*This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hobby Lobby. The opinions and text are all mine.
I am so excited to share my “Nerdy Thirty” birthday party with you today! (All of these ideas could also be used for a science birthday party for any age!) When Hobby Lobby invited me to design and throw a themed party using party supplies from their store I was so excited! First of all, I love Hobby Lobby and have been shopping there for years. It’s a dangerous place for me to enter . . . I can not leave without half of the store in my cart. 😉 Secondly, I knew that my little sister was coming for a very short weekend visit soon, and that the visit just so happened to overlap with her 30th birthday! FUN!
I brainstormed and brainstormed on my own and with fellow blogging friends about what theme to use for an adult birthday party, and when I was telling my sister the ideas I mentioned “Nerdy Thirty.” She literally gasped. Haha! Right then and there I knew that Nerdy Thirty was the theme to use!
As you can see, the birthday girl ended up loving her Nerdy Thirty birthday party! My sis majored in chemistry in college, taught high school chemistry, and is now a stay-at-home mom and chemistry and math tutor. She always jokes about her “nerdy” obsessions, so a “nerdy” science party was perfect for her!
Once I had chosen my theme I didn’t think about anything else . . . I just headed on over to Hobby Lobby and walked straight to the party decor area in the store. I literally walked up and down the aisles looking at stuff and planning my party. It was so fun! It probably would have been quicker to plan ahead, but I had a great time wandering and grabbing all of the things that I needed. I was so surprised by all of the little things that I needed that seem a bit out of the norm for a largely craft supply store, such as plastic glasses, cute little microscopes, tiny test tubes, and safety glasses. Here is the best part: Amazingly, all of this only cost me $100! SERIOUSLY! Hobby Lobby always has amazing sales, plus their weekly 40% one item coupons on the website (Grab one at the bottom of this post!) and great prices in the first place make for the opportunity to throw a fabulous birthday party without spending a fortune! Awesome, right?!
Obviously, I had to spend some money at the grocery store for food. I already owned the dishes on the table, and the scientific toys that are mixed into the table display are things that my children already owned, including the large test tubes and the toy microscope. Everything else is purely thanks to my friends at Hobby Lobby, including, but not limited to, the tablecloths, crepe paper, tiny microscopes and test tubes (which we filled with Nerds candy – found in the checkout line of Hobby Lobby, by the way), safety glasses, the plates, forks, and napkins, the large cardboard 3-0 numbers (which I spray painted with orange spray paint that I also found at Hobby Lobby, the adorable “dorky” black glasses, the fabulously colorful and fun candles, rulers, stickers and other items in the goodie bags, decorative frosting for the atoms that we drew on the cookies (more on that later), and the ribbon and cardstock that I used to make the “Nerdy Thirty” banner (directions and free printable below) and Science BINGO game (printable below as well). Basically, Hobby Lobby has everything you need for a party. It rocks!
One of my favorite part of the party was these atom sugar cookies. I used my mama’s sugar cookie recipe (Coming soon to the blog!) and frosting recipe, but I had to buy the decorative frosting in order to “draw” the atoms onto the cookies. My sister herself actually helped with this. Poor girl, working on her own party while her baby naps. Haha – it’s a good thing we are close! The sugar cookies, along with the divine Perfect Chocolate Bundt Cake, were not only cute, but also took care of all our cravings! YUM!
Let’s take a look at the banner printable that I created for the party. I bought the white cardstock at Hobby Lobby, as well as the ribbon. I own a glue gun, but you can certainly grab one of those, as well as glue sticks, there as well! I found the adorable scientific clip art on Etsy.
Here is a simple step-by-step DIY tutorial showing you how to make this banner. It is so easy you won’t believe it!
First, download the FREE Printable Nerdy Thirty Birthday Banner HERE. Print it onto white cardstock using a color printer.
Secondly, carefully and precisely cut out each letter square.
Third, cut the length of ribbon that you are going to use. For the Nerdy Thirty Birthday Banner cut a minimum length of 74.5 inches. I found this adorable polka dot ribbon at Hobby Lobby, of course!
Next, heat up your glue gun and grab a ruler. You are now going to VERY carefully glue the ribbon onto the letters. Measure in 6 inches on the side of the ribbon and place a small amount of hot glue on the back of the ribbon. QUICKLY press it onto the cardstock right under the top of the square’s black outline, as shown below. I chose to use 2 or 3 small strips/dots of glue on each letter. You can adjust that as you wish.
For the next step, take your ruler and measure precisely 1/2 of an inch, at which point you will then repeat the process described above to glue on the next letter. Leave a 5 inch space between the two words.
You are now finished, and you have an adorable banner! What do you think?
Hey, and guess what?? Just in case you are planning a science party for someone who is NOT turning thirty, I also made a generic HAPPY BIRTHDAY SCIENCE BANNER PRINTABLE!
***THE ONLY DIFFERENCE IN DIY INSTRUCTIONS IS THAT YOU NEED TO CUT THE RIBBON 95.5 INCHES LONG FOR THE HAPPY BIRTHDAY BANNER! IT HAS A LOT MORE LETTERS THAN THE NERDY THIRTY ONE, SO IT IS MUCH LONGER.***
Speaking of printables, let’s take a closer look at the Science BINGO Game that I created. It is a FREE printable, and it is fun, fun, fun! Even better, it can be used not just for a Nerdy Thirty party, but for ANY science themed party! Or, heck, just for fun!
I suggest printing the boards (there are 10 different varieties) on white cardstock, which you can find at Hobby Lobby, so that they are nice and sturdy for your party. You will need to cut up the final page of the printable so that the pictures are separate and ready to be drawn, and I also grabbed the bag of buttons in a variety of sizes and colors at Hobby Lobby as well because I thought they would be fun game markers.
***In case you would like to create a science printable of your own, I got the clip art in a fabulous Etsy clip art shop right HERE.***
On my small table of fun little “extras” you can find not only the Science BINGO Game, but also the fun and “nerdy” goodie bags. Every single piece of those goodie bags, from the Nerds to the ribbon tying the bag together was found at Hobby Lobby. My favorite part of the goodie bags is the adorable glasses stickers that I found on the scrapbooking aisle. Too dang cute, don’t you think?
I love the way this party turned out, and all of the guests had a great time as well. Most importantly, the birthday girl loved it!
To sum up, if you are planning a party, whether it is themed or not, Hobby Lobby is the place to go! I only had to spend $100 for the decorations, goodie bags, and game supplies for this party, so grab the weekly coupon below (Which you can also always find on the app, by the way!) and hurry on over to Hobby Lobby to start shopping for your next event!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hobby Lobby. The opinions and text are all mine.