Like most children, my children love dinosaurs. In fact, my one son recently requested a dinosaur birthday party. I began to look for dinosaur themed party supplies and was pleasantly surprised with what I found. In fact, many of the items I used for the party were very reasonably priced.

For me, the biggest challenge was keeping the entire party eco-friendly. I wanted to use items that could be recycled whenever possible. As my sons have some food allergies, the cake needed to be gluten free with a minimal amount of food dye. The party food was actually my biggest challenge.

I made my own cupcakes using a mix from the local whole foods store. I also used the icing I found at the store. For cupcake toppers, I used special dinosaur candy I found in the bulk food portion of the store.In addition, I purchased ice cream made from rice milk as several of the children attending the party had milk allergies.

In order to make the frosting job look professional, I purchased an cupcake icing tip and icing bag at a craft store. This way, I could swirl the icing just like they do in the bakery department of the grocery store.

I wanted to make up party favor bags for the kids to take home after the party. However, I didn’t want to use the cheap trinkets that you find at most of the stores. Instead, I gave each child a book on dinosaurs and a bag of homemade play dough. I also got some great ideas for crafts that the kids loved! We rented a dino costume from our local costume shop and each child posed with the dinosaur during the party. My husband Dave took the photos to a 1 hour photo developing studio during the party. Then, we handed out the photos to the children as they were leaving the party.

The most important part of the party is the party itself! Instead of planning games for the children to play at our home, we took my son and his friends to a miniature golf course. The golf course had a jungle theme and actually had a dinosaur display on site!

Planning a dinosaur party is not too difficult if you take the time to plan the party. In fact, the most difficult part of the whole event was saying goodbye to our guests as they were leaving!