Koren has themes already picked out for all his birthday parties through the age of 12. This was the year of the Dinosaur Party. I was super disappointed that the Herd Museum doesn’t have their Dinosaurs Live! exhibit up this time of year, but we probably would have melted in the heat anyway.
I thought he would want to outsource the party this year, but upon hearing about the possibility of a Dino Dig in our back yard, decided he really wanted to have it at home again. I was fine with this because I have a feeling that our years of having home parties are limited and it will be all Pump it Up or Chuck E Cheese in the future.
Out of fear that the cake would melt in the sunroom, I opted to have the food in the dining room this year, which meant covering up my purple wall. A few paper plates and table cloths did the trick.
I’m annoyed that I didn’t get better pictures of… well, anything. But I was running behind schedule and having to take pictures in between greeting the guests and everything was kind of a blur.
The cake was fun, and I finally figured out how to do palm trees that are structurally sound (enough) and look decent. As long as I can keep the cat from playing with them.
Our standard “plywood-over-a-coffee-table” worked nicely this year also, with JUST BARELY enough room for all the attendants. We moved our actual dining table out to the sunroom, where it served nicely as a come-and-go crafts table.
I usually don’t bother with party hats, but these little triceratops were too cute to pass up, and stood up when placed over a punch cup.
And of course, food. This was a big party day, and a lot of the kids (including mine) were attending multiple parties this day… so I couldn’t in good conscience have nothing but cake to offer.
…Ok, so maybe Jello Jigglers aren’t exactly a healthy alternative, but I couldn’t resist the opportunity to use my dinosaur cookie cutters.
We had very little food left over, which made me very happy. I hate having to find room to store a bunch of leftovers after a party.
And last but not least, party favors. I put the kids to work assembling these, so I hope everybody got the same distribution of goodies inside.