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A Dinosaur Party To Remember! April 9, 2011

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Around the time it was approaching Levi’s 1st birthday, he began pointing at Dinosaurs and “roaring”, so we decided what better than to give him a Dinosaur themed 1st Birthday Party.

The Entrance I Made For The Party.

We invited a lot of family and friends to celebrate with us so we chose to hire our local Girl Guide hall as a venue!

The Food Table & Party Banner!

Table all Set.

I purchased Dinosaur themed Invites, Party Hats, Plates and Table Cloths from a discount variety store.

These were fairly cheap at $2.00 per packet and looked fantastic when it was all set up.

I wanted a ‘Happy Birthday’ Banner but couldn’t find a good one so I made my own.

I printed out each letter on a separate page then laminated the pages and strung then together. Very simple and effective!

Next I set up areas for the children to play.

Knowing that we would have a variety of ages to cater for, I chose to set up:

* A colouring in pages activity table. I just scanned in pages from a Land Before Time colouring book and printed off photocopy quality pages for the children to colour and take home. A huge success.

* A play dough table. We made the sparkly green play dough the night before the party which I must add was the most popular part of the party… 🙂

The Colouring In Table!

The Play dough Table!

The Birthday Boy!

Once everyone had arrived we sat the children up at the table and let them eat. We served up general party food plus sandwich triangles and cupcakes for the adults to enjoy.

We also made sure we have Tea, Coffee & Milk on hand aswell.

After the food came GAME TIME!!!

The children played Musical Chairs, Bobs & Statues and Pass the Parcel.

These games were perfect as they suited all the different ages of children that were there!

Musical Chairs!!!

Pass The Parcel!

Roar the Dinosaur!!!

Then we had a surprise Visitor…..

Roar the Dinosaur!!

Roar was really only Brian dressed in a suit but his surprise entrance scared a lot of the kids senseless!! My advice for having people in character costumes is to give them plenty of warning first!!! I think we would have been much better off telling the kids that there was going to be a surprise visitor so they werent so freaked out!

All the same the adults had a massive laugh at Brian parading around as a dinosaur terrifying children left, right and centre!!

Levi spots Roar the Dinosaur.

No way Mum, I'm out of here!!!

Nope, Not Happy At All.....

So after the little scare we all sat down and enjoyed the dinosaur cake, shared out the children’s lolly bags and said a massive thanks to everyone for attending the party!

Once we got home we let our kids have a play with the suit which they absolutely adored. We had so many giggles that night that it made hiring the costume totally worthwhile!!!

Roar comes home and surprises Aria!!

Jai as Roar the Dinosaur!

Zafirah loving every moment!

Aria Suiting Up!

Veruca being ROAR!!!


How to make a DORA Cake….. April 5, 2011

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Veruca wearing her Dora crown at Kinder.

As my youngest daughter’s 4th birthday approached last year I asked her what kind of cake

A special kinder moment for Veruca!

she would like to have to take to celebrate her birthday at Kindergarten.


“Dora, mum, I want Dora the Explorer”


As the words came excitedly from her mouth I winced in pain as thought to myself… “How on Earth….”

As if the show itself wasnt painful enough I had to attempt to recreate the annoying beast….. Why??? oh Why??? I screamed!!!


But as parents do countless times a day, I sacrificed my hatred for Dora and her shrill voice and started planning a birthday cake  to please the socks off one very excited little child. 🙂


After a quick Google of other people’s creations I quickly determined that I would not have the time or the patience to create an actual Dora shape so a number 4 was the next best thing.



I got to work with the sketch paper and came up with a design inspired by some figurines I had purchased at the local toy shop.


Ok here’s what I used:

Cut out your number 4 pieces and place on the cake board.


* A packet mud cake mix and required ingredients x 2.

* TV Snax Choc coated biscuits.

* Cottee’s Blue Jelly.

* Icing Mixture, Green & Blue food colouring.

* Choc coated sultanas.

* Plastic Dora Figurines.


Step 1.

Bake your mud cake according to packet directions in a large rectangle baking pan. Once cooled, cut the cake into 3 even sized strips.

Following my photo diagram cut the strips to create a number 4 shape and place on a cake board.


Step 2.

Ice the cake with two greens!

Ice the cake with two greens!

Using your icing mixture make a large batch of light green butter-cream icing (I just googled a recipe). Cover the entire cake with the light green mixture, including the sides of the cake.


With the remaining light green icing mixture, add some more green food colouring to darken the icing colour.


Place a few random blobs where you would like the darker colour to be and use a fork to swirl it amongst the lighter colour to make a ‘grassy’ effect.

Looking YUM!


Step 3.

Trim the TV Snax Choc Biscuits so the are approximately the same height as the side of the cake.

Push them against the icing around the whole cake to hide any messy edge bits.



Step 4.

Add some blue icing across the number 4 to resemble a river.

More decorations added to the cake.

Use the choc covered sultanas as a rock edge to the river.

Position the Dora figurines where you want them on the cake. I added some extra trees from Jai’s army kit (well washed of course) and piped a light orange line around the top of the cake.

Place the cake in the fridge overnight whilst your blue jelly sets.


Step 5.

Once your jelly is set you can spoon small amounts onto the blue river section of the cake. This gives it a real watery look and the kids go crazy for it.




Step 6.

Add your candles or sparklers to finish off the cake and get ready to sing, sing, sing….. Happy Birthday…. 🙂

The finshed product!





So there you have it. The easiest Dora cake in history!


The children at kinder thought it was fantastic, the parents wanted to know where I had ordered it from and little miss Veruca was the happiest I had seen her in ages!


Certainly well worth the time and effort to see the look on her face, and I must admit, the cake was absolutely delicious aswell! 🙂


Party Planning! April 4, 2011

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Welcome to my new category… Party Planning.

Cake Time!!

In this section I will show you my ideas and thoughts on planning a fantastic themed party.

As the month of May approaches I am facing yet another round of birthday bashes and I’d love to share them with you.

I hope I can help you ease the stress of organising and preparing for a party. I will be adding printable check-lists and decoration ideas in the near future.

I look forward to your thoughts and comments on my children’s party experiences!

Enjoy! 🙂