This may be a little long, but this is the most elaborate party I have thrown and I wanted to share all my ideas.
I made a cracked egg invitation. What I did was cut out small egg shapes out of tan brown paper, cut them in half and then cut triangle shapes to look like they were cracked. I took half an egg and taped the bottom of a cartoonish baby dinosaur to the back of the egg so most of the image was shown. On the egg, I wrote,
Please RSVP to momma dinosaur at this email or telephone number.
Party Area Decorations. My husband hung a Dinosaur Crossing sign with a picture of a dinosaur and dinosaur footprints that he drew on . We laid down dinosaur footprints in our front yard that we cut from brown paper bags. I placed a few volcano decorations that I made with tents for in front of our home and inside the house. I draped green tablecloth fabric over them and then cut small pieces of red tablecloth fabric and taped it to the green fabric for the lava. I cut out tree trunks from cardboard and cut out large green leaves from tablecloth fabric and drew the leaf veins with a marker. I stuck them on top of the cardboard trunks. We placed more dinosaur footprints inside. I hung green and brown balloons and streamers from the ceiling. Decorating the table: I used a green tablecloth, placed a strip of blue tablecloth fabric down the center of the table for a river, sprinkled brown sugar around for dirt, placed two bowls of pudding for tar pits, made trees out of paper towel rolls and dark green crepe paper and taped them to the table, and placed plastic dinosaurs around the table. Then my sons impressed me by making volcanoes out of green play doh and adding red play doh for lava and I placed them on the table. I used dinosaur plates, and green cups, napkins and cutlery. I cut out large leaves out of construction paper and used them as placemats for the table.
I wanted to start the party with something exciting, so when the guests came, we made an erupting volcano with play dough, vinegar and baking soda. We had a Paleontologists Dig: I placed dinosaurs in plastic cups with water in the freezer the night before. I did let the ice melt a little before the game so it wouldn’t take the kids too long to remove the toys with the hammers and pegs that I handed out. I had them make their own fossil necklaces. The kids rolled a piece of playdoh into a ball and then patted it out down. Then they pressed a plastic dinosaur toy in the center of the dough and then lifted it out to make an impression of the toy. Then they added holes at the top. I placed their fossils on a cookie tray and baked them. When they were done baking, the kids threaded string through them to finish their necklaces. Get the Dinosaur Egg—We made a cave from a cardboard box and made a hole that was just big enough to pull a ballon through. You would pull on the balloon’s string to get the balloon (dinosaur egg) out of the cave. As they were trying to remove the balloons without popping them, my husband played a rumbling sound over the computer to make it sound like the dinosaur was waking up. The looks of anticipation of everyone as each child tried to get their balloons out was priceless! If you got the balloon out of the hole without making the balloon pop, you win. If the balloon pops while you remove it from the cave, the dinosaur would hear you and my husband would play a roaring sound. The sound effects made the game more fun. We did play until all the kids got their balloons out successfully though. We played tug of war over a tar pit and we laid a black tarp on the floor. We made our own dinosaur egg piñata with a large balloon and using paper mache. We placed different kinds of chocolates and candy inside.
We made a nice meal for lunch which was meatballs in a cheese sauce (dinosaur eggs) and spaghetti (egg nests). They had some pudding which was a tar pit. I made fossil cookies with some new dinosaur toys. The juice was labeled fossil juice. I made a volcano cake out of three cakes cutting and shaping it with a knife for a volcano shape. Then I frosted the cake with green frosting and red icing on the top and side for the lava. I placed that cake on the end of a sheet cake that had green frosting, a row of blue frosting for a river, I made a small hole in the cake and scooped some pudding into it for a tar pit, made some trees with pretzels and green frosting and added some plastic dinosaurs around. The response from my guests was overwhelming. And my son just stared at it for five whole minutes before he remembered to blow out the candles! Then he gave me a huge hug, and said that this was the best birthday ever! Goody Bags: the plastic dinosaurs from the dig and the hammers and pegs, speckled egg dinosaur candy and mini cans of play dough so they can make their own volcanoes at home. A few kids said they couldn’t wait for our next birthday party! This is a fun party to throw for young kids and it’s even a little educational if you throw in the erupting volcano!