Dinosaurs rock! This dino-mite Dinosaur Birthday Party is a
theme that kids really dig.
We have a lot of boys in our family and they all love dinosaurs.
In fact, the girls love them too. This is a theme that won't be going extinct any time soon.
Kim's son, Jack, chose this theme for one of his birthdays not too many years ago.
The best thing is, you don't have to be a paleontologist to put together this prehistoric party.
We have all the innovative ideas and simple suggestions you need to make this party a hit of
There are many varieties of Dinosaur Party themes to choose from like Dinosaur
For the younger ones, there is Little Dino, Dinosaur Train and and Dinosaur Party. If your child is turning one, we've got you covered on that one too.
All of the Dinosaur themes go right along together so no need to look any further!
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We like to start out with a party package like the ones above and then gather up what we
can excavate from
around the house that we can creatively "re-imagine" and grab things at a dollar or discount
store as well. Then, there are always some special things we splurge on.
Get the word out with a grrreat rrrroar with dinomite invitations like these. You can
pick from fill-in-the-blanks or the custom versions. Most every dinosaur theme has matching invitations and
don't forget the Thank-you notes while you're ordering.
You can also order your invitations straight from a print shop like Tiny Prints or the
Card Shop. The quality is excellent, you can design your own and some of them will even mail them
out for you and even tend to the RSVP list.
Of course, if you are up for it, you can create your own invitations. For those you can hand
deliver, how about this fun idea:
Partymite Egg Invitations
1. Cut a dinosaur out of green construction paper and print the party details on it.
2. Fold the invitation up really small and place it in a "dinosaur egg". You can find the eggs on Amazon
or do like we did and use green and camo colored "reimagined" Easter eggs.
3. Slip in a little treat like magically expanding dinos, stickers or even confetti.
Neatly fill out the invitations of your choice or
better yet, order personalized dinosaur address labels.
Seal the deal with customized stamps from Stamps.com and dinosaur stickers. You can
even order personalized stickers. Then sprinkle in some dino confetti for a little added fun. Be sure to get the invitations in the wind with plenty
of time to spare so parents can plan accordingly.
Enter the Land Before Time! Set your prehistoric party mood with dino-details that will leave the little
paleontologists in wonder. Brown and green are excellent colors for this party but if your
particular dino-theme has other colors too, you can certainly goe with those as well.
First, a yard sign, door cover or banner is a great way to welcome the guests and assure they won't end
up at a neighbor's house by mistake.
Make tracks! Check out these cool dino-foot prints that lead the way to the party
area. We had them all the way from the front sidewalk, up the porch, down the hall and right
into the family room where our party was. If your party is for little ones, you can play the
fun song We Are The Dinosaurs by Laurie Berkner. You won't believe the look on the little guest's faces as they
begin the journey back in time
down dinosaur lane!
I like to set up a "grand entrance" right off so we grabbed up some tree standees at Shindigz. Shindigz
has a myriad of scene setters and the best thing is that you can use a little imagination and
repurpose them for party after party. We actually had used the same trees for our Jungle Theme Party.
Another great theme to reuse them for is our Hawaiian Luau or any
of our Summer Themes.
We also got this standee at Shindigz. It's a Giganotosaurus that measures about 70x73 with the easel.
You can choose between all different breeds though including the towering T-Rex.
standee not only set an adventurous mood to the room but serves as an excellent photo prop too.
A super fun thing to do for this party is to make a balloon tree. First, you will need to
make a base. We used a large planter and filled it with dirt then stuck a mop handle in it (minus the
mop). Blow up brown and green balloons. Start with the brown and attach them to the lower
part of the mop handle to form the "trunk" and then work your way to the "tree" using the green
balloons. You will want to use curly ribbon to tie green on green to shape a very full circle.
when doing the "tree". Place some dinosaur toys or standees around the tree.
If you aren't into making your own or are pressed for time, Shindigz has a great kit that you
can use over and over.
Not only is a balloon tree a fun saurce of dino-decor but you
can use the balloon tree at game time and when the
party is over, the guests can take some of the tree home as a reminder of the gigantic fun they
had at your Dinosaur Party.
SLIMY DINOSAUR JELL-O
Make green Jell-O. Put some of it in clear plastic containers and put some aside. When
the Jell-O starts to solidify, add various gummy dinosaurs. Beat the rest of the Jell-O to a froth
and add to the top of the slime. Let set. Decorate the top with some toy dinosaurs for even
These cookies are really easy and cute taboot! Mix up some of our shortbread cookie dough and let
chill for at least an hour. Roll out and cut with Dinosaur Cookie Cutters. Bake as directed on
the recipe and let cool. Frost using our decorative frosting recipe tinted with Wilton Icing Colors.
