The Most Amazing Kids Party EVER!
The current era of organizing and throwing a child’s birthday can be stressful to say the least. When you know that some parents have been planning their 3 year olds birthday party on a Pinterest board for the past 6 months and have handcrafted everything from favors to cut-outs that kids can take selfies in front of how can a normal parent even compete?
In one word we will tell you the answer to how to achieve eternal glory on small child birthdaydom that costs nearly nothing, but will make you the envy of all the other parents in the block… BUBBLES.
Bubbles you say? How can bubbles rise my son or daughter to the top of the birthday party circuit? We are happy you asked.
First a History Lesson
There is no known inventor of the “modern” bubble, but bubble blowing can trace back to the early 1700s where an artist Jean Siméon Chardin painted a boy blowing bubbles with a pipe. What we do know is that one of the earliest patents for bubble blowers was filed in 1918 for a new and improved bubble pipe that “may be cheaply manufactured and in which the parts are so associated that they may be disassembled and cleaned and quickly reassembled by an unskilled person.”
Let’s Thrown in Some Science
- What exactly is a bubble? A bubble is simply a thin sphere of liquid (usually soapy water) that encloses air or a gas in the form of a hollow sphere.
- Why do bubbles fly? Bubbles actually don’t fly, they float. A bubble and the air trapped inside the thin wall is less dense than the air (carbon dioxide) outside the bubble.
- Why do bubbles appear to change color? Two reasons: 1) Magic and 2) Bubbles thin walls act as a prism that bends light when it’s passed through it thus allowing you to see different colors that make up the light.
- Why are bubbles always in a sphere shape? Sphere have the smallest amount of surface area so bubbles natural shape is always what you are used to seeing. That being said, with special wands as we describe below you can make some new and inventive shapes which will thrill your kids and party guests.
Steps to Achieve Success
- Making your own Bubbles Recipe
- Our Favorite: 1 Cup Warm Water; 2 Tablespoons dish soap (certain baby shampoos work as an alternative); 1 Tablespoon Glycerin (can use corn syrup as alternative); 1 Teaspoon Sugar
- Note: Adding glycerin and sugar makes the bubbles last longer before popping. Also, some people have found that making the solution 1-2 days in advance makes even better bubbles
- Buying Bubbles: There is no shame in buying bubbles, but when you are using a bubble machine or filling a large bubble pool it can be expensive to buy gallons of the good stuff.
- Wands: The type of wand you use determines the quality, size, and shape of the bubble. Here are some suggestion on making a number of fun options.
- Buying Bubble Wands: Buying some bubble wands in addition to make your own wands is always a good idea as premade plastic ones are guaranteed to maximize bubble fun.
- Foam/Paper Cup: Buy an ordinary disposable cup and cut a small hole at the bottom of it. Have the kids dip the large opening into the soap and you have a super bubble blower.
- Coat Hanger: While these can make an effective bubble wand, coat hangers can be dangerous to use if small children are running around with them and are not advisable given all the other great alternatives.
- Pipe Cleaners: Great for parties, you can have kids make their own unique wands by making all different sized loops. An additional design element is to let kids (if they are old enough), but fun colored beads on the shaft of the wand to make them look even cooler!
- Cookie Cutters: If you have some plastic cookie cutters at home (metal don’t work as well due to the seams), let the kids dip them into the soap for what we call them in our household, “Cookie Bubbles”
- Giant Bubble Wand: Take two straws and yarn or string that is about 50 inches long. Pull the string through the straws and tie a not. The kids should hold each straw in a square shape and dip the wand into the soap for some truly big bubbles.
- Hand Wand- To achieve a fun, wet, and very hygienic wand, have the kids put their thumbs and index fingers together to make a circle. Then dip their hands into the soap and you have an instant bubble wand. As a bonus your kid’s hands have now been cleaned in soapy water. Hazaa!
- Hula Hoop: For this you will need a large kiddie pool and a hula hoop, but the results are amazing. Have a kid step inside the hula hoop which is dunked in the soapy water and then have 2 people pull the hoop above them to make the largest bubble ever!
- Bubble Machine: If wands are for kids, bubble machines are for parents who want to achieve the WOW factor for their kids. Bubble machines achieve what all kids want, an infinite supply of bubbles that will keep floating in the air. Lots of great quality bubble machines can be bought online for under $20 from retailers like Target or Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Funrise-32417-Gazillion-Hurricane-Machine/dp/B00OZECKFK. When we had them at our last party there were thousands of bubbles everywhere and they didn’t stop until we ran out of bubbles… which takes us to the earlier note of these machines go through bubbles extremely fast so be sure to buy or make a significant amount of bubbles to guarantee your party will go down as the most sudsy in history!