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Dino Party

Little Dragon recently turned six and requested a dinosaur themed party.

To get started we sat down together and looked up ideas on Pinterest. Many of the ideas were a bit young for six. But we were able to pull some inspiration.

Before getting to much in the planning stage we had to make a guest list.  Nowadays you cannot send invitations to school without inviting the whole class.  As a kindergartner Little Dragon doesn't have many close school friends yet anyway so we invited the whole class and a few other family friends.

Now that the guest list was taken care of we could move forward to the venue.

At this point we didn't have any rsvp's but I didn't want to pick a venue last minute.  I have thrown  many birthday parties at home but with more stuff because of Baby Dragon my house doesn't have as much space as it used to.  So we checked the weather and decided to have the dino party at the park.

Little Dragon loved this idea!

Day of the party we got there an hour early to decorate and set everything up.
We hung streamers under a big happy birthday sign so the pavilion would be easy to spot.

We added some balloons as per Little Dragons request.

We had a snack table and a gift table.

We served green peppers and carrots as Dino Scales
Bugles as Dino Claws
The snacks were more entertaining to the adults then to the kids, but hey at least people were laughing :)

Then of course there were the games!
(click the links for more info on the games)
Game 1: Dinosaur Tag
Game 2: Feed The Raptor
Game 3: Nerf Hunter

Then of course there is the cake! 

One of Little Dragons favorite parts.

 Little Dragon was very particular about how he wanted his cake. He asked that it say Dino Birthday and have dinosaurs, trees, water, and be chocolate with buttercream icing.  This kid knew what he wanted! He usually isn't so picky on details so I made sure to get them all.  

After Little Dragon opened his gifts he had a special gift for all of his friends, Dinosaurs!  
Fitting, right? 

Overall this party wasn't very expensive to throw and that is my kind of party! 

With 3 kids and looking for a home we are on a budget. 

The most expensive thing for this party was the dinosaur gifts for Little Dragons Friends.   They were a $1 each and I bought 15.  
I bought plates, napkins, silverware, and table cloths all at the dollar store.  I didn't get a table cloth for each table because we weren't serving lunch so I got a table cloth for the snacks and cake tables. Streamers, balloons, and the banner were all also at the dollar store. 
Cake is fairly cheep to make and I have a lot of cake decorating things on hand.  I did have to buy the cake box but it was only $5 for a two pack at Walmart.
Snacks were also cheap because I spent a lot of time cutting them up myself instead of buying it pre cut.  
I have found that putting in more work gets things done cheaper.  

Most importantly Little Dragon was very happy with the turn out of his party! 


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