WHITE CHOCOLATE DINOSAUR PRETZELS
If you want to put together a super quick, super yummy dino-snack, here ya go...
Take large pretzel sticks and dip 1/2 in melted white Wilton candy melts. While still hot,
sprinkle on Dinosaur Edibles
and let cool. Arrange in bright colored festive dishes like these cute
dinosaur mugs that we used.
This was one of the funnest desserts we served and delicious as well! You will need a couple of dozen
plastic Easter Eggs. You will need to make fairly large holes in each but be sure that is the only hole
in the egg. If your eggs have a tiny hole already, simply use the same hole and make it larger. You
can make the hole with a drill. SPRAY THE INSIDE OF EACH EGG GENEROUSLY WITH NON-STICK SPRAY.
Boil 1 cup of water and pour into a bowl containing one package of Jello until dissolved.
Place 1/3 Cool Whip in a bowl and pour half of the Jello in the bowl. Whisk the mixture
Set the plastic eggs in an empty egg carton, hole side up. Take a small amount of the solid Jello
and squirt inside the egg with a turkey baster. Let chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
Take the eggs out and add the Jello and Cool Whip mixture on top of the layer that has set.
Return to the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
Make another batch of Jello using another color. Again, mix half with 1/3 cup of Cool Whip and
repeat the process.
Once you have completed the process enough times to have full eggs that are completely set,
carefully remove from the plastic eggs. It is easiest to remove the larger part of the egg first.
Arrange on a platter. We made a "bed" out of spinach and layed the eggs atop then set around
some small plastic dinosaur toys for the full effect.
DINOSAUR JIGGLE EGGS
These are a fun twist to Jello Eggs. You will need enough eggs so each guest can have at least one.
Take a knife and crack the top part of each egg and remove only the top part, about 1/4 of the
Empty each egg into a bowl so you can use the it for another recipe or even for scrambled
eggs. Wash the inside of the shells and place them back in the egg cartons with the broken side
Prepare the Jello mix according to directions. Set aside.
Place one gummy dinosaur candy of a contrasting color to your gelatin into each shell.
Fill 3/4 full with liquid Jello mixture.
Refrigerate overnight and remove the eggs from the cartons and display on a plate along with a
scattering of extra gummy dinosaurs.
KRISPIE DINOSAUR BONES
We made these with bone shaped cookie cutters we had from a party for our dog, Joe!
Simply make up a batch of Rice Crispie Treats, tint in green, blue or whatever color you choose then shape with bone shaped cookie cutters.
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 package of regular sized marshmallows
6 cups of Rice Krispies cereal
In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Tint if you would like tol Remove from heat.
Add KELLOGG'S RICE KRISPIES cereal. Stir until well coated.
Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Usse
a cookie cutter to cut into desired shapes.
KRISPIE DINO EGGS
A fun twist to the recipe above is to pack plastic eggs with the Rice Krispie Treat mix and
let set until firm. Take out of the eggs and drizzle on some melted semi-sweet chocolate
morsels or Wilton green candy melts.
DINOS IN A HALF SHELL
Prepare several batches of Jello in a variety of colors and mix according to
the directions on the package.
Spray the inside of each egg with non-stick baking spray.
Drill a hole in the top of some
plastic Easter Eggs Shells and use a turkey baster to fill each egg with the liquid Jello mixture.
Place in the refrigerator until well set.
Take the Jello eggs out of the plastic eggs and cut each one in half.
Squirt a generous dab of Whip Cream in the center of each half then place a plastic
toy dinosaur in each one.
Arrange on a platter and enjoy!
CAKESChildren look very forward to the unearthing of the birthday cake so make sure yours
You have several choices when it comes to the cake, depending on how much time you are able
to put into the process.
Your cake can be ordered at a bakery or boutique, picked up at most local grocers or you
can bake your own. When baking your own, you can go with simple and quick or choose to
use your creative bone!
LINDA'S DINOSAUR CAKE
My sister made this prehisoric marvel for Kim's son, Jack. Simply bake a rectangle cake in the
flavor of your choice.
Frost using yellow, brown, orange and green. Build a dirt mound out of Oreo or Vanilla Wafer cookie
crumbs and set about miniature plastic tree and toy dinosaurs. She added in some edible dinosaur rocks.
If you want to get fancy and
have the coolest cake ever, add this pocket volcano and
This is a great project for your birthday boy or girl to help with so he or she can help to truely customize the creation.
it. The most important rule to making this cake is...have fun!
