How to Throw a Science Themed Birthday Party

How to Throw a Science Themed Birthday Party can be downright fun if given enough ideas.  Of all the Themed Birthday Parties they could pick, my twins chose a science party for their 7th birthday.  I’m pretty sure they thought we were going to blow stuff up, which factored into their decision.  We did make diet coke explode, we made snow, played with magnets, did an experiment with milk and food coloring and even learned about astronomy, geology and physics.  Plus, we had time to eat and open presents.  So, if you are wanting to throw a Science Themed Party, this post should give you plenty of ideas to get you started!

Science Themed Birthday Party

Invitation

The super duper cute FREE printable invitation came from Living Locurto.  I just downloaded the printables and then adhered a sticker back to the “Open with Caution” printables to seal the invitations shut.  Interestingly enough, I mailed 15 invitations, and 3 were returned saying that they needed more postage.  I can’t figure out why.  They aren’t large or bulky.

Decorations

Science Themed Birthday Party

For decorations, I had Tricia-Rennea design a Science Printable pack which included two banners, water bottle wrappers, cupcake toppers, place cards, science paper background and caution squares.

You can order the same set from her here for $12.95.   I also ordered a few pipettes, graduated cylinders and test tubes from American Science & Surplus.  They have great prices for the science materials and ship quickly, too.

Experiments

Science Themed Birthday Party

I found  most of the ideas for experiments on the Muddy Princess Blog.  She threw a Science Party for her son and had lots of fun experiments and great ideas!

Science Themed Birthday Party

Each child was given a clipboard and pen to begin the experiments (they each took them home after the party, too).  Every scientist needs a clipboard, right?  I found mine at Walmart for just over $1.00 each.

Science Themed Birthday Party

Then, each child had to scan their hand in order to enter the lab.

Next they were given a little instruction, separated into groups and then sent off to their experiment stations.

Science Themed Birthday Party

Color Symphony Experiment – This experiment uses milk, food coloring and liquid soap.  The kids loved this experiment because the use of food coloring was fun and the end result was unexpected!

Science Themed Birthday Party

Drops on a Penny –  This experiment was a hit because the kids got their very own plastic pipette and they had to “hypothesize” how many drops of water their penny would hold.  After they made their guess, they “piped” drops of water onto their penny and got to see how close they were to their hypothesis.

Science Themed Birthday Party

Magnet Fun – For the magnet station I ordered donut magnets for the kids and let them experiment with different magnetic objects.  They had the opportunity to draw different objects provided and write whether or not they had a magnetic pull.

Science Themed Birthday Party

Space Station – For the station devoted the the study of space, I set out a bunch of books on constellations and planets as well as black construction paper and chalk.  I asked the children to look through the books and then draw a picture of their favorite planet or constellation.

Science Themed Birthday Party

Making Snow – Probably the most popular experiment involved making snow.  I bought fake snow at the drug store and let each child make their own cup of snow. All they had to do was add water so it was super simple, but they LOVED it.

Science Themed Birthday Party

Physics – Each child learned about physics in the bounce house.  What better way to learn that what comes up must come down than in a bouncer?

Cake & Cupcakes

Science Themed Birthday Party

Science Themed Birthday Party

I’m convinced that kids don’t care what the cake and cupcakes look like as long as they get one.  So, this year I baked a 4 layer cake (alternating layers, white and chocolate) and Jeff decorated it.  I now know why people buy cakes from bakeries.  They are a lot of work.  The cake was moist though, and I thought the custom science theme decoration looked suberb.  {{wink}}

Food

Science Themed Birthday Party

We served pizza and fruit for lunch and had fun snacks like Ozone Oranges, Constellation Crackers, and Nerds in test tubes.

Party Favors

science party

The party favors were one of my favorite parts of the party.  Each child took home their clip board, pen, and their bag which contained:

  • a movie sized box of candy
  • marbles
  • a pipette of “snow”
  • magnet (used in magnet experiment)
The kids really seemed to enjoy themselves, and parents told me afterwards that their kids said it was tons of fun.  I think that it helped that there was a bounce house so that they got to work off some energy as well as do experiments so it wasn’t too “school-like” a party.  I thought it was a really fun theme!

And that’s How to Throw a Science Themed Birthday Party.

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How to Throw a Wizard of Oz Party

How to Throw a Wizard of Oz Party can be downright enjoyable if given enough ideas.  My sister loves to throw Themed Birthday Parties and her Wizard of Oz party turned out to be another fabulous one, full of Ruby Red goodness.  If you are wanting to throw a Wizard of Oz party, this post should give you plenty of ideas to get you started! Just follow the Yellow Brick Road…

Invitation

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The darling gingham and silhouette party invitation, banners, welcome sign, cake and cupcake toppers and thank you tags were purchased from TomKat Studio.  If you love the Dorothy pillowcase dress you can purchase one from PJ Quilts.

Decorations

The yellow brick road was made from a roll of yellow plastic table cloth from Party City.  Using a black Sharpie and ruler the brick pattern was drawn.  The ‘Follow the Yellow Brick Road’ sign was as image copied from google images and the text was inserted.

