Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Birthday bash finale

Maisie has had quite the sixth birthday as far as parties.  Friday was her cupcake party with her USA Level 3 gymnastics team followed the next morning with another cupcake party with her TOPs team.  A few hours after the TOPs party was her pottery painting party with a few girlfriends

photo (5)eThen Sunday morning Maisie requested that we go out to celebrate with Dim Sum where she enjoyed her favorites, shark fin dumplings and shrimp & scallion dumplings.

IMG_1163eAfter Dim Sum Maisie played at home with make-up and press-on nails which she received from Briana for her birthday.  Just before dinnertime Steve, Anne, K & A came over to help us eat more of the zebra cake so Maisie had fun playing with her friends and opening more presents.

Monday at school Maisie celebrated her birthday with her 2nd grade class as well as the 4th grade class whom she had invited along to join the party.  I had a very special science party planned and it turned out to be great fun.

IMG_1200eShane the Brain from Big Thinkers led a very fun science party and birthday girl Maisie was his special helper.

IMG_1206eShane the Brain did magic by turning water into a gel solid, teaching the children about sodium polyacrylate, a water absorbing polymer. 

IMG_1205e He then teased Maisie by telling her she was holding a diaper…ewwwww, or maybe just the crystals that are inside of a diaper.

IMG_1207e They learned that acetone can get in between the components of the polymer allowing it to become a lump of goo as the air escapes.

IMG_1210eClassmate “E” and Maisie got “super-human” strength with the help of the acetone and were able to easily pull a plastic cup apart.

IMG_1215eMaisie pretending to shoot electricity from her fingers towards Shane the Brain.

IMG_1221eWhen it came down to actual sparks, electricity and zapping noise Maisie chose to sit close to me and allowed her classmate “B” the opportunity to be the helper.

IMG_1225eNext the children learned a little about the light spectrum first with their rainbow firework glasses a.k.a. holographic diffraction grating glasses.

IMG_1230eThen with a black light.

IMG_1242eThen came the slime.

IMG_1246aAll the children got to make a cup of slime to take home.

IMG_1255eSeeing what slime feels like.

IMG_1253eEwwwww…Maisie is very much a girly-girl.

IMG_1257eNot everyone thought it ewwwww, most thought the slime was good fun!

IMG_1259eNext everyone headed outside to watch a rocket launch.

IMG_1261eMaisie does not like loud or possible loud noises so for the rocket launch she chose to hang back and was kept company by her classmate “B”.

IMG_1264eClassmate “S” was more than happy to shoot off the rocket in Maisie’s place.

IMG_1265eThe party of course ended with cupcakes.   It was good fun and all the children enjoyed the activities.

IMG_1271e To end her birthday Maisie asked to go out to the local sushi/Chinese/hibachi restaurant for dinner so that’s how we ended her day.   I love my beautiful six year old!

Since this weekend has been all about Maisie I’m posting one of her favorite recipes, Nutella No Bake Cookies.  Click on the picture to be taken to the easy-peasy and delicious recipe.IMG_0357e3

Other recent recipes posted on Cook Lisa Cook: Mango Lassi, Stir-Fried Asparagus with Water Chestnuts, Ginger & Cashews, Curried Roast Chicken Pieces with Spicy Sweet Potato & Carrots, Grilled Corn & Bacon Pudding, Oriental Chicken Salad, Potato Salad with Bacon, Coffee Crusted Steak, Home Style Chicken Curry, Watermelon FrostyMango Gazpacho, Toll House Double Stuff Oreo Brownies, Long Beans with Walnuts, Blacksmith Pizza, Rhubarb Crisp, Laksa, Math Book No Bake Cookies, Aloo Gobi, Mint Lassi, Red Curry Chicken, Lamb Curry, Grilled Corn, Avocado & Tomato Salad with Honey Lime Dressing, Baked Egg Cups Two Ways, Thai Peanut Salad, Holy Guacamole, Cantaloupe Agua Fresca, Wallaby Darned, Piggy-Out Cookies, Wicked Good New England Lobster Roll, Long Beans with Garlic, Super Simple Summer Shrimp Salsa Salad, Grandma’s Teriyaki Steak, Watermelon Tomato Gazpacho, Red Chinese Long Beans with Peppers & Red Curry, 24-Layer Crêpe Cake Fig & Watermelon Salad, Grilled Chèvre & Fig Panini, Spicy Asian Cucumber Salad, Grilled Prawns, Spicy Brown Sugar Bacon, Kicked Up Piggy-Out Cookies, Pesto Pita Pizza, Cilantro Lime Chicken, Nutella Crêpes, Mango, Lime & Chile Spiced Ice Box Pie, Roast Beef & Garlic Herb Cheese Sandwich, Layered Crespelle with Bolognese, Fresh Mozzarella & Basil, Jamaican Jerk Meat Pies, Nutella No Bake Cookies, Velvety Mac & Cheese, Welsh Cakes, Tom Yam Ghoong (Spicy Shrimp Soup), Lime Jewels, Southwest Pasta Salad, Walnut Roca Squares, Uncle Bubba’s Shrimp & Grits, Chocolate Chip Gingersnaps, Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies, Copycat “KFC” Coleslaw and Happy 6th Birthday Maisie Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting.



  1. My goodness, what a fun science party! I remember back in the day when a cool party included a man in a tutu handing the birthday kid balloons. Seems to me parties have evolved a bit. LOL!

    The size of those dumplings in that first picture have me drooling.

  2. Love the parties that have been going on. THe dumplings looked so good. I like that you celebrate birthday's to the max! That makes anyone feel so special.

    Cool science party!

  3. Wow, you all sure know how to party!!! The science party looked like so much fun! What a great idea for a party at school.

  4. Awww, I am so happy Maisie had fun with the nails and makeup! :D

    That science party turned out amazing! I can't think of one kid that doesn't want to go home with slime. LOL!

  5. I am enjoying this blog so much. Maisie is quite a gal. I can sense your pride in her. May she always give you joy and happiness.


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