My Son’s Mad Science Party & A Parent Fail

This past Friday was my son’s 6th birthday party.  His actual birthday isn’t until Thursday of this week. May is busy and there was no time next weekend to have the party.  I prepped the decorations and made lists for about two weeks.  I was out of town last week, and did not arrive home until 11:45am Friday afternoon.  I was cutting it a little close.

Balloon Wreath on our front doorMy balloon wreath greeted everyone at the front door. This was the start of my rainbow theme.  I decorated the rest of the house with balloons, streamers, and tissue puffs.  The main party took place in the garage of the house.  We had three tables set-up t0 feed all of the kids.  We were fancy and served hamburgers, hot dogs, and picnic-type foods.

Rainbow Birthday Cake with Rainbow Bunting on TopMy best friend, Stacey, made a cake for Angry Kid’s birthday.  I was really really really nice to her.  The best part? Well the inside of the cake is a rainbow of layered colors, six layers to be exact.  The bunting on top of it, was made by me.

Yes amongst the chaos, I spent thirty minutes making this bunting, because I’m nuts.  I used kabob sticks, twine (borrowed/given to me) by Erin, felt, felt letters, and glue.  I cut the flags and folded them over the twine.  I then glued them.  I placed the letters on the flags (bunting) and tied them around the kabob sticks. Easy, right? They are a little big, but I was working around the size of the felt letters.  You can only imagine how long it would have taken to cut out letters, by hand.

I included a photograph below of the bunting after I finished it. Maybe someday, I will do a step-by-step tutorial.  I was in such a hurry, I had no time to take pictures.

Rainbow Bunting for my son's birthday cakeWe hired Mad Science of South Orange County to be the featured entertainment at my son’s birthday party.  My BFF, Stacey used this company for her daughter’s birthday in March.  Angry Kid had a great time and immediately asked to have “the Mad Science people” for his birthday.

We had a great time and the kids really enjoyed the science presentation.  Everyone was shocked that they sat still for over an HOUR.  I know, shocking!!!  I’m going to include some photos below of Angry Kid mostly.  I am not going to post photos with everyone’s kids. I HIGHLY recommend Mad Science of Orange County.
Angry Kid does science experiments at his Mad Science Birthday Party
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Mad Science of South Orange County PartyAfter all of the fun science experiments, it was time for Cake…PushCakes, and Dippin’ Dots.  Yes, three desserts.  We had a ton of people over.  Our tiny party turned into the neighborhood party.

JAD_3068Don’t these PushCakes from Meringue Bake Shop look delicious? Seriously, Kristin is awesome, and a friend.  Everyone LOVED these.  Did I get one? Nope!! The kids snatched them all up!

But seriously the cake…Stacey said that there was FIFTEEN cups of sugar in it.  It was pretty and delicious.  I got to try out a piece of cake.  Of course, the cake moment was my total parent fail.  I took THREE photographs of my son while blowing out the candle, and ummmm, my son is in none of them.  Apparently, I focused my camera on the cake, and not the kid.  I am such a failure.  I will have to get a picture of my son blowing out the candles on his actual birthday.  Stacey’s daughter, Stella is in the plaid shirt.  Notice that she is standing right next to the Angry Kid, yet no kid in the pic.

Birthday Cake Pic with No KidIsn’t the inside of the cake awesome!!!! It makes me hungry for cake.  Stacey is a good BFF, and I owe her big time.  She made a cake for my son (I begged her), and she let me borrow her tables for the party.

My son's 6th birthday cakeAnd we had Dippin’ Dots too…. The Angry Family loves our local Dippin’ Dots in Fountain Valley.  Debbie the owner, is a great friend.  And I think Charlie, Kelly’s daughter, likes Dippin’ Dots too.  She was too cute eating her rainbow ice dots.

JAD_3096And since I got a little crafty in this post…I’m linking my birthday cake bunting up to the following craft link-ups.  If you email me, I might be able to explain the bunting tutorial a little better.

Get Your Craft On Tuesday

Tip Junkie handmade projects
The Cottage Chick

Thirty Hand Made Days

 

37 comments
Michelle
Michelle

No way! I came across you again? I believe I found you when I was re-painting my bedroom furniture and commented on your end table? Now I'm looking to do a Mad Scientist party for my 6 yr old son. Great minds think alike! I must book mark you now :) And I'm assuming we live close to each other. Is the dippin dots still in business in FV? The one in the Newland center is now closed :( NIce to see you again! Michelle in Costa Mesa

Kassie
Kassie

I couldn't decide on a summer camp for my 9 year old son, but after reading your post I went to the Mad Science website and registered. My son is on his last day of Fantastic Forces in Irvine and he had a blast! We are going to do the robot one next! Thank you for the great idea!

ish
ish

we have only wilton colours where i live.. will it work? :)

Natalie
Natalie

I am SO pinning this because I am going to make that wreath for the kids' bdays in August! Also want to keep the mad science theme in mind...Ethan's really been interested in science lately...

