Jackson’s Dinosaur-Themed Birthday Party!
Jackson turned four years old last month! He has been fascinated with dinosaurs this past year (who isn’t?), so we celebrated with a dinosaur-themed birthday party! Creating a fun table spread is always one of my favorite things to do when throwing a birthday party, so I was really excited to work with our dino theme. I am by no means a dinosaur expert, but here’s my interpretation of a dino habitat, complete with dino toys, plants, a few of my own handmade creations, and of course, plenty of dino-themed treats.
Jackson and I decided that greenery was essential to the creation of our dino habitat, so we went to the store and picked out some ferns and other houseplants that looked like mini-trees to use in our backdrop. A big thank you to Kai’s cousin, Adam, for taking some of these pics of our spread!
Then we got creative with our dino treats. Pictured below are our dino egg nests. The nests are from Michael’s and the “eggs” are chocolate-coated almonds.
Chocolate dino fossils and Good and Plenty dino bones!
Here’s a close-up of one of the dino label holders I made. I was planning on posting a DIY “how-to” for these at some point, but they are basically dinosaur figurines that I painted gold. And I found some gold reptile-textured paper that was perfect for the labels (also from Michael’s). These little guys are probably my favorite addition to the spread and can be reused as picture stands. Aren’t they cute? 🙂
Our cupcakes were custom-ordered from Cupcake Royale, but I made my own dino cupcake toppers by spray-painting some tiny toy dinos with gold food-coloring.
Those little pebbles I spread around the cupcakes are chocolate!
This tray is lined with a few leaves I picked from our giant hyacinths growing in the backyard (cleaned, of course).
My sister-in-law, Malia, helped me make name tags (she’s an artist and has a great eye for paper crafts). We tied them to the party favors (pails and “digging tools” for the dino egg hunt and fossil dig).
More dino egg hunt and fossil dig details below! I found the dino eggs and fossils on Amazon.
Jackson was very proud of the giant stash of eggs and fossils he found.
What’s a dinosaur-themed party without a dinosaur piñata? Jackson smashed it open himself, just for the ladies. 🙂
And last but not least, a shot of the birthday boy blowing the candle out on his cupcake!
Well, now it’s official. My first-born is no longer a baby or a toddler and it happened real fast. It’s almost like I glanced down at my giant belly five years ago to chat with the baby hiding in there, and when I looked up again, there was a little boy standing in front of me. Over the past year, Jackson has transformed into this little person who has graduated from Toddlerhood, mastering all of the the skills he worked so hard to conquer as Toddler Jackson. Big Boy Jackson no longer uses a diaper or sleeps in a crib. Big Boy Jackson voluntarily shares with his sister (sometimes), he is able to have a conversation with me in two different languages, and he no longer responds to conflict with screaming, accompanied by flailing limbs. Well, maybe he still does occasionally. However, he is also starting to understand the importance of logic and reason, which definitely helps with the elimination of full-blown tantrums. He is learning all about the power of compromise and he’s doing a lot more thinking before deciding these days. He makes grand attempts at utilizing these new concepts to his advantage; he’s getting smarter.
For me, Jackson’s most significant developmental achievement of this past year, is his newfound ability to feel compassion on a deeper level. He understands what it means to create happiness for others and he’s on board. He’s starting to identify with his emotions and more importantly, he recognizes the fact that he is not the only person on earth who is affected by emotion. He tells me he loves me and I know he means it, just by the way he looks at me when he tells me.
Little by little, he is trying to make sense of how this world works. He has accomplished almost all of this in just one year, and I couldn’t be more proud.
For more on birthday party decor, check out Jackson’s birthday party from last year, all about Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
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