My how time flies, between weekly cookie orders, and my new venture….. cakes, I just have not had the time to write and share my parties. Ethan’s birthday was in July and I had so much fun baking, planning, and styling his party. He has a love for dinosaurs and wanted to repeat his costume from last Halloween, but I just couldn’t let him haha! I did let him dress up in that costume for weeks before Halloween though.
Anyhow, when it was time to plan his birthday, the theme was a no brainer. Ethan also loves swimming and all water activities, so regardless of him wanting a dinosaur party, I did not care that the location did not “fit” in with dinosaurs per say. We chose to have it at an aquatic center. It was in the 100’s that day so all the kids appreciated it:
And can we talk about his outfit?! I found those swim shorts at Old Navy. I love the palm leaves because I did not want to over do the dinosaur. His swim shirt says “lunch?”, and I found that at Target. More about his other outfit later………
When choosing the colors, I wanted it to be on the modern side, that tends to be my style- so I stuck with various shades of green and black and white. Theres so many things that can be integrated into a dinosaur party, but I had to narrow it down so there wouldn’t be too, too much going on, even though we know I’m extra.
So, I almost always get my invites on etsy. I asked for a few color changes but this is what we chose, and is always the beginning of my planning:
Once I finalize invites, it’s game on!
I found these bags on etsy, for the dessert buffet and thought it was just perfect! I also got those muslin bags for party favors for the little guests.
Here’s what I filled the bags with:
The birthday boy welcomed guests with this sign I made from scrap wood and printables:
Back to his indoor outfit. If you’ve read my other posts or follow my Instagram, you will know that Ethan is the ultimate foodie. When I was looking for a customized shirt for him, I ran into this “Hangrysaurus” shirt and “RAWR” hat, and I just knew it was made for him! It was just perfection!
We served a BBQ spread and pizza for the kids. I made this wood backdrop with leaves that read “DIG IN” but of course, no photographer so I did not get a picture of it. I still appreciated the other details I included:
For the dessert table, I included my usuals: cake pops, decorated cookies, cake, but I wanted to incorporate the theme accordingly. For cupcakes, I made cookies and cream cupcakes and topped it with a number 4 cookie with “dinosaur bite marks”:
I also made various dinosaur cookies and incorporated his age into the design:
I was imagining the dessert table and wanted to do something extra with dinosaurs, so I thought of standing some of the cookies up to make them 3-D so that each dinosaur can be seen:
All of it is edible. It is standing on top of another cookie decorated in frosting and chocolate candy rocks. I really loved how this turned out.
I also always fill the dessert tables with some store bought things and candy. In fitting with the theme, I bought these bags and painted on these labels with my cricuit. White chocolate covered pretzels as “dinosaur bones”, “gummy dinosaurs”, and I stuck my cake pops in there, featured as “dinosaur eggs”. I like how this added a rustic touch to the table.
For his cake, I wanted a design that included a volcano cake. Before he blew out his candles, we added dry ice into the volcano to create smoke. This wowed the birthday boy and his little friends, and maybe even some adults- ha! I also wanted to include water into the design since we were at an aquatic center:
For the decor of the table, I made a balloon garland with various shades of green, made to mimic a dinosaur tail. I also found a wooden crate and adorned it with several silk leaves. I love the letter balloons- they’re everywhere, but instead of spelling out the age or Ethan’s name like we often see, I thought of bringing out more of the dinosaur essence, and spelled out RAWR. This is how my vision came to life:
Although someone ripped out the tail of the Ethansaurus banner before I can capture a picture, I still loved the banner because it is creative and another way to bring out the dinosaur theme.
Before all the kids ran out into the aquatic center, we ate, opened presents, and sang Happy Birthday to my baby boy:
Doesn’t his face just say it all?