Archive for August, 2012

dino party ideas

Dinosaur party week has been filled with carnivores and herbivores, growling and grubbing and we had so much fun coming up with all of these dino ideas.  Check out our inspiration board below and if we missed something let us know and we’ll add it to our dinosaur party pinterest board:

Though we’re super sad to see Dino Week come to a close, we’re super stoked that Sunshine Party week is coming up next!    Get your last entry into this week’s giveaway for a free custom printable invitation good for any party in our shop by leaving a comment on this post.  We’ll draw the winner later today!

Congrats to Mallory!!  You’re our winner this week and we’ll be in touch with you so you can collect your custom invitation design!

Where to find it:

Food: cupcakeslaffy taffylemonheaddino cookies
Drink: lime sherbet punch recipe
Decor: balloons
Activity: egg hunt tutorialmaskspinatadinosaur figurines
Favors: grabbers
Attire: shirt

Credit where credit is due:

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There are a few things we think would be both fun and fitting for the dino bday bash including these:

a little bit of this:

and maybe wearing these while smashing this!

but what we’re really jacked up about is this DINO EGG HUNT!  Have ya’ll seen anything like it before?  Turn little watermelons, and honeydews into prehistoric eggs.  Paint them with different colored spots that correspond to a different prize for each and maybe include one giant golden egg for a grand prize (think full sized watermelon)!

FUN!

We’re also digging these simple Stegosaurus Socks as one of the prizes:

On their way out the door guests can grab a little dino grabber as one final small “thank you”… tie a thank you tag around its neck,  throw ‘em inside a mason jar, call it a day.

We’ll be drawing the winner of our weekly giveaway tomorrow so if you haven’t entered to with a digital “you print” invite good for any party in our shop yet, all you have to do is leave on a comment on any post this week and you’re in.


Where to Find it:

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Put your Dino footprint on the food and drink at your Dinosaur Party by creating a dino friendly menu!

Herbivore:

An array of herbivore friendly foods like this dinosaur made of melon slices along with veggie dirt cups is a great start for the plamt eaters of the group.

Carnivore:

A couple options for the meat eaters include dino shaped chicken nuggets and ham and cheese sandwichasaurus‘.

Sweetivore:

We definitely can’t forget about the Sweetivore in each of us.  Cupcakeslaffy taffylemonheads, and dino cookies should keep these wild beast’s hunger at bay!

That covers all the major food groups right?

For drinks we were thinking something green would work best, so this lime sherbet punch recipe really caught our eye.  We also like the idea of using water bottles (that the kiddos can take home with them) and a little punch station (think sweet tea, lemonade and limeade)… if only we could make these dispensers steam like hot lava!!

oh wait… we can make a punch bowl steam like hot lava!!

Whatever floats your dino boat!  Hopefully when all is said and done the kids feel like they got their fair share of junk and health and maybe they learn a thing or two while they’re at it!

Tomorrow we’ll be diving into more Dinosaur Party Activities and Favors so be sure to come back for that and if you haven’t already entered to win a free digital “you print” invite (good for any party in our shop) please feel free to leave a comment on any post this week and you’re in!

Credit where credit is due:
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Michelle posted this customer party a few months back when PartyOnPurpose was LePoppy Design.  We thought it was so cute it was worth re-sharing:

“…It makes.my.day to get photos of your parties!  Most importantly I love seeing happy kiddos, proud parents and lots of frosting.  But coming in at a close second – I love to share photos of those parties that “got away”.  The parties I wanted so desperately to photograph prior to shipping but couldn’t.  Because about 10 times a week I’m asked if I have a dinosaur party and NOW I can finally send everyone here!  Because we do!  We do have a dinosaur party and it is dang cute!  Not quite as cute as an entire family in party-coordinating-outfits….but still cute.
and even better when the pictures come from an excellent professional photographer, Jenny Ann Photography.
We hope you’ll hop back over tomorrow when we’ll be talking about food and drink options for the Dinosaur Party Theme!  Also go right on ahead and leave a comment on any post this week in order to enter to win a free, printable invitation for any party in our shop.
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Happy Dinosaur Party Week Everybody!  It’s our hope that you come out of this week either

craving meat

craving a jurassic park marathon

or looking scaley,

or maybe just excited about throwing this party for your little dino lover.  Stay tuned all week for awesome activity ideas, favors, real party photos and more.  As usual we’ll also be giving away a free digital “you print” invitation (good for any party in our shop) to one lucky reader that leaves us a comment this week.  Get your comment on!

And in case you’re wondering, each of the above photos turned up when we googled: “craving meat”, “craving a Jurassic Park marathon” or “looking scaly”…  the small things in life that entertain us so…

Credit where credit is due:
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Watermelon Party Ideas

It never ceases to amaze us that something as simple as a slice of watermelon can evoke enough imagry to paint a picture for an entire party’s theme.  Watermelon just shouts summer, lemonade, burlap sack races and sunshine and we think the pin board below should help point anyone interested in this party in the right direction.

