ROARRRRRR….Dinosaur party time!

Last week marked two big milestones for my little boy…starting school and turning five!!

As usual the birthday was celebrated with a homemade themed party. Dinosaurs have been the most interesting thing for so long that no other theme was likely to be acceptable.

Preparations began early with some group family activities. I had the idea of a dinosaur egg treasure hunt, with huge paper mache eggs. I thought I was onto a winning creative session covering balloons with paper mache. I was sadly mistaken, neither one of my kids were particularly interested in paper mache, so I had to make the eggs on my own…..but I quite enjoyed myself!

However painting the finished dinosaur eggs was a winner, they loved designing and decorating the eggs, which made a great weekend activity.

ella paint

dino egg painting

deco eggs

The day of the party arrived and we were very lucky with the weather, so all party plans were able to go ahead as planned.


We started with a party jungle obstacle race with scrambling, jumping and running. Building up an appetite for a dinosaur party lunch.

party tent

The party tent ( a standard camping tent) comes out for every party and gets transformed into a play or chill out zone in the theme of the party. This time with the help of an inflatable Triceratops, Velociraptor, T-rex, Stegosaurus some camouflage net, green fabrics, fairy lights and balloons it became a dinosaur jungle.

joe din tent

Intrepid explorers ventured in!


Time for lunch and hungry revelers tucked into dinosaur shaped sandwiches, cupcakes and a watermelon carnivore…


This idea was courtesy of pinterest and I couldn’t resist trying it. Carving a watermelon is so much easier than a pumpkin I wondered if a Halloween watermelon might work !!!

egg hunt 2

A busy dinosaur laid its eggs all over the garden and the hunt began for a pretty painted dino egg with a couple of treats inside.

egg hunt

pass parcel

A few inflatable friends joined in with pass the parcel.


Followed by a pinata in the shape of …you guessed it ..a dinosaur!

cake spark

The final flourish to the afternoons event was the Stegosaurus cake.

dino candle

cake joe

Not quite such a stitchy created party this time but I think a good time was had by all and a happy little boy went to bed and slept very well that night 🙂

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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