Monster is obsessed with dinosaurs. He doesn’t talk much, but boy, can he ROAR! So, it was obvious when he turned 2 that he should have a dinosaur birthday party.
The theme started with the invitations:
This cute little guy held a card with his arm and his tail that included all the details for the party. I made him on the Silhouette, and you can download the file here: Dino Invite. The googly eyes were self-adhesive, so that made sticking them on easy (no extra postage required).
Monster needed a special shirt to set him apart from all his guests, so I bought a t-shirt and appliqued onto it. I used Heat N Bond Lite to attach the fabric to the shirt (the fabric was the case from the dinosaur sheets he’s getting for this birthday, with felt for the dino ridge and tail), and a light Peltex ironed onto the inside of the shirt to keep it from stretching. (Click here for more details on applique)
I also made each guest a party hat, so they could also be dressed like dinosaurs! I just cut some zigzags out of paper that coordinated with the hats, and used a dot runner to glue them on.
Each kiddo will go home with a goodie “box” filled with dinosaur-themed treats! This adorable cut-out was in the Silhouette store (click here – they also have a stegosaurus and a triceratops).
I made “dinosaur fossil” shortbread cookies. If you’re imprinting in cookies, shortbread is the way to go because it spreads the least and will hold the shape best. You still need to make a deep imprint, though!
Shortbread recipe: Whip 4 sticks of butter at room temperature with 1 cup of sugar until fluffy. Mix in 2 tsp vanilla extract. Then, using a fork (and I found clean hands worked best at the end), mix in 4 cups of flour. Roll into 1-inch balls and flatten on cookie sheet. (Add dinosaur footprints if desired.) Bake at 350F for 30 minutes, or until edges begin to brown. Makes 4 dozen.
Each food station had a dinosaur theme – Carnivore Corner was chicken tenders, the Watering Hole was the cooler with drinks, Dinosaur Toenails were Bugles, Herbivore Valley was fruit, and then the Fossil Cookies. I also made fruit dip, which was super easy and HUGE hit (recipe below)!
Fruit dip recipe: Bring an 8 oz tub of strawberry cream cheese to room temperature. Use electric beaters to blend well with a 7 oz jar of marshmallow creme (like Fluff), then blend in 1 cup of Cool Whip. Refrigerate until ready to use, and mix with a fork before serving.
We rented a pavilion at the park, so I also made a banner to decorate it! It said “Happy Birthday [Monster]” in this awesome prehistoric font I found for free! You can find it here: Lost World Font… they have lots of other cool prehistoric fonts, just search for “dinosaur.” I printed each letter about 5 inches tall, then glued them to paper. It’s hard to see here, but the paper for the A, P, B, R, H, and A has dinosaurs on it! Then I laminated each letter (we’re lucky enough to have a laminator here at home) to give it more structure, and used a 2-hole punch to make them easy to hang. (Other military wives out there will recognize that string as paracord… good for everything!)
We got our cake from Publix… if you don’t live in an area with a Publix, I recommend selling your house immediately and moving to where there is one! Just kidding, but Publix does make the BEST cakes! Radar had to poke the volcano… it was 100% frosting! Can you say diabetes??
If there’s something I’ve learned from all the OSC (Officer’s Spouse’s Club) events I’ve participated in in the past, it’s that you will never regret bringing tape (packing tape is best), scissors, and a Sharpie to an event not at your house (indoors or outdoors)! We ended up having to tape down the table cloths because of the breeze, the scissors were used to open packages and cut string for the banner, and I used the Sharpie to write on the tablecloth to remind the guests to bring their goodie boxes home. It’s only 3 more things to bring to the party, and so worth it!!
And my little dinosaur is polite, so I designed some sweet thank you notes on the Silhouette to send to his friends (find the file here: Dino Thank You Cards). Just score and fold 3.5 inches in from the solid side (without the dinosaur and words), and the card is ready to send!