Dinosaur Party!

Amelie’s 2nd birthday party was Dinomite!

The reason I’m sharing the details? I want to remember. Most likely Amelie won’t so this will be a nice way for us to look back on how we celebrated her. <3

I was going for a blush, gold, white and gray (of course) theme. I’ll be sad when I’m not in charge of the theme and Amelie wants Dora everything. Until then, Mommy calls the shots!

My first project: transform these plastic dinosaurs into a pretty, pretty gold. It took me a long time. I made them into a cute dinosaur banner: The decorations continued. Poofs for over the table:

It’s hard to tell but the gray is actually gray and white polka dot. It’s so adorable in person and a fun way to mix in some pattern.

Fringe garlands. I love these, I think I’ll make them every year!

They are putzy but cheap and easy to make. I couldn’t help but add a mini fringe to our hutch too…

Rawr!

To serve as a distraction from our gross countertops:

Cupcakes topped with white chocolate dinosaurs and edible glitter.

A glittery shout out to The Birthday Girl: The outside got some fancying too with dinosaur tracks and a birthday message! Except the rain washed them away by the time the party started. Phooey. BUT. DINOSAUR SHIRTS HAPPENED. They were an Etsy splurge. My littlest dino: I’m new to this kid-birthday-party-throwing-business but I tried to think of a few activities to keep busy toddlers, well, busy. Half of the kids were into them, half of them couldn’t have cared less. Amelie was mostly planted in the second camp.

The first was a Build Your Own Stegosaurus station. You could do this project a million different ways but I tried to keep it simple. Although looking at this picture makes it seem otherwise… I cut out all of the pieces beforehand to save time and to avoid a Toddler with Scissors Scenario. Also, an excuse to use washi tape! *claps* Everything was ready for them to piece together their very own menacing Stegosaurus! Best of all, I had all of the supplies already on hand. Attention spans were a little short for this craft so the moms ended up finishing them. Nonetheless, I hope the kids enjoyed taking home something that they made. Amelie and I made ours ahead of time and she loves playing with her paper dinosaur!

The second was a Dinosaur Tattoo station.

Amelie chose a Brontosaurus for both hands. Then she added more later that evening.  Cade got tatted too.   The last station was out on our deck. A Fossil Dig! I made the fossils out of salt dough. Super easy (although they took forever to bake). Each “archaeologist” was allowed to bring home two foot prints, a dinosaur skull and a mini T Rex in their own fossil bag: Unfortunately, it was raining out so the fossil dig was a little soggy. Most of the kids didn’t much care about finding the fossils but enjoying digging in the sand.

Speaking of bags, I put together treat bags for the kids too: Up close because I’m not one to pass up an opportunity to use googly eyes. It was supposed to be a T-rex but kinda looks like a lizard. I figured two year olds won’t judge my dinosaur free-handing.

This one was for “Ameliesaurus” Here’s what went inside: Dinosaur tattoos and dinosaur stamps (both from Amazon) and the dinosaur crayons I made tucked into a golden “dinosaur” egg. Normally I would not have bought each child a stuffie, but these were 50% off in the after Easter sales AND there were exactly five of them. It was too perfect. That’s the advantage of having a small party. Thanks to my MIL for finding these!

Lastly, coordinating Thank You cards for any gifts Amelie received. 

It was so fun to plan and craft and decorate. I hope everyone enjoyed themselves, especially the birthday girl.

I love you, Amelie. Rawr.

For the memories: Amelie’s first birthday

16 thoughts on “Dinosaur Party!

  1. I am laughing out loud! And oohing and ahing!!! What an absolutely wonderful party you concocted. DINOMITE! If I were you, I would be patting my back over and over again. You the Man! You should be an event planner. Alan loves the decorations and loves your hutch as well. He said if he was running the party everybody would have to follow directions AND enjoy it or else to home they must go. We would’ve done all of the stations! You are sweet as sugar, thecandace. Amelie and Cade are lucky kids! lv mamap

    • Your glowing compliment certainly makes me feel like I am the Man! I should have been more militant about the stations like Alan suggested. “I don’t care if it’s snowing outside, you will dig for fossils. Dig, dammit! And have fun, dammit!”
      We will build a ferocious Stegosaurus when you visit.

  2. OMG you are so organized and creative. I can’t believe you did all of that with 2 kids – and a baby no less! You rock. Love the theme! Can I grow up and be you?

    • Oh Kat, you are so sweet. Your comment made my day! Admittedly, I’ve been working on the party details for a very long time because spare time around here comes in small chunks and is unpredictable.

      Stop showering regularly and throw in some serious social anxiety – then you’d be pretty close to being me!

  3. Oh wow!!! I want you to plan my next party!! How fun and coordinated and thoughtful and fantastic! Love, love, love all the decorations that you did BY HAND!
    The tattoos look like they were a big hit!
    Well done TheCandace! You’re a birthday party planning superstar!

    Last but certainly not least, HAPPY BIRTHDAY MISS AMELIE!!!

    • Aww, shucks! Thank you, friend! You’re right, the tattoos were the biggest hit. They are instantly gratifying and takes just long enough for impatient toddlers. The decorations were therapeutic because I love crafting but it certainly helps to have a wallpaperless kitchen as a back drop! THANKS TO YOU and your hard work!

    • My dream is to come to Maine and celebrate our babies together! One day!!! Thank you for your kind words – xoxo to your little birthday girl as well.

  4. The dinosaur party was a blast! The decorations were great, food was delicious, and the kiddos were all adorable. Even though the weather didn’t cooperate, the kids still had fun playing outside.

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