real parties: scientist part I

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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.

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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!

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

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

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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.

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

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and more cupcakes…

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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,

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bagged with our cello toppers.

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As for the dessert table,

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there was a choice of three ice cream flavors,

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

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

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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.

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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

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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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science party peek

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We had such a fabulous time this weekend with my son’s science birthday party! I got numerous hugs (we’re huggers) and “love you mom”s… it was great.

I have lots and lots of details to share, but I need a few days to organize it all. Until then, here’s a shot of the kids working with one of four experiments.

Happy Monday everyone!

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science party prep

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I’ve been so busy over the past few weeks launching new collections (candy corn, harvest and spooked pumpkin) that I’ve not had time to post about all the fun things we have planned for my oldest son’s sixth birthday this weekend, a science birthday party! For those who stop in often, you’ve likely read me ramble on about how much he loves science (and how my youngest loves dinosaurs). Well being me, we just had to create something unique to celebrate his big day. Plus, I love the idea of an educational birthday party!

So if you’ve not seen it yet, check out the science collection storyboard that I posted a few weeks ago and then take a look at these darling bubbling beaker cookies,

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periodic table cookies (I love the Helium one!),

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and yep, our cupcake printable designs in these beautiful rounds. Sue (and team) of Sweet Tooth Cottage hand decorated each of these lovely cookies and I couldn’t be more pleased with how perfect they are. And these are just pics inside the bakers box; wait until you see them in our cello toppers! And when we start shipping them they will be packaged and sealed in 4″ cello bags which are a perfect fit for our custom cello toppers… did I just write that…  hmmm… well I’ve been dying to tell you and so now I’ve let the secret out. A much more formal announcement with all the details will be coming closer to the end of the month, but until then, just imagine a yummy soft butter cookie that will melt in your mouth and match your table perfectly!

Happy Friday everyone and much, much more to come next week on the party including table decor, crafts, science experiments, and oh, yes, more goodies!

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sneak peek: science collection

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I’ve mentioned on facebook that we’re creating a new science birthday party collection for my oldest son’s sixth birthday party in a few weeks. Here’s a little peek at the invite, which is already available in the shoppe, and just a few of the printables that will be available soon. From left to right: favor tag, placecard, banner (one of two), beverage wrapper (one of two) and straw slip (one of six). 

I also have some very exciting news to share about this collection, which I’m officially not allowed to talk about yet. But I know how much everyone loves suspense so I thought I would throw it out there. {sneaky giggle}

I’ll share more details as the party gets closer and if you’re interested in the printables before they’re available in the shoppe, just shoot us an e-mail at customercare@celebrationshoppe.com.

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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real parties: science experiment

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I mentioned in my “rock star” collection post on Wednesday that my oldest was leaning heavily toward having a science experiment birthday party this year. Jennifer Cronk, a super creative mom, sent me pictures of the party she hosted for her six year old son Conner last fall. Loving this cake!

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She greeted all of her guests with goggles and lab coats and set them on a journey of scientific exploration with a multitude of stations set up for all types of cool bubbling and messy experiments!

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These are just a few: Rocket Launch, Slime, Bottle of Foam. What a blast, pun intended, these kids must have had. {wink}

Thanks so much Jennifer for sharing. You’ve inspired me! Have a great weekend everyone!

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science birthday party

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My oldest is obsessed with science. Yep, he’s five and has been certain about his “profession to be” for almost a year now. So you can imagine how excited I was to see such a colorful science birthday party display in this month’s issue of Parents magazine.

They recycled Dad’s old dress shirts into lab coats and dressed them up a bit with safely goggles, rubber gloves and an ”official” scientist name tag to complete the look.

And I simply love they way they set up a make-your-own sundae station by filling plastic graduated cylinders and petri dishes with candy, cake, and cereal using tongs, measuring cups, and funnels as scoops. My guy would love this!

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I can imagine the mess, but how cool to use food coloring to tint one glass of water yellow and another blue, then have kids use a dropper to race to mix up a third cup of green water. Fun!

And what about these favors: jumbo plastic test tubes filled with rock-candy crystals. I found the test tubes at Oriental Trading.Yum!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! And make sure you stop in the shoppe to create your own party with our science birthday party supplies!

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