Tuesday, May 15, 2012


My son was really into dinosaurs this summer so of course his birthday party needed to be over the top dinosaurs from start to finish. That being said, I am not the type of girl who likes to spend a lot of money on parties for kids. I think that with a little creativity, a few trips to the dollar store, some art supplies and time (which we’ve all got a lot of in the summer) we can put together a pretty spectacular event.

The theme was set from the invitations. I used a template from Smilebox.com to create an e-vite for his friends. There was no doubt in the guests’minds what they were going to encounter when they arrived.

Dino-mite Invitation

Next the kids and I spent a week or so prepping the games and decor for the party. Dinosaur cut-outs found 12 for $1 at the local dollar store were coloured in bright hues and tacked to the fence and swingset. Using the same technique for the rainbow party piñata we created a prehistoric piñata filled with dinosaur eggs (gobstoppers), plastic dinos, dino tattoos, and dino bookmarks. A plain piece of Bristol board was transformed into ‘Pin the Bone in the Dino’s Mouth’ and the most fun for my son was the big mess we made as we created paper-mache dino eggs for an obstacle course.

A sign drawn on our wipe-board welcomed guests. As each boy arrived he was given a dinosaur hat to wear for the obstacle course. Truth be told, the heat was too great and the hats were short lived but they went home in the loot-bags. I even managed to squeeze in a craft by having the boys colour coffee filters and presented them with their own dinosaur art when they had dried (love my Silhouette). The kids had a great time playing the games with the biggest hit being a game of Dino-Soccer inspired by the book by the same name. My husband and his friend were the meat-eaters and the boys were the plant eaters. It was a battle to the end.

The only thing that got them to stop playing was the call for food and cake. The cake was simple, cupcakes topped with a toy dinosaur. Not one to waste anything, I used the cut-outs from the Silhouette craft to decorate the cake stand. I added a set of eyes to each dino and voila, a herd was born. As you can see from my sons’s face, to him the party was indeed DINO-mite!

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