First, thank you SO much for all your birthday wishes our sweet baby girl! She had a terrific time at her birthday party yesterday with all her favourite people.
Liyana turned three, and given her recent interest in dinosaurs and learning their names, a dinosaur themed birthday party seemed like the most appropriate choice! There are some wonderful dinosaur themed birthday party ideas on Pinterest to get you started. However, I didn’t have much time to go on Pinterest, and plan things down to the last detail… because life, you know? This was very different than Liyanas past two parties, where I’ve ordered things from Etsy etc. This time though, I had a tight budget, limited time, and basically no supplies in Vancouver (because all my stuff is back home in Toronto!).
So here is how I approached this part:
1. Dollorama is my best friend, for EVERYTHING. I chose a color scheme (yellow, blue, green, white) and got everything from table cloths, decor, favours, to balloons from dollorama. This makes for convenience and easy clean up.
2.Choose your “high impact” decor carefully! I knew I wanted a balloon garland since they are relatively inexpensive and easy to make, and you get a huge visual impact! But to incorporate the dinosaur theme a bit more, I got these foil balloons that say “Three Rex” from Etsy.
2. Use “high impact” decor and desserts to create a dessert table that will steal the show! Here I used a store bought grocery store cake, with some dollorama Dino’s, a home made bunting banner and candles to be the star.
I also used other store bought desserts (donuts, cupcakes) to add some additional desserts. The only dessert I made at home were these “lemon fluff” desserts in again “upcycled” glass jars!
4. It’s a kids party, with 6 kids so I had an activity table with kids activities like play doh and colouring … also from dollorama! I also made goodie bags with dollorama activities like these “paint a dinosaur kit” and bubbles.
5. Go easy on the food – I think in my past two hosting stints, I’ve learned that the less “food” the better. It’s better to have easy snacks than real food, because birthday parties are usually between naps, and not exactly dinner/lunch times. Also, all the kids really want is cake and juice boxes 😂. True story! So, thanks to all your suggestions, I picked up some snacks (fruits, veggies, cheese, crackers, olives, nuts) at Costco, and called it a day.
I am so happy with how the party turned out! Liyana loved the balloon garland, the Dino’s and all the other details!
If you liked this party idea, pin it on your Pinterest boards! Until next time friends 💗💗
Photo Credit – Sadra of Sweetographer
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Table cloth, popcorn paper holders, balloons, dino’s for cake and decor, candles – Dollarama
Cake Stands – from friends.
Cake, cupcakes and Donuts – Safeway Grocery Store
Donut-o-saurus and cake bunting banner – Home made using this chalkboard letter template
Donut board – a quick DIY with a piece of wood I had that I painted yellow (dollorama acrylic paint) and added thumb tacks to hold the donuts
Carousel Cupcake Stand – I got mine from Ali Express, but here is a similar one
Lemon Fluff Dessert Cups – upcycled from cotsco desserts, using this recipe