real parties: dino-ROAR!


Well, it is official. My youngest son is four… FOUR. And of course we celebrated in true dino-ROAR style, his absolute favorite, with our new dinosaur printable party supplies. I shopped for just the right fabric, props, gifts, favors and activities for months and here are a few of the things I came up with. Let’s start at the candy table, the kids’ favorite… and maybe a few parents’ favorite too.

I found this beautiful fabric in the early planning stages and it made me think of the undergrowth of an overgrown forest. Use your imagination a little and you’ll be able to see it. Let’s face it, my T-Rex is blue so why can’t my forest be elegant with a splash of whimsy. {wink}


So starting with the cake tier, the centerpiece for my candy table, I made a T-Rex and a Stegosaurus topper, both inspired by a fabulous tutorial at A Baked Creation.


The table was teaming with treats, like: 


salt water taffy,






fruit chews (a.k.a. Skittles),


rice krispies treats embellished with the number four and his name (on the bottom tier of the cake display),


vanilla Oreo cookies in cupcake papers (found on Etsy at Hey Yo Yo) topped with our dinosaur cupcake circle pick and displayed on a piece of scrapbook paper that looked more like reptile scales than paper, and so much more.

Some of you might recall that my youngest son has severe food allergies, so as you can imagine I had a bit of a time pulling together a candy table that was both milk (at least “cow milk” as my son distinguishes) and nut free, but I’m a mom that is here to tell that it can be done and it can still be yummy! This is one of the primary reasons that I filled the containers with marshmallows instead of candies. Plus, it’s a cheap way to fill up your jars, so two wins in one!


As you can see here, my little guy liked the marshmallows as much as the lollipops!


As for the decorations on/above/around the candy table, there were many, but everyone’s favorite was probably the Pterodactyls flying overhead. 


There were also large foam dinosaurs on the table that later became toys for my little boy. Those along with the Pterodactyls now grace his playroom. (I picked up the foam dinosaurs a few years ago from Step2 online, but I’ve not seen them around in a while.)


In addition to the candy labels, we also created a dinosaur banner,


and signs/mats for each food station. In addition to the well known Herbivore and Carnivore, the latest Paleontologist find is the Sweetivore, the candy eating dino. And if you have doubts, I have two descendants, minus the scales and tails, living in my house! {enthusiastic giggles}


Here are the Carnivore,


and Herbivore mats too. All three are now in the shoppe along with the banner and candy table tags.


And once all the yummy food was gone we had a few activities planned for the kids. My favorite was the photo booth. At first I was going to hang a solid backdrop so that all the images would be uniform, but then decided to have them stand in front of my favorite out of control vines (that my late grandmother gave me) to the right of my pergola. They worked out perfectly. The kids looked like they were standing in the jungle… okay, again… a little imagination please.


They had about 12 dinosaur masks to select from and the only instruction was to ROAR! I just wish I would have had a video recorder with me too. They were hilarious!


This is one was just too cute not to share. My Cole and his little friend Nicole checking out each other’s masks. 


I also had a little scavenger hunt set up with dinosaur skeletons hid around the yard, more like a hunt than a dig, but you get the picture. And, I had coloring mats for them. Something to do while they waited on lunch to be served.


I want to end this post with this picture of my little one blowing out his candle the day after the party. We served the cupcakes the day of and saved the cake for him. He really wanted the T-Rex on top! {I love you my little Coley Bear!}

And if you want to recreate this party for your little dinosaur lover, stop by the shoppe and see all the details. And then send us your pictures at; we would love to see them!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Kim Byers, creative director & owner of The Celebration Shoppe. Her work has been featured in Parents, Better Homes and Gardens, All You, Pregnancy, iVillage, Huffington Post and many others. Kim is also a contributing writer for Kellogg's Snackpicks and Parade magazine, as well as craft contributor for JoAnn.

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  1. 2

    Adorable! And looks like it was so much fun! Just what I needed to motivate me to get back to work on my son’s party that’s in 2 days! Thanks for sharing!

  2. 3

    everything looks AWESOME!

  3. 4

    What an amazing party. Love all the details, especially the Oreos in the cupcake papers with the tag on top ~brilliant!

  4. 5

    INCREDIBLE!!!! You’ve outdone yourself Kim! What an awesome party! That cake is da bomb! =)

  5. 6

    How fun! I bet he loved everything!

  6. 7

    What a wonderful party! Everything looks great!

  7. 8

    It’s all kind of inspiration I was needing to finish my son’s party that will happen in September. Congratulations and thanks a lot for sharing all of your talent with us.

  8. 9

    What an awesome party. My favorite little detail is the sweetivore sign.

  9. 10

    absolutely adorable! I love the buffet signs, genius!

  10. 11

    I ADORE it so much!!!!!

  11. 12

    I found you through Pizzazzerie- – I love everything!!! Can’t wait to share your site :-)

  12. 13

    What a fun party! Where did you get the hanging pterodactyls?

  13. 15

    thanks for this great idea…. My daughter is a fan of dinosaurs

    So nice….I love it. thanks

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    Rachel Zanon says:

    Lovely party! My boy is turning 4 too and we´re having a dinosaur celebration for my T-Rex!:) Where can I find the flying Pterodactyls?


  15. 18

    LOVE LOVE LOVE it! So cute! I am looking for something dinosaur for my son who’s turning 4 next week. I love that the colors are bright as opposed to the usual dark greens and browns and stuff like that. Thank you for the inspiration!

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    Jennifer says:

    Great job with the party! It’s the best dino party I have seen! What were some snacks you served at the party? Different names for each I am guessing? Like broccoli= tree trunks… Love your work!

  17. 20

    What an awesome party!!! Each and everything is so meticulously , dino-mitely planned!!! Im looking forward to celebrating my son’s fourth dino birthday this weekend. All your food and decor ideas are sheer inspiration…thankyou:)

  18. 21

    Great party. I have been eying it a long time as I knew my son also wanted a Dinoasuar party for his 3rd birthday. So finally, I ordered the cucpake wrappers from your store, and used the tutorials you linked above, to make the Dinosaur cake toppers. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Here is the link to my son’s Dino party

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