And then birthday time rolls around and I just have too many good ideas for a party. :) I threw them a Science Birthday Party this year. I was reminded of my idea to throw them a science party (it was in the running for last year's theme) when I came across fun little science-y things (like safety goggles and test tubes) in the dollar section at Target. I love the dollar section at Target, don't you? So, I broke my rule (again) and told my boys that they could only invite a few friends each and that this was going to be a simple, cheap party. And, it was. I love parties that are cute, but also easy and inexpensive.
A science party is a perfect party theme for this age. They're at such a fun age--they're so excited about everything. They're Cub Scouts and love doing fun scout things like building and experimenting. They were super excited about getting to do some science experiments with their friends.
In keeping with the must-be-easy rule, I didn't start from scratch. For invitations, I used these adorable printable invitations from Living Locurto.
The favor bags contained the safety goggles and test tubes from Target, some gloves, Nerds (because scientists are nerdy, right?), and glow-in-the-dark slime!
For the slime (which we made at the party, in addition to the ones I put together before hand), I used this "recipe" at Science Bob. I love Science Bob! There are so many fun experiments there. I added some glow-in-the dark paint to make it glow in the dark (though I'm not sure if it worked...). I made my own labels, too.
I packaged the favors in white lunch sacks, with Living Locurto's caution stickers.
I went with basic cupcakes, with orange frosting to match the decor. I pre-scooped the ice cream into cupcake liners, so I didn't have to scoop at the party. Such an awesome idea, courtesy of Real Simple.
The only decorations were the yellow tablecloth and "The Lab" poster that I whipped up by printing out words and clipart and gluing to a piece of poster board.
The supplies for the experiments kind of worked with the color scheme, though.
The experiments (demonstrations, really) were a huge hit with the kids, even with the kids who came in saying they'd be boring. The Oobleck was a huge hit.
The fireworks in a jar were pretty fun, too.
My personal favorite was the one where we blew up a balloon with a bottle. It's the same vinegar and baking soda experiment as the old volcano eruption project (did you do that one in 5th grade like I did?), except without the mess.
It was a fun (and inexpensive--I only spent about $15) party. And, of course, my favorite part was when one of the party guests told me it was the best birthday party he'd ever been to in his whole life. :)