For this party, I wanted the main focus to be on the experiments, so I kept the decor pretty simple.
I believe that any good party begins with the invitations.
I started by downloading this caution logo. I had it printed on glossy card stock at a local copy shop. It was used on the back of the invitation to hold it together.
The inside of the invite looked as follows.
I think Tate's favorite part was that I called him Dr. Tate.
In his mind he is already a scientist.
Guests were welcomed at the door with a sign welcoming them to the Laboratory.
Once inside, this was the focal wall.
For this wall, I followed the tutorial for the giant fringe number here. It was simple and quick, the perfect solution for a large wall at a party. The only downside was that kids thought it was a pinata and broke it during the party.
The other decorations were from a local party store, which we used in a couple other places as well.
Also in the main party room are my mantle shelves, which I decorated for the party. They were complete with lots of science-y things, like a microscope - property of the birthday boy himself, some of mom and dad's old college textbooks (Genetics, Psychology and Differential Equations), beaker-like jars, molecules and pictures of the birthday boy during his first 6 years.
The three jars contained things that just looked fun and science-y to me. There was a snake 'preserved' in colored water, frangrance beads in water and cotton balls with colored water. The jars themselves came from a local thrift store. Side note, if I am ever in need of glass jars for anything I start with a thrift store. These were $0.25 a piece and perfect for this project.
And, in true mommy-nerd fashion, I made Adenosine Triphosphate,
and a benzene ring out of an Organic Chemistry set. Tate was fascinated with it and contributed two eyeballs and a germ.
Lastly, the guests left the party with a simple goody bag.
It contained slime, a glow-in-the-dark bracelet and candy.
Next up, we'll get to the good stuff - the experiments!