As many of you will know, J turned 1 last week! We spent a long time deciding how to celebrate his birthday, and settled on 2 family parties. We live in Solihull, but my family live in London, and Luke’s family live in Stockton. Therefore, we decided to host a party at each of our parent’s homes, so that we could invite lots of family and family friends without the need for them to travel. As J is too young to tell us what sort of party he would like, we chose a theme ourselves – dinosaurs! Here’s how to throw your own dinosaur themed party:
We purchased banners and bunting from Party Delights, which had a good selection of matching party accessories. They also sell an inflatable T-Rex, which we bought to put on the drinks table. We used yellow and green balloons, and also bought a large helium ‘1’ balloon (as we thought J would probably be more interested in the balloons than anything else…!)
J’s Grandad had a surprise for us when we went up to the north. He had painted a Diplodocus onto a blind, which he hung in the garden (we revealed this to the Jurassic Park theme tune). He had also cut out lots of plastic dinosaurs, which he decorated the garden with, so they appeared to be roaming through the plants. Finally, he had made a large foam number 1, and painted J’s name on in, to stand as a centrepiece on the table.
Food and Drink
We tried to come up with a dinosaur-themed menu! We served this buffet style, so that people could help themselves.
- Turkey Dinosaurs
- Stuffed Stegosaurus Skins
- Dinosaur Dips and Crisps
- Volcano Lava Salsa
- Brontosaurus Bruschetta
- Herbivore’s Salad
- Leptaceratops Lemon Chicken
- Carnivorous Burgers
- Godzilla’s Garlic Bread
- Caveman Quiche
- Flintstones’ Fish Goujons
- Roarrrrrst Vegetables
For dessert, we made a dinosaur watermelon fruit salad!
We served pineapple, coconut and (s)lime cupcakes, raspberry and white chocolate brownies, and birthday cake.
J’s first birthday cake was chocolate, with Malteser ‘rocks’ and dinosaurs on the top. My mum bought a dinosaur mould from Lakeland, and I decorated the cake with green sponge dinosaurs!
J’s second birthday cake was made by Luke’s mum, using a dinosaur mould from Aldi and green icing. She also made some delicious dinosaur cupcakes to decorate the cake board.
We wanted to stick to the theme with lots of dinosaur music! This is much harder than it sounds though, so we widened the theme to include monsters and other creatures, plus birthday related songs. We managed to put about 10 on the list, and then filled it out with lots of feel-good party music.
- Walk The Dinosaur – Was (Not Was)
- Roar – Katy Perry
- Get It On – T-Rex
- Children of the Revolution – T-Rex
- I Love To Boogie – T-Rex
- Cosmic Dancer – T-Rex
- Jurassic Park Theme – John Williams
- Dinosaur Stomp.- Koo Koo Kanga Roo
- (Meet) The Flintstones – Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox
- Dinosaur – Kesha
- Monster Mash – Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett
- The Time Warp – Rocky Horror Picture Show
- Happy Birthday – Stevie Wonder
- Thriller – Michael Jackson
- Happy Birthday, Sweet Sixteen – Neil Sedaka
- Happy Birthday – Kygo
There are so many cool dinosaur outfits available at the moment! Here are some of the fab dinosaur clothes that J got for his birthday:
- Dinosaur t-shirt, http://www.debenhams.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/prod_10701_10001_223020113643_-1
- Footless leggings, https://www.joules.com/Baby/Baby-Boys-0-12-Months/Lively/Footless-Leggings/Dino?id=W_BABYLIVELYB%7CDINO
J was lucky enough to get some brilliant presents! If you’re looking for dinosaur themed pressies, check these out:
- Wooden Push-Along Dinosaur
- Tomy Stomp-and-Roar Dinosaur
- 10 Little Dinosaurs Board Book
- Peep-Inside Dinosaurs Book
- A Mini Magic Colour Book – Dinosaurs
We have had so much fun celebrating J’s first birthday. Thank you to everyone who joined us, and to everyone who sent messages, birthday wishes, gifts and cards!
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