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DIY dinosaur birthday party hat

For her son’s 3rd birthday, Stefanie of Orange Blossom Special Events was given one simple request: a T-Rex cupcake (how stinking cute is that), but she didn’t stop there! She handled everything at this wonderfully creative Dinosaur Birthday Party, from the dressed-up dessert table to the super doable & adorable decor. I just love when parties are not only beautiful to look at, but also super FUN for the guests! Who wouldn’t want to munch on chocolate-covered “dinosaur bones”, chase bubbles around, and adopt a dinosaur on the way out, right?! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • DIY spiked dinosaur party hats + prehistoric terrariums with moss, dino toys & mini buntings
  • A simple dinosaur toy topper birthday cake, chocolate dirt cups & chocolate dipper pretzel ‘bones’
  • Dino shaped pb&j sandwiches + super cute T-Rex fossil printables
  • Adopt a Dino” favors with toy dinosaurs wearing teensy dino-spiked party hats!

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PARTY DETAILS, as told by Stefanie…

When I asked my son what he wanted to have at his 3rd birthday party, he answered “a cupcake with T-Rex,” so that is what he got — and more! I found a wonderful T-Rex themed design on Etsy (by PaperCrew) that started me off on the color scheme, and then I took it from there, using burlap, succulents, and dino-footprint cutouts from cardstock to decorate the tables. I loved creating the terraniums with tiny prehistoric-scenes, and each kid got a homemade paper dino hat complete with spikes. Using twine and burlap, and more realistic dino images and decor helped me avoid a too ‘cutesy’ dino look, because I know my son prefers the real thing.

The dessert table was a labor of love, with ‘Dino Dirt’ made from pudding, gummy worms, and crushed Oreos, plus cake and cupcakes I ordered from the local grocery store and decorated myself with tiny dinos and Oreo ‘dirt.’ And of course, we couldn’t forget a T-Rex-topped cake, complete with hand-stamped “RAWR” bunting! The sugar-dipped marshmallow ‘prehistoric pops’ and white-chocolate dipped pretzel ‘bones’ I made were a huge hit too. Finally, kids got to ‘adopt’ their very own dino to take home, complete with a miniature dino-spiked party hat.