Our Blakey turned 4 years old! And we celebrated with another ‘quarantine’ birthday party at our house. I typically ask the kids what theme they would like to have for their birthday party a few weeks before we are planning on having the party. If they don’t know, I give them a couple of options-which are a combination of things they are interested in…and that are not too crazy hard for mom to prepare. When I asked the birthday boy what theme he would like to have for his birthday party this year, he thought for a minute and then declared: I want a DINOSAUR party! And so the planning began! Sometimes my kids change their minds and choose a different theme they like better, so right before I start seriously planning the party, I tell them that after ‘tomorrow,’ they cannot change their minds anymore! I like to have my birthday kid help me plan the party. I show them ideas of what I find and ask him to choose between colors/options – but DON’T do it if it will be more stressful for you. Read on for the details on how I planned this party, which can help YOU plan any party you want! And if you are interested to know the details on how much we spent on our fun Dino Party…keep reading to the end!
And the planning began! Because of COVID-19 we did not have guests (apart from family who is staying with us), invitations, or party favors. I typically divide up the party into four categories. Since we didn’t have guests this time, I only had three categories to work with:
- Guests, which includes sending invitations, activities and games and party favors.
- Help crew to help set up, serve food, be in charge of games and activities, take pictures and videos, and help clean up after.
As soon as my kid decides on a theme (Dinosaurs for this one), I immediately think and look for everything ‘dinosaur’ that I own (or could borrow from family and friends). After that, I go to Pinterest and search and search for ideas. Once I get a general idea of what I want my table to look like and the key pieces I want to have, I start writing down what I need to print, create, or purchase. PARTY TIPS: Some basics that make any party look awesome are banners, balloons, frames with pictures, quotes, or labels, and toys/stuffed animals spread around the table. Make sure you write down everything you will be using. This will help you stick to a budget and know how much time you will need to purchase/print/prepare/and set-up. If you are like me and tend to over plan, you will quickly realize that you have enough to make your party look amazing! Here is what I used to decorate:
- Dinosaur Decoration Kit – It included the ROAR balloon banner, balloon arch, dinosaur ‘happy birthday’ banner, tassels banner, happy birthday cake topper, and tropical palm leaves (details of how much we spent below!).
- Dinosaurs! I used most of the dinosaurs we already owned, and I bought small and medium sized ones to use as toppings for food.
- Number 4 balloon and green balloons. I got a fun number balloon and some extra balloons for the birthday boy
- Food labels. I cut some cardboard and wrote labels with a marker. Then, I printed some free dinos from the internet, cut them and glued them to the labels.
- White Tablecloth.
I make sure to write a detailed list of the food items we will be serving. Having some fun food that goes along with the theme of the party adds the extra touch-and it acts not only as food but also as decor! I have learned that simple and fast top my list of preferences, especially if I can make the food items in advance (think jello, cupcakes, chocolate and candy molds, etc.) For our party, we had:
- Dinosaur cupcakes. I purchased the cupcakes and added a little plastic dinosaur as a cake topper. You could also print dinosaurs and tape them to straws or toothpicks.
- Green Jello Cups. I added crushed oreos as ‘dirt’ on top of the jello, and little plastic dinosaurs on top.
- Dinosaur Cake. I baked two round cakes. I used chocolate frosting for the sides and vainilla frosting with drops of green food coloring on top as ‘grass.’ I used some dinos, trees, rocks and jelly beans to decorate the cake, and crushed Oreos as ‘dirt.’ I bought a number ‘4’ candle and used the ‘Happy Birthday’ cake topper from the Dino kit I got.
- Dino Eggs. I used grapes, but you could also go with hard boiled eggs, or chocolate or candy eggs.
- Dino Bones. I used small waffle pretzels, but rods or sticks would be super fun too!
- Dino Poop! The birthday boy loved this one! I used a mix of ‘Whoppers’ and ‘Milk Duds,’ but you can use ANY candy or chocolates that look like…well….you know….
- Swamp Water Punch. I used a mix of green Hawaiian Punch with Sprite.
It always helps me immensely when I ask family members and friends BEFOREHAND to help me set up the party, take pictures and videos, help serve the food or cake, help with the games and activities, and help me clean up. So many of them want to be of service, and it is so helpful for everyone involved if we give clear directions of what we need help with beforehand!
And if you are curious about how much money we spent on our party, I am giving you all the details below! (Including where I bought each item!)
How much money did we spend?
We have a ‘birthday’ budget we set up every month for gifts for our kids and other kid’s birthdays parties we attend, the parties we plan, and other expenses related to birthdays. My budget for the month was $125 and my goal was to keep the party under $100. I have rounded up the prices below:
- Dinosaur Kit: $19. I got it on Amazon from the store JW Passion. Watch for a Giveaway and discount soon on Instagram and Facebook!
- Tablecloth: $1 at Walmart.
- Balloons (Number 4 and green balloons): $12 at Zurchers party store.
- Small and medium dinosaurs: $15 I got them on Amazon and Walmart.
- Cake: $14. I got the two cake boxes, eggs, frosting, Oreos, and jelly beans at Walmart. I got the candle at Zurchers party store.
- Cupcakes: $6. Although I make them sometimes, this time I got them at Walmart.
- Jello and cups: $4 at Walmart
- Grapes, chocolates, pretzels: $10 at Walmart.
- Punch and Sprite: $4 at Walmart
Grand Total: $85
There you have it! Thank you so much for reading! I hope you were able to get some useful ideas and inspiration for your next party so that it can be a success, and not super stressful and chaotic! If you need more party inspiration, check out my previous party posts by clicking on the links below!
- A Quarantine Birthday Party
- Ninja Turtles and Paw Patrol Parties, and a Fondant Recipe
- How to Make Number Cakes
- Star Wars Parties Inspiration
I would love to hear what you think about this Dino Quarantine party, and if you’re planning a Dinosaur party in the future. Leave me a comment below and let’s connect over on Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook at ‘FunLoveandFamily.’
I wish you much love and fun with your families!