Earlier this month we celebrated our last first birthday. Yeap, our last kiddo turned 1. Since this was our last first birthday I knew I had to make it a special one, so we threw our little guy a DINO-mite birthday party, complete with cake, decorations, all kinds of party food, and family of course. We all had such a great time that I thought I’d share all of my DINO-mite birthday party ideas with you too. I’m even sharing the printable banner I made specifically for the occasion!
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DINO-mite Party Food
A party isn’t a party without food and there are so many fun ways food can play on the DINO-mite party theme. Here are some ideas that will satisfy the cravings of both the carnivore and herbivore party-goers.
- Prehistoric Punch (Hawaiian Punch)
- Dinosaur Scales (Banana and Apple Chips)
- Dinosaur Eggs (Melon Balls and Grapes OR Deviled Eggs)
- Dinosaur Bones (White Chocolate Covered Pretzels – straight and traditional shapes both work)
- Pterodactyl Nest (Bowl of Pretzel Sticks)
- Dinosaurs (Dinosaur Shaped Chicken Nuggets – this is an easy one)
- Dinosaur Claws (Bugles)
- Dinosaur Teeth (Snacking Cheese Cut into Triangles)
- Pterodactyl Wings (Chicken Wings)
- Lava Rocks (Meatballs)
- Herbivore Station
- Celery Sticks
- Fresh Broccoli Florets
- Sliced Bell Peppers
- Cucumber Slices
- Carrot Sticks
- Dipping Sauce
- Cheese or Veggie Pizza
- Carnivore Station
- Pepperoni and Sausage Slices
- Mini Smoked Sausages
- Chicken Wings
- Chicken Nuggets
- Dipping Sauce
- Meat Lovers Pizza
DINO-mite Party Sweets
While there’s certainly no problem with making a cake or sweet party treats at home, I opted to buy a cake from Publix. They just so happened to have a cute dinosaur cake that was perfect for our party and the colors of the cake even matched the color scheme I was going with. Plus, they threw in a free smash cake (that the baker also decorated like a dinosaur) since it was for a 1st birthday. I definitely recommend checking to see if your local grocer has a cake that will work with the DINO-mite theme, but if not, try going at it yourself. There’s no shame in baking a cake and topping it with plastic toy dinosaurs!
Here are a few other sweet ideas.
- Volcano Inspired Brownies (Bake individual sized brownies in a muffin pan, then top with red/orange/yellow melted icing.)
- Dinosaur Cupcake Wrappers
- Dinosaur Shaped Sugar Cookies
- T-Rex Shaped Cake
- Pull-Apart Cupcake Dinosaur (Arrange cupcakes in the shape of a dinosaur and then decorate them cohesively as one dinosaur. As guests take a cupcake, the dinosaur will slowly disappear.)
- Prehistoric Dirt Cups (Mix chocolate pudding and crushed Oreos together; then stick some gummy worms in to make it look like they’re wiggling out of the dirt.)
- Dinosaur Shaped Chocolates
Decorations are one my favorite aspects to pull together for a party. The beauty in decorations is that they don’t necessarily have to all be theme oriented, in this case dinosaurs, but simply sticking with a color scheme can go a long way. I knew from the get-go that the color scheme for our DINO-mite party would be orange, blue and green (hence the matching dino cake above). So I took those colors, combined them with the dinosaur theme, and ran with it.
I started with balloons, which turned out to be easier than I thought. There are so many options when it comes to balloons and inflatables, and when planning a party I always browse Amazon because let’s face it, I can buy anything there. It took no time before I found a pack of balloons that perfectly fit my color scheme and even included cute confetti balloons! And rather than taking the balloons to a party store to be blown up, I purchased a little helium tank so I could blow them up myself.
In addition to the balloons, I created my own DINO-mite “Happy Birthday” banner, which you can print for free on the Subscribers-Only page. (If you’re not a subscriber yet, sign up for weekly updates here and you’ll immediately be emailed the link to the Subscribers-Only Page.)
Keeping the colors in sync and using some cute dinosaur graphics, I was super satisfied with how the banner turned out. Plus, it helps that it’s a quick and easy DIY. Simply print, cut, arrange, and hang!
This was our DINO-mite 1st Birthday Party in a nutshell! Are you planning a dinosaur themed party soon? Will you use any of these ideas? Do you have other ideas to add? Comment and let me know. I’d love to add some more ideas to this post, so don’t be afraid to suggest something.
The next birthday on the list is my daughter’s 4th birthday. I’m pretty sure I know what kind of party she wants, but what would you suggest? Stayed tuned because I know I’ll have some kind of DIY up my sleeve and new party ideas for a new theme!
What type of DINO-mite Birthday Party ideas do you have?
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