I recently threw a dinosaur themed baby shower for a friend and carried the theme from invitations to tablescape and cake to favors. This podcast discusses everything I did for the party plus a few additional ideas I found online.
Choose a color scheme for the party. This was going to be a boy’s baby shower so I chose green, blue, and brown. But if I was doing a child’s birthday party I’d do bright colors with oranges, yellows, greens and blues.
- I created dinosaur egg invitations and mailed them out individually in a “nest” box. The invitation was a long narrow paper, rolled up and placed inside of a green plastic egg (like the kind you use on Easter).
- I used a paint pen to decorate with egg with a few spots, then placed the egg in a small kraft box filled with brown paper shred.
- I stamped a few footprints on the outside of the box and tied it with green raffia.
- I then either delivered each box or put it in a mailing box and sent it. It’s not the most economical way to send invitations, but they were a lot of fun to make.
- For large group invitations, where you are inviting a classroom or an office, you can create a nest with many invitation eggs inside instead of the individual boxes. That’s what I did for her coworkers who all shared the same common area in the office.
Cake, cupcakes, and favors:
- Dinosaur cake:
- I used a dome cake pan to make the cake.
- Placed it flat side down and covered with fondant.
- I made feet and the tail from fondant.
- For the neck, I wrapped a skewer in fondant and stuck that into the cake.
- The head was formed from fondant and I used two candy eyes.
- The spots on the back were cut from a sugar sheet.
- I used an open star decorating tip to make a round “nest” of frosting on the top.
- Inside the nest I put Jordan almonds to look like dino eggs.
- Favors/Dino Cookies:
- For the favors, I made dinosaur sugar cookies and frosted them in blue and green, using candy eyes.
- I put two or three cookies in each clear treat bag and tied it with the green raffia.
- Cake table:
- I started with a light green linen with a vase of sunflowers (the mom’s favorite flower) in the center.
- I placed the cake and cupcakes on raised stands then layed out the favor bags on the table.
- For the food table, I started with a brown table linen with two smaller light green linens on top.
- I made a silly volcano centerpiece background for two stuffed dinosaurs that I got for the mom-to-be. I also used some dinosaur toys around the table that I would also send home with my friend.
- I rented silverware and plates, but I picked up blue paper napkins (paper plates and plastic ware in the same blue would have looked great too)
- The food was not theme specific, it was primarily small snack size so it was easy to eat while standing and talking.
Other Fun Ideas for a Dinosaur Birthday Party:
- Dinosaur party hats (add paper spiny ridge down a cone shaped party hat)
- Use craft foam to create dinosaur feet
- Use craft foam to make dinosaur masks (make them ahead of time or set up a table for the kids to make their own mask at the party)
- Dino Dig (hide “bones” in a sandbox and have them search)
- You can mark one as the winner and the child who finds it wins a prize
- RAWR contest! Prizes for the loudest, scariest, or cutest dinosaur roar.
Thank you notes:
- Don’t forget thank you notes! If you can, print some up that match the theme, and thank everyone for coming and for their gift. A little thank you goes a long way.
- For more dinosaur ideas check out my Pinterest board and have fun planning your Dinosaur party!