What would you make with these ingredients?
Mini-M&Ms and/or Skittles
Here’s what we made – party favors!
With a bat mitzvah party theme of microbiology in her mind, Youngest
Daughter’s idea of party favors was that she would make booklets with
Um, no – I had to make a booklet for the worship service, and did not want to
become a printing business.
Plus, who wants to go to a
party and be handed a textbook? (Well, who besides my daughter?)
began searching the web for ‘science party favors.’
After wording my search twenty different ways, I managed to
find these chintzy microscope centerpieces.
YD was thrilled with them;
my husband was appalled. The only possible cell-related party favors I found were
plush brain cells and microbes, at $5 apiece.
But in the process of searching, I also found plastic test
tubes for sale to the general public, at a reasonable price.
Brain cells sparking, I thought, ‘test tube
filled with little candies’ equals science party favor.
Not precisely microbial or cellular, but in
my view that was for the best.
|It was key to get test tubes made of plastic, not glass. |
Do not give teenagers glass objects at a party.
Here is our recipe (see below) for these science party
It’s a long description, but it
was pretty darn easy.
Tying the ribbon
was the most time-consuming part.
Order straight-sided plastic beakers and place 8 tubes in
each beaker; one beaker per table.
Order test-tube racks, but beware it is difficult to find
racks that hold 8 tubes, and 8 people at a table is the standard for those
round party tables.
Place test tubes in a bowl for people to take home at the
end of the party.
This is what I wanted
to do, but I was overruled.
Place on test tube at each person’s table setting, above the
This was what my husband
By the end of the evening, there
were empty plastic test tubes scattered everywhere, at least on the kids’ side
of the party room.
Recipe for Test Tube Party Favors
80 test tubes with caps; size 16 x 150 mm (order online, in packs of 10)
2 pounds of Skittles candy
2 pounds of mini-M&M candy (note: regular M&Ms were
White mailing labels (optional, but fun). 1” x 2 5/8” (Avery
67 feet of ribbon of any color you choose (optional, but pretty)
I am not entirely sure about the amount of candy needed. We had some left over, after filling 80 test tubes.
To print the (optional) labels you also need a computer and
printer, but that’s kind of like a recipe saying that you need an oven.
We used two kinds of candy because some of
our guests had gluten or nut allergies, and M&Ms are not certified to be
free of those.
large bowl with all the Skittles.
test tube into the Skittles, pushing the candy into the tube.
Do not worry about making a color pattern
with the candy, or you will be doing this task all night.
Once test tube is full, place cap firmly on
Repeat for 40 test tubes.
Place in plastic bag labeled “Skittles.”
Notice that one of the test tubes has 4 of the same color in
Wonder what the probability of
that occurring again is.
because you don’t have time.
Wash hands again and get a new bowl.
Fill it with the mini-M&Ms.
Fill the remaining 40 test tubes, using the
same technique as you did for the Skittles.
Place in plastic bag labeled “M&Ms”. Set aside.
Go to your computer and set up a document for printing the
We found that Microsoft Word has
a template for Avery labels, and that worked mostly fine.
Here’s what we put on our test tubes, to make
them look all officially scientificky:
For the M&Ms the last two lines said:
may contain gluten and/or nuts
Print the labels first on a plain sheet of paper to check
that the print will line up with the labels.
Make adjustments if necessary.
Print 40 labels for Skittles, and 40 for mini-M&Ms.
Get out your test tubes.
Start with the Skittles first. Peel off label, and line up carefully
along test tube, then attach to test tube, rolling to make label adhere
Use the same process for the
Finally, cut ribbon into 10-inch segments.
Tie around test tube, making a bow.
Curse that your fingers are too fat to really
tie a bow that small.
Decide that next
time you would skip the bow, but admit that they make these look quite festive.
80 test tubes with caps
($2.15/pack of 10)
White mailing labels
or about $1.00 each favor
|Large bowl filled with many mini M&Ms|
|Test tube with Skittles and ribbon, before the label.|
|With the Skittles label.|
|This is what the M&M tubes look like without the labels.|
|The finished product.|