A Dino- Mite Birthday Party

A Dino- Mite Birthday Party

div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;"As my son turns 3 we are fully immersed in the 'dinosaur phase'.br /I think it's a pretty common phase among 3 year old little boys as I was able to find a lot of ideas and information when I was planning his Extreme Dino Party.br /I am no Martha Stewart and some of the ideas I found were over the top, but many I found I tweaked to my ability and had a great time start to finish with this party.br /br /It all started with the invitations, I was going to buy some, but then I decided to dig through the bag of stamping goodies my Grandmother had given me and make my own.br /I purchased a a href="http://www.bookdepository.com/Dinosaur-Laser-Cut-Plastic-Stencils-Plowden/9780486292397" target="blank"dinosaur stencil book /a, which I used A LOT!br /With construction  paper and my stamps I cut out and printed my invitations.  They were just a cut out dinosaur on the front, stamped with a "Lets Party" stamp I found at Michaels, and one of the Time, date, RSVP stamps given to me by my Grandmother stamped on the inside.br /I'm hoping to locate one so I can post a photo, but of course I was in such  hurry to get them in the mail I forgot to take one.br /br /Next on the project list was the goody bags. Again I used my a href="http://www.bookdepository.com/Dinosaur-Laser-Cut-Plastic-Stencils-Plowden/9780486292397" target="blank"dinosaur stencil book/a with some fabric paints I purchased at Michaels and I stenciled dinosaurs onto small canvas bags I found on Etsy.br /br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-fMLkFzVqNUk/UEjpPVGWcI/AAAAAAAABLE/nJIgJIhAYY/s1600/IMG4170.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-fMLkFzVqNUk/UEjpPVGWcI/AAAAAAAABLE/nJIgJIhAYY/s320/IMG4170.jpg" width="240" //a/divbr /br /To fill them I found some:br /Foam Dinosaur Masksbr /Glow sticksbr /Dinosaur tattoosbr /Dino paddle ballsbr /Dinosaur stickersbr /Dinosaur blowersbr /br /br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Ba-HzFLDzM/UEjqMTlsAFI/AAAAAAAABLM/TosY4YO6T00/s1600/IMG4169.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="240" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Ba-HzFLDzM/UEjqMTlsAFI/AAAAAAAABLM/TosY4YO6T00/s320/IMG4169.JPG" width="320" //a/divbr /br /The goody bags were the most fun to make!br /br /For decorations I purchased inflatable dinosaurs, and some dinosaur footprint clings. It was going to be an outdoor party so there wasn't too much decorating required.br /br /br /br /The menu was also fun to come up with.br /I printed out place cards for each item and pasted them to some construction paper tents.br /I used the a href="http://www.dinosaurcentral.com/dinosaurfonts.php" target="blank"Stratum/a and a href="http://www.dinosaurcentral.com/dinosaurfonts.php" target="blank"Lost World/a fonts for the lettering.br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ixabQnM0RQo/UEjq2aQlrI/AAAAAAAABLg/m8ko47Vu2Rc/s1600/IMG4171.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="240" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ixabQnM0RQo/UEjq2aQlrI/AAAAAAAABLg/m8ko47Vu2Rc/s320/IMG4171.JPG" width="320" //a/divbr /I also divided the table by Herbivore and Carnivore fare with some signs I made and framed.br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-t5oo4c7YPPI/UEjqp9myjRI/AAAAAAAABLU/omluzx1C1VM/s1600/IMG4167.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="240" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-t5oo4c7YPPI/UEjqp9myjRI/AAAAAAAABLU/omluzx1C1VM/s320/IMG4167.JPG" width="320" //a/divbr /br /On the menu:br /Dinosaur Bones ~ Breadsticks with marinara dipping saucebr /Dino Dogs ~ Vegan Veggie Dogsbr /Brontosaurus Burgers ~ Hillary's Black Bean Burgersbr /Pentaceratops Pizza ~ Cheese Pizzabr /Pastaraptor Salad ~ Pasta Saladbr /Jurassic Garden ~ Celery and carrot sticks in a clear cup with ranch dip in the bottom.br /Microraptor Mac & Cheese ~ Mac n Cheesebr /Paleontologist Popcorn ~ Kettle Cornbr /Hot Lava Rocks ~ Snyders Buffalo Pretzel Bitesbr /Carnotaurus Cake Pops ~ Cake Pops ..Ugggghhhbr /br /br /Next , what should have been the easiest part became the most difficult. The cake!br /I designed the cake 6 months ago, I was ready!br /A few months ago I posted that I would no longer book any additional cakes during the week of his birthday so that he could finally have a wonderful cake and not one that I threw together at the last minute during the wedding season madness.br /Well, I was doing good... until the week before his party.br /First came a request for an Xbox 360 cake for my neighbor, (who was also a neighbor growing up 30 miles from here, small world ).br /Xbox 360, it's square, simple, sure. He needed the cake for the 25th, the day before my son's birthday and party. I figured it would be simple and I could squeeze it in so I said "Yes".br /  {On a side note the Xbox 360 cake is carved, contoured and detailed WAY more than I imagined. By far the most difficult cake I have ever made, if you are ever asked to make one don't underestimate it.