(Thank you to Oriental Trading Company for providing product used in this birthday party! The opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own).
I still can’t believe our son turned 6 today! He is passionate about dinosaurs and calls himself a paleontologist so we decided to make it the theme of his birthday party. I set up a food table and a smaller table for party favors in our kitchen. I covered them both with burlap fabric and used our living room curtains as backdrop. For decorations, I used wrapping kraft paper to make the medallions and felt sheets to make the jungle leaves. We put a triceratops on the smaller table and it was a huge hit! A vintage suitcase, a safari hat and binoculars completed the set up.
On the menu were dinosaur spikes (ham and cheese sandwiches)…
…dinosaur bones (pretzels), dinosaur claws (cucumbers and green peppers), dinosaur scales (chips), and dinosaur swamp (guacamole).
I also made this fun fruit Stegosaurus…
…and put some dinosaur eggs in a bowl.
To drink, I poured some lemonade and sparkling water in a beverage dispenser and served some dino DNA.
The dig site cake was my son’s favorite thing. I made a vanilla cake with chocolate frosting and sprinkled crushed Oreos to make the ‘dirt’. I used pirouline wafers for ‘fencing’.
I bought the 3 dinosaur fondant cake toppers from I Dream of Jeanies Cakes on Etsy.
It was -10 F outside so we set up a few activities for the children to do indoors. We filled a kiddie pool with sand and the kids had fun digging up bones.
I also made some dino eggs out of air-dry clay using this tutorial and hid a baby dinosaur inside each egg. The kids had a blast going on an egg hunt and smashing their eggs with a hammer to free the little dinosaurs.
They also got to adopt a mommy dinosaur.
It was such a fun birthday party that we will never forget… When I was pregnant with my son, the two pieces of advice I heard the most often was to be present and to cherish every moment because time flies fast. When I was sitting on the floor with my son on my lap surrounded by 20 people singing happy birthday, it hit me more than usual and I started tearing up. I often forget that the season of our lives when the children are with us under the same roof is the busiest, but it is also the shortest…
I spent a lot of time making the decorations for this birthday party and I would like another little boy or girl to enjoy them. Here is what I would like to give away: a wooden crate containing food labels, a jungle leaf banner, 3 jungle leaves, 2 small paper medallions, a jar filled with baby dinosaurs, and 3 mini puzzles. Please let me know if you are interested in the comment box below and I will put it in the mail for you.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read about our son’s paleontologist birthday party. I hope you are staying warm and cozy in this cold weather…
Greetings from Kingsbury Brook Farm!