We’ll draw the winner of our giveaway later today so if you’d still like your chance at entering just leave a comment on this post (or any post this week) and you’re good to go!  One lucky reader is walking away with a free digital “you print” invitation good for any party in our shop.

Congrats to Shiloh!  We’ll drop you a line with more details about claiming your prize shortly and thanks for your feedback.  It’s true, many of the items we suggested for decor can be reused at future events!  Next week we’re taking a turn towards dino town so we hope you and your little paleontologist will enjoy it!!

Where to Find It:

Food: watermelon popsiclescookieswatermelon cake
Drink: pink lemonadepunch bowl
Decor: chalkboard for a welcome sign, menu, happy birthday sign etc., wagon for iced water bottles or other drinks, pitchers, watering cans and clusters of re-used canned food cans with fresh flowers.
Activity: 3 legged race, burlap sack races, watermelon eating contest and seed spitting contest
Favors: mini picnic baskets filled with watermelon candy or DIY watermelon jam
Attire: Dress

Credit where credit is due:

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The beauty of having a picnic to accompany the watermelon party is you can use activities you’re probably very familiar with, but your kids and their friends may have never even played before!

Burlap sack races, bean bag toss, wheel barrow and 3-legged races will keep kids busy and adults thoroughly entertained.  And don’t forget about incorporating the watermelon into the games:

Roll, Eat, Spit!

Aka Roll the watermelon in a watermelon race, Eat the watermelon in a watermelon eating contest and Spit the seeds in a seed spitting contest.  I mean how often do we really ask that our kids spit!?  They’ll love it.

For the favors these mini picnic baskets adorned with “thanks for coming to my birthday picnic!” tags (care of PartyOnPurpose of course) are totally fitting.  Or you could skip the usual “treats in a bag” type favor and send your guests home with a jar of watermelon jam.

So much fun to be had and so little time!  Watermelon Party week comes to a close tomorrow when we’ll share our inspiration board and announce the winner of our giveaway so if you haven’t entered to win a digital “you print” invite good for any party in our shop yet, remember all you have to do is leave a comment on any post this week and you’re in!

 

Credit Where Credit is Due:

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chalkboard

Oh Happy Day is right!  Let us go on a little picnic shall we?  This watermelon party decor is welcoming, sweet and most importantly easy.  The above chalkboard is actually a reclaimed headboard – seriously folks you can turn nearly any surface into a chalk board with a little chalkboard paint.

Keep the chalkboard theme moving throughout the party with signs for the food table, favors and games:

It’s Chalkboard Mania!!  Oh and ps, each of these chalkboards is also available on Etsy (minus our photo-shopped text), links below.

 We also love, love, love the idea of tons of fresh flowers in vintage cans.  Again, each of the below cans be found on Etsy (links at the bottom of this post), or get creative and hit up your local thrift stores… who knows what you might find:

A red wagon is the perfect home for for iced water bottles, vintage Coca Cola bottles or any other watermelon drinks.  We like to picture this wagon parked at the end of a long red gigham covered picnic table, perhaps with a little chalkboard sign saying “take one”??? See how I just brought this post full circle?!

And if you’re wondering how our darling banners, cupcake toppers, signs and party hats play into this whole deal… see below:

SO CUTE RIGHT?

Tomorrow we’ll be tying all of this adorable decor right in with the favors and activities to complete the perfect watermelon picnic.  And if you’ve already fallen in love with this party (or any other party in our shop) please by all means leave a comment on any post this week to enter to win a digital “you print” invite!

Credit where credit is due:
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watermelon punch bowl

Fresh watermelon slices is the easy food/decor option for a watermelon party:

On a stick, in a ball or the traditional triangle!  But what else?

We thought we’d roll with a picnic theme meaning each child picks a little sack lunch out of a giant picnic basket and grabs a blanket to go find a spot on the grass to sit and enjoy!

Simply roll the blankets up and place them in a galvanized bucket or cool basket with a little “take one” sign (customized by yours truly).

Pure delight.

Popsicles, watermelon pops, cupcakes and cookies round out our meal and curb that sweet tooth:

And there’s plenty of room to get creative with your drinks as well: 

How cute are those little mason jars?!  So simple, and amazing what a small shred of coordinating fabric can do!  Whether you’re going alcoholic like this watermelon martini or non alcoholic there’s great options to choose from.

Tomorrow we’ll be diving into more Watermelon Party decor so be sure to come back for that and if you haven’t already entered to win a free digital “you print” invite (good for any party in our shop) please feel free to leave a comment on any post this week and you’re in!

Credit where credit is due:

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I’m sorry but our Watermelon Party Decor is dang cute.

This week not only will we be talking about how dang stinkin, freakin cute our watermelon party is, but we’ll also give you simple ways to take such a simple theme (watermelon) and expand it across an entire party.  Think country picnic and you’re on the right track:

Surely I don’t want to give too much away, but you’re catching my drift…

Did I say stinkin and freakin cute?

ya.

Leave a comment on this post or any post this week and you’re entered to win a free digital “you print” invitation to any party in our shop and stay tuned for more stinkin freakin cuteness!

Credit Where Credit is Due:

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