}br /An hour later, I get a request for the ever popular belly cake. Another easy one, the request came from a cousin so of course I said I could squeeze that in too .br /Now I have gone from just my son's cake, to 2 more, one for the day before his birthday, one for the day of. That should be enough right?br /No, I soon learn that Brandon Sr.'s Grandmother will be turning 75 and would love a cake... 2 days after the party. Done..right??br /Nope, my son's friend was celebrating his birthday 5 days after the party.  5 cakes , 6 days, a birthday party and a family vacation to Toronto in the middle.br /br /div style="text-align: center;"       STRESS! ~STRESS!  ~STRESS!  ~STRESS! /divdiv style="text-align: center;"br //divdiv style="text-align: center;"But I did it to myself, I swear, next year, I will only be doing his cake. /divdiv style="text-align: center;"br //divdiv style="text-align: left;"Enough cake drama, back to the party....br /br //divdiv style="text-align: left;"Activities, how to keep 7 kids interested and involved. /divdiv style="text-align: left;"/divul style="text-align: left;"liIn this day and age a bounce house is almost mandatory for birthday parties, so Grandma ordered one./liliPinata's are quite popular, I was fortunate to find a great T-Rex  at Target/li/ulbr /div style="text-align: left;"/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-WZ8GhdXriJE/UEjrK-BZxI/AAAAAAAABLo/fsisxAnsVmE/s1600/IMG4174.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-WZ8GhdXriJE/UEjrK-BZxI/AAAAAAAABLo/fsisxAnsVmE/s320/IMG4174.jpg" width="240" //a/divbr /ul style="text-align: left;"liOur Easter egg hunt was such a hit we decided to do a Dinosaur egg hunt. I found Egg Gourds on Etsy and they worked GREAT as dinosaur eggs!/li/uldiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-aREqqi2Q8/UEkC9l5hlWI/AAAAAAAABME/jm9D71wR0G4/s1600/IMG4175.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="240" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-aREqqi2Q8/UEkC9l5hlWI/AAAAAAAABME/jm9D71wR0G4/s320/IMG4175.JPG" width="320" //a/divdiv style="text-align: center;"br //divul style="text-align: left;"liThe forecast predicted 90 degrees for that day so we decided to finish off the party with a water balloon fight./li/ulbr /With all that done planned and pieced together it was time to cake.br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"/divdiv style="text-align: left;"I spent once entire evening making a Rice Krispy Treat T-Rex , carved and covered in fondant. Brandon took one look at it the next day and said" Cool T-rex but I want a Spinosaurus on my cake".  Seriously?!?/divdiv style="text-align: left;"With 4 other cakes to get working on there was no way I could devote another evening to making a Spinosaurus...so I bought one !br /div style="text-align: center;"br //divbr /The morning of the party I dipped the cake pops , which only came out slightly better than my first attempt. I did purchase a cake pop former that worked great and helped with the shaping, but my dipping needs a lot of work. /divdiv style="text-align: left;"br //divdiv style="text-align: left;"This was the finished productbr /br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ArekjLsNWy0/UEkI7tdzT2I/AAAAAAAABMg/XYJuNEMoDRk/s1600/IMG3985.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ArekjLsNWy0/UEkI7tdzT2I/AAAAAAAABMg/XYJuNEMoDRk/s320/IMG3985.jpg" width="240" //a/divbr //divdiv style="text-align: left;"br //divdiv style="text-align: left;"br //divdiv style="text-align: left;"Everything was a hit... a Dino-mite party for the books.br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ewhNxVUbwLo/UEkMa7YkxhI/AAAAAAAABM8/RZl5c900Esg/s1600/IMG3990.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="240" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ewhNxVUbwLo/UEkMa7YkxhI/AAAAAAAABM8/RZl5c900Esg/s320/IMG3990.JPG" width="320" //a/divbr //divdiv style="text-align: left;"I hope if you ever find yourself planning a dinosaur party feel free to use some of these ideas and have as much fun as I did designing and crafting.br /br //divdiv style="text-align: left;"br //divdiv style="text-align: left;"br //divdiv style="text-align: left;"br //divbr /br /br /br //div

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