Mama Mary
Mama Mary

Beyond impressed at that bunting. And TOTALLY cracking up at the photo fail. And now I need to find some cake!

gigi
gigi

I made that cake for my daughter's 5th birthday. It was so much fun.

angie
angie

You did a rainbow cake and push pops....I am FREAKING out. Just THINKING about making either of those takes me about a day each.

Kristi Trevino
Kristi Trevino

Thanks! Super amazing cake, Julie. your son and I have the same birthday.

Bethany
Bethany

That pretty much looks like the most awesome party ever! Any chance he'll repeat it next year and you can invite all your bloggy friends?? :)

Steven Harvey Hirsch
Steven Harvey Hirsch

You may have missed the photo ops with Angry Kid, but you sure got some good ones of my kid, Rudy. You probably know him as Professor Rudy - and today he received a link to your post through his boss at Mad Science of South Orange County, who received notice from Mad Science's corporate office in Montreal. Thanks! A proud papa, Steven

Jenn@eatcakefordinner
Jenn@eatcakefordinner

What a fun looking birthday party!!! The colors in your cake turned out so vibrant - I love it!

Jessica
Jessica

Such a cool party theme. I have been trying to get to the OCGP Farmer's Market for WEEKS to check out Meringue Bake Shop, but my husband doesn't seem to have the same sense of urgency about it that I do.

Vanilla Bean Crafts
Vanilla Bean Crafts

What a fun idea for a party! I love the mad scientist theme! Way better that your usual clown or magician!

Alyson McMahon
Alyson McMahon

Such a cute party! Love the cake, it's gorgeous and looks yummy. The bunting is adorable. The mad science thing is very cool. What a great idea for a party.

Amy
Amy

What an amazing party! I love the science experiment idea. That is so different and cool! Angry Kid is getting so big! Congrats on 6 years with him!

T
T

I love it... and now I'm craving a little cake myself... but wait! I'm InSaNe and yesterday let my sweet little 20 year old neighbor whom I have known since she was a toddler talk me into making a cake... wait for it... for her Wedding Reception... I've gotta go find a paper bag now - hyperventilating!!!

Stacey
Stacey

I have a picture of your kid blowing candles out, because I'm an awesome BFF like that :)

Corinna
Corinna

OMG that cake is gorgeous! You have got one rocking BFF! And I LOVE your bunting. It's so bright and cheerful and pretty! :)

Lee-Ann
Lee-Ann

Love the decorations & cake! Sucks on the cake pictures, definitely do some with his other cake though. :)

Cheryl M
Cheryl M

you at least get another chance to take pictures. I FAILED for my son's 6th by being the one to light the candles & carry the cake...completely forgot about taking the pictures & so did DH. MIL took some pictures but she is a worse picture taker than I am. ...........and don't get me started on my other son's 3rd birthday party last October, I'm still pi$$ed about that whole day, the other MIL has her arm or hand in every single picture covering up either his face, his face & the cake, his face & the toy....ugh. I love all the treats at the party & yes you have some mad skills for being out of town & still pulling it off without a drop of coffee in your system. I'm amazed.

Amber
Amber

What a fun party! I love the rainbow touches and the science aspect. That would have been a blast. We are in full prep mode for our son's 6 th birthday in 2 weeks...lego theme. Craziness!!!!

Making It Work Mom
Making It Work Mom

I love that Cake!!! What a great party. I am trying to plan my daughter's 5th for June and am super stressing about it.

Meagan
Meagan

WHAT?! your son and I have the same birthday. I'm not celebrating with an amazing rainbow layer cake and super cutie birthday bunting- but I AM having a week long giveaway celebration. Stop by and check it out if you get a chance. I thought your son's b-day was awesome, even if you did miss him blowing out his candles in photos. ;)

Erin Burns
Erin Burns

You are RAD. I kept thinking all week, "Wait...isn't she in AZ right now? How is she having a party TONIGHT!!" I could never do that. You rock!! And hello... I need a cake pushpop pronto.

Alison@Mama Wants This
Alison@Mama Wants This

What an awesome party! That cake is super cute and looks yummy. And those PushCakes! The kids are pretty cute too :)

Kim Tracy Prince
Kim Tracy Prince

Super amazing cake, Julie. Props to your friend for the incredible layers, and to you for the bunting.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

I'm a slacker in replying. Yes, the Fountain Valley Dippin' Dots is still in business! I'm glad that I could help you again! :) I'm a OC Gal!

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

Thanks!!! We re-used some of these birthday supplies for his Leprechaun trap last week. Seriously, photo fail. My best friend's daughters bday was last week. I made sure to get photos of her blowing out the candles.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

You are a much better mom than me. My best friend made the cake per my request. Ok, I begged her.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

Rainbow Cake, Push Cakes, and Dippin' Dots...My best friend made the Rainbow Cake, a friend makes/sells the Push Cakes,and I know the owner of our local Dippin' Dots store. Can you believe it was all gone? Our whole neighborhood showed up to that party.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

Thanks! We used really bright icing colors for that cake.