Cake toppers magically transform a basic cake into a dino-mite creation. Choose from
Dinosaur Train, Dinosaur Pals and Classic Dinosaur.
Simply bake your cake, let cool and add the topper! It's as easy as pie...but it's cake!
Ice Breakers are games played to help the children get aquainted and feel
comfortable at the party. We always play one or two at the beginning to warm up cold feet
from the start so even shy guests can loosen up and have a great time.
We always throw in more Ice Breakers during the party too because the children enjoy them so much.
Here are some of our favorite Dinosaur Theme Ice Breakers.
WE ARE THE DINOSAURS
As the guests arrive, play the song "We Are the Dinosaurs"
by The Laurie Berkner Band. Pass around a large toy dinosaur and let each player say his or her name
and what they would like best if they were a dinosaur.
TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE
Have each child tell three things about dinosaurs, two things that are true and one thing that
is not. Let the rest of the players guess which things are true and which is a lie.
The Rapator were among the most feared of all dinosaurs. They were huge bird-like meat-eaters.
A Rapator has stolen all the dinosaur eggs. Before the party, hide several dozen "dinosaur
eggs" filled with goodies.
Divide the group into two teams and have them hunt for eggs. The group that gets the most wins.
Prior to the game, line up alternate facing chairs, one less than the number of
For the music, we recommend "We Are the Dinosaurs" by Laurie Berkley or the Theme Song to
Dinosaur Train is another good one.
For the game, the players move round the chairs while the music is playing.
When the music stops they have to sit down on a free chair, the player without a chair is
out. Take away one chair each time, repeat until you have two players and one chair the
one to sit down first is the winner.
DINO, DINO, WHERE'S YOUR BONE "MASK"ERADE
Play this game like the old "Doggie, Doggie, Where's Your Bone?" classic.
Pick a player to play the part of the dinosaur. Let him or her pick a dinosaur mask to wear.
He or she will sit in a chair with their back to the others.
Place a dog bone treat under the chair to be the dinosaur bone.
While the dinosaur is turned around with his or her eyes closed someone sneaks up
and steals the bone and then hides it somewhere on his person.
Then everyone sings: Dino, Dino, where's your bone? Somebody's stole it from your home.
Guess who it might be you. Then the dinosaur has three chances to guess who took it.
If the dinosaur guesses right then he gets to have another turn.
If he guesses wrong than the person who had the bone got a turn as the dinosaur.
DINOSAUR RING TOSS
Set up several big plastic dinosaur toys. Let the players toss rings at the dinosaur,
trying to land them around the dino's neck. Give each party guest three turns, and
whoever makes all three rings go around the dino wins.
OLYMPIC STYLE DINO OBSTACLE COURSE
Let the games begin... You can really play this one up like we did. We had
an announcer who called out each player's name as he or she entered the course and made it
like the real Olympics as best we could.
Before the party, round up some props like hula-hoops, orange cones, foam pool noodles,
pillows, empty boxes of all sizes, plastic crates and of course, all the dinosaur toys you
Whether your party is indoors or outside, you can construct a fun obstacle course. Outside
you can even have the players circle around trees and bushes and inside they can go around
chairs and such.
Divide the group into two teams and have each team come up with a name. Then show the
players the course and what they need to go around or go under or over.
We have the first player on the first team go and then tag the second player on his or her
team and so forth so there is only one child on the course at one time. This just makes the game
Time each team and the team that finishes first wins.
Don't forget to give out "gold medals" for performance and sportsmanship as well!
DINOSAUR TRAIN POP AND RACE
This is a really fun game for ages 5 and up! Players pop the dice dome and move pieces
around the game board.
Your special dinosaur mover has to get home first to win.
This game comes with a board with dice popper, 16 movers and a label sheet.
It's designed for 2 to 4 players so what we did was set up "game stations" with 5 different
board games to choose from and that worked out fantastic!
PIN THE HEAD ON THE DINOSAUR
All ages love this game, a spin off of the classic "Pin the Tail on the Donkey" game.
This Dinosaur version is fun for all and comes with one game board, one paper blind
fold, 2 sticker sheets of 6 stickers each. Each sticker has a spot for the contestants name.
The players take turns being blindfolded and trying to get the dino-tail in the correct
spot. Whoever comes the closest wins the game!
LEAPING LIZARDS FACE PAINTING
My nephew, Trevor, is showing off his
dino-face he got at Jack's party. We have made it a family tradition to hire a face painter, usually
a teen who has that artistic nack. Sometimes we just employ the help of a family member to
do the honors but however we arrange it, the kids just go head over tails for it!
