Ryan & Connor's 5th Birthday!
The boys decided on a dinosaur party theme this year. Connor in particular had all kinds of ideas of what he wanted to do at his dinosaur party (hunt for eggs, dig for bones, lava cakes, etc.) He was really a hoot to listen to as he excitedly planned and schemed with me. Ryan, no doubt his daddy's son, half listened to the plans, pronounced it "good", and then laser focused on the invite list making sure I got his 20 closest friends on the list. Once that was negotiated he was off to fish. :)
As the boys were at a new school this year and we didn't know where the other birthdays were going to fall, not to mention all the events going on this time of year we thought it would be a good idea to get save the date cards out about a month before the boy's party to get the dates on folks' calendars.
So after our first fossil trial run I buried some of the T-Rex bones in our sandbox and snapped a few pictures. I turned my favorite into a save the date card. Then about a week and a half before the party we sent out actual invites.
Of course the grand finale was digging for dinosaur fossils. :)
I made three different types of dinosaur fossils - a T-rex, a triceratops, and a stegosaurus - using sand molds and quickcrete. I really thought they turned out AWESOME! Gave them a light dusting of white spray paint to help them stand out in the sand and done.
Of course finding the molds was a challenge. I saw a set in Toys R Us a couple of years ago popped them in the cart and then decided I didn't need them. Why is it I rarely regret the things I buy, buy always regret the things I don't!?! :) I ended up finding just the T-rex online a couple of months ago and of course had to pay shipping and wait. And wait some more. Imagine my chagrin when they show up the $3 spot at Target the week before the party... Grr! At the time I looked high and low for other dinosaur molds and came up empty handed. I even made a special trip to Toys R Us and scoured the whole store and THEN waited ages for an employee to check everywhere to see if they still carried any other varieties. They didn't. But sure enough a couple of weeks later when they rolled out their summer stuff online the stegosaurus and triceratops showed up. And for $6/each they were a steal and I had to have a set or two of them as well. :)
For the actual dig site we confiscated a sand volleyball court, marked it off with marking tape strung between plant supports of all things and buried the bones with lawn flag markers to note where each of the 8 sets were buried.
The kids took home their personalized buckets from the egg hunt, their slew of treats from their eggs, the welcome activity puzzles, and then either a dinosaur figurine from the table, or one of the small (18-24") inflatables from the egg hunt area along with their personalized favor bags with a (HUGE! 16"?) plush triceratops inside.
I thought the bright colored favor bags turned out AWESOME! Personalized. Reusable. AND they fold into a wallet! How cool is that? Definitely rocked the favors! :)
And I am sure I forgot something along the way, but for now we'll call that THE END! :) Until next year... when I SWEAR I really AM going to write that check to the bounce place, buy store bought cupcakes, and take a million blurry pictures in terrible lighting. :)