Theo Turns Five: A DINO-mite Dinosaur Party

For the last year or so, Theodore has been really into dinosaurs, so when it came time to start planning his 5th birthday, of course he wanted a dino party. Most of the time we have the kids' birthday parties here in our house, but when we discovered a new dino-themed park nearby, we decided we DEFINITELY needed to have the party there this year, instead.

I chose to use natural elements and shades of orange, green and blue for this party, and created the invitation, decorations, table centerpieces, party hats, cupcake toppers, and cakes to reflect that. And, of course, there were LOTS of dinosaurs.

We kept the food simple with premade subs, fruits & veggies, chips & salsa, and some yummy sweet treats.

Along with vanilla cake and chocolate cupcakes, we had white-chocolate covered pretzel "dinosaur bones" and peanut M&Ms "dinosaur eggs".

I made two 3-layer 6-inch vanilla cakes and frosted them simply in blue and green, and Theo chose a couple of his favorite dinosaurs for toppers. I also made chocolate cupcakes, and topped them with dinosaur-shaped sprinkles and simple cupcake picks that I made.

Target had the perfect paper goods for this party!

I alternated the table centerpieces between dinosaur terrariums made with mason jars, dollar-store florals and miniature dinosaurs and simple glass vases filled with sand and tropical leaves.


I made this T-Rex skeleton birthday banner from cardstock and baker's twin, but I couldn't get a good picture of it because the wind wouldn't stop blowing it around.

These dinosaur party hats were one of my very favorite elements of the party!

After lunch, cake and presents, the kids got to play in the dinosaur-skeleton splash pad and the dinosaur play equipment.

How cool is this slide?!


The kids had tons of fun and a bunch of us hung out together at the park until several hours after the party ended. At the end of the day, each little left with a goodie bag of their own that included a dinosaur "field guide", a magnifying glass for studying dino specimens & fossils, a pencil & eraser for recording their discoveries, and a miniature dinosaur of their own.

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