For those of you who want to do-it-yourself, here's a fantastic Dinosaur Stamp Face Painting Kit
that is so easy...yep, a caveman could do it!
Every Paleontologist looks forward to a good dig! Let them scoop up some big fun with this
Prior to the party, hide toy dinosaurs and treat filled dinosaur eggs in sand. If your party
is outdoors, a sandbox or sandy areas are excellent spots for the dig. If your party is indoors, simply fill a large plastic tub or two with
play sand and place a large plastic tablecover underneath in case sand spills out (and...it will).
Give each child a small shovel and a treat bag or pail and let the fun begin!
PALEONTOLOGIST PUPPET SHOW
It doesn't get much better than this for an authentic looking dino-puppet! In fact, if your group is
very young, this big ole T-Rex might scare them so you may want to opt for the Puppet Board Book below.
Set up a puppet theater using a sheet draped over two chairs and you are good to go. Either perform
the show yourself or let the children volunteer to take turns puppeteering!
HAND PUPPET BOARD BOOK
This is the cutest little dinosaur book, perfect for little tykes.
The colorful character finger puppets interact as you read from the cloth-covered board book attached to the palm of the glove.
The little ones will enjoy not only learning about dinosaurs but colors too!
The children really enjoyed this craft. Print out pictures of
coloring page dinosaurs. They can be all the same or different.
Let the children dobble on some glue and then pass around some green craft sand for each child
to pour on the wet glue.
Have the children glue on a googly eye and attach clothespins for dino-spikes. Let them sign
their names on their masterpiece.
The projects should be dry by the end of the party and each guest can take his or hers home.
You will need:
2 cups of Elmer's glue
1 cup of liquid starch
few drops of food coloring (blue or green is our pick)
plastic eggs, one for each guest (we chose the clear)
Mix the ingredients together and then knead, working the putty mixture as much as possible.
The children can take turns kneading.
When the putty reaches the desired texture, let the children break off a nice size ball to
Pass out dinosaur eggs for the children to store the putty in. This fun craft serves as
a bonus party favor as well!
Let you child discover the wonder of make-believe when you let him or her dress in
these digs! From tot to teen and in between, these fun Dinosaur Costumes will make a good party great!
Join in the fun yourself with this adult Barney outfit. And don't forget the family pooch!
When you've reached the tail end of your party, send them home with a smile. Party
favors makes the parting much sweeter!
First, you will want to choose a container to put the favors in like theme boxes, sacks or bags.
Or, you can get creative and use dino-decorated sand pails or even a Pith Helmet.
Once you have determined what to put the treats in, it's time for the fun part...
filling them up!
Birthday in a Box has tons of Dinosaur party favors from water squirting dinos to
tatoos, stampers, dinosaur eggs, gummy dino candies and even personalized dinosaur items like buttons and stickers.
Dinosaur eggs with expanding Dinos inside, packages of Dino-gummy candies, prehistoric theme coloring
books, Dinosaur masks, mini containers of green play-dough, and anything else sproting the terrible
lizzards are great additions to the mix.
Wrap up your party favor handouts with something really sweet...candy bars with a tale to tail... personalized "thank-you"
candy wrappers! Check em out!
We found a good bit of our Dinosaur Party Favors at Amazon. Here are some of our favorites:
If you are pressed for time, you can opt for pre-filled goodie bags or boxes like these sets below.
TRIED AND TRUE TIPS
When Jack decided he wanted a Dinosaur Party, we all went to our attics to see what treasures
we could dig up that would work with the theme.
Of course, being dinosaurs, green would be in the color scheme and I had cleaned out the
bargain bin after St. Patricks' Day one year and had green party napkins, plate, cups and even
Kim had caught a clearance sale after Christmas and had plenty of green balloons, serving
dishes and even more plates and napkins.
My sister, Linda (Kim's Mother), had oodles and gobs of plastic Easter Eggs we converted to dinosaur eggs.
We pulled out all of Jack's dinosaur toys, added
some Dinosaur Theme party supplies from places like Birthday in a Box, grabbed some Shindigz
decorations and bought some special splurge items and we were
You never know what party theme your youngster might choose next birthday, so grab all the
post holiday sale items you can when you come across them. Pinch those pennies and throw a party that
looks like you spent a million!
MAKE A MEMORY
There you have it, our Dinosaur Party in an egg shell, a dinosaur egg shell, that is.
We make this party so easy, a caveman can do it so you can relax, curl your tail up and enjoy
making memories because when it's all said and done...making memories is what it's all about!