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Mad Science Birthday Party – The Food

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Today’s feature is from Mindy of Creative Juice and is a mad science-themed birthday party that she threw for her son’s second birthday. We think this is one of the best mad science parties we have seen yet. Mindy’s own words (the text in italics) are below. Because it had more elements than a dessert table or “tablescape”, this is a budget-friendly party with tons of penny-pinching advice! 


Mindy Says:

I am not always great when it comes to budgets — don’t get me wrong – I am always on the lookout for a great deal or a cheap way to make something fabulous. But I should just admit now that even with begging, borrowing, and stealing {just kidding I didn’t steal} this party was not under $50. But it didn’t break the bank either. As a previous high school science teacher I have more science materials than the average person which didn’t hurt either. Using printables is a great way to keep your budget low and still make everything feel cohesive. I loved the green in the printables and wanted to give it another pop of color so I included a lot of oranges too.

Some Budget Tips For This Party:

  • The food can be really simple and cheap if you make it clever – “DNA” pasta & “double helix” cheese, and fruit “molecules” made from melons.
  • Chocolate molds are a big bang for your buck – I found the brain pop mold for cheap and it was perfect!
  • Use candy that color coordinates – I used skittles and Mike & Ike’s separated by color.
  • You don’t need a MILLION decorations. Focus on ONE big impact decoration. In this case, I made a large-scale atom using a hula-hoop, wire wreath, paint, and Styrofoam balls.
  • MAKE your own desserts!! – although I left the cake and the cupcake toppers to the experts, I made everything else! including the cookies and macarons. They were far from perfect but 2 year-olds don’t really mind.
  • Be clever – there are lots of cheap/free ways to have creative ideas! For example the markings on the clear drinking glasses, the “anti-biotic” before entering, and the “laboratory waiver”
  • Hit the dollar spot for favors- you don’t need an overflowing favor bag to make a kid happy. Keep it simple and they will still love it.
  • The glasses were from Walmart. At first glance, they didn’t match, but once I cut the corner decals off, punched out the shades, and added a little masking tape they were perfect!
  • The bowties were made following a simple ribbon bowtie tutorial online. ALL of them only cost me the price of ribbon but it did take a good hour to make them.
  • Stick with simple experiments. No need to buy fancy science kits. Using simple cheap household ingredients you can still wow them.
  • Use plastic tablecloths. Many fellow party people will gasp at this, but I love them. I used them for the backdrop, the lab table, the food table, and the “sanitizing zone”. They are cheap, easy to clean up, and simple to manipulate into creative ideas. ANY time I am on a budget I will include them.
  • – And again, use printables. They are a GREAT way to make the party feel cohesive in color and theme without breaking the bank.

Mindy will be posting tutorials, recipes, and experiments as well as a few more photos on her blog in the near future so be sure to check her out or follow her on Facebook

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