Friday, November 18, 2011

RAWR: Dinosaur Birthday Party

I am so excited to write this post about my son's 3rd birthday party. It was so much fun to finally see all that I had worked on, in the last few months, coming together, and my son and his friends enjoying each and every moment of it.

First the Roaring invites. Decided to go with the silhouttes of Dinosaurs on it. This sort of set the color theme of the party: Green, Blue and Orange.

                                    The Birthday Boy. My sweet adorable baby, now a boy.

Here is the dessert table for the party. In the background is the burlap banner which I cut and handpainted with all my love for my little one. The banner is pinned on the backdrop that is made from foam and covered with a printed fabric. Would you believe me if I tell you that I used a shower curtain as my fabric!!!

I really wanted the big round balloons for the party. But what a trouble it was to get this inflated. My sister and I spent 2 hours before the party trying to find a place that could fill this up. 

Framed the prints of 4 Dinosaurs and hung these on both sides of the dessert table. 

I decided to take things simple with the cake this year, to reduce the last day stress. It was a Chocolate Devil cake with dinosaur toppers ready to roar. For the Trex dinosaur topper, I followed the tutorial here. For pterandon and stegosaurus, I used the pictures here to make the toppers. Added a cake banner made from printed paper.

For each kid, there were cupcakes with the bright tissue pom pom topper. The tutorial for topper can be found here.

The Jello in Green and Blue was kids one of the favourites. I was planning to add dino shaped gummys to it, which I had especially bought for this purpose, but gummys disappeared right when I needed. 

The marshmallows sprinkled in blue and green were super easy to make and I could prepare it couple of days in advance. It was as simple as dipping the marshmallow in melted white chocolate and then dipping it in the sugar sprinkles.

Candy floss(above): I got these mini candy bottles from Ikea and decorated with the Dinosaur labels. Added a burlap fabric with ribbon to decorate it.

Along with the printed food labels, I also added the signs to indicate if it was a Sweetivore Dino Diet or Carnivore/Herbivore Diet. These signs are made from photo frame(Ikea) with chalk paper in it.

Chocolate and Vanilla milk in glass milk bottles. Instead of buying the expensive milk bottles, I used the Starbucks coffee bottles. That meant my family had to drink lots of coffee in a short span of time :-)

Chocolate covered Oreos was another addition on the table. Used regular and mint oreos, dipped them in chocolate and added a swirl with the melted candy.

Popcorn cones were the first one to go. I had to refill each kid's cone. Looks like popcorn rates higher than the sweet stuff for toddlers. I made these popcorn cones from thick cardstock paper and decorated with tiny dinos and sparkles.

There were fruit kababs with chocolate fountain and sixlet jars as well on the candy table.

For the snacks table, there were lots of snacks most of which my sister made single handedly. The recipes of turkey rolls and potato salad bites can be found here

                        In the background is another birthday banner for the snack table.

Dinosaur RAWR from wooden alphabets painted and decorated with crepe paper flower.

The salad cup was my favourite. By the end of party, all were gone, so I guess parents won't hate me that much for all the sweet.

                                                                   Dinosaur Drinks

Dinosaur eggs(string balls) at the entrance. There is a tutorial on these eggs here

                'I wish I was a Dinosaur' pins for each kid as they came in. 

Table setting
Each kid got his/her own paper dinosaur. This was the most tedious project. My hands were stiff for days with all the cutting and folding :-)

           Activity table
Surprisingly, kids spent a lot of time here, and made amazing art work.

                                                                 Goodie bags
This was my favourite project I undertook for this party - a personalised goodie bag for each kid. Here is the tutorial on it.

Party Hats
I bought ready made hats from walmart and decorated them with printed paper and pom poms. Kabir chose and stuck the pom poms on each hat for his friends.

   Dinosaur name printables
Each kid got one before they left.

                                     Now the games. This was part I liked the most in the party.

                                                                                Dino Dig

I filled Kabir's toy bins with play sand and lots of dinosaur skeletons. Got few shovels and stage was set for a fun Dino Dig.


                                                                Dinosaur Egg Hunt
Kabir and I made these eggs from soil flour salt mixture, with a tiny dinosaur baby hiding in between the egg.  Kids had as much fun breaking each egg to find these dinos, as they had hunting for these. I wish there was a better picture of the eggs. Here is the tutorial I followed for the eggs.

                                                                  Erupting Volcano
Made this volcano from flour/salt/water mixture over a plastic bowls. The topmost bowl had baking soda. Each kid got a chance to pour magic mixture(vinegar) in the volcano and watch it erupt.

                                                                       Photo Booth 
I got some props for the photo booth. There was dino masks, dino noses, dino tail for the kids to use.

This is my favourite picture. All the kids together(almost)..some were still inside muching on the sweets.

                      And this is what I get for throwing this party. A big Dino kiss. Isn't it worth it.

Other Details:

Invites by TheGreengrassgrows. Printed at catprint.com
Cupcake liners and straw slip printables from TheCelebrationShoppe.
Birthday boy Dinosaur shirt from DressMe
Birthday boy Dinosaur Hat from StellandLivi. I added the pom pom and frill for more cuteness.
Paper Dinosaur Kirigami printables from EasyCutPopUp.
Striped Straws from Isakayboutique
Dinosaur Pin Buttond from Wacky Buttons
Photography by Mickie from Winters Photography.
Everything else : made with LOVE by Kabir's Mom

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