I'm throwing a chemistry themed birthday party. I need help generating some awesome ideas.
H is turning 33 next weekend. He's a chemical physicist. He LOVES chemistry and physics. I'm planning a small (20 people or so) gathering of his friends at our house to celebrate. After running across this cake
and this periodic table
, I've been inspired to toss in a few nerdy chemistry ideas to make it interesting.
So, a few of my own ideas to get you started:
H uses benzene in the lab at work a lot. I am planning on making appetizers out of round foods (tomatoes, cheese balls, meatballs, olives) and toothpicks in the shape of benzene molecules. I'm thinking in terms of those molecule kits I had in college to build molecules in 3D for visualization purposes. I have not tried this yet, but I hope this will work.
My best friend is an excellent baker and makes cakes for our common friends for their birthdays. In brainstorming a bit, we've thought about making a cake in some way incorporating the element Arsenic (atomic number 33! ...oh, and not using ACTUAL arsenic obviously). Possibly decorated to look like Arsenic's spot on the periodic table? Or maybe decorated to show it's atomic structure?
We also have access to dry ice and liquid nitrogen. We've done a trial run of making martinis with liquid nitrogen
a few weeks ago and it turned out AMAZING. This may be the signature drink of the evening.
I'm sure we are just scratching the surface of the potential here. What other awesome ideas come to mind? Help me mefites...you are my only hope!