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Planning a Jurassic Park Party? Now if you are the parent of a 6 year old boy, almost turning 7, you may also be inclined to believe the only interest of these young men is DINOSAURS! Well that seems to be the case for mine!

His favorite dinosaur is the Spinosaurus. Yes. The pointy nosed dinosaur from Jurassic Park 3. At Christmas time, he in fact asked me for a toy one, a stuffed animal toy spinosaurus to be specific! Needless to say, I found one online and so his love for “Spiney” started.

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How did I start setting up the party decorations?

Well I know this was going to be a long long slog of making cute stuff for this party. I had an idea in my head and drew it into a photo of my house on my Ipad. From there, I knew I had some lofty goals for this dinosaur party decoration extravaganza. I wanted to keep my costs low and make as many of the decorations as I could. What I couldnt make I bought from the local craft store.

Which Jurassic Park Party decorations did I buy?

I bought things that I needed to make the whole look and feel perfect so here is a list of things I needed to buy to make this look perfect:

  • Cardstock (greens and browns and black)
  • Streamers (greens and golds and black)
  • Balloons
  • Brown Poster Paint
  • Fairy Lights
  • Tape

Making the Jurassic themed leaves

This was so much fun. I was gifted a brand new Cricut Maker and let me tell you something, made quick work of the leaf making!

When you receive your Cricut for the first time, it comes with a really super cute set of experimental goodies for you to try out your cutter for the first time. I found this very personal and super fun to use and try out and play with for the first time.

Once I set up my account, it was easy as pie to to find some leaves I wanted for the party. Obviously being a Jurassic Park Themed party I thought it obvious that lush tropical leaves would be the ones to make! I went into the images folder and selected about 10 different styles. I then made them a ton of different sizes to be able to layer them well.

Once I had a ton of leaves I started pulling them into different wreaths and styles to create layers upon layers to make it feel more and more like a forest.

Some of the things I really loved about the Cricut maker were:

  • Cut effortlessly through all those hundreds of leaf pages! Once I had favorited the card stock I was using and once I had it was a breeze repeating the leaves
  • Pick a project, and the machine cuts all the pieces you need on the design space, its brilliant, so I just needed to put the things in when I needed. Make it easy.
  • Easy-to-learn Design Space software. Fully loaded with advanced features. I think what I loved most is I could send things to my maker from my Iphone and my Ipad

Making the Jurassic Themed Archway

This was actually really simple. My first step here was was to up-cycle the boxes by painting them with brown poster board paint. I then used one box and cut it apart to make the archway label. Now if we look at the original Jurassic Park entrance there are gates and the sconces. Partially to make the gates to hold up against 8x 7 year olds would have been totally impractical, so I didn’t make that, but made the sconces or flame holders for the fire that it would represent.

The sconces were made really easily – again in my Cricut design studio, I just grabbed a pre-made pattern from the design space for popcorn boxes and made those! I made them a little smaller to fit on the box arch.

Making the forest feeling vines

This was FAR easier than expected. I grabbed some raffia paper and essentially made it longer and tied it with some yarn to give it a really rustic feel, which worked perfectly. I then slid some of the leaves into the mix by punching a small hole into the stems and pushing them up the yarn or raffia. I was REALLY happy with how these turned out!

Making the tropical leaf garlands and wreaths

To finish the wreaths, I took some of the leaves and hung them up on string and some I stuck to a strip of streamer. I sealed the ends with tape. It was a really long garland at about 2.5m (or about 7ft) so needed a lot of leaves to cover it.

I layered the leaves to create some texture and made sure I mixed the leaf colors!

Finishing touches for the dinosaur party themed decorations!

Finishing the whole look off, I made little stickers for the water bottles. I was lovingly made a gorgeous spinosaurus cake by a friend and it was incredible! AS the kids walked through the front door we had a “security guard” checking off the names and giving out lanyards made everything feel like a production. On the other side of the door there was the jurassic park theme song as they went under the arch.

As they went upstairs they were presented with the table of snacks and food, and on the TV upstairs we were playing forest dinosaur sounds from YouTube, which made for a really fun theme.

What dinosaur themed food did I make for the party?

This was so fun to think of heathly options! I kept the candy down to a minimum and will go into that in a second, I divided the food up 3 catagories, Carnivore, Herbivore and Candivore.

Herbivore:

  • Cucumber and Hummas
  • Kiwi Fruits
  • Watermelon
  • Broccoli
  • Corn Chips
  • Pretzels (Dino Bones!)
  • Grapes

Carnivore

  • Cocktail sausages

Candivore

  • Chocolate Balls
  • Rice Crispy and Marshmallow dinosaur foot prints.

I really wanted some healthy alteratives for the kids and only offered water (unlimited water but water none the less)

For dinner, I ordered a combination of pizzas for the kids to share.

Finally for the sleep over, the boys that slept over got some popcorn while they watched Jurassic Park 3!

Nicola Knobel

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