Saturday, April 30, 2011

Dinosaur Party

Last weekend my oldest kid Ethan turned 7!  He wanted to have a dinosaur party and so... here are some of the ideas that we did.  It was so much fun and now we are exhausted!

The Decorations
I used a banner from my father in laws Green Bay Packer party and my sister wrote Ethan's name on a set of small pennants from the same party.  We got green tablecloth's from the dollar store and crate paper and balloons to put around.   My favorite thing was the dinosaur puzzles.  We found them at Michael's for $1!  We painted them with acrylic paint and then as we built them we used a little wood glue.  We just used a little paint on a card and wrote the kids names for the dino's to hold.  All the kids got to take these home at the end of the party. 

Jurasic Time Machine
This was Ethan's idea.  He wanted to have the kids go into a time machine and turn into dinosaurs.  We did this as the kids arrived before they played the Dino Tar Pit game. I made this with a hula-hoop from the dollar store.  I just found the break in the Hula hoop opened it up and with my camo material I just folded it over and sewed a casing to tread the hula hoop through.  Then I threaded the hula hoop through and put the hula hoop back together. We just pinned the sign on with safety pins.   
 Dinos in the Tar Pit
We played this game at the begining as we were waiting for all the guest to arrive.  This is a game that is like musical chairs.  Put out a table cloth or rug across the floor.  I used a table runner.  Put the music on and have the kids act like their favorite dinosaur and as the music plays they have to walk across the "tar pit" table cloth.  When you stop the music the kids who are stuck in the "tar pit" table cloth are out.  We just started it again until the all the kids got to the party.   
(sorry that we don't have any pictures of this)

Pin the bones on the dinosaur
 My sister found this game at a party store for $5.  We blind folded and spun the kids around.  It was funny you can always tell which kids cheat. 

Homemade Lava
 This was Ethan's favorite part of the party.  I found a tutorial to make slime here. We just called it Lava.  I made the one with clear glue and I cut the recipe in half for each kid.  It made plenty.  We put it in small disposable containers and made sure the kids knew not to eat it. (It looked a little too much like red jell-o!)  This is a little messy so make it in a place where you can clean up easy. 

Palentologist bags
I sewed drawstring bags and used yarn as the drawstring. Then, I used a cricut and freezer paper to stencil on each kids name with orange acrylic paint. We went to home depot and found a bag of paint brushes and painted them with a few coats of acrylic paint, used sharpie to write each kids name on the handle and put ribbon through the handle. Here is a tutorial for those.  We also found the dust masks at home depot. I found the magnifying glasses at a party store. Other party favors that we put in the bags at the end were chocolate dino suckers, dino bubbles and dino stickers.   

The kids are now ready for a Dino-Dig!
It was a rainy day so we had to bring the sand box in the house. Maybe it is because we rent but we are a little crazy like that. We hid plastic dinosaurs, dog milk bones, toy solders, and a few plastic snakes. The kids used their paint brushes and shovels to find things.
Dino-Egg Hunt

Since Ethan's birthday is around Easter it made it easy to find eggs for an egg hunt.  I found these camo eggs at the dollar store.  We put little plastic dinosaurs in them and hid them in our playroom.   

Dino-Egg Relay
Using a few of the eggs and large spoons the kids did a relay.
Mento and Coke Geyser
Ethan's aunt sent this for his birthday.  We bought a few 2 liter bottles of diet coke and shot this off at the end of the party.  It was awesome!   

Be Amazing! 7130 Steve Spangler's Geyser Tube
For Lunch we served Dino-nuggets, tatertots and fruit Kabobs
We also made Jell-o jiggler dino egg's. I used the jell-o beans mold. It was easy and the kids really loved them.  We made red kool-aid as Lava juice.   

The Cake
I cannot take any credit for the cake.  My husband made it and I think that he did an awesome job.  He made two round cakes and one bundt cake.  Then he stacked all 3 and put a cup down the middle and frosted it.  For smoke he used dry ice and a little water. 
That is All!  Happy Birthday Ethan!


  1. I like the dino eggs, they look like army eggs :)

  2. Holy cow! you are a great mom! Monkey man just got to go to a pizza place here for his birthday!

  3. WOW! What a great idea!!!

  4. Great party! looks like they had lots of fun! Great games too!
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  5. perfect timing! i am planning my sons dino blast this weekend!

  6. Great ideas. Love it, thanks for sharing