Dinosaur Party Ideas

Throw a prehistoric birthday bash your little T-Rex will never forget with our Dinosaur Party Ideas! Read on for general party planning tips as well as great dinosaur decorating ideas, and food, game, and activity suggestions.


Dinosaur Party Planning & Invitations

In addition to basic dinosaur party supplies, like plates, cups, napkins and decorations, you may want to consider purchasing, borrowing or renting the following items for your Dinosaur party:

  • Dinosaur posters
  • A sand box
  • Bags of sand
  • Fossils
  • Large plastic "dinosaur" eggs
  • Disposable cameras
  • Dinosaur movies
Creative invitations build excitement before a party. If you have time to make your own, here are some ideas to get you started:
  • Put each invitation inside a large plastic egg and call it a dinosaur egg. Place the plastic egg inside a clear cellophane bag with some green Easter grass and a small toy dinosaur, tie it closed with ribbon, and deliver to your guests.
  • Cut out dinosaur footprints from construction paper and write the party details on one side.
  • Fold construction paper in half to create a card, and decorate the front with foam dinosaurs from the craft store. Add the party details inside.
  • Thinly roll out some play dough and cut out bone shapes with a small cookie cutter. Let them dry until firm, and then glue a bone to the front of each invitation.

Dinosaur Party Decorations & Food

Dinosaur Party Decorating Ideas

  • Make inexpensive caveman costumes for your guests to wear (no sewing required!). Just cut a hole in the center of a piece of faux fur or animal print fabric to fit a child's head. Secure the costume in place with a rope belt tied around the child's waist.
  • Draw large dinosaur footprints in chalk on the pavement leading to your door.
  • If you have a sand box, fill it with sand and lay out "dinosaur bones" on top and buried beneath. Later this can be an activity as your guests dig up the bones!
  • Make a banner saying "Welcome to the (your last name) Dinosaur Dig" and hang it near the party entrance.
  • Use your child's toy dinosaurs to decorate the party area. Group them together on tables, and place some dinosaurs around the cake plate.
  • Make a volcano centerpiece, and place dry ice in the center to create the effect of steam rising.
  • Decorate with big rocks and ferns. You can use wide green crepe paper to cut out fern leaves.
  • Stuff brown paper grocery bags with newspaper to create "rocks" and place three or four together in the corners of the party area.

When it comes to food, partygoers are usually perfectly content to eat pizza or hotdogs, which is certainly much easier on the hosts! However, if you have the time and would like to serve up some dishes from the prehistoric age, consider these ideas:

  • Label the food with creative dinosaur-related names, like Dinosaur Bones (pretzel sticks), Dino Dogs, Tyrannosaurus Burgers, Pterodactyl Chicken Wings, and Dino Eggs (tater tots or grapes). You can also call ketchup Hot Lava!
  • Cut sandwiches or slices of cheese using a bone or dinosaur-shaped cookie cutter.
  • Dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets are often available in the frozen food section of the grocery store.
  • Divide the food table into two sections. Mark one section "Herbivores" and the other "Carnivores". Place all non-meat items in the Herbivore section and all meat items in the Carnivore section.
  • Make red Jell-O jigglers cut into shapes, and name them Lava Rocks.
  • Serve sugar cookies made with a dinosaur cookie cutter and green frosting.
  • Hide a piece of bone-shaped candy in a cup of chocolate pudding, and sprinkle crushed chocolate cookies on top as the "dirt." Tell the guests it is a dinosaur bone stuck in the mud, and let them eat their way to the candy bones.

Dinosaur Party Favors

Thank your guests with dino-mite party favors! To find a large variety of dinosaur party favors, visit our dinosaur page in our store and click the "Party Favors" tab or the "More Fun Stuff" tab. Some of the favors we have include:

  • Temporary dinosaur tattoos or stickers
  • Small binoculars
  • Dinosaur wind-up toys
  • Rock candy and Dinosaur candy
  • Dinosaur figurines
  • Dinosaur finger puppets
Also check out our complete favor sets and personalized products such as zipper pulls, placemats, and stickers.

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