Are any of you the type of people who promise yourself you won’t over-commit, and then you get caught up in a project and find yourself going over the top? No? Me neither. 😉 Though I thoroughly enjoyed celebrating my son’s 4th birthday, I did not keep this party low-key as I had promised myself (and Todd). I hope it was worth it though! We hosted friends and family last Saturday for Davis’ Dinosaur Birthday Party, and we had an awesome time!
We even all wore dinosaur-themed clothes. So super cheesy, but we had fun with it.
We served simple, kid-friendly brunch food, with dinosaur names of course!
Stegosaurus Parfait: Strawberries, Greek Yogurt, and Homemade Granola (recipe here)
Meatosaurus: Chicken Minis from Chick-fil-A
Dinosaur Eggs: Grapes
Fossils: Yogurt-Covered Pretzels
Herbivore Garden: Vegetables and Hummus
Donut Dino Cake: Krispy Kremes, piled high; Decorated with these Tiny Dinosaurs
We had a few games and activities planned for the kids. With that many boys in the house, things can get a little chaotic, but we were able to wrangle them some of the time.
ACTIVITIES and GAMES:
Coloring Pages & Stamps: I ordered this coloring book and we cut the pages out. This was simpler than downloading and printing coloring pages. We set out crayons and these dinosaur stamps on the table.
Dinosaur Tag: Davis put his dinosaur costume from Halloween, and he started out as “it.” They all ran around outside for awhile playing “dinosaur tag.”
Dig for Dinosaur Bones: This activity was easy to put together, and the kids loved it. They dug through bowls filled with rice to find dinosaur bones, fossils, and dinosaur eggs filled with treats. We let them take home what they dug up as prizes! Here are the basic instructions for how to put together this activity:
- You’ll need: large plastic bowls (Dollar Store); 25 lbs of rice; dinosaur skeletons; plastic bones; tiny plastic dinosaurs; Easter eggs with a treat inside; a tarp
- Evenly disperse the “fossils” in each bowl, then fill with around 5 cups of rice. Mix up the items in the rice.
- We had 1 bowl per 2 kids. You could also use a large plastic swimming pool and let them all look together (you’d need more rice)
This pterodactyl was greeting everyone as they came in the house, and as they grabbed their favors on the way out.
PARTY RESOURCES: I ordered almost everything from Amazon Prime, and a few things from Party City, which made things very easy!
- Todd’s dinosaur hat
- Coloring book
- Dinosaur cupcake toppers
- Tiny plastic dinosaurs
- Self-inking dinosaur stamps
- Dinosaur temporary tattoos
- Dinosaur skeletons
- Plastic bones
- Snake plants on the tables: Home Depot
- Faux tropical leaves: Hobby Lobby
- Black plastic tablecloth: Hobby Lobby
- Dinosaur costume
- 4 Balloon
- Dinosaur plates
- Large plastic dinosaurs – A special thanks to Davis’ friend, Oliver, for sharing his awesome toys!!!
Planning parties is one of my favorite things to do, and I love celebrating my family! Thank you to my parents and Todd for all of your help, and thank you to our friends and family for helping us celebrate our dinosaur-loving 4 year old!