How to Make An AWESOME Dinosaur Birthday Party!


Dinosaur Birthday Party!

For my son’s 8th birthday he wanted to have a dinosaur themed birthday party. And not just any dinosaur birthday, he wanted a SCARY dinosaur birthday party! So I started planning about a month in a half in advance to get everything together.

I knew I wanted this party to have similar decorations like his Minion Birthday Party, and his Lego Birthday Party – so away to planning I went.

Dinosaur Birthday

The Logo

First I designed a special “Logo” for his party. He LOVES Spinosaurus dinosaurs so I implemented one in the logo. This logo would be the basis of the party favors and decorations.

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For the invitations I racked my brain for ideas on how to make them “cool” and “scary”. I knew I wanted to include the logo, Hunter’s picture, and a scary dino so I came up with an idea. I took a picture of Hunter running and screaming and had a T-Rex in the background. I tried, and tried, and tried, but I couldn’t find a good picture for a Spinosaurus – which was a little bit of a bummer for Hunter. After all – it is his favorite dinosaur! Nevertheless, I think the invitations came out AWESOME!

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For his birthday Hunter wanted his guests to bring cat and dog food for our local animal shelter. He told us that the homeless dogs and cats needed food more than he needed presents (I know… total heart melt). So we added a line at the bottom to include “in lieu of gifts, we’re collecting dog and cat food to donate to the local shelter”.

Jurassic Party Ideas, Dino, Invites, Invitations The Decorations

This is where the real planning begins for an epic dinosaur birthday party.

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The first decoration I created was the dinosaur birthday banner. It was an absolute pain. I ended up using poster board and cutting it out with my vinyl cutter to make everything work right, but in the end I ended up cutting out about 4 banners. Jurassic, Dino, Party, Birthday, Ideas, Decorations, Decor

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I should have taken an “after” picture of the gift table. we were covered with dog & cat food!

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The dinosaur head centerpiece was made from a Spinosaurus costume I made for my sons Halloween outfit. I just added a few dinosaurs he already had as smaller centerpieces. The posters in the background were one of my favorites. It shows different types of dinosaurs, where they came from, and what they were like. It was pretty cool reading about them!

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Jurassic, Dino, Party, Birthday, Ideas, Decorations, Decor

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The dino claws were cut out of poster board, spray painted, and taped to the floor.

Jurassic, Dino, Party, Birthday, Ideas, Decorations, Decor

Jurassic, Dino, Party, Birthday, Ideas, Decorations, Decor

My husband said I was doing too much, but I couldn’t resist this 5 foot balloon!!! How awesome is it?! The alphabet balloons can be found here. The 5′ dinosaur birthday balloon can be found here.

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One of my all time favorite decorations is setting out memoirs. I set out Hunter’s baby shirt quilts, baby books, pictures, etc.  Afterall we are celebrating his life and growing another year older! Jurassic, Dino, Party, Birthday, Ideas, Decorations, Decor

Jurassic, Dino, Party, Birthday, Ideas, Decorations, Decor

Jurassic, Dino, Party, Birthday, Ideas, Decorations, Decor

Jurassic, Dino, Party, Birthday, Ideas, Decorations, Decor

Jurassic, Dino, Party, Birthday, Ideas, Decorations, Decor

The Party Favors

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I LOVE the party favor table! I used streamer and balloons to make the background, dinosaurs Hunter had for decor, and labeled party favor bags for the kids.

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Jurassic, Dino, Party, Birthday, Ideas, Party Favor Table,

Jurassic, Dino, Party, Birthday, Ideas, Party Favor Table,

Jurassic, Dino, Party, Birthday, Ideas, Party Favor Table,

Jurassic, Dino, Party, Birthday, Ideas, Party Favor Table,

Jurassic, Dino, Party, Birthday, Ideas, Party Favors, Coloring Pages, Coloring Sheets, Crayons, Soap, chocolate

The dinosaur crayons are just regular crayons peeled and melted in the oven with a mold, similar to this one. Just head the oven up to 350, put your peeled and broken crayons in the mold, let them melt, take them out of the oven, then let them cool. Easy peasy.

I bought the tiny dinosaurs on Amazon here. They’re a lot cheaper on Amazon than I could find in the store!

The dinosaur claws are just foam cut into the shape of a dino claw and a hole for feet to slide in to.

The dino soap didn’t turn out like I expect. I should have purchased a soap kit & went by the directions.

I also made some dinosaur gummy bears from the molds I bought on Amazon. The recipe is super simple. Follow the directions here.

I also scoured the internet and printed coloring pages for different types of dinosaurs.

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Jurassic, Dino, Party, Birthday, Ideas, Party Favors, Coloring Pages, Coloring Sheets, Crayons, Soap, chocolate

The Party Food

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The dinosaur bones were chocolate covered pretzels. Yum!

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Dinosaur scales – potato chips. We also had dip to go with the dinosaur scales. Jurassic, Dino, Party, Birthday, Ideas, Party Food

Jurassic, Dino, Party, Birthday, Ideas, Party Food

To make the special effects on the cookies – after the cookies are baked, but before they’re cooled take a toy dinosaur and press the foot into the cookies. Let them harden a little and use icing gel to color the inside of the footprint.

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Raptor Claws!

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My mother-in-law helped me out on this one. Jurassic Nests!

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Dino Eggs! These were so cool, but stunk up the house.

Jurassic, Dino, Party, Birthday, Ideas, Party Food

Jurassic, Dino, Party, Birthday, Ideas, Party Food

Drinkasaurus watering hole!

The Cake!

The cake was the center of this dinosaur birthday… The detail on this cake was absolutely astonishing!

Dinosaur Birthday Party Cake, Jurassic Cake

Dinosaur Birthday Party Cake, Jurassic Cake

Dinosaur Birthday Party Cake, Jurassic Cake

CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO OF THE CAKE:

Dinosaur Birthday Party Cake

The Donation

Hunter ended up donating over 200lbs of dog and cat food, 36 cans of food, 2 bags of treats, bowls, and toys. When he was asked by he wanted dog and cat food to donated instead of getting gifts he said “because the cats and dogs are running out of food. They need food more than I need toys”. He also said he hopes that other kids will see this and they’ll want to donate too! His favorite part of donating is that the animals get healthy, nutritious food to eat!

Dinosaur Birthday

 

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