Dinosaur Party Ideas

By Emily Churchill

Created on June 14, 2016

ROAR! It’s time to party like a dinosaur! Get ready for some prehistoric fun with these dino-mite party ideas. From DIY party decorations to a homemade volcano cake and plenty more ROARsome ideas in between!

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

Cheryl from Moms & Munchkins styled, wrote and photographed this Dinosaur Birthday Party. Stop by her blog to get more ideas that'll keep kids roaring!

Dinosaur Party Planning & Invitations

You can let Birthday in a Box take care of the personalization and printing for you with these Dinosaur Adventure Invitations or go the DIY route with your own creations:

  • Join us for a ROARING good time!
  • Child’s Name-asaurus (BENasaurus) is turning 5!
  • Join us for some prehistoric fun!
  • Stomp, Chomp & Roar! Let’s party like a dinosaur!
You could even turn the invitations into a craft project with your kids using this free printable dinosaur invitation. Simply print, color, cut out and fill in your party information. Creative invitations build excitement before a party. If you have time to make your own, maybe try one of these ideas:
  • 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

For this party backdrop, I used a beach backdrop with lots of palm trees. For a backdrop that also doubles as a photo booth area, check out this Dinosaur Party Backdrop DIY project.

Decoration/Photobooth Backdrop

This ROARsome party backdrop can also be used as a DIY photo booth. What you’ll need: poster board, 6 rolls of crepe streamer paper (2 of each: light green, dark green and brown), 4 gold foil letter balloons (R, O, A, R), thin ribbon, tape and painters tape.

To start, you’ll need a long piece of poster board in the length you want your photo booth or backdrop to be. So if you want your backdrop to be 6 feet wide, you’ll want to cut your poster board into a 5-inch height and 6-foot length. This is what you’ll attach the crepe streamer paper to.

You’ll need 3 different shades of crepe streamer paper (light green, dark green and brown). Cut this in equal lengths (you’ll want these lengths to go all the way to the ground) and tape them to the back of your poster board base. Alternate between the 3 colors.

Once you’re done with the crepe streamer paper, blow up your gold foil letter balloons (R, O, A, R) and use ribbon to also attach these to the back of the poster board base.

You can now attach this poster board base to the wall with removable tape (like painters tape).

For a photo booth area, finish this area off with green and gold paper lanterns and inflatable dinosaurs for the guests to post with.

More 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.

Dinosaur Party Food Ideas

A fun way to set out food for a dinosaur party is to separate it into sides: Carnivores and Herbivores - the carnivore side for all the meats and the herbivore side for all the vegetables.

Herbivore Food Ideas:

  • fresh sliced veggies served with hummus
  • pasta salad loaded with fresh vegetables
  • French fries
  • veggie kebabs
  • garden salad
  • chunky vegetable soup cups
Carnivore Food Ideas:

  • meatballs
  • mini burgers
  • chicken wings or nuggets
  • pepperoni pizza
  • pepperoni sticks
  • hot dogs

More dino-themed dishes from the prehistoric age:

  • 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.
  • 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.
These Dinosaur Adventure Personalized Tags can be personalized with your menu items and used like food labels. For example: chicken wings labeled as “pterodactyl wings”.

Check out these supplies for your party table:

Dinosaur Party Desserts

For a quick & delicious party snack mix, try this Dinosaur Munch & Crunch. It’s a yummy combination of caramel popcorn, “dinosaur eggs”, pretzels and chocolate.

For an eye-catching party decoration that doubles as a dessert, try making a Volcano Cake! Trust me, this is super easy to make.

Rice Krispies Volcano Cake:

  • 2 bags of large marshmallows
  • 1 family size box of Rice Krispies
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 4 cups red jelly beans
  • 1 jar white icing
  • red food coloring
  • 2 jars chocolate frosting
  • 1 cup crushed chocolate cookie crumbs
In a large bowl (one that fits in the microwave and is microwave-safe), melt half the butter in the microwave. Remove from microwave and put in one bag of marshmallows. Stir the marshmallows to coat with butter. Return to microwave and heat for 1 minute. Remove from microwave and stir until smooth. Transfer this to an XL bowl. Repeat the process with the second half of the butter and second bag of marshmallows then transfer those melted marshmallows into the XL bowl.

Pour in all the Rice Krispies with the marshmallow mixture and stir until Rice Krispies are well coated.

Grease 1-10” cake pan, 1-8” cake pan and 2-6” cake pans. Grease the outside of 4 drinking glasses (all 4 glasses an equal size). Place one glass (upside down) in the middle of each cake pan. Fill each pan with Rice Krispies mixture, pressing down firmly on each. Leave glasses in the middle of each pan and place these pans in the fridge for at least one hour until Rice Krispies cake has hardened.

Remove glasses from each cake pan. Carefully remove Rice Krispies cake from each cake pan. Cover a 10” cardboard cake plate with chocolate frosting. Place the 10” cake down on cake plate first. Place the 8” cake over top of that then both of the 6” cakes. Make sure you line up the hole in the middle of each cake with the previous cake (you’re forming a tunnel here). Use your hands and a serrated knife to make this tower into a cone/volcano shape.

Cover the outside of the cake in chocolate frosting. Place some crushed chocolate cookie crumbs along the bottom as dirt. Pour red jelly beans into the tunnel of the cake.

Mix white icing with red food coloring then place this red icing around the top of the cake to look like lava coming out of the top of the volcano.

I stored this in the freezer for a few hours before setting out on the party table just to make sure the cake held its shape and the icing hardened a bit.

For an alternate dessert idea, I also made mini chocolate bundt cakes and decorated these as volcanoes with red icing.

Dinosaur Party Activities

A classic dinosaur party game is a Dino Dig. It’s easy to set up – a large sandbox with mini plastic eggs and mini dinosaurs buried in it for the kids to find. Inside the mini eggs you can hide clues to find a bigger prize.

For your dinosaur explorers, you could set up a dinosaur scavenger hunt around the house leading to one oversized plastic egg (you can find these at a craft store around Easter) or a dinosaur piñata with prizes or candies inside for the party guests to share. Clues could reference dinosaur facts like:

  • Most dinosaurs hatch from eggs, and they could not fly or live in water. Where would you find eggs at home? (the next clue could be attached to an egg carton in the fridge)
  • Carnivores had sharp teeth and claws. What do we use to trim our “claws”? (the next clue could be hidden by a nail clipper in the bathroom)
  • Birds evolved from Dinosaurs, a group called Theropods. Where could you find a bird nest outside? (the next clue could be attached to a tree in the yard)
Here are some other dino games to add a bit of friendly competition:

Dinosaur Party Favors

The Dinosaur Munch Snack Mix can also be sent home as part of your party favors. Depending on the ages of your guests, you could create a Dinosaur Explorer Kit with a pith helmet, binoculars, mini canteen and a dinosaur excavation kit.

For the younger guests, the grow-a-dinosaur, little dino bubbles, dinosaur coloring pages and crayons may be a better option.

To seal the party bags, you could use these Dinosaur Adventure Personalized Stickers with something like “Thanks for a ROARing good time!”

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