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5.09.2014

Dinosaur-Themed Birthday Party

 
As I mentioned in last week's post on the DIY dinosaur-shaped crayons, we went with a dinosaur party for Sawyer's 2nd birthday party (or as Sawyer says, "dino-daur, raaaaawwr!").  One thing that was awesome about planning this party was that I was able to get pretty much everything for it from Amazon, Ikea and our local HEB grocery store.  The mail ordering from Amazon and not needing to make multiple stops made the planning easier.  Plus, with Amazon, you save money on shipping by searching for items that are free-shipping through Amazon with a minimum purchase. 
 
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The party color scheme was brown, green and khaki.  Click here for my planning and inspiration board on Pinterest, but here are our the planning and detail photos from Sawyer's party.
 
 
Welcome sign on the door.
 
 
 
Happy Birthday banner (sorry for the back-lighting!).  I created the art myself, and used brown craft paper for the background.
 

We used some live potted plants from Ikea for décor, along with these reasonably-priced Tolsby frames ($1 each!) as sign-holders.  I also got a few extra khaki colored plant pots to use as the utensil holders.

 
Utensils and paper goods were all biodegradable, eco-friendly products.  I was able to find a big party pack on Amazon that wasn't that much more than a non-eco-friendly budget party pack from Party City.  This way we felt better about ourselves, and BONUS - they coordinated nicely with the brown and khaki color scheme.  Napkins here.

We separated the food out into categories: carnivores and herbivores.  The carnivore menu included lil' smokey pigs in a blanket, chicken taquitos, meatballs (see my crockpot party meatballs recipe here), and dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets.

 
I halved heads of green and red cabbage and hollowed them out to create decorative bowls for sauces and dips.

 
 
The herbivore menu included veggies, fruit, chips and guacamole, and pita chips with hummus.
 
 

 
Of course, we can't forget the oh-so-important third category: desserts!  As we like to do (Grayson loves helping roll out sugar cookie dough and using cookie cutters to make the shapes), we used dinosaur-shaped cookie cutters we received as a Christmas gift to make dino sugar cookies.

 
I dipped pretzel sticks in meltable vanilla candy coating to make "dino bones," and used candy eggs (M and M's and Whoppers - worked out nicely that this party was the day before Easter) for "dino eggs."  We also set out a bowl of gummi worms.


 
What party is complete without cupcakes?  Instead of making cupcake toppers (I usually DIY some cupcake picks), I found this pack of 72 mini vinyl dinosaurs on Amazon to use as toppers.  The extras also were a great bonus for the favor bags. 

 
Beverages were ice water and "swamp juice" (Green Gatorade... I coped something I did for Grayson's jungle-themed first birthday party).

 
For the favor bags, to continue with our color scheme, we used these paper lunch bags from Amazon, and clipped them together with a wooden clothes pin and a "RAWR {Thank You}" sign.  Note the little dinosaur toys that I found at the dollar store in each of the Ikea plants.
 
 
.Favor bag components (all from Amazon except the crayons that I made - though the supplies and wrapping for the crayon project were also from Amazon): dinosaur bubbles, dinosaur tattoos, mini vinyl dinosaurs leftover from the cupcake toppers, dinosaur lollipops, play dough with a DIY "Thank You" label, and a set of dinosaur crayons.  Click here to read my blog post with instructions on how to make the dinosaur shaped crayons.
 
 
One of the party activities was a "dino dig." This was really fun!  I set up a bucket with some play sand and small paint brushes from Home Depot, along with some plastic sand shovels.  In the sand we buried genuine dinosaur fossils (you can actually purchase these by the lb. from Amazon!) and some toy dinosaur bone fossil toys.  This was a combo of an activity and more party favors with the treasures the kiddos (I mean, the little paleontologists) found.

 
See the birthday boy having fun in the sand (on the left) with his big brother carefully dusting off a fossil (on the right)!

Another fun party for my boys with a lot of personal touch!  Even though Grayson's birthday is 7 months away, the kid is already starting to plan his theme (planning early?  He's not my child or anything...).  It is currently a combo of Iron Man, Paw Patrol, and dragons.  We'll see how that comes together if he doesn't change his mind before then!

Edited to add: All printables for the party are available in this post here.  These printables are free, but I would appreciate a follow for @fabeverydayblog on social media (you can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, or Snapchat with that username) in return.  If you post pictures of your parties, tag @fabeverydayblog in them so we can see what you do!  Finally, if you blog about your party, please link back to www.fabeveryday.com in your blog posts to credit the printables and inspiration.

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