Saturday, September 18, 2010

A Dino-mite Birthday

My son Elliot turned three this weekend and to celebrate we had a few friends over for a little birthday party. I may have gone a little overboard this time but I had a blast preparing for this party.

The invitations were created by Etsy seller Sassy Photo Creations. I loved the contrast of the red a blue.

I dressed up the dining room with gerber daisies wrapped in orange paper and dinosaur fabric, and tied balloons to cardboard cutouts I found at Micheal's.

I made penant banners out of scrapbook paper and leftover invitations. I hung them throughout the house for a punch of festive color.

The cake was my first attempt at decorating with fondant. I used Duff brand fondant (available at Micheal's) and I found it very easy to use.

A third birthday party wouldn't be complete without a "3" shirt. I used fabric, permabond, an iron, and a zig-zag stitch on my sewing machine to make it. The little blue cups are a Brazilian desert called Brigadeiro that our au pair and Elliot made together. They were very tasty.

Three yearolds are a little young for party games but they loved this. I painted a dino and landscape on a piece of wood and used a jigsaw to cut out a hole just big enough for a little face. The kids and grown-ups loved having their pictures taken riding the dinosaur.

Lastly, at the party's end, all of the guests recieved a goody bag packed with dinosuar themed stuff including these cool crayons.

It was a great day and totally worth the effort.


Joe said...

Is Elliot learning Portuguese?

Amanda said...

Joe, Elliot is learning Portuguese. He can count to 10 and knows some basic vocab like days of the week. Our au pair has been really great about helping Elliot learn and appreciate the language. It will be interesting to see how much he knows after 12 months.

Jamie said...

LOVE this! My son is about to be 3 and obsessed with dinosaurs. Where did you get the goody bags and cutouts of dinos to hang on them? Thanks!

Amanda said...

Jamie, I am glad you liked this post. I had a lot of fun putting this party together. I actually made the name tags for the goody bags. I did a google image search for dinosaurs; copied and pasted a few different dinos into word; then printed them on paper that I cut out and traced on green card stock that I used to make the tags. The bags are from Target. Good luck with your son's party!


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