Dinosaur Birthday Party - RAWR! Part 1

You may not be surprised to hear that we enjoy a good birthday party and might get a little carried away at times!  I'm trying not to spoil my kids when it comes to presents, but they are becoming birthday party snobs.  Awhile ago, I'd seen the most adorable tutorial for dinosaur tails and I couldn't wait to find an excuse to make them.  So when my little guy turned two a few weeks ago, it was the perfect excuse to RAWR!

I made the invite on Picnik as a 4x6 and then ordered a few prints at Costco.  I sewed the invite onto these egg shaped plates (leftover from Target's Easter stuff) along with some chocolate "dinosaur" eggs.

Here's the graphic minus my address:

We set up a dinosaur cave that was basically an impromptu fort.  I bought the silk plants at garage sales the weekend before and after the party immediately ran those bad boys to Goodwill. 
The frame of the cave is another garage sale find.  I don't know what it's called but it looks like this without the brown paper:

I made dinosaur party hats from generic ones from the party store with embellished spikes and dinosaur stamps.

Of course, I had to make the tails that inspired it all!  They were way easier than I thought they'd be and I ended up making one for each party guest, plus all the cousins we saw for a second out of state party.  I think I totaled out at 20 tails.  Whew!  I used fleece and felt remnants and sales and it probably cost a total of $30 bucks to make them all, and about 5 or 6 hours of work over different days.  Not that bad for the result!
Here's the birthday boy in his tail and hat:

I also made a photo booth for all our adorable guests!  My cartoonish art skills came into effect for a piece of posterboard transformed into a dinosaur with landscape.  And I needed a ruffly "RAWR means happy birthday in dinosaur" banner as well.

Check back on Wednesday for the rest of this dino-mite party!

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Miss Allie said...

So cute!! I wish I was this crafty. I may have to try some of this for my lil cousins birthdays!

Life In The Thrifty Lane said...

Adorable party! I have to throw a Dino Party too for my 3 yrs old son in November, he is obsessed with dinosaurs!

Jessica said...

WOW. What a great mom to make such an awesome party!! I'm so glad to see all your cute dino tails, and that the tutorial made sense. Great job! My poor kids get lame birthdays.

Ginger@gingersnapcrafts.com said...

Cute hats! :) Looks like a fun party. Following from I Heart Naptime link party. Would love to have you link this up to my {wow me} wednesday link party going on right now over on my blog {if you haven‘t already!}. Hope to see you there.


Beth @ Hungry Happenings said...

The tails and hats are the cutest thing ever!

Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things} said...

What a cute party!!
Thank you so much for linking this up to {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!! I would love it if you joined me again tomorrow! :)

Kelsey said...

Super adorable. I'm so glad I found your blog - awesome blog name!

I love the dino tails! :)

I would love to feature your party on my blog if you are interested - www.everyday-is-a-celebration.blogspot.com


idesign said...

so cute :)

Unknown said...

Awesome ideas! Thanks for sharing!

benilhalk said...

I truly admire this dinosaur birthday bash! Birthday guy is looking super cute in these pictures. At one of iconic local San Francisco venues, we celebrated our nephew’s birthday last month. Had a great time in his party.

Lorelle said...

So cute baby. Happy birthday. I think a birthday stone is a great gift for him, check jewelry crystal shops near me

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