Birthday season is finally over in our house! One big First Birthday, four cases of strep, one broken finger, and finally a 4th Birthday. And now I’m tired! I mean… really tired! But the party turned out so well, that I just had to share all the details.
Our son’s “ROAR! I’m FOUR” Dinosaur themed birthday party turned out great! It was, of course, designed by him. Every year, I ask him what kind of birthday party he would like me to design, and this year he said dinosaurs with lots of polka dots. Specifically BIG polka dots (and he wanted them pink.. but Mom overruled him on that one)! I got to work designing the whole party for him and started with the invitation. I’m so tired of the typical dinosaur theme full of drab green & brown, that I decided to brighten it up a bit and play with the words so that the dinosaurs appeared to be walking through them. And, of course, added a big photo on the polka dotted back. I love photos on the back of an invitation. Why not use that space?
Once the invitation was designed, the whole party took form. Party signs, chalkboard posters, banners, cupcake toppers, adorable favors, you name it! And, some really great dinosaur activities for all the kiddos.
Our big guy’s birthday was right after Easter, so we took advantage of that and stocked up on a lot of white, plastic Easter eggs and filled them with really great dinosaur crayons from Etsy. They were just perfect! Packaged them all up, added the favor tags and viola! Perfect and super easy… and more importantly … adorable. Here are just a few photos of how the favors turned out.
And there were lots more decorations… party signs, chalkboard posters, and really simple diy centerpieces made from my digital patterned paper and cupcake toppers all available in the birthday party kit. You can find a tutorial on how to make the centerpieces from my party tips post.
Here are a few photos of the banner (with a dinosaur crawling through each letter), party signs, and dinosaur party hats. The hats were so easy to make! All you need is the printable party hat, glue, and some foam cut into triangles and glued up the seam of the hat. Super simple and so cute!
And finally, no kids party would be complete without activities! We had a “Design your own Dino” station, a “Make your own Fossil” station complete with play dough and plastic bugs for imprinting, a dinosaur piñata, and a “Dino Dig.” The Dino Dig was the bit hit of the party! I had decided against actually hiding dinosaur bones in sand (ugh… sand … everywhere… can you even imagine??), and switched it to a “Dinosaur (Egg Hunt) Dig” so the kids got to jump in a giant size blow-up pool filled with shredded paper and search for plastic eggs filled with tiny dinosaurs. The activities were meant to be played outside, but it had rained the day before, so they all got moved into our unfinished basement. It still worked out great! The kiddos made a HUGE mess and loved every minute of it. Even some of the adults jumped in. (When grown ups can’t resist, that’s how you know it was a success). And the birthday boy is still talking about “his dino dig.”
Our big birthday boy had a DINO-MITE time… and so did everyone else. The party was a big hit! I’ve been told that I should start working on a rocket party for next year… so stay tuned!
All Party Printables were designed by Oodles and Doodles and are available in the OandD Etsy Shop.