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


Yamini Kaur said...

Lovely photographs of a looooovely party.. but I want to see more pix !!

Love your comments, esp about the milk bottles :)


Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

Wow what a great party! You guys did a great job with the pom toppers! Thanks for linking my tutorial =).

Nitika said...

This is unbelievable, Tania. How are you ever going to match this next year? :-) Perfectly designed, planned and executed party. I wanna see more pics too.

Tania Tangri said...

@Mini Didi: Thanks Didi. I'll be posting rest of the pics on other FB account.

@Xiaolu: Thanks for the amazing tutorial.

@Nitika: Thanks dear.. I am sure you will help me match this one next year :-)

Henna Tangri said...

Shishter: It was an awesome party! and these pics refresh all my memories...I wish all of you get at least one chance to actually see live the kind of mind blowing parties my sister throw!! And each time it is better than the last...Love you loads :)

Tania Tangri said...

Thanks so much Henu. You were such a big help at the party. And Kabir's birthday was all the more special and fun because his Masee was there with him.

Kim @ The Celebration Shoppe said...

What a beautiful party Tania! Thank you for allowing us to play a part.

Tania Tangri said...

Thanks Kim. Your party was the inspiration.

Kate Humphrey said...

You are amazing!!

Tania Tangri said...

Thanks Kate..

Cupcake Crazy Gem said...

I found your party via hostess with the mostess, and what a party! the amount of love and work that went into it - you have one lucky little boy! No detail went un noticed and all the pictures are fabulous! Also I had a friend growing up in school called Kabir, such an unusual name that I had never heard of anyone else with that name until now! Happy Birthday to your sweet little boy!

Charlotte said...

whoa, what a great party! you are one creative mom! lucky boy :)

Tania Tangri said...

@Cupcake Crazy Gem: Thanks for the wishes, and thanks for your kind words.

Tania Tangri said...

Thanks Charlotte..

Gabrielle said...

Beautiful party! I found your post thanks to a pin on Pinterest. I'm planning my son's 3rd bday dino party, and I was wondering if you had created the list of dinosaur names that each child was given, or if you printed it off somewhere? I would love to provide that to my son's friends, if you'd be so kind as to share where you found it. If you made it, I am very impressed! I'd be thrilled if you'd share the file (for home use only, absolutely). Thanks! Gaby

Anonymous said...

I would love that dino-name alphabet list, too! It looks like you created it yourself, but if you wouldn't mind sharing it I know it would be a great addition to my son's party!

Jodie :) said...

I am having a hard time finding arts and crafts stuff with dinosaurs for my sons party. Where did you find the dinosaur themed artsy stuff?

Loved your blog!

Tania Tangri said...

Jodie, I made most of the crafts but the post above has links to most of the tutorials and also for the sellers from whom I bought the stuff. Let me know if there is any thing in particular you wanted to know about.

Tania Tangri said...

Jodie, I made most of the crafts but the post above has links to most of the tutorials and also for the sellers from whom I bought the stuff. Let me know if there is any thing in particular you wanted to know about.

Marge said...

Love this party! What was the active volcano punch?! I need another drink for the kids for my daughters dinosaur party!

Tania Tangri said...

Thanks Marge! For the punch, I used the recipe from the blog below:

Heather - Chickabug said...

I love the cake pops. So cute! : )

Anonymous said...

Fantastic party! You are a great mom for all of the love and hard work you put into these parties.

Can you tell me where you got or how you made the dinosaur name printable?

Thank you.


Anonymous said...

I am loving this dinosaurs party. You did amazing job.
Can you please share the information on Dinosaur printable name. I would love to give that to my son,s friends on his birthday.
Thank you.

Unknown said...

What an enormous effort in preparing for your sons third birthday. Two years down the track you're still inspiring others. Congratulations. Do you recall the fonts you used for the Dinosaur Name Printable? Many thanks Leteshia

Unknown said...

Wow! Such a great party! Especially love the dino list you created. Did you do it yourself? Would you mind sharing? My little girl is having a dinosaur party next week and I would love to include that. Thanks in advance!

Unknown said...

I really want to know how you made the paper dinosaurs ? The ones on top of each plate. I hope you reply back , im planning my son's 1st birthday party. Of course Dinosaur theme too and I only have a couple months

Tania Tangri said...

Mayra the link to the Dino pop ups is in the end of the post above. The company which sells the printable is Easy cut pop ups.

Visa Shanmugam said...

Hi there, I would love to know where to get or how to create the dinosaur printables. My son is turning 4 and we are (of course) having a dinosaur theme. Amazing theme and beautifully executed!

Wenni Donna said...

Truly an adorable dinosaur birthday party! You did a great job. My son is asking for a Pirate party and might do something like this. First of all, looking for suitable San Francisco venues for hosting the party in budget.

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