Prehistoric Dinosaur Birthday Party Ideas - Parties With A Cause (2024)

When your little man loves all things Jurassic you know you will eventually get to design a dinosaur birthday party! I’ve been gathering ideas for over a year and am so excited to share our favorite prehistoric dinosaur birthday party ideas with you! Take a peek at this modern green, black, and gold party and let me know which is your favorite part! {I’ll tell you mine in a little bit!}

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Dinosaur Birthday Party Invitation

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Printing invitations and putting together envelopes is so much fun. I love the simple roaring T-Rex silhouette with a mud splattered back design. Although my favorite thing just might be the leaf envelope insert which sets the stage for the botanical motif that runs through the whole party design.

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You can't see them but round cupcake toppers printed on label paper make fabulous seals for envelopes addressed in style. The invitation suite and Dinosaur Party package can be found in the PartiesWithACause Etsy shop.

Dinosaur First Impressions

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Welcome guests to the party with these easy to make dino tracks.

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And let them know they're in the right place with a welcome sign. I attached our sign to a simple wreath made using an embroidery hoop wrapped with an ivy garland and a few ferns.

To top it all off, my son loved the idea of a huge dinosaur nest on our front porch with his gigantic plush triceratops guarding the eggs. A magical entrance doesn't have to be complicated. I have a tendency to go overboard but loved the simplicity of this porch and how excited each guest was.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the dinosaur nest and eggs you can check out the article here. {coming soon}

Dinosaurs Take a Seat

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The dinosaur tablescape was so much fun but also hard to scale back for a more modern feel. Is creating clean minimal design a challenge for anyone else? I guess I just love my details! Either way you style it, you'll use the same 5 elements:

  1. Table Cover: Unless your table fits the theme
  2. Table Runner
  3. Centerpiece: Focal point to draw your eye
  4. Place Setting: Plates, cups, napkins, and flatware {if necessary}
  5. Supporting details: Optional but fun
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A simple white tablecloth is all you need with a clean color scheme. Then layer it up with a fun runner down the center of the table using faux monstera leaves and a few vine garlands. Then top it with a huge inflatable Brachiosaurus for a jawdropping centerpiece!

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Finding just the right combination for the place settings can sometimes be tough but is nearly always possible. I ordered these T-Rex skull plates all the way from Portugal! I couldn't pass up the perfect thing. Gold Monstera dessert plates, reptile goblets, and chewed on napkins round out the design. Notice something missing? With dinosaurs the utensils are optional!

Additional party details aren’t necessary at this point but will take your event to the next level. Add in a few potted plants, ivy garland and plenty of gold and green dinosaurs!

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The pith hats give guests a hint at the Dino Dig party activity planned after lunch.

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One last look at the table for a view of the whole centerpiece. {I'm working on getting the lighting right when shooting into a window but I'm not there yet! Obvs!!} How fun is this set up!? We had a great time with it!

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The King of the Jungle

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Okay, are you ready for my FAVORITE part of this Dinosaur birthday party!? As I dreamed of this party I kept seeing a huge T-Rex peeking out between two huge potted palm trees given to us by my sweet mother-in-law. I found this beauty at Custom Prints Your Way and had it printed as a 48″x72″ banner {on sale of course} at Vista Print. Isn’t it just perfect!?? I’m still so excited about it. If you thought lions are the king of the jungle you better think again!

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The top of the entertainment center needed some framing so I created my very first balloon garland! It wasn’t the best garland in the world but it worked and was exactly what I needed. I used the very simple “string-it-on-with-a-needle-and-fishing-line” method then glued the small ones and a few leaves to fill in the gaps. If you haven’t tried one yet…..I highly encourage it. The only things I’d recommend are:

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The finishing touch was a printable dinosaur fossil table runner and an incredible dinosaur banner from 4 Hearts Paper Craft Co. I am so in love with this banner. Melissa custom designed it to coordinate with our invitation so the details are perfect. Lucky for you, it’s now available in her shop!

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Round out the table decor with a number balloon for the birthday boy…..

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…..and a golden T-Rex to guard the party snacks!

Dinosaur Birthday Party Menu Ideas

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  • Brachiosaurus Tails: sliced kiwi
  • Dino Eggs: green grapes
  • Stego Spikes: watermelon triangles
  • Herbivore Mix: raw broccoli, snap peas, celery, and cucumber
  • Carnivore Snacks: BabyBel cheese, and beef jerky
  • Dino Claws: Bugles
  • Dino Fruit Snacks
  • Fossil Cookies
  • Volcano Cupcakes
  • Swamp Water
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Kiwis have always felt a little more like cutting into an animal than a fruit with their furry shell. The slices look very much like what I imagine a sliced dinosaur tail would look. And the Bugles are a no brainer – I've been pretending my Grandpa's favorite snack were claws since I was a little girl.

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Keep it healthy with green grapes as Dino eggs. But watch your fingers cause they are being closely guarded.

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Watermelon is a favorite of all my children. My son specifically asked for watermelon triangles, which look very much like the spikes on the back of a Stegosaurus.

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As many of you know I'm a huge fan of healthy party food and this party was no exception. Color coordinating the snacks was super easy with all these green veggies for the Herbivores.

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The carnivores in the house enjoyed BabyBel cheeses and Beef Jerky!

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For the Sweetivore we have Fossil Cookies from Little Rose Cookie Co….

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And volcano cupcakes! I love this idea from Michelle's Party Plan-It on Oriental Trading's Fun 365. Purchase the cupcakes and simply add orange and red candy melt lava, add gold sprinkles, and top with an eruption pick! {which are sadly out of stock at the moment}

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The fossil cookies were a dream come true! My jaw literally dropped when I opened the carefully wrapped package from Little Rose Cookie Co. The gold brushed cookies are so incredible detailed with black dinosaur fossil designs and green monstera leaves. Since we already had volcano cupcakes I saved these beautifully wrapped cookies as a favor to send home, but I have to admit that not many actually made it out of the house!

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The fossil cookies were a hot commodity, leaving a few of the gorgeous leaf designs for me to eat myself. I mean, for my family to eat. I may or may not have enjoyed one of the soft and delicious cookies for breakfast. What happened to the rest of them is a mystery because every crumb has vanished without a trace!

Dinosaur Birthday Party Mantel

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With the food jungle on the right and a dino table on the left the huge fireplace mantel needed a little dinosaur love.

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Green and gold leaves provide shelter for a plush stegosaurus and frame another number 6 balloon to celebrate the birthday boy!

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The iconic “happy birthday” T-Rex banner is the focal point of this simple design. I intended on making my own banner but when I found this one for such a great price I went ahead and purchased it.

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Using flowers I already had, adding a few bunches of leaves and a mini potted palm we got just enough dinosaur birthday festivities without going over the top.

Dinosaur Birthday Party Details

I hope you enjoyed the tour of our Prehistoric Dinosaur birthday party and want you to come away with new party ideas for your own dinosaur soiree. I shared my favorite….now it's your turn. I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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I think the gold dinosaurs tucked absolutely everywhere added so much to the atmosphere. They're also pretty sneaky when it came to the treats!

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My summer babies with birthdays just days apart. This may have been big brother's celebration but they both had a great time!

Now if someone can come help us with our little dino problem. They just don't seem to be taking the hint!

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Additional Reading

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