Centerpieces

The centerpieces were simple and easy.  She splurged and purchased blue gingham fabric from Hobby Lobby using her 40% off coupon.  They ended up costing around $18.  Not bad when you consider that she can reuse them again.  My sister borrowed mason jars from me, tied grosgrain ribbon around the lip and added fresh sunflowers and babies breath.  She also made paper pinwheels and attached them to pencils.  The tin man hats were funnels purchased from Home Depot and spray painted silver.  Easy peasy.  The ‘OZ’ letters were purchased from Hobby Lobby and painted a kelly green.  Green glitter was added for a finishing touch.

Cake

The rainbow layered birthday cake was definitely a labor of love.  She spent all day making the cake from scratch.  When it was time to cut the cake the birthday girl wouldn’t even try it.  Boo!  She was only interested in her ‘purple’ cupcakes.  Mom forgot to make a layer of purple in her cake so she made it up to her by making her purple cupcakes.

Extra Touches & Party Favors

And that’s How to Throw a Wizard of Oz Party.

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How to Throw an Alice in Wonderland Themed Party {tea party}

Themed Birthday Parties are so much fun, and my sister threw another excellent one, her best one yet.  If you are wanting to throw an Alice in Wonderland, tea inspired party, this post should give you plenty of ideas to get you started!

Invitation

1.  First up, the invitation:  the invitations were a Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland Custom Birthday Invitation digital file from November Blue Designs.

Decorations

Alice in Wonderland Party

2.  The decorations were amazing, and I’m not just saying that because my sister has a gift for throwing fantastic parties and because I helped set out the decorations.  The thing I loved best about them is that most of them were repurposed or recycled!

heart book banner

3. Banner/Bunting

  • The banners were made with pages of an old book, colored card stock, doilies and twine.  The hearts were made from 12 x 12″ card stock and old book pages.  Simply cut the paper into 1″ wide strips measuring 4″, 8″, 10″ and 12″ in length.  You can attach the hearts with double sided tape or a stapler.  Follow this detailed tutorial here.  The doily banner was so easy you don’t need a tutorial.  Purchase a pack of doilies from the $1 store, fold the doilies in half, add the strand of twine in the crease, and glue them together.
4.  Table Decorations:  the tea table was my absolute favorite.   Two long rectangular tables were put together and then covered with mis-matched lace table cloths, clocks, books, doilies, candle sticks, and the like.  The serving tea pots and china were mis matched as well.  Wondering about the chairs?  Totally mismatched. It was perfection.

Table Setting

5. Food.  The food was exactly what you’d expect at a tea party;  finger sandwiches, scones and tea, and the food didn’t disappoint.  It was delicious!

  • Tea Sandwiches {cucumber & dill, chicken salad, and turkey & cheese}
  • Fruit Skewers
  • Blueberry Scones with Lemon Glaze
  • Herbal Tea & Lemonade
  • Cupcakes with Printable Toppers
  • Cake Pops

Extra Touches

6. Empty Frames Photo “Center”! Rachelle painted different sized “old” frames and then set up a backdrop for some fun photo opps!  She even took things a step further and made props to add to the fun!

7.  ”This Way, That Way” sign:  a signature Alice in Wonderland piece, this sign was a hit at the party.  The kids love reading the sign and posing by it for the perfect picture!

Games

Croquet cards

8.  Croquet – Because you know that an Alice in Wonderland Party wouldn’t be complete without croquet.  Aren’t the pink flamingo’s fabulous?  They were from Target’s $1 bin area.  The big playing cards are from a local party store.

And that’s How to Throw an Alice in Wonderland Themed Tea Party.

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How to Throw a Circus Themed Party

The Twins turned 6 a few weeks ago and to celebrate the big day we threw them a Circus Themed Birthday Party.

At first the birthday party plan was to have a low key party lacking any theme.  But then I found the cutest Free Circus Party Printable Invitation and I couldn’t resist making the no-theme party themed.  I JUST HAD TO.

And then I found these Free Circus Cake and Cupcake Topper Printables and I had to have them as well….

Then, Jeff decided to build concession stands and game booths (I know!  Amazing, right?).  He went to Home Depot, came home with wood and spray paint and the next thing I knew we had these amazing props.

He put me in charge of the lettering for the signs.  I found this site with  Free Circus Fonts (I used the URWWood Typ D), downloaded the one I wanted and then enlarged the letters, printed them out on card stock, cut out each individual letter and then laminated.

Before we decided to go all out for the party I made this birthday banner.  In hindsight, I so wish I had thought to download the circus font before I made it….

We rented a bounce house, a popcorn stand and a cotton candy machine.  Score!

Should you ever decide to throw a Circus themed party, you MUST have cotton candy.  It was the hit of the party.

Of course, no Circus themed party is complete without a clown cut-out photo thingy!  Jeff made this too.  {I know.  He’s so talented!}

Every party requires a cake….

Some candy…..

And Games……{we had a coin toss, musical chairs, fast ball and darts}  Don’t forget the tickets to win on games to pay for food!

Oh, and parents crazy enough to attempt to pull it off.

Last but not least, find yourself a sister to photograph the event because I can guarantee you’ll be too busy to remember to capture the memories on film!

And that’s How to Throw a Circus Themed Party.

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