Book Party: Dinosaur Party!

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Book Party: Dinosaur Party!

Warning: Photo Fest

As mentioned in my post last week about dinosaur books (here), The Wild Thing AKA ChickPea loves a dinosaur book or twenty. We’ve been reading ‘How to Grow a Dinosaur’ every night for a year now, and ‘Edwina: The Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct’ has been a recent favourite. So there was no other choice for her third birthday but a party based on her favourite dinosaur books. Invites were from Vistaprint as always…inexpensive and fast.

dinosaur invite 2

When I say ‘party’ I mean family come around for a few hours and it’s all pretty low key (with lots of food). I’ve thus far managed to avoid friend parties until Year One with PudStar so I’m doing well. We have enough cousins to make it feel like a party in my opinion!

Despite it being low key – PudStar insisted we needed party bags and we decided on jellybeans as there are Jellybean Trees in ‘How to Grow a Dinosaur’ as well as ‘Dinosaur Seeds’ – photocopied the pages of the book with the seed packets and used these on the party bags and packets of Cornflowers. All black jellybeans were dutifully picked out and put into a special bag for Nonna.

Party Bags

PudStar and ChickPea painted mud dinosaurs inspired by ‘I’m a Dirty Dinosaur’ for decorations.

dirty dino page

I'm a Dirty Dinosaur

Aunty Amy is the dress buyer in the family and does an amazing job…check out PudStar’s ‘Rock Your Kid’ dress here. For ChickPea she and I chose ‘Roman Holiday’ from ‘Rock Your Kid’ a) because that happens to be the name of my favourite Audrey Hepburn movie and b) because Edwina the dinosaur is green and pink and this is who ChickPea wanted to be for her birthday. Win all round. Dino tail is by Noa Cakes.


The Wild Thing Turns Three

The cupcakes for kindy and the party were chocolate spelt with edible rocks and gravel.

Cupcake Prep

The birthday cake was a chocolate spelt mudcake and was just a slab with some cupcakes mountains and a volcano. PudStar thought it looked more like a tropical paradise than land of the dinosaurs but ChickPea was happy with it! The rocks and gravel were all edible. I didn’t actually get a photo of the whole cake…must remember to do this in future!

cakes cake Dinosaur Cupcakes Dinosaur Cake Pops

We also had dinosaur sandwiches, dinosaur print biscuits and dino egg scones (thank you Aunty Amy), nan’s quiche (which we have at EVERY family event…just because it’s full of bacon and cheese), mum’s sausage rolls, grandma’s finger sandwiches and cake pops and fruit cups. Pretty simple but lots of it – although I could have done with some leftover sausage rolls.

Dinosaur Fruit Cups

Dinosaur Sandwiches Dino Biscuits

The cousins dug for fossils in buckets of sand, played with ChickPea’s new dinosaur garden, crafted and the danced to the dinosaur stomp song – though the birthday girl thought the music far too loud.

Fossils Dinosaur Craft with Nonna Dinosaur Craft IMG_1486 Dinosaur Garden Digging for Fossils

Found my nan in the kitchen doing the dishes. Our nan is a trooper! She also took home Dan’s ironing…not mine mind you.

Nan Cleaning Up

Then I set the cousins to work picking our cumquats and gave my sister the washing to hang out. If family come around I say put them to work.

Jas Picking Fruit

And then she had a cuddle with daddy.

dan and GW

And then she collapsed and everyone had to leave.

so tired

Happy Birthday ChickPea!

ChickPeas previous birthday parties can be seen here:

First Birthday: Very Grumpy Ladybird Party

Second Birthday: Where the Wild Things Are Party

Roar like a dinosaur

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  1. Natalie on Jul 19, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    That baby girl of yours is growing up! Very sweet photos.

  2. Kate Mac // Glamour Mama on Jul 20, 2014 at 9:16 am

    So so very gorgeous! What a beautiful party. I love creating theme parties for my girls too (tho my family think I’m nuts with the shaped sandwich cutters and craft). You pics are beautiful, thanks for inspo xx

  3. Kate Mac // Glamour Mama on Jul 20, 2014 at 9:25 am

    My girls are also book obsessed… but we’re yet to do a book inspired party. Perhaps Hungry Little Caterpillar for a 3rd bday? hmmmm

  4. Maddie on Jul 20, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Looks like a very fun party!
    What a fab costume 🙂

  5. Housewife in Heels on Jul 21, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Happy 3rd birthday! Love that photo with the dinosaur tail. Adorable. x

  6. Evie on Jul 25, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    Very Cute!
    Happy Birthday Chickpea! 😀
    Lot’s of Birthday wishes to you!
    Your Mum’s Old/Past (Wow was it really 7 years ago?!?) Student
    Evie 🙂

  7. Brooke on Feb 13, 2016 at 2:59 am

    Where did you find those marvelous sandwich cutters?

  8. sarahi on Nov 13, 2018 at 3:31 am

    how did you do the tail?

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