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Dinosaur Birthday Party
This party is aimed at 5-9 year olds. The party costs are based on 8 children (7 guests plus the birthday child). Simply scale the party up or down according to the number of guests you plan to invite to approximate your costs.
For this party, I have budgeted $150.00 (around £80.00). As always, please decide on your budget, and stick to it.
You can get further details of this budget, together with your free complete Dinosaur Birthday Party Pack which has all the invitations, games and quiz sheets outlined below, together with a printable party plan by simply filling in the form at the bottom of this page. You also get a free subscription to my new newsletter which will be launching soon.
Free Party Invitations for your Dinosaur Birthday Party
Party Invitations set the tone of your party. They should contain:
The type of party you are having
The name of the person you are inviting
The date and time of the party
The address of the party venue
You should also ask for an RSVP. Give contact details, such as an email address, or a phone number, and a date when you would like replies back by.
To make your party planning easier, here are free dinosaur party invitations for you to print.These are designed exclusively for find-party-ideas.com and so you won't find them in any stores, or on any other website.
This design is a single page invitation. Print one per sheet for a large invitation, or two per sheet for half-sized invitations. The smaller size is better for posting and is more economical.
This is a quarter fold invitation, and is really cute. I love the party verse!
Dinosaur Birthday Party Decorations
Decorations for this party are lots of fun. As you know, I just love helium filled balloons (any colors, but green and silver, or gray, are good colors for dinosaurs!).However, these are only a personal preference and can easily be cut from the party and replaced with regular balloons. I budgeted $50.00 for helium balloons for this dinosaur birthday party, so you can reduce the budget by this amount if you decide you don't want them.
Dinosaur piñata: buy or make your own
Giant dinosaur footprints cut out of black thin card and placed around the party room(s). To make your own, simply print out the outline below onto thin card.
Put up posters of dinosaurs (borrow from your kids room, or pick up a couple of cheap ones from a local store) around the party room.
Lay a plain green or brown table covering over the party table.
Buy finely shredded, or desiccated, coconut and some dark green food dye. Wear a kitchen glove for this next bit, or you'll end up with dark green fingers. Put the coconut in a glass, or steel, mixing bowl (avoid plastic if you can as the food coloring can stain). Add just a little drop of the food coloring to the coconut in a mixing bowl, and mix until the coconut is totally green. Add a tiny bit more food coloring if necessary, but not too much as if the coconut gets too wet it will just go mushy. Allow the green coconut to dry. When it's totally dry, use it to decorate your food platters- it looks like moss! Be careful not to get onto your soft furnishings or floors as food coloring can stain!
Use green, or silver, disposable plates, napkins and cups.
Dinosaur Birthday Party Food
I did a survey of kids I know, and asked what food they would like best at a Dinosaur party. Their favorites were:
Hotdogs or pizza
Veggie sticks (that's from my two nieces!)
Dinosaur crispy rock cakes (recipe below)
Cup cakes (recipe below)
The hotdogs,pizza, pretzels and veggie sticks are easy. For the sweet treats and fruit puch I have written my favorite recipes here for you:
Dinosaur Birthday Party Crispy Rock Cakes recipe
4oz. milk chocolate chips
8oz. rice cereal
1. Melt the butter and chocolate chips together in a bowl over a pan of hot water, or in the microwave. Be careful not to overcook, or the chocolate will burn.
2. Put the rice cereal in a large bowl.
3. Pour the melted chocolate and butter mixture over the rice, and mix thoroughly with a large spoon.
4. Put spoonfuls of the mixture into baking cups and allow to set.
Add mini marshmallows to the chocolate and rice mixture before spooning into the baking cups.
Cup cake recipe
4 ½ oz general purpose flour
4 ½ oz sugar
4 ½ oz margarine or butter: softened
2 eggs (beaten)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 fluid oz (2 tablespoons) milk
1. Beat the eggs with the sugar until light and fluffy
2. Beat in the eggs, a little at a time
3. Fold in half the flour and all the baking powder
4. Add half the milk and mix
5. Fold in the rest of the flour
6. Add the rest of the milk and mix thoroughly
7. Place spoonfuls into baking cups
8. Bake at 350F (180C) for 15 to 20 minutes. When done, the cup cakes should be golden brown, and will spring back when pressed in the center
9. Cool, then frost with buttercream or your favourite frosting
2 oz butter
4 oz powdered sugar
A little milk
1. Soften the butter slightly, then add the powdered sugar, a little at a time. If the mixture is too stiff to spread when the sugar has all been added, add a little milk. If the mixture ends up too runny, simply add a little more powdered sugar
2. Spread a little on top of each cupcake. Finish with sprinkles, marshmallows, or jelly bean 'rocks'
Dinosaur Birthday Party Punch
Mix orange juice, or apple juice, and lemon soda in a large jug. Add slices of apple and some dinosaur, or bug shaped, candy.
