Turning one and celebrating your first birthday is a BIG deal. It makes sense that you’d want a BIG theme, right? And what’s bigger than dinosaurs?! This is a classic kid’s party theme that will never go out of style – but there are tons of ways to make it modern and unique! Read on to see how I styled this Dinosaur-Themed First Birthday Party.
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How to Create a Cute Dinosaur-Themed First Birthday Party
Before we even get to the party area, I set the prehistoric scene with a giant RAWR yard sign. There is no mistaking that this is the party house with this spiky, toothy, clawed and googly-eyed sign out front. Get the step-by-step instructions for how to create it yourself HERE.
Once inside the house, I used tons of balloons to create an amazing dinosaur party backdrop. I started with a balloon garland of blues and greens with pops of yellow. I also added white and red faux leaves for a more organic jungle look.
Then, on one side, I added a couple of cute T-rex balloons. These dinosaurs are too cute to be scary – perfect for young children!
On the other side, I created a balloon column similar to the balloon garland, but with a few small dino balloons added. I topped it off with a giant “1” balloon that I added dino track stickers to. The final touch was a “Happy Birthday” dinosaur garland in the center under the balloon garland.
Dessert Table & Smash Cake
Underneath the garlands, I set up my dessert table. The main element was, of course, the birthday cake. I set it on a bright red cake stand in the center of the table on a monstera leaf placemat. I added dinosaur figurines and leaf decorations to the top and sides of the cake.
To one side of the cake, I set out more treats on monstera leaves – individual chocolate cupcakes, in case that was anyone’s preference over the vanilla flavored cake. I like to keep all my guests happy! On the other side of the cake, I gave a sneak peek of the dino party favors in treat bags filled with red paper shred. A couple more dinosaur figurines roaming around the dessert stands and some themed napkins and paper plates completed the dessert table.
The birthday boy or girl gets their own smash cake, of course. To the side of the dessert table, I set up a highchair with a smaller dinosaur cake to smash.
For guests old enough to sit at a table to eat, I set out monstera leaf placemats with disposable dinosaur shaped plates and napkins. Then I added plastic utensils and small mason jar drink cups with blue lids and straws. Each guest also got an adorable dinosaur planter place card that doubles as a party favor!
In the center of the table, I created interactive centerpieces. I filled large jars with layers of colored sand, and added dino “fossils” and digging tools.
Party Favor Station
I like to display my party favors in fun ways when I can. For this party, I got dinosaur reusable water bottles with keychains attached – so I used a wire grid backdrop I have to hang them in an attractive display. These are great for using during the party as well, to make sure everyone stays hydrated!
I also set up a “Dinosaur Adoption” favor table under a backdrop of leaves and vines. Guests could choose from two baskets of dinos to adopt – a soft and squishy stress-relieving one, or a bright and colorful more realistic-looking one. Or they could choose one of the pre-packaged ones from the treat table. So many options!
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