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.
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!
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… 🙂
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!
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!!
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!!!