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Throw a Dinosaur Birthday Party

Do you have a Junior Paleontologist on your hands? Then they’ll LOVE these rawr-some Dinosaur Birthday Party Ideas! And dinos aren’t just for boys – this was a girl dinosaur birthday party that can be enjoyed by everyone who loves prehistoric creatures!

Dinosaur Birthday Party Ideas photo collage

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My daughter, Sophia, has been an independent thinker since she was 1. No, really, she has, especially when it comes to birthday party themes.  

As I was preparing for her 2nd Birthday Party, I decided on a Dora theme because she was completely in love with Dora at the time. Plus, I had a ton of cute ideas in my head.

But then, in her little 1 year old voice, she proclaimed she did not want a Dora Party, she wanted a Mickey Mouse Birthday Party. Even at a ripe age of 24 months, I knew that if she walked into her birthday party and it wasn’t Mickey, I would never hear the end of it. So, Mickey Mouse is what she got.

mom and daughter smiling

Then, last year she requested a Disney Princess theme so I took a fun, personalized spin and made it a Princess Tea Party. But really is was all about those cute aprons and the color blue.

The week before her 3rd birthday she fell in love with Dinosaurs. I just knew she was going to ask me to change the theme at the last minute, but she didn’t, thankfully. She loved her Princess Party, but declared her 4th would be a Dinosaur Birthday Party and let me tell you, this girl doesn’t change her mind once she proclaims it.

girl Dinosaur Birthday party Shirt

I’ve received a few questions about Sophia’s Dinosaur Birthday Shirt. I purchased it from this shop on Etsy.

So, I had a full year to plan this party, although it didn’t take nearly that long. There are a ton of ideas to go along with a Dinosaur Birthday Party theme and today I’m showing you just how we threw a RAWRsome GIRL Dinosaur Birthday Party for our 4 year old!

My little lady only had a few requests when it came down to planning and throwing a Dinosaur Birthday Party, she wanted:

  • a T-Rex Pinata
  • T-Rex Plates
  • T-Rex Cake [first this was a cake shaped like a T-rex, but I finally convinced her of a little something more fun and easier for Mommy to do]
  • Pin the Tooth on the T-Rex Party Game

Do you hence a pattern here? These dinosaur birthday party ideas were most definitely centered around the short-armed, ferocious carnivore. Because, you guessed it, a T-Rex is her favorite dinosaur!

Dinosaur Birthday Party decorations outside on tent with tables

She has a May birthday and luckily we had fabulous weather, so we transformed our back yard into Dinosaur Party Central. I purchased hanging signs and other dinosaur party decor that matched the T-Rex Party plates and napkins Miss Sophia picked out.

A dinosaur party theme is quite a popular one with younger children, so you can find dinosaur party supplies at a variety of stores. We purchased most of ours from Amazon and a local party shop.

Dinosaur Birthday Party Games

To fulfill Sophia’s request of a Dinosaur Party Game, we came up with our own version of “Pin the Tooth on the T-Rex”. Basically because I could find nothing else!

homemade Dinosaur Birthday Party games - TRex Party Game

The kids LOVED this and she still has her T-Rex hanging up in her room.  I wish I could take credit for this beautifully drawn tooth-less T-Rex, but my husband, Rob, is the artistic one in the family and drew the dinosaur by free-handing from these party plates.

Since most of our attendees were young children like to simply run around more than play organized games, we only did one other game but it lasted through pretty much the whole party.

While a 4 year old birthday party may not be the place to have too many organized games, it is the place to have a sand table. Especially when you add in dinosaur fossils!

Turn your sand table into a Dinosaur Dig Site!

Dinosaur Birthday Party Games Dino Dig

Our sand table is the Step2 Cascading Cove Sand & Water Table.

I purchased Dinosaur Fossils and Skeletons from Amazon and filled our sand table full of blue sand to create a Dinosaur Dig Site. I loved this as much as all the kids – it kept them busy, plus they took their fossil home as the game doubled as dinosaur party favors!

One of my favorite parts of throwing a themed party is sending guests home with special party favors and this dinosaur birthday party theme was easy and fun. Keep in mind, this party was thrown back in 2014. There’s even more fun dino birthday party favors out there now!

You’ll almost always see me use bubbles as party favors. That’s because they’re cheap and always a hit with kiddos. I buy them from Dollar Tree [3 or 4 for $1] and just add a themed party label. I actually used these free dinosaur printables from here.

Dinosaur Birthday Party Favors Bags

The kids also took home a dinosaur mask [purchased from Amazon] and some fun, totally decked out applesauce pouches complete with dinosaur heads, spines, and tails that I simply glued on!  The kids LOVED these and they were SO simple to make – just print off some pictures of dinosaurs and hot glue them to the pouch lids!

DIY Party Expert Tip: Add in specific colors [in addition to your character or specialty plates] to save money on party supplies. We stuck with the green and orange that matched our T-Rex plates and blue – the birthday girl’s favorite color!

We had the super fun T-rex party plates, but they can get pricey. I also bought coordinating green plates and napkins. Since solid party supplies are usually cheaper, it’s a great way to save, but still stick with a theme!

Dinosaur Birthday Party Food Ideas

Lastly we have… the Party Food and Dinosaur Birthday Cake!

Dinosaur Birthday Party Ideas Food dinosaur fruit tray with watermelon, grapes, strawberries, cantaloupe

Our dinosaur birthday party food centerpiece was this fantastic Dinosaur Fruit Tray carved by my Brother-in-Law! It was the perfect centerpiece for this party!

And Sophia’s favorite part of the party, of any party that is, was definitely the cake. I totally feel like I knocked it out of the ballpark and was incredibly happy that my vision became a reality in this two-tiered blue velvet Dinosaur Birthday Party Cake!

Dinosaur Party Birthday Cake Collage

Now, I never claimed to be a professional baker or cake decorator, but I was super happy with how this dinosaur cake turned out.

The cake was 2 layers of blue velvet cake with chocolate icing. I used some of Sophia’s dinosaur toys and volcano [topped off with orange and red icing for lava] as the main decorations.

A blue river of icing, surrounded by edible chocolate rocks, totally brought this cake to another level! The kids LOVED that they could eat the rocks!

Dinosaur Birthday Party Cake

I love throwing birthday parties and this one was my favorite so far. I love to DIY parties to save money, but to also add that personal touch for the birthday girl and guests and these girl dinosaur birthday party ideas made it totally rawr-some!

girl dinosaur birthday party collage

This post was originally published in July 2014.

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