How about a little Mad Science?!
That's what we did for our son's 8th birthday party. He enjoys science and a mad science party sounded fun and different.
We originally hired a company that would come for an hour. The host would have the kids wear borrowed lab coats, show a few fun things, and the kids would make slime to take home. That would cost around $150-$175.
After doing some research I figured that I could be the mad scientist and save a few bucks.
Here is what we/I did.
- Bought test tubes and filled with candy
- Brown paper bags with homemade stickers for goodie bags
- Baked the cake - (not cute)
- Bought colorful tablecloths and balloons
- Made slime with "slime cups" and mix (bought online)
- Made "snow" (bought online)
- Made volcano's with paper cups and plates - had the ingredients already
- Bought the birthday boy a lab coat ($10)
- Made name tags for added effect
- Bought dry ice (Huge Hit!)
- Used black lights to show off glowing slime
- Bought freeze dried ice cream to sample ($1.88 for a pack. One pack gave 13 kids a sample.)
A lot of the items are things we already had in the attic from Halloween decor. The other items were very reasonable. The party ended up costing around $120. I still saved money and that helped pay for gifts. I would have spent way over $200 if I would have hired the "professionals".
The experiments were:
- Freeze dried ice cream
This turned out to be an absolute blast for the kids. It seemed like they had a really great time. For us, the adults, stress. That's all I can say. Tons of work, loud, and busy.
We wanted a great party with out spending a lot. Hope you have found some ideas for your next shin dig.