Dinosaur Birthday Party: Party Games
here are a selection of my tried and tested Dinosaur Birthday Party games. I have included free printable coloring pages, quiz sheets and Dinosaur hunt sheets to make it extra easy for you to plan your Dinosaur Party.
Hunt the Dinosaur
No Dinosaur Birthday party would be complete without Dinosaur Footprints (or so my eight year old tells me!). Cut out Dinosaur foot prints from black card (print off the template above) and place the paw prints around the clue zone.
Print off a
free clue sheet
for each child, or put the children into teams and print off one clue sheet per team. If the kids are not great readers yet, plan to have adults on hand to help them out.
To make this hunt widely applicable, the clues are based around objects found in most homes. You can, of course, make your own clues up if you wish. Put aside a couple of hours to think up your clues, and print off your Hunt the Dinosaur sheets.
Give the winner a prize, or if the kids are very young give each a small treat as they come to you with the solved puzzle.
The Dinosaur Hunt Game
has been designed exclusively for the find-party-ideas.com Dinosaur Birthday Party, and is free for you to download. It has everything you need for 8 kids, or 8 teams. If you have more party guests, simply print off additional copies of the Dinosaur Hunt sheets.
Pin the Head on the Dinosaur
This is a great game for your dinosaur birthday party. For this you will need a blindfold (a headscarf is handy here), a large picture of a dinosaur and 'heads' that will be stuck in place by the children. To make it extra clear where they should be aiming, mark the spot with an 'X' using a marker pen.
For the dinosaur picture, scale up the Diplodocus template, or find a picture or poster of a suitable dinosaur.
Cut out 'heads' from thin card or colored paper, and write each party child's name on a head. Place a piece of double sided sticky tape on the back of each 'head'.
Get the kids to line up, and explain the game to them. Place the blindfold on the first child, and gently spin them around a little. Then place the 'head' with their name on it in their hand, and guide them toward the picture. Let them stick the 'head' where they think it should go. Let them remove the blindfold to survey they attempt, no doubt amid lots of laughter, then blindfold the next child, and move on with the game. The winner is the child you think has placed the head closest to the 'X'.
Pass the Dinosaur Egg
This is based on the traditional pass the parcel game. For the simple version of this game, wrap layers of newspaper around a small gift. Secure the layers with a little sticky tape. For the top layer, wrap a sheet of colored paper to make it look like a dinosaur egg- but this is not essential. The paper just gets ripped and trashed anyway!
To play the game you need music that can be turned off and on easily. Get the kids to sit in a circle and hand the birthday child the parcel to begin the game. With your back turned away from the kids, start the music. As the music plays the parcel is passed around the circle. When the music stops, whoever has hold of the parcel gets to take one layer of paper off. As soon as they have done this, the music starts again and the parcel continues to be passed around the circle. The winner is the child who removes the last layer and reveals the prize.
To make the game more interesting, add forfeits between some of the layers. Make these silly for young children. Forfeits I recommend for a Dinosaur party are:
1. Stand up and roar like a T Rex
2. Hop around the pass the parcel circle
3. Eat a cracker then whistle a tune (this is hilarious to watch, but really hard to do!)
4. Pop a bean bag on your head then walk around the circle without dropping it
Set the scene- "the dinosaurs are about in the forest. The music keeps them away, but when the music stops the dinosaurs will find you- unless you are perfectly still!"
For this game you need music to dance to that can be turned on and off easily. This time, face the kids as the music is playing. Encourage the kids to dance to the music (maybe give spot prizes for the best dancers). When you turn the music off, all the kids have to keep very still. If any of them move, they are out. Put a dinosaur mask on whoever is deciding if the kids move, to make it extra fun. Turn the music back on again, then off when you are ready. Whoever moves is out.
Dinosaur Quiz and Coloring pages
I have put together a range of free quiz sheets, and coloring pages for your dinosaur party. These are great fun, and will help wind the kids down before they go home.
Dinosaur Birthday Party Quiz sheets
You have a choice of two quiz sheets. With quiz 1 the kids identify the type of dinosaur from its shadow. To help the kids, print the full color poster of the dinosaurs and put it on a table, or up on the wall. For older kids, try the quiz 2 word search.
Simply print the number of quiz sheets you need- either one per child, or one per team if you would like your party guests to work in teams. You also need a pen per child, or per team. Give them the quiz sheets, then leave them to it.
Dinosaur Birthday Party Coloring Pages
These are great for either keeping guests happy as they arrive at your Dinosaur Birthday Party, or for winding the kids down toward the end of your dinosaur birthday party. Print out one free coloring page per child, and give them a selection of coloring pens, pencils or crayons to use. It's a good idea to give them something to lean on, and make sure the coloring pens, pencils or crayons are washable.
Free Dinosaur Birthday Party Pack
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