You guys, my little man is four! And we celebrated with the coolest modern dinosaur birthday party. I had so much fun planning his ROAR dinosaur party with aqua, navy and coral colors.
This may be my most favorite party I’ve planned yet, mostly because Owen is so passionate about dinosaurs — his excitement provided lots of inspiration! We also kept his dinosaur birthday party super small with only close family, which totally takes off the pressure and makes party planning much easier.
I knew Owen’s party would have a dinosaur theme months ago; dinosaurs are his most enduring obsession. And I knew right away that I didn’t want to do the typical dinosaur theme colors – greens and browns. A bright coral dinosaur figure in Owen’s collection was my inspiration for the color palette, and I love how the colors turned out. In addition to dinosaurs, Owen really likes jungle animals. And being a wild and crazy little animal himself, I decided to go with a dinosaur jungle theme, adding tropical jungle leaves to the decorations. I also incorporated “ROAR” wherever possible, because Owen is the loudest child I know.
Since I took about a zillion photos of his party and there’s lots to look at, I better get to the pictures! Here are all the details for you to see. So check out all the photos and let me know what you think of Owen’s dinosaur party!
It took forever for me to design this invitation; I had a really tough time figuring out what I wanted to include. There are so many great ideas for a dinosaur birthday party! In the end, I made about 12 different versions and finally picked this one with Owen’s photo “in” one of the balloons.
I’ve seen the idea of spray painting toy plastic figures, so it was a no-brainer to paint plastic dinosaurs aqua, navy and coral for the party decorations. I also put tiny silver party hats on them, just to make them look extra festive.
I used dinosaur spikes as a motif throughout the decorations, including a paper dinosaur spike tail to display on our mantle. I jazzed up the spike tail with silver dots (envelope seals).
I created similar favor bags with spikes, “roars,” bite marks, and silver spots.
The bags were filled with a “dino” snack mix that I made to look like dinosaur eggs and bones.
If you’ve seen the other parties I’ve planned, you know that I love balloons and hanging decorations. I was sure to include both in this party. We even had the giant round balloons, which I am now obsessed with.
I made hanging paper pterodactyls, one of Owen’s favorite dinosaurs, with bright coral paper. They looked perfect with the giant aqua balloons that I decorated with silver and navy tassels.
The zig zag accordion streamers in the party colors were festive but also brought in the dinosaur “spike” element.
I admit that I went a little overboard with the table decorations. But I realized how awesome paper leaves and flowers are and I couldn’t resist making a bunch of jungle leaves with teal and aqua paper. To give it a modern twist, I set the paper jungle leaves on a navy striped table runner.
Each place setting had aqua plates with dinosaur “bites,” a little ROAR sign, navy napkins, and dinosaur spike party hats that I crafted.
I also decorated the aqua paper cups with silver washi tape. And since I’m a sucker for paper straws, I couldn’t resist these silver straws that I found at HomeGoods.
Spray painted dinosaur figures were scattered among the jungle leaves on the tabletop.
Inspired by a party backdrop that I saw made out of watercolor squares in a rainbow of colors, I made a jungle watercolor backdrop for the sweet treat table.
I found glass jars at Hobby Lobby on sale and they were perfect for treats. I glued small plastic dinosaurs on each lid and then spray painted them in the party colors. So cute!
The cake turned out just the way I wanted it to! The vanilla cake with a chocolate chip cookie dough filling tasted as good as it looked. And the cake decorations were super easy – a spray painted plastic dinosaur, a paper number 4 cake topper, and a dinosaur “spike” trim around the cake plate.
In addition to the cake, I also decorated cupcakes with dinosaur “spikes.” The “spikes” were simply square crackers dipped in navy blue candy melts.
I loved the t-shirts that I ordered from Etsy for Owen and Carmendy to wear for the dinosaur birthday party. I sewed a spinosaurus fin made from felt on the back of Owen’s t-shirt and stegosaurus spikes on the back of Carmendy’s shirt. Adorable!
Happy birthday, Owen!