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How to Throw a Dinosaur Birthday Party for Kids


Throwing a Dinosaur Birthday Party will be a piece of cake with these dino-mite party ideas including food, decor, games, and more! 


It's my Birthday

It’s official, today is my 30th birthday.  It’s got me thinking a lot more than I expected.  I know I’m only a year older than last year, but something about the big 3-0 makes you contemplate.   I can’t believe how fast the last 30 years has gone and it’s made me want to make sure the next thirty are even better, so I’ve decided to embrace it and make 30 the best year yet.  In honor of my big day I thought I’d share a fun dinosaur birthday party we put on for my son’s 4th birthday this past year.

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Dinosaur Birthday Party Ideas


Use dinosaur themed wording on your invitation: “Roar! Please join us for some prehistoric fun and a dino-mite time!”


Dinosaur Party Decorations:

Dinosaur Balloons 

A dinosaur balloon and arrow welcomes guests and show them where to go for the party.


Dinosaur Garland

Cute dinosaur garland sets the mood and adds a festive touch wherever you need it. I made this using my Silhouette, but you can find a similar garland here



Plastic Dinosaurs 

Invite some dinosaurs to the party, too! And don’t forget the party hats.


Dinosaur Party Food:

Dinosaur Eggs 

Kids might not get excited about place cards normally, but they will love finding a dinosaur egg on their plate!


Grapes are dinosaur eggs everyone will love to eat!


Dinosaur Bones 

And how about some dinosaur bones? Pick up some pretzel rods for a simple side dish!


Other Dinosaur Themed Food Ideas 

We also had dinosaur shaped chicken nuggets for the carnivores, carrot sticks for the herbivores, and “dinosaur toenails”(bugle chips) for everyone to eat, with “swamp water” to drink.

Related: Celebrate Simpler! Birthdays: Your Guide to Simpler Birthdays, including the printable birthday interview

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Party Games/Activities:

Paleontologist Passport 

Each kid got a “Paleontologist Passport” with a page for every activity we had planned.  They got a stamp when they completed each one, and by the end they officially become “Junior Paleontologists.”






Dinosaur Bingo


Fossil Dig

These dinosaur fossils were a HUGE hit.  We buried them in a sandbox along with some plastic fossils and let the kids go to town searching for them.  For the recipe go here.



T-Rex Relay

Use some fun dinosaur props for a relay game. Similar dinosaur stilts found here.


Create a Dinosaur


Dinosaur Cupcake Decorating (and of course eating too!)


Take Home Party Favors: 

The favors were inflatable dinosaurs from Dollar Tree. They worked great for a decoration and then the kids were thrilled they got to take one home!


Party Supply Shopping Guide

We’ve sourced some party supplies so you don’t have to!

Tip for Saving Money

Sometimes a themed party can be a lot of work, but I decided what kind of party I was going to do months in advance so I could keep my eye out for things when I was out and about.  You’d be amazed at how many clearance or thrift store scores you can find if you just plan ahead a bit.  I found the dinosaur bingo at our local thrift store.  I got the dinosaur cupcake kit on clearance as well as the dinosaur notebooks for their favor bags.  My son’s birthday was just after Easter so I scored clearance crackle plastic eggs that worked perfect as dinosaur eggs.  Save yourself money and work by watching for things year round!

Get the Celebrate Simpler! Birthdays: Your Guide to Simpler Birthdays

Celebrate Simpler- Birthdays

You can get a cute Birthday Interview printable to keep track of all the favorites year after year.

Adorable Birthday Interview Printable for Kids from So Festive

Don’t Forget These Other Fun Birthday Tradition Ideas!

The Birthday Bundt Breakfast Cake 

You can simplify the birthday breakfast with this tasty overnight birthday breakfast bundt. Add some candles for some extra festiveness! Get the recipe here.


The Birthday Shoe: A Magical Birthday Tradition

This magical birthday tradition is a favorite for all ages… it actually pays to get older. Read about this fun tradition here.


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*So Festive for Kids is a series contributed by Andrea, a creative mom to 3 boys who always has a fun idea for the little ones.  All photos and ideas are original to her.


Melissa loves simply celebrating life through holidays, travel, photography, and the simple moments at home. Her best friend Brandon and her are raising their 4 adorable little ones just north of Salt Lake City, UT. Sunshine, gelato, a good run, planning a trip, and an organized house make her really happy. She loves sharing simple ideas to inspire everyone to celebrate life. Simply.

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  1. Joanna March 18, 2016

    Such a cute party! may I ask where you got your printables (dino banner, food labels, passport) ? I am throwing a dinosaur party for my little one and these would be perfect! Thank you!

  2. Liza Ramalho Albuquerque April 11, 2016

    Hi, i was wondering where you made your dinosaur invitation. Loved it!

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  5. Anna August 8, 2017

    Great ideas! I am wondering if u have printables for the dinosaur shaped banner? Tnx!

    1. Melissa Sunday August 14, 2017

      Used a silhoutte cutting machine to cut out the shapes and then sewed them together!

  6. Lydia A August 12, 2017

    Such cute ideas! What did you use to make the dinosaur garland?

    1. Melissa Sunday August 14, 2017

      Used a silhoutte cutting machine to cut out the shapes and then sewed them together!

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