And that someone was Eli.
Anyway, he has been obsessed with dinosaurs for YEARS, so we threw him a dinosaur birthday party.
(Interesting note – from the time he was 6 months old until the time he was 3 ish, Pants could not have cared less about dinosaurs. We had some plastic dinosaurs that were a gift that I almost gave away, because I had no idea that a kid that was OBSESSED with cars beyond all measure could someday CHANGE HIS MIND!!! and become very interested in dinosaurs, but Erik, who went through a 27 year dinosaur phase of his own, said “Just wait” and sure enough. At age 3.5 ish, we entered the Jurassic Era of Eli.)
Anyway. As is tradition, 2.2 weeks before his party when everything had already been planned, he switched preschools and met a kid who wears a cape to school and now he’s OBSESSED with superheroes and demanded a Batman party. I told him to cram it, as you do, and the dinosaur party continued on.
ALSO, this is the first real birthday party we’ve ever thrown for him, one where we invited other people. February just isn’t a month that says “let’s party”, I guess, but we had one for Katie’s first birthday party last year because we wanted to drink champagne with our friends in our backyard, and afterwards Eli was all “Where’s my party, bitches?” so we had to threw him one.
It took me a long time to find dinosaur invitations that weren’t butt ugly, full of stupid puns, or seven million dollars. I got these from Olive and Star on Etsy and I was very happy with them.
At the price I paid, it really wasn’t worth it to try to make my own. I didn’t regret that decision at all.
Also,that is not my correct email address, but it is my correct home address. Please feel free to mail me presents and not come to steal my television.
I picked orange and blue for the birthday colors before I realized how hard it was to find orange plates.
Here’s a shot of the food which I am including mainly so you can see my super cute red shoes.
Of course we had dinosaur themed food, and actually I thought I was making SO MUCH FOOD but it turned out to be just about right for the 30 ish people that came over. The menu:
Ribs (Dinosaur Bones)
Pasta Salad (Erik named this Bone Tie Pasta Salad) and I went with it. I was tired.
dinosaur shaped chicken nuggets with ketchup, ranch, and honey mustard.
Green salad, which was lettuce from our garden, blueberries, pecans, goat cheese, Trader Joe’s parmesan crisps, and champagne vinaigrette. I want to eat this salad every day. Shots out to A’Dell for the “fancy stuff to add” ideas.
The obligatory veggie tray. (We labeled this and the salad “For the herbivores”)
Deviled eggs (T Rex Eggs)
Marinated fresh mozzarella (Velociraptor Eggs)
Cheese sandwiches in the shapes of dinosaurs with chips for spikes. (So cute, but no one really ate them).
Cool Ranch Doritos (Eli’s favorite food)
Fruit salad in a watermelon we carved to look like a dinosaur head. I needed a drink after that.
And the surprise hit of the party, that strawberry pretzel layered jello stuff. I just followed a random recipe from Pinterest, except I used whipped cream instead of Cool Whip because I think Cool Whip is repulsive. I named it some geologic thing like “Layered Stratospheric Something Or Other That Erik Thought Up Because He’s a Geologist”” and everyone LOVED IT.
Here’s a close up of the ridiculous watermelon head. Can you believe I found a watermelon in February? Holy Carbon Footprint. Ah well! Eli’s only request for his party was “watermelon, green melon, and orange melon” and GOD FORBID THE CHILD BE DENIED HIS MELON.
I ordered the cake from Baskin Robbins because it just seemed easier that way. They have a cute dinosaur themed one that comes in orange and blue, and Eli wanted an ice cream cake, so there you go.
(Picture by BFF Sara)
You will please note that the paper plates and the silverware are yellow, and not orange. I looked in three stores for orange plates, and then I decided to just get yellow. I consider this a great sign of personal growth, even though I did almost have an emotional breakdown over it four times.
For decorations, I scattered our enormous collection of plastic dinosaurs all over the house. Please note the sneakers are not part of the display. This is why I can never be a lifestyle blogger.
I got some plain old latex helium balloons in orange and blue and scattered those around the house.
Oh, and I didn’t take a picture (lifestyle blogger fail number two!) but I drew big blue dinosaur footprints coming up the walk in chalk. Super cute, easy, and cheap.
I was originally going to go with honeycomb balls in orange and blue but I couldn’t find any, so I just did the same old tissue paper poofs. They did have a nice spiky quality which was sort of dinosaur ish.
I also bought a banner on Etsy and had it customized to our colors, and then printed it out and strung it. I could have made this myself, but alas, I really enjoyed not making it myself and it was super cute.
I didn’t think we needed too many scheduled activities because mostly the adults drank beer and the kids ran around screaming at each other, but we did have some sidewalk chalk out and available, and we had a T Rex shaped pinata which I also forgot to take a picture of.
Here’s the Amazon shot though:
We also bought six two liters of Diet Coke and some mentos and let every kid who wanted to do a Diet Coke geyser. This was SUPER POPULAR, except with parents who thought we were giving their three years Diet Coke and Mentos TO SNACK ON OMG.
(Picture stolen shamelessly from Amy)
I thought for awhile about not doing favors but honestly that was the most fun part for me.
I ordered these blue dot gable boxes from Etsy and filled each one with sidewalk chalk (in orange chevron striped paper bags), some gummy dinosaurs, a little orange striped box that was filled with jelly bellys and labeled “dinosaur eggs”, and then two plastic dinosaurs that I ordered from Amazon.
None of that was entirely necessary but some things you do just for you, you know?
It was a super fun party, but next year I am totally having someone else clean my house before the party, like Jennie. Cleaning plus cooking plus decorating plus shopping plus dealing with children was just too exhausting.
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