Somewhere between the time Ariadne was born and she reached 8 months old, we decided that she would have a dinosaur themed first birthday party.
There wasn’t some big discussion about it, no theme planning.
Literally, one day, we had no birthday plans, and in an instant (I liken it to the momentous nonsensical creation of the Universe) we were having a dinosaur party.
Dinos and Tutus, that is.
And really, is there ANY theme out there better than Dinos and Tutus?
Go ahead. Be jealous that you didn’t think it up.
And feel free to use it for your own – I share well.
Anyways. So on to the party.
It started with a special little girl, sporting the freaking cutest outfit that EVER EXISTED.
I wish I had a dinosaur tutu…
The kids food table, which sat under the wonderful banner that my Mum made for Ariadne. It’s beautiful, and the flags are removable, so we can hang them on different string/rope to match any of her birthday themes. A great idea in order to use the same banner letters every year!
For the kiddos I went big on portable, kid friendly foods. Fruit in waffle cups, veggies and ranch in small cups…
Dinosaur PB&J sandwiches and cucumber sandwiches.
On the bottom there you can see the edge of the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip that I made, finally. It is to.die.for. On animal crackers, graham crackers, pretzels, apples….oh yum. I do suggest decreasing the cream cheese measure a tad. I doubled the batch, but only did 1.5 the cream cheese measure, and if I had used more I think it would have been too cheesy.
T-Rex sugar cookies!
As much as I’m a big earth/green friendly type of gal…there really isn’t a good way of hosting an eco friendly kid party. So for today, I put away the banquet china, glassware and silverware…and we did the disposable stuff. I figure once in a blue moon isn’t too bad…plus, it gives a reason to make homemade water bottle labels!
The grown ups also had similar fare, but I added in some homemade pita chips, hummus, a green salad and these glorious sandwiches. I made 36 of these sliders, and there were about 20 adults. Not one was left. They are quite the party pleaser.
And for dessert
Strawberry cupcakes, made by my good friend (and baker!) Tay.
They were delish!
Oh, did I mention that I slaved over a four tiered TUTU cake stand? It made me incredibly happy!
For the decor, we stuck with simple.
White painted dinosaur toys, wearing…TUTUS.
And more Cricut dinosaur cutouts that matched her invitations.
Not to forget the photo wall! Ariadne: Just Born, through ONE year!
For the kiddos to take home, I painted reusable canvas bags with their dinosaur name and stuffed them with some dino toys-
Yes, I do realize that “dactyl” is spelled wrong. I forgot to take a picture of all of the bags lined up, and this bag happened to be the last kiddo to leave – and unfortunately it was an “oops” bag, that somehow ended up on the table…. Will – I have the proper bag, spelled right, if you want to trade that one back in 🙂
I also made dino eggs for the kids. They have a toy hidden inside, which can be retrieved by breaking the egg open.
It was more than a wonderful day. We had so much fun.
Ariadne loved it all. She literally had a smile on her face, as bright as the sun, as soon as she put on her outfit and came downstairs. Watching her enjoy the party and play with all of her friends made my day.
Thank you to everyone who came!