Monday, July 22, 2013

Concoctions and Potions Themed Birthday Party

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I threw a "Concoctions and Potions" themed party for L and B's joint birthday party.
This party was so crazy simple to put together, but it turned out to be a HUGE hit!  It really was incredible how long the kids were into this activity..HOURS of mixing and pouring and creating their concoctions!

I raided my sensory collection and kitchen 
for all the concoction ingredients such as 
Colored and Scented Rice
Colored and Scented Epsom Salt
Shredded Paper
Coffee Grinds and Coffee Beans
Koolaid Colored Ice Cubes
Dry Beans
Dry Noodles

About an hour into the activity, I brought out the 
Baking Soda and Vinegar!
I put lots of baking soda into a big bowl and vinegar into squeezy bottles so when the kids added the baking soda to their concoctions and then squeezed in some vinegar, their concoctions bubbled and fizzed!

I made sure I laid out  lots of different sized bowls, cups, spoons,
measuring cups, droppers, pots and pans, etc.

Giving instead of receiving gifts
We started a new birthday tradition a few years ago where instead of party guests bringing gifts, I choose a charity close to our hearts and gently ask our guests to bring donations. This year we chose the non profit organization Art Feeds, which is a mobile arts program based out of Joplin, MO which brings fun and free art classes to elementary students and schools who have undergone trauma. I am always SO very impressed and thankful of how generous our party guests are each year with these donations! In the previous years we've asked for donations to The Northwest Arkansas Children Shelter and our local Animal Shelter. This is a tradition we have come to love and my oldest son is so amazing and thoughtful about it. We always talk about the charity we are giving to and I make sure he understands how important giving to their cause is.
 He has never complained about not receiving "gifts" at his party and he has come to love this tradition of giving instead of receiving :) It is a tradition we will no doubt continue!
To read more about Art Feeds, visit!
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Here's the other themed birthday parties we've done in the past..

Messy Art Party
Pancake Themed Party

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  1. LOVE the donation gifts! I must admit I wouldn't mind getting my hands dirty with all of those potions myself! When my daughter is a bit older I'll have to try this!

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  3. This looks amazing fantastic fun! I swear it's what our backyard looks like every weekend, the entire weekend! Thank you for sharing now I see some objects we haven't tried yet! Fabulous! Could make mini margaritas for children with frozen ice paint cubes in those lovely glasses! Happy Summer

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