Last year, bubbles were the baby’s favorite thing.
I ordered a birthday shirt from Etsy shop, boutiquesewunique.
We had bubbles as the theme for his second birthday party. We had lots of bubble gum, actual soap bubbles, bubbles made from gelatin, and bubbles made from slime, bubbles made from food. We had bubbles made of everything.
I tried to make the foods as circular as I could to resemble bubbles. I made a fruit tray and balled all the fruit. I made cake balls. I got cream puffs. I made cheddar balls covered in bacon. I made rice krispy treat-like balls out of Trix cereal.
We made a slimy bubble solution out of glue and liquid starch. We then raced to see who could make bubbles out of it with a straw. This was hilarious because it was very challenging. Most of the children quit and then adults just kept going and going.
I can’t remember where I got the recipe originally, but this site has one.
Nana was the first to get a bubble.
Lillian got one too!
We then made bubble art. I placed bubble solution and washable paint in several different cups. The children had to blow into the solution to make bubbles and then place their paper on top of the bubbles. Several of them looked amazing. It was very messy and definitely requires an adult nearby.
We also had a bubble blowing contest. We went two at a time. Then we got to a small group of winners and had a contest between them.
Blowing a bubble under pressure is hard!
We had a huge bubble pool in the back. I got a kiddy pool. Placed lots of dish soap, glycerin, and a little water into the pool. I used about a cup of Dawn, 4 tablespoons of glycerin and turned on the hose until it looked like enough water. A child would carefully step inside (it’s VERY slippery) and then two children would stand on opposite sides of a hula hoop and gently life up the hula hoop up the top of the child. If it worked out, the child was enveloped in the bubble. It was my favorite activity. When everyone had done it that wanted to, we then just made huge bubbles. I bought a huge pack of different shaped wands. There were bubbles everywhere!
We had a bubble trivia game (of course)
All kinds of BUBBLES Trivia
- How many sticks of gum does the average American chew each year?
(A) 200 (B) 300 (C) 400
- If all 5 piece packs of Bubble Yum ever chewed in the U.S. since its introduction in 1975 were laid out end to end, how many times would it circle Earth at the Equator? (A) 2 (B) 5 (C) 7
- What is the official bubble gum of Major League Baseball?
(A) Bubble Yum (B) Bazooka (C) Topps
- When was the first successful bubble gum invented? (A) 1891 (B) 1906 (C) 1928
- True or False: Soap Bubbles are always elliptical.
- Soap bubbles are “minimal surface structures”. This means that they always hold the gas or liquid inside them with the least possible surface area. The geometric form with the least surface area is ____________.
- True or False: If three soap bubbles get stuck together, they will have one common wall at 120 degrees.
- True or False: A soap bubble gets its color from the light waves reflecting between the soap film’s inner and outer surfaces.
- Susan Mont”gum”ery Williams is the Guiness Record Holder of the World’s Largest Gum Bubble. How big was it? (A) 19 in. (B) 23 in. (C) 27 in.
- True or False: Bubble Wrap was originally designed to be a wallpaper.
- About (A) 200 (B) 300 (C)400 Million dollars worth of bubble wrap is sold each year.
- A painting by Hanneman showing children playing with bubbles is from the year (A) 1730 (B) 1630 (C) 1530
13 True or False: Youngsters who blow bubbles are most likely to find learning language easy.
We had bubble cake. We made bubbles to place all over the vanilla cake. This was done by mixing gelatin, water, and food coloring together. The ratio is 2 parts cold water to 1 part gelatin. Mix until dissolved. We then took balloons that we’d blown up. We dipped them into the solution holding onto the part you blow. We then placed them into muffin tins mouth part down. We let them dry for about two hours, then dipped them again. Any part that was too thin, we used a paintbrush to put on more gelatin solution. We let them dry for 48 hours. Then we popped the balloon and handled them very gently and placed them on the cake. I thought they turned out so cute!
We had a great time at LBD’s second birthday party!