Archive for May, 2013

mad scientist party gear roundup

If you’re throwing a Scientist party for your very own little Einstein they’ve probably expressed some interest in science and your house has been a laboratory a time or two before.  In our opinion it’s how you set the scene that will take your party from the ordinary afternoon science experiment to a fun-filled birthday event and all of that starts with getting your guests into the spirit:

scientist gear

1. goggles, 2. flasks, 3. lab coats, 4. beakers, 5. green goggles , 6. test tubes, 7. test tubes, 8. funnel, 9. flask image

Pick up lab coats, goggles, test tubes, petri dishes, beakers and more to give your party a truly authentic feel. Getting to work with the same tools and sport the same attire scientists adorn will leave each of your mini scientists inspired!

Once your lab rats are dressed for success, you’re a quick scour across the world wide web away from tracking down a science project you can manage.  Some parents will tag-team a couple while others will pick one and leave it at that. Totally up to your preference.  Here’s some of our faves:

Pin the goggles on the scientist:

Slime Baskets:

Elephant Toothpaste:

The good ole’ “baking soda and vinegar” trick

There’s about a million others to choose from so hunt around a little if none of these were what you had in mind!

As for favors your can send your guests home with party bags filled with slime, pop rocks, glow sticks, and more!  In addition (unless you need 15 pairs of goggles) their outfits can be take-homes too.

 

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1. test tubes2. glow sticks 3. rock candy, 4. slime favor5. party bags6. pop rocks

We love the idea of filling test tubes with skittles or m&m’s, the science fun can continue well after your guests have departed!

 

More Useful Resources:
rubber glovesdiy floam, gak, play-dohscience experiments baking soda and vinegar25 at home science experimentspetri dishes


science sweets

A sure fire way to tackle your food and drink spread for the Scientist Party is to pair token science experiment tools (test tubespetri dishesflasksfunnelsbeakers) with token Halloween “creepy” food (eyeballs, fingers, brains).  Your guests will be grossed out and satisfied!

Finger foods is a term that can be taken quite literally when you have a table filled with edible fingers (gagging right now but can appreciate the humor)!!  Pair with brain bread dip,  babybel cheese eyeballs and eyeball jello shots and you’re off to a creepy-licious start.

The nastiness doesn’t have to stop at the food table, hop on by the dessert table and try not to get queasy:

The  rock candy is a great touch and actually something we’ll touch on tomorrow when we talk about some of your activity options for the Scientist Party.  Whether you’re ready to DIY some cookies using a  cookie cutter, or prefer leaving it to the pros, there’s something for everyone!

In the drinks department, dry ice takes your ordinary punch recipe to the next level and anything you want to add to really gross your guests out (floating ice hands, worms, etc.) is just icing on the creepy cake:

Did you see the straw in the flask used as a drinking glass above?  In case you missed it here it is one more time:

Sometimes putting little decor/activity details to work with your food/drink spread can help ease the blow of spending money on these items!  Super cute idea!!  We can also do h20 water bottle labels, along with coordinating paper straws if you’d rather go that direction.

Tomorrow (as I mentioned) we’ll be chatting all about activity and favor ideas for the  Scientist Party so come on back here for that, and enter to win a digital “you print” invite good for any party in our shop by leaving a comment on any blog post this week!

Where to Find it:
severed hand punch, punch, scientist punchcolored test tubescrazy strawspetri dish jell-ocookieszombie cake popfinger cookieseyeball cookiescake 1mad scientist cake 2

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We have a running list of parties we’d love to get in the shop and the Mad Scientist Party has been chilling on that list for YEARS!  We’re thrilled to announce that today, that list is one party shorter:

We understand that our scientist looks a little less “mad scientist” and a little more “friendly scientist” but keep in mind he’s a quick trip to our POP Hair salon away from going crazy mad and we’re happy to make that tweak for you if needed!

Our chevron POP Party Bags compliment this party smashingly!

This is one of many new parties we hope to have in shop by summer’s end.  It’s time you see all the adorablness we have stashed up our sleeves!!  Enter to win a digital “you print” invite good for any party in our shop by simply hopping down to the comments section of this post (or any post this week) and telling us you love us.  Is that so much to ask!?

Get back here tomorrow for Mad Scientist Party food and drink ideas!

