Every year we start planning for the birthday parties months in advance. I realize that it would be much easier to just forget about it until a couple of weeks ahead of time and then plan like crazy. But I don’t work that way. It’s a disease. We talk about it and try to come up with cool ideas and then I hunt for great deals. It’s nice because with so much time I can do that. I can surf the internet and find ideas and look for bargains. Everyone likes a bargain, right?
So my son wanted a Mad Scientist Party. Hmmm… How am I going to do that? So I surfed and found some great ideas over at Homemade Mamas. It inspired me. So we planned and planned and planned.
I’m doing this post in two parts because there is way too much to put in just one. We had too much fun and the party was a HUGE success. The look on my son’s face was well worth the time and energy!
I bought test tubes and petri dishes here. There are tons of sites out there and they are pretty cheap. (Oh yeah, and they are plastic!) We filled the test tubes with skittles and some with skull candy.
I made glow in the dark jello and put it in the petri dishes. Yep, you heard me right… glow in the dark! It’s so cool. Just make jello the normal way but instead of water use tonic water. The kids loved it! Before it set up we added a gummy worm. What do you think?
The goodies bags were a ton of fun to do. Inside were Nerds, gummy frogs, fizzy soda candy, and a magnifying glass. When the party was over each child got to take a test tube and a petri dish also. And then there were all of our experiments that we did. They got to take all of them home as well. (Atomic slime, fake snow and magic worms. You’ll see more about these in part 2.) I made the stickers myself (super easy) and the magnifying glasses were 3 for $1 at the Dollar Store. Pretty good deal!
I made a jello centerpiece to look like a science experiment. It didn’t turn out as well as I had hoped but the kids thought it was super gross (which was what I was going for.) I just made lime jello in a serving bowl and added lots of gummy worms and bugs. They gobbled it up!
Make sure to come back and check out part 2 with all of the cool experiments that we did.