. He is a micro-biologist. Thanks!

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  21. I saw this copy cat party all over pinterest and I just wanted to give credit to you- the original. Well done.

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  24. I'm a scientist, author, and all around science geek. Hat's off to you on a fantastic party! Super creative, fun, and educational. Nice job!
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  25. This is an amazing idea! I love the birthday cake especially, and all the personalized lab coats and safety goggles. So awesome!

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