Sunshine Party Ideas

Our first take on the sunshine party had plenty of pink – check out what inspired us below:

Our second take on the Sunshine Party really just eliminated the pink (and maybe a little less orange) and what a difference that makes:

Where to Find it:
Food: sunshine cake popscookieschocolate covered oreosCakecake popsyellow cookiescookie cutter
Drink: lemonade stand and or lemonade jars
Decor:  yellow and pink  pomsfree sunshine printable, convo us on Etsy to order the pink decor, yellow and grey sunshine party decorcupcake liner age
Activities: craftbubblesgiant bubblebubble craftbubble wand
Favors: lemonheads, bubbles, yellow candy treats
Attire: dress1pillow case dress patternyellow rompermommy and me shirt setgrey dress

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*** Please note this is a re-post from Sept 2012

One word kept coming back to us when thinking up the perfect activity for the Sunshine Party and that word was BUBBLES.  While some may say that’s a lame party activity, we’re gonna go ahead and take this bubble making to the next level:

human bubblebubble wandsgiant bubble makers, you name it!

with plenty of other fun bubble friendly tools to keep the kiddos busy all afternoon:

Turn your backyard into a regular bubble hub and watch as the kids dive in, seldom coming up for air.

For favors you can do something small and sweet like the mini flower pot lemon head favors we featured in our customer party on Tuesday:

Or get more elaborate with some more bubble blowing fun:

Lastly, and we had to touch on this, we stumbled upon SO MANY cute and sunny attire options for the Sunshine Party theme that we wanted to spread some linky love and direct you guys to some of our faves:

(see below for links)

Tomorrow we’ll draw the winner of our giveaway for a free printable invitation good for any party in our shop so stay tuned for that and if you haven’t entered to win yet, simply leave a comment and you’re in!

Where to Find It:
flower wrapped bubblesdiy bubblesyellow bubblesyellow and grey dresspillow case dress patternyellow rompermommy and me shirt set

new sun tents

We featured a bunch of Sunshine Party Food and Drink Ideas nearly a year ago when we first featured our Pink and Yellow Sunshine Party (see below), but we have since found a couple more ideas we wanted to include since introducing our Grey and Yellow Sunshine Party yesterday!

Sweets are a simple way to incorporate your theme because there’s just so many options!  In addition, our new pop party supplies will brighten up your table settings:

and food tents make life easy as you can both get creative with the food names and or just let guests know what they’re digging into:

and now onto our previously posted Sunshine Party Week: Food and Drink ideas:

We’re always looking for ways to make the food production of a party as easy as possible.  These pulled pork sandwiches are no exception and PartyOnPurpose co-founders Julie and Amy have both had them at separate parties just this year for this very reason.  Easy Peasy Mac n Cheesey folks.  Cook the meat in the crock pot over night and set it out in a “serve yourself” sort of way so it can stay warm throughout the whole party.

On the side we like how these fruity salads bring in the yellows and oranges from the party decor but also compliment the salty/sweet sandwiches perfectly.

Throw together a sweets table complete with sunshine cookies, our adorable cupcake toppers, lemon heads, lemon cookies and anything else yellow you can get your hands on and your menu will be sunny, sweet, and satisfying!

As featured in our customer party yesterday lemonade makes for an easy, yellow drink that guests young and old can enjoy or you can spike things up a notch with this white sangria.  Just be sure to clearly mark which one is which, we wouldn’t want any of your guests (especially the young ones) to get confused!:

Tomorrow we’ll be chatting about favors and activities for the sunshine party and you better believe we’re keeping things light, bright and airy… I can just FEEEEEEL your curiosity rising!  Stay tuned!!  Oh and be sure to get entered to win a free digital “you print” invite good for any party in our shop by commenting on this post or any post this week.  We’ll draw the winner Friday.

Where to find it:
fresh orange saladfruit saladcake popslemon cookiessangriasunshine cookiesCakecake popsyellow cookiescookie cutter

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Our new line of “You are my Sunshine” Decor is one of our favorites (can we say that about everything in our shop?!) and once you have a look we think you’ll agree:

Food Tents are an easy way to get creative with your spread and jazz up the food table:

All of the bright fun yellows are just so precious!  In addition, we have a free printable that matches this theme which you can download here:

Bright, sunny, fun!  Reminder that this is actually the second time we’ve featured our Sunshine Party on this here blog and if you’d like something similar to above with a touch of pink, this Sunshine Party (#6) might be more up your alley and that’s ok too!

