At the end of July my Sun turned 6 and spent the day camping with his father and some of our friends. This short break gave me some time to finish off the details of a dinosaur birthday party I had been thinking about for weeks. Of course Sun wanted the theme to be a surprise so I had to do all my shopping and crafting in secret. Most of the supplies came from my local dollar store. I have to tell you, crafting does not come easy to me. My lines are always crooked and the result is never perfect like I want it to be, but the point is that I try. I try really, really hard. Most of the ideas for the party I found on Pinterest, this is how I pulled them all together.
Footsteps leading to our house helped set the scene.
To make the footprints I googled “dinosaur footprint images”, copied and pasted to Microsoft Word, made them larger and printed them. I traced the prints on brown construction paper and cut them all out. My friend taped them to the drive way for me.
12 Children ranging in ages from 1.5-8 and their parents attended our little shin-dig. It was hard to do organized play so I set up stations for the kids to play at as they pleased.
a dinosaur reading area with pillows and all different levels of dino books.
a dinosaur stamping area where I set up a Melissa and Doug dinosaur stamp set and paper. These were a Christmas present the previous year.
a caveman outfit to dress up in. This is a burlap sack I bought at our local feed store and cut holes out of the top and a zigzag at the bottom.
Dinosaur eggs to excavate. Ill describe how to make these further along.
A cave for cave for cavedrawings. This was brown paper taped around a closet, jewel christmas lights and a fuzzy faux fur carpet
A train table set up with dinosaurs to play with.
A felt board with dinosaurs.
A sandbox fossil hunt.
A erupting Volcano
and a Pinata.
We didnt get pictures of everything in action but the kids had a truly wonderful time.
For decorations I hung green – in the door leading into the action. I hung fake vines and banners from the light above the table and to each corner. The colours used around the house were orange and two shades of green. I hung paper links across the rooms and a palmtree banner too. A dinosaur poster was hung in the dining room with green balloons everywhere as well as orange and green heliums and a giant T-rex helium balloon. I made the table up with snacks like “dino slime” (lime jello in plastic wine glasses), a watermelon cut into a dino head, grape dino eggs and vegetable straw dino bones. I made a quacamole and served it with delicious chips. A dinosaur sandwich cutter (bought at winner months ago) provided fun peanut butter and jam sandwiches. The dinosaur eggs and volcano also decorated the table. I purchased small plastic dinosaurs from the dollar store which I used in both the Pinata and for decorating the table.
A close up of the dino head watermelon carved by my brother in law.
These eggs have rubber dinos inside. The kids each got one to break apart and explore.
I filled this with our own filling of dino stamps, tattoos, candy, rubber toys etc.
The cave paintings
After saving this post in my drafts for a month I came back to finish and realized I have misplaced the memory card of photos from the party. I filled it in with some iphone photos and rushed this post out. If you have any questions on any thing that I attempted please ask. Thank you to everyone who came to the party and who helped out. Next up…. Stars Elmo party….