Mad Scientist Party

by Cate on June 22, 2009

inviteEven though he doesn’t turn 7 until August, a few years ago, we started having Nick‘s “friend birthday party” in June right after school ends.  By August, with summer vacations still in full swing, it’s just too hard.  So this weekend was the weekend.  When we began planning the party a few months ago, he said he wanted something different.  At this age, the kids tend to quickly get in a rut of going to the same places over and over …  bowling party, inflatable jumping party, repeat.  I bit the bullet and said we could have the party here.  But what could we do?  Quickly a Mad Scientist theme unfurled.  I’ve got to say, it was fun planning this, especially since the theme is a little bit different than the usual spate of superheroes and Disney characters.

I knew exactly what I wanted the front of his invitation to look like.  Ever since I first discovered this picture of Einstein years ago, it has been taped to my computer monitor, and I thought it would be perfect for his invitation … once I added the crazy googly eyes, of course.  One mom, after receiving the invitation, said that she kept it turned over on her desk because it was freaking her out a little bit.  Perfect!

I received a referral on a “scienceteller” for the party.  He comes for an hour and spins a tale deeply rooted in science, complete with dry ice and slime experiements to boot.  He had the entire room of kids (and even quite a few adults) rapt with attention for the entire hour.  It was perfect and the kids definitely had a blast, learning in a very sneaky way during the whole thing.  His time and experiments are planned so that each child gets to volunteer and is a part of the action, and that totally made it for them.  He ended it with all the kids making slime to take home.  As I picked little bits of blue sparkly slime off my carpet and pink slime off the bathroom floor, I remembered what a good time the kids, and particularly Nick, had.

Now for the decorations.  The real fun.  I hit the dollar store.  Big time.  Labs are traditionally all sterile and white.  Great for them, but not so much for a little boys’ party, so I wanted to take a little liberty with color.   Using the “chemicals and their combinations can be colorful” mantra to justify it, there was color.  Lots of it.  First, safety goggles for everyone.
safety first

And a special pair for me.
my party glasses

And squishy amoebas and insects.  Love the new use for my cupcake tower?
colorful amoebas

Caution tape all around the room and Danger and No Trespassing signs completed the look.

no trespassing

Pizza and juice boxes for all, and for dessert?  Decorate your own cupcakes.  I baked and frosted the cupcakes ahead of time, and set out glasses with all sorts of different toppings for the kids to choose from (back in February, these very glasses held pink candy treats for Madeline’s birthday party).  Being a very boy-heavy party, the worms, I’ve got to tell you, were a big hit.  Particularly the glow in the dark ones.

cupcake toppers

Madeline spent her time going from Mom to Mom, to the occasional Dad, noshing on raw broccoli along the way. She tried to grab the puffs of fog and generally enjoyed being in the center of it all. Two hours later, the guests starting to leave, a little bit of clean-up and then … collapse. This is the first “friend birthday party” I’ve had at the house, and it went so well, I would definitely do it again. Now to come up with another unique idea… at least we have a year to do it!

fog sets in

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Sarah Caron June 22, 2009 at 10:30 pm

OMG — That looks like the most fun party ever! Can you plan Will’s for me? You are an awesome planner … geesh, woman, you put the rest of us to shame :)


Claire June 22, 2009 at 11:11 pm

Looks like so much fun!!! All my parties were girl-only after age five. I do love the theme idea…such fun! And the decorate your own cupcake (I think that’s what you were saying you did) is such fun.


Lisa Best June 23, 2009 at 12:25 am

Thanks for your comment on my blog! I got the idea from Excited to have a new, fun blog to read:)


Debbie June 23, 2009 at 7:31 am

They all look like they had a ton of fun!!! Home parties are a lot of work but very memorable!!!


donna June 23, 2009 at 8:03 am

This sounds like such a cool birthday party. How terrific, they will remember this for a long time!!


Joanne June 23, 2009 at 8:43 am

Wow that is a great idea! I love how out-of-the-box it is. I will have to keep this stored away for when I have kids.


Cathy June 23, 2009 at 8:47 am

What a great birthday party theme! I would’ve loved something like that as a kid.


Ramona June 23, 2009 at 9:22 am

What fun. And what a great mom you are. Our’s were always combined. They had one party for all of us. I guess it was to get it over with. Cake and ice cream. That’s it.

Looks like the kids had a great time. Love the idea.



Starnesfam June 23, 2009 at 9:33 am

Super cute idea and one I’m logging away for use in the future! Love it all….and my boys would, too.


Sara @ Our Best Bites June 23, 2009 at 10:29 am

SUCH a great idea for a party! As a mom of boys I’m putting that one in the file right now!


Natasha - 5 Star Foodie June 23, 2009 at 12:33 pm

What a terrific theme for a birthday party! The kids must have had a blast!


lisaiscooking June 23, 2009 at 12:49 pm

What a great party! Looks like so much fun, and so many great ideas.


Michele June 23, 2009 at 2:23 pm

What a great idea! I never heard of this theme before but I’m definitely going to let my sister know about it for my nephew’s future bday parties!


Jess June 23, 2009 at 7:05 pm

What a great party! You know that makes you the “cool mom” now.


ASHLEA June 23, 2009 at 8:48 pm

What a fun idea for a birthday party! No matter what age!!


Teddy June 24, 2009 at 10:54 am

wow what a great party! I can’t recall any birthdays of mine that involved dry ice… :)



Alisa@Foodista June 28, 2009 at 8:08 am

love it! i had that poster of einstein before in my room.Wow, if i had a birthday party, id love it to be like that!


Katrina July 5, 2009 at 2:21 pm

What a fun party!


Ana July 5, 2009 at 10:35 pm

So cool!! What a fun party! Love the theme and your ideas!!!


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