Saturday, May 14, 2011

Dinosaur Party

Cardboard Triceratops for Dinosaur Party

It's been a few weeks since I have dug into my old photos and party archives to share one of our favorite parties.    There was a time a few too many years ago when my son was really into dinosaurs.  This photo reminds me how fast time really does fly, because that cute little boy in the picture is now bigger than me.    He really wanted dinosaurs at the party, but as we all know real dinosaurs do not exist.  The only way my son could have dinosaurs at the party is if I made them.  I cut out a triceratops and a giant T-rex out of large cardboard.    The triceratops greeted the kids at the front door. 

Cardboard T Rex for Dinosaur Party

In the family room the kids  were greeted with a T-Rex that was over 5 feet tall.  Kara was about 3 at the time, and  is posing in this picture to show his height.     I used orange, green and yellow as the color scheme, and hung the streamers vertically.

Cardboard T Rex and Craft Foam Dinosaur Hat

Each child received a "party hat" that was made out of craft foam.  I made a T-rex, a brontosaurus, and a triceratops in different colors.  

Coloring on the Dinosaur Cave Wall

I found large pieces of tan paper and taped them to the back  of my counter.   I then had all the kids draw pictures of their favorite dinosaurs and sign their names.

Digging for Dinosaurs at Dinosaur Dig

Cleaning Station at Dinosaur Dig

My son's birthday is at the end of April, and normally we have good enough weather to go outside.  This year it was cold and very rainy.  I had a back up plan though, and made a makeshift  dinosaur dig in the garage.   I found dinosaur skeletons, and buried them in the sand.   The children then pretended to be paleontologists, and searched for bones.  When they found a skeleton, they took it to a cleaning station and used paint brushes to clean off the sand

Cardboard Binoculars for Dinosaur Party

Another game we played was search for the dinosaur eggs.   Each child was given a pair  binoculars made from cardboard tubes to help them in their search. 

Here one of the guests excitedly shows off his eggs.  To make them look like dino eggs, I drew dots on plastic Easter eggs.  

I am not sure where I found this dinosaur game, but we then played ring the dinosaur.   

Fun food, Dinosaurs made from vegetables

As a fun centerpiece I made dinosaurs out of an avocado and an eggplant.  I used a carrot and half of green pepper for the tree.

Volcano Cake for Dinosaur Party

The cake was an erupting volcano with plastic dinosaurs. I do remember having trouble with this cake.  The red lava was supposed to harden but it didn't. One tip to remember, 5 yr old boys do not care about little details so it was not a problem. I do not have pictures of the food we ate that day, but I see cut up veggies in the background.  I think those were 'bronto food'. We probably also had some kind of meat for the carnivorous dinos in the group. 

The birthday boy and all of his dino friends pose with T-rex. 


  1. What a cute party! Love each of the activities, and the decorations! Thanks for linking up!

  2. Very cute party. I am sure the kids loved it!
    I am following you from the Creative Bloggers Party & Hop.
    Ana Paula

  3. Oh my gosh, what a fun party! You have some great ideas!

    I would love for you to stop by my blog and share this at my For the Kids link party! Stop by and join in on the fun!!!

  4. what a cute party. fun ideas! perfect boy theme.

    I'm a new follower!

  5. I bet the kids had so much fun at the party! Thanks for joining us and sharing with us this awesome post at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :)

  6. Oh my gosh! I love, love, love the giant dino cutouts! And the cake looks awesome! Such a fun party and a lucky boy! Thanks for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party! Can't wait to see what you share next week!

  7. great dino cut outs! i was gonna go small with mine, but now I just have to go huge! my son, turning 6, will love it!

    Thanks for the inspiration!!

  8. turned out soooo cute, looks like they had fun

  9. You seriously plan the best birthday parties. I feel like I am cheating because this weekend is my daughter's 6th birthday and we are going to the ice rink for her party. We got the premium package and do not have to do a thing...or clean!! Feeling slightly guilty now.
    You are right time does fly too fast!!

  10. really cute! looks like the kids had a GREAT time!


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