real parties: scientist part I


My son Alex has been in love with science for almost two years now. When we go to the library each week he heads directly to the science section with a basket… and comes back dragging it. I’ve read him books on astronomy, plant life, electricity, and probably hundreds on animals… although I could have skipped some of the worm and spider ones {skin crawling}. Not my faves!

So when it came time to create a new birthday party collection (science party invitations, science thank you notes, printable science party supplies) for his sixth birthday, there was really no question as to what the theme would be. He wanted bubbling beakers, colorful test tubes and the wardrobe piece that every scientist must have, a lab coat (purchase from our partners at Sew Jewell)!

We took so many pictures that I’m going to break it into a few posts so it doesn’t crash your computer {wink}:

My little guy really wants his own lab. And since it’s going to be top secret I can’t share all the detailed plans with you… and I promise you, there ARE drawings, but I can tell you that it requires you scan your hand to enter. I mean we can’t just let any old riff raff in, right?! So with this in mind our guests were greeted with signs directing them to our backyard and requesting they scan their right hand to enter. I’ll share the signs with you in the craft post, part III.


In our backyard, under the pergola, we created our lab, complete with experiments, test tubes, lab coats and of course goggles. I’ll share all the details of the lab and the experiments in the science experiment post, part II, but I can’t resist sharing one more picture of my little scientist now! He was so happy. I got tons of “I love you Mom” whispers. It was truly a perfect day!


While the parents watched on, and some helped out with the younger scientists {thanks you guys!}, they sipped yummy H2O,


or soda, labeled appropriately “Warning: May Bubble, Pop & Fizz!”


And after the kids poured, mixed and tested all the experiments we took them inside to a “experiment station” aka an ice cream bar where they could test toppings including M&Ms, Snickers, peanut butter chips and even gummy worms, until their little hearts were content.


Not only did we serve ice cream, but of course cupcakes,


and more cupcakes…


and cookies! These beautiful hand iced butter cookies are from Sue at Sweet Tooth Cottage (and will be available in the shoppe the week of Oct. 11). The bubbling beakers were my favorite and I even sent them for his class party,


bagged with our cello toppers.


As for the dessert table,


there was a choice of three ice cream flavors,


tons of yummy toppings (M&Ms have been my favorite since childhood… can’t resist them!),


and several serving options including waffle cones displayed in these springy shaved ice stands.


I flanked both sides of the cookie tier with white shelves filled with science related items including paper mache books (the table pic above was taken before all the props were out) that I painted and embellished with “Biology,” “Astronomy” and “Chemistry.” I’ll show those to you in the craft post too.


And to fun it up a bit more, I hung large 3-D (separated by foam adhesive squares) beakers from the ceiling above the dessert table. There are three shapes in the collection. The green and blue above


and this orange one. Hope you’re enjoying so far, here’s a link to my new science birthday party supplies in the shoppe (science party invitations, science thank you notes, printable science party supplies) and more to come later tonight!

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Kim Byers, creative director & owner of The Celebration Shoppe. Her work has been featured in Parents, Better Homes and Gardens, All You, Pregnancy, iVillage, Huffington Post and many others. Kim is also a contributing writer for Kellogg's Snackpicks and Parade magazine, as well as craft contributor for JoAnn.

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  1. 1 all looks so fabulous! I love the ‘test tubes’ filled with Spree(?) on the shelves. So so cute!

  2. 2

    Love it, adorable

  3. 3

    This is fabulous! So creative and so detailed! I can’t wait to see more!

  4. 4

    Oh my Kim, can I say FABULOUS!!!! enough? I can’t wait for our party, it’s not until next summer though…

  5. 5

    This is such a great party! All the details are fab!!!

  6. 6

    Great party! I have a budding scientist myself. Filing this one away for future reference!

  7. 7

    LOVE IT!!! And the your designs are wonderful as always!

  8. 8

    oh wow! this is too cool!

  9. 9

    everything looks AWESOME!! so fun & colorhul!

  10. 10

    amazing!! my little guy would love this

  11. 11

    Super cute and really well executed. Master crafter!

  12. 12

    Fabulous! I really love this party, so colorful! And the design is super cute!

  13. 13

    I love that your little boy loves science. This party looks like so much fun. Love the colors and tags.

  14. 14

    I am definitely going to make those periodic table cookies for my Hubby for his birthday…he’s a chemistry teacher.

  15. 15

    Adorable Kim! I love parties for boys! Cute colors and great activities!

  16. 16

    Today is National Mole Day (a chemistry holiday), so I made cookies inspired by yours for my husband to take to school for his science classes (yesterday since there’s no school today). He said his kids enjoyed them. Mine are not quite as cute…but I had to make about 150 of them, so I cut some corners. Thanks for the idea!

  17. 17

    i wanted to know where i could get those waffle cone stands from

  18. 18
    Tiffany says:

    Hello, please tell me, where did you get the test tubes and racks? I have search all over the web. Thanks

  19. 19
    Tiffany says:

    Hi, please tell me, where did you get the test tubes and racks, they are so cute. Thanks

  20. 21

    I love your science party!! beautiful… I was wondering where can I get the ice cream cone holders you use in your son’s party. can I get it from your shop?

    • 22

      Monica – I picked those up at Target a few years ago. They were sold with the shaved ice machines. Maybe search Amazon for ice cream cone holders? So glad you liked the party!

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    i love the lab coats. i saw somewhere that grandma made them all?! what a wonderful gramma to do all that sewing! did she use a pattern or alter dress shirts? i want to make a couple for my kids but can’t seem to find a good pattern. I my former life, i was a chemist, so i want something that actually looks like a lab coat!


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