Let us know what you think!  Leave a comment on any post this week and you’re automatically entered to win a digital “you print” invite good for any party in our shop. 

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It was nearly a year ago at this time that we were designing our first Sunshine Party for this little lady:

She happens to be the daughter of one of our dearest friends and we’re super excited to be currently designing her 2nd birthday party which we can’t wait to share with you very soon!!

What came of our first Sunshine Party was a second Sunshine Party that we thought was equally darling:

So now we’re “forced” to re-visit Sunshine Party Week all over again and remind ya’ll of your adorable options!  The sun is out… why not celebrate it!  We’ll be taking another look at some of the ideas we came up with last year as well as introducing our new Sunshine Party so come back here for that and enter to win a digital “you print” invite good for any party in our shop by leaving a comment on any post this week!

bowling party inspiration board

We spent the week talking about our bowling party and featuring the red/white/blue decor now available in shop but we haven’t forgotten about those girls out there that really can’t function without a little pink:

Keep in mind any of our decor can be customized in the color scheme of your choosing and we’ve got a matching invitation to coordinate with each party in our shop!  With that said, check out this week’s inspiration board for the Americana take on our bowling party:

You may have spotted some red tape in the inspiration board and this is for the DIY lines/stripes you might want to incorporate (like the red stripes on a bowling pin) – we think of everything over here folks!!

Congrats to Jill!!  Your comment was this week’s winner for a digital “you print” invite good for any party in our shop!  We’ll be in touch shortly to start the process of claiming your prize.

Where to Find it:
Foodcookiescake popsnachoscookie cuttersandwichesbowling cakepizza imagesoft pretzels
Drinkwater bottlessipper cuprootbeer floats, clear pitchers
Favorscandy holderbowling trophiesbeach ball
Activitieswooden bowling pinsliving room bowlingbowling crayonsred tapeoutdoor bowlingbowling pinatabowling pin pinata
Decorguests sign the bowling pinvintage pin for signatures
Attire: bowling shirtbowling shirt patternt-shirts in bulk, bowling iron-on

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Of course when it comes to activities for a bowling party, the main activity is right there in the name.  BOWLING! Done and done!  But you can always make the event more organized, festive and fun by incorporating team shirts for all of your guests:

We tracked down a variety of options for ya!  You can buy t-shirts in bulk and use our iron-ons to customize, use this shirt pattern and sew your own authentic bowling shirt (if you’re just plain seamstress thug like that) or for a higher end option, use an etsy vendor that specializes in attire.  Once your guests are properly outfitted, shoes are rented and the bowling is ready to begin, it’s competition time!

Rather than “every man for themselves” split your guests into teams that can cheer one another on.  They can pick their own team name, get extra points for creativity and in the end win a trophy!  Hint: Take team photos at the end of the match and send them with your thank you cards.

If you’re doing the bowling party at home and need some assistance with how to go about this, we found a couple awesome options we’re dying to try:

By the looks of things you’re a couple liters of Cola and a long-ish sidewalk away from your very own bowling lane!  We’re definitely banking this for a fun summer time activity.

Whether you plan to do your bowling party at home or on location,  you’re bound to run into down time.  We all know that bowling involves a good amount of patiently waiting for your turn and we all know not all children are that awesome at the whole patiently waiting part!  Keep kids busy with activities they can do while they wait:

Face painting, and coloring Party On Purpose custom coloring pages can be paired with eating and signing a vintage bowling pin for your child to take home as a keepsake:

Rumor has it many bowling alleys are now providing these pins as part of the party, so be sure to ask before you hop on etsy and buy your own vintage pin for signatures.

After the games are all done and the kids are officially walking around like zombies in junk food coma’s it’s party favor time which should definitely include a trophy for all their hard work:

If you’re throwing the bash at home you can even do a pinata (we found a couple cute bowling pinatas) and let the kids fill goodie bags with candy so their parents can really despise you once the party finally concludes.

We’ll be announcing the winner of our digital “you print” invite for this week tomorrow, so be sure to leave a comment on any post this week so you’re in the running!

Where to Find it:
candy holderliving room bowlingbowling crayonsoutdoor bowlingbowling pin pinataguests sign the bowling pin, party bags, thank you favor stickers