You too can have a fabulous Mad Science birthday party by following these simple instructions.
1. The birthday girl. Find a daughter who turns up her nose at boring store-bought princess-themed parties (read: parties that are easy to pull off) and instead turns her crazy brain to thoughts of secret lairs and crazy potions and things that explode.
2. The invitation.We went with old-fashioned cartooney fun.
3. The decorations. I'll admit that it really really really helped that Joe spends half his day in a chemical lab (testing drinking water) and that the lab director is the nicest of human beings and let us borrow most of this stuff. Monica is the best!! But we found some educational science stores and websites where you can get most of this inexpensively.
The decorations were all safe and edible - candies and colored water and a Poison Your Neighbor's Drink station where you could put test tubes of punch into beakers of soda. Except that then the girls started putting the candies in their drinks and it really was poison.
4. The cake. Mad scientists love bright colors. It's a known fact.
5. The entertainment. We found the craziest of scientists to entertain a herd of sugared-up 2nd graders.
They explored the science of the digestive system and made ooey gooey slime blobs.
6. The explosions. We went with Diet Coke/Mento cannons.