Recently he's taken an interest in science, chemistry and botany. He often mixes up potions and medicines with his mortar and pestle from leaves and flowers he finds in the garden and then bottles them. I'm always on the look out for interesting bottles and science equipment in the thrift stores and he owns quite a collection of crystals, rocks, shells, bones and birds nests.
So it seemed natural to make it the theme to his birthday party this year.
We managed to find this wonderful old microscope for his birthday present.
We always like to make our party favours and this year Oscar wanted to make a special potion for his friends to take home.
It was called 'swamp potion'.
We decorated the party table in a vintage apothecary style as we already had all these things spread throughout the house.
It was fun pulling it all together to make a wonderful display of interesting things to explore.
As entertainment we had a series of science experiments.
This was a huge hit, just be prepared with towels and water for a quick clean up.
We did the swirling milk experiment ~ process found here
The exploding bag experiment ~ process found here (caused a lot of squealing and excitement)
and finally the erupting volcanic experiment ~ process found here
Because it was afternoon tea, food was simple but effective.
Drinks were served in mini mason jars with a new syringe in each. This was a big hit as they squirted their drinks into their mouths. The fun carried on after as they took them outside and had water fights with them.
I purchased new petri dishes and test tubes. The test tubes I filled with Nerds and the petri dishes I set with lemonade jelly and scattered sprinkles over top to look like bacteria. The effect was excellent.
The cake was my favourite. A basic chocolate cake with chocolate icing. I bought three Crystal Ring Pops and placed them on a mound of icing and covered the plastic pieces with icing. Then I scattered chocolate rocks and popping candy bought from the Lolly Jar. It looked amazing and the popping candy crackled on top of the cake.
I'm not one to make new year resolutions, but I am determined to take more photographs of the four of them together, more of Ian and the children and I will try get myself in there a bit more often too.