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apothecary jars full of brown, orange and egg-shaped candy

{Real Party} Dinosaur Party

 

dinosaur party food table by Renees Soirees

If you have a dinosaur lover in your life, then they will ROAR over this collection!

This was my son’s 7th birthday party, and his *second* dino party. Normally I don’t repeat themes, but he loves dinosaurs That. Much.

Of the 3 styles available, my son chose the plaid background because he liked the faint dinosaur images in the background (there’s no such thing as too many dinos for him)! We started with the invite, available here… (The invitation is available in a photo version as well).

dinosaur party invitation

I used earth tones to create this collection… mostly brown, green, and orange. Because my son’s favorite color is orange and has been for many years, I highlighted that in the decor and printables (though I have versions of the printables where the brown or the green are more prominent as well).

By the way, ‘Tangerine Tango’ is a version of orange that Pantone declared the 2012 Color of the Year. So stay tuned for future trend previews from Colin! LOL!

Here are the other two backgrounds available, in case you don’t fancy plaid:

Dinosaur invitation with earth-toned stripes
Dinosaur invitation with green chevron and stripes

It might be hard to tell from here, but the lower text looks like it’s spelled out in bones. Because I’m a goofball about details like that! 🙂

Because this party took place just after Easter, it was easy to find a ton of egg-shaped treats for the party table. But Raisinets, jelly beans, and lots of other items available year-round could also be used as ‘dino eggs.’

dino party table food

I also had ‘Dino Scat’ in the apothecary jars. Except I didn’t think first graders would know what scat was, so I went with ‘droppings’ instead. LOL. These are Whoppers… (You may wince at the tag, but let me assure you that 7-year-old boys will laugh hysterically at stuff like this!):

dino party table food

These ‘Dino Bones’ snacks were such a hit!  They weren’t too difficult to make, and all the kids got such a kick out of them.

Pretzel sticks, marshmallows & white chocolate made to look like bones

And in fact my 2-year-old helped make them. We just stuck mini marshmallows on the end of pretzel sticks, then dipped the whole thing in melted white chocolate (we used white Candy Melts, available at craft stores). If you like salty + sweet snacks, you will love these!

Here’s a closer look at the Bones Snack:

snack that looks like bones

I also made the Fossil Cookies. Well, that’s what I call them, anyway. Basically I made a fantastic recipe called Nut-Edged Lemon Cookies; because they’re my sister’s all-time favorite cookie (recipe link in footer).  Then I stamped one of my son’s dinosaur feet into them before baking (of course I scrubbed the T-Rex very well first, because a dino toy is certainly not a food-grade item). You could use a regular shortbread recipe instead, or any cookie that doesn’t change shape TOO much during cooking.

Cookies with an imprint of a dinosaur foot in them

I also ‘made’ some cookies that matched my color scheme. Actually they are just Oreo Cakesters, dipped in colored sugar. These cookies are great for party tables because you can get them in vanilla or chocolate, and roll them in whatever color of sugar or sprinkles you want, to make them match your theme. Super easy!

Oreo Cakesters with orange sprinkles

By the way, the FOOD LABELS that come with the collection are blank, so you aren’t stuck with my kooky concoctions. 🙂

It wasn’t all sweets, though. I made some PB&J sandwiches on bread that I cut out with a dinosaur-shaped cutter  (I got mine at my regular grocery store).

PB&J sandwiches cut in the shape of a dinosaur

And some sub sandwiches, plus crudites with veggie dip…

Basket full of crudites labeled Herbivores

And for drinks, I did a jug of water with some mint leaves. (Note to self: Don’t use this many mint leaves next time, unless you prefer your water to taste like mouthwash!)

Water jug full of mint leaves and labeled Watering Hole

And I set out some Take & Toss cups, hoping to proactively avoid spills. I added some dino flair to them so the big kids wouldn’t feel like they were using ‘sippy cups’.

Sip & Toss cups with a dinosaur tag on the straw

I didn’t want to pay big bucks for another cake stand, so I made my own for around $3:

 Cake stand with orange top, brown ribbon and brown stand.”

I painted a wooden frame (with craft paint, that sells for less than $1 at craft stores) and added a photo of the birthday boy to the table… plus a toy out of his room. 🙂

Brown frame with photo of boy and Lego dinosaur on party table

And of course, the requisite cupcakes in party colors, with custom toppers!

Orange and brown cupcakes with dinosaur toppers

And finally, the FAVORS! I used bags from Dollar Tree (3 for $1), and bought the bottles of bubbles there, too (same price). The bubble bottle labels are included in my Dinosaur Collection, by the way. Inside the egg was a small dinosaur figurine, a bit of candy, and a dino tattoo. Plus some handmade items from some AMAZING Etsy sellers… a reusable dino napkin, some dinosaur-shaped crayons, and a chocolate dino lollipop! The museum also gave us some dino-themed word find puzzles and coloring pages, so we put photocopies of those into the favor bags.

Photos of the items included in the favor bags

A party at the natural history museum also includes access to their exhibits and tours after the party, so it was double the fun for both the kids and their parents. Especially because my 2 1/2 year old kept arguing with the docent about her dinosaur facts. “Actuwee, it’s like this…” LOL!  Told you I have two little dinosaur fanatics!

child, man and docent under a dinosaur display at a museum

I hope you enjoyed our prehistoric party as much as we did!

dinosaur-themed party table with banner, food and balloons

Happy Birthday, sweet Colin! I had SO much fun creating a dinosaur party for you, and I know you’ll remember it for a looong while (because you talk about it all the time)!

child standing next to a dinosaur made of Legos

——————————– {Party Partners} ——————————–
Edible Bones idea from Epicurious
Dino Crayons from Posh Paper Creations
Chocolate dinosaur lollipops from The Sugared Shop
Reusable napkins from Gnome Clothes
Photographer: Chelsey Vehon, Vehon Photography

Dinosaur Collection by Renee’s Soirees
Nut-Edged Lemon Cookies recipe
Party Venue: Museum of Natural History, Mesa, Arizona

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