June 22, 2017

Kona's Dinosaur Theme Birthday Party

It's hard to believe our sweet boy is going to be 4 in a few days! This past weekend we celebrated Kona's 4th birthday with a dinosaur themed party. Kona has been loving dinosaurs for a few years now, so this party was super fun to plan to pull together. He was so excited and had lots of ideas about the cake, decorations and fun things to do. I've also had tons of ideas in my head, because I assumed we would be having a dinosaur party last year, but Kona surprised me and wanted a water party. I love the way everything came together, but most of all I loved celebrating the little boy who stole my heart 4 years ago.
All of the decorations were made from construction paper, streamers, and dinosaurs we already had. Making everything out of paper kept the cost really low and I was able to decorate a larger space. For the food table I cut out leaves from 3 different colored paper, used orange construction paper for the roar and used 3 different colors of green for the streamers. For the table decorations I cut out more leaves and placed different sized dinosaurs around them. I also cut out foot prints and had them all over our back patio.
For food we had sandwiches for carnivore food, veggies for herbivore food, fruit for "dino spikes" and "dino eggs", different salads, chips for "dino claws" and "dino bones", dip and green Kool-Aid and ice tea for "swamp water."  I made the food signs out of construction paper and a stamp I got at Hobby Lobby. I also used the stamp and stamped all the napkins for a fun little element.
I forgot how much I love Bugles. I couldn't stop snacking on them!
Kona loves talking about dinosaur bones and pretends to dig them up in our garden area, so I knew he would flip over this cake. I made the bones using these molds and white chocolate. The molds were so big I could only use 6 out of the 10 pieces, but I still love the way it turned out! To make the bones I melted white chocolate in the microwave, poured it in the molds, let them cool for 30 minutes or so and placed them in the freezer. When the chocolate was solid, Kona helped me take the bones out of the molds and dust coco powder on them, using a paint brush. He was beyond excited at this point and couldn't wait for his party! After I made the cake and frosted it, I sprinkled crushed Oreo cookies all over to look like dirt.  

After cake and ice cream this happened! Ha! One of my younger cousins got this T-Rex costume from Amazon and ran around with the kids. About half of the kids loved it and the other half weren't sure what to think. It was definitely a big hit with the birthday boy! A huge thank you to my cousin for doing this and making the party so fun!
Kona had to put on part of his T-Rex costume from Halloween and have a roaring competition with the T-Rex. It was so cute!
The evening ended sitting around a fire making s'mores, telling stories, and lighting sparklers. It was the most perfect day celebrating our dinosaur loving (almost) 4 year old. Thank you to all of our sweet family and friends for coming out and celebrating with us.
Happy birthday, Kona! We love you to the moon and back!

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1 comment:

  1. It looks like it was a fantastic party! :) Great job with the decorations and the food table. The cake looks wonderful. I'm just starting to plan my son's 4th birthday party - pirate theme which was his request! Happy birthday to Kona!