For my son’s 5th birthday, he decided to have a dinosaur themed party. He was a huge fan of Dinosaur Train and knew the names of all the dinosaurs so he had to help me out a lot while planning. We were going on a week and half vacation right before his party so I had to get most everything done before and keep things pretty easy. I scoured Pinterest and found some amazing easy and inexpensive dinosaur party ideas and also added a few of my own!
I always make him a shirt for his birthday. I found a few ideas online. I used my Cricut to cut out heat transfer vinyl for the letters and then used printable vinyl for the dinosaur picture. I cut everything out and ironed it on! Here is a great starter value on a Cricut Explore. You won’t regret buying one!! If you need help making a tshirt with a Cricut, click here!
Dinosaur Party Ideas
Dinosaur Party Favors
I ordered some dinosaur toys from Oriental Trading and bought buckets at the dollar tree (3 for $1!). I loaded the buckets with Dinosaur Memo Notebook Pads, Cool Dinosaur Tattoos, stretchy dino, small Vinyl Mini Dinosaurs , chalk egg, and dinosaur chocolate M&M eggs. I used my Cricut to print and cut out the Buddy dino tag.
Dinosaur Party Activities:
I kept the party simple since it was at our neighborhood park. We had a few activities and the kids could play and do whatever they wanted. We hung a few beach balls from elastic ribbon from tree branches that they could hit and play with. We also did a “Dinosaur Dig”. We made our own fake dinosaur bones (find tutorial here) and put them in a bin with sand and some dig toys.
I also made a Dinosaur bean bag toss (tutorial here).
Dinosaur Party Food:
We kept the food pretty simple. For lunch, we just ordered pizza. My birthday boy didn’t want cake so we made dinosaur dirt cup desserts (tutorial here).
When searching for dinosaur party ideas, I found this awesome watermelon dinosaur fruit platter that I knew I had to make! There are great directions on WikiHow found here. I drew the design of mouth and then cut it out. I used the rinds to cut out eyebrows and nostrils. Then I used a melon baller to scoop out an eye and placed a grape in it. Used wooden skewers as teeth and dumped a bunch of fruit in it.
Dinosaur Party Decorations:
The biggest and most time consuming decoration I made was a full dinosaur train. My youngest told me which dinosaur he wanted for each letter of the alphabet and I designed it in Cricut Design Space and printed and cut it on my Cricut.
We covered all the tables with green tablecloths and put stickers from the dollar tree on them along with plastic dinosaur toys also from dollar store. We hung dinosaur cut outs from all the trees but the wind wasn’t wanting to cooperate with much else!
The party went great and pretty easy to plan for since there are so many great dinosaur party ideas out there. Now that’s it’s over, I can’t believe my baby is 5!!
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