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There are a few things that are important for every party:
- Activity (games only let 1-2 little people win, an activity covers everyone)
- Thank You notes
A theme is helpful, but not really necessary. (Unless you are like me and then it’s imperative!)
This year’s theme? A Jurassic Party for my little Paleontologist.
Here were the invites: I used Dinosaur Tracks from my Cricut Cartridge Collection and white card stock. Using my Glimmer Mists, I colored them, layered them and used embroidery floss for contrast and a red self adhesive gem for the eye. I did ask everyone to RSVP so I would have enough Jr Paleontologist kits ready, but had to contact half the people we invited, as they never replied. Maybe I am wrong? RSVP used to mean either way – acceptance or regrets, now it seems optional. (sigh)
Now comes the activities: Decorate their loaded gift bags, fossil dig, egg hunt, photo op
We had white gift bags and a bunch of foam dinosaur stamps. Add a box of markers and crayons and the kiddos could customize their goody bags. Inside of them already was a one inch wide paintbrush (free at Menards with rebate program) and dinosaur activity pad (came 6 to a pack from the dollar store)
Then it was time to use those paint brushes for the fossil dig! We have a large Turtle sandbox that I hid mini Dinosaur fossils that I bought at Oriental Trading. This is where the paint brushes came in handy – to unearth up to two fossils per kiddo. They seemed to have a blast!
Next, the kids had to steal an egg out of the pterodactyl nest. I told them sneak in and take an egg but to hurry because the mom pterodactyl could be on her way back. For this station I used a green foam wreath at the dollar store, covered it with newspaper and painted it brown and green. We added real leaves and grass to it while the paint was still wet. Then it was placed in a tree.
To make the eggs I blew up water balloons and Miss Sarah put paper mache on. She measured out the 1 cup of flour and 2 cups of water, then mixed them together. After they dried, we removed the balloons and stuffed them with mini dinosaurs and dinosaur temporary tattoos – both from Oriental Trading again. Then, I spray painted them with crackle light gray paint. The kids could then crack open their eggs to get their prizes. I’ll admit this turned out really cool and was super inexpensive to do!
Next – the photo op!
I got this photo mural from Oriental Trading too – they just stuck their heads through it and I snapped a picture. These were enclosed in the Thank You notes – so they had another way to remember the party. My biggest kid modeled it here for you, LOL. I let them see their pictures on the camera right away and it cracked them all up!
Now came the gift opening – they were all so excited about what they brought for her that they REALLY wanted to do it sooner! we had two “special” chairs – one for Miss Sarah to sit in and one for the friend who’s gift was being opened to sit in.
When we made it through all the amazing home made cards and fun gifts, it was time for CAKE!
We had a little variety between the cupcakes that used the rest of the mini dinosaurs on them, along with edible chocolate rocks…
Because she can, and she is learning, LOL!
That pretty much covers it – we didn’t come anywhere near close to $13.95 a kid and they all seemed to have a blast! How much DID I spend? Follow along:
- The Oriental Trading items were all FREE as I used a gift card.
- The cake mix was FREE from my stockpile
- The frosting (2 cans) were FREE from my stockpile
- The paper mache items were simply recycling newspapers and using up old water balloons from last summer (FREE)
- The white nylabone for her hair $3 at Petsmart (and now at my Mom’s house being enjoyed by her Chihuahua)
- The T shirt $2.50 at Michael’s Craft store
- The Fabric paint from my craft stash
- The Tomato cage $3.50 at the Hardware Store
- The white bags $3.75 at Michael’s Craft store (I used my 50% off coupon and bought a pack of 12)
- Postage (invites were hand delivered at school) $4ish.