This party was inspired by my 5yr old and his love everything dinosaurs! We did a dino first birthday party for him as well but it had a completely different feel with bright colors and silhouettes. I knew that this party needed to be much more rustic. We spotted the large dino skeleton at Joann Fabrics and it became the starting point to our party. Earth tones and greenery everywhere you looked set the stage for a DINO DIG!
My wood pallet was the perfect backdrop for the party table. I created it for the camping party I did a few years ago. I created this gorgeous leaf garland using images cut on my silhouette. I was inspired by a similar banner on pinterest and knew it would give the table the color and texture it needed. Paired with the printable dino happy birthday banner they made a great impact in the space.
For the party cake I wanted something equally as rustic as the decor. Nothing too perfect. This cake was super easy to make at home. The top is crushed Chips Ahoy cookies, a chocolate ganache drizzle, and candy rocks bought on amazon. Stacking it on wood slices gave it height and added more texture and nature to the space.
For party food I tried to keep everything in greens and browns. We had green fruits and veggies (apples, cucumber, celery, and carrots), pudding dirt cups with candy rocks, dinosaur skeleton sugar cookies, and of course dino nuggets!
I saw the cookie cutter for these dinosaur skeleton sugar cookies online and knew I had to have them. I was pleasantly surprised how easy they were. I will share step by step details on them in another post. The kids loved them and they were so yummy!
Our activities for the party were a Dino Dig, scavenger hunt, and pinata! Each child received dino dig kit, binoculars, hat, and bag to take home their goodies.
These dig kits were so easy to create. The containers were purchased at my local dollar store. A sand mixture inside buried gems, rocks, and dino skeletons. I included a magnifying glass, several dig tools, and brush for their archaeological findings.
A printable dinosaur favor tag and strip of burlap added a fun touch to each box.
Inside each box were several layers of dinos and stones to dig for.
Kraft paper bags were easy to dress up with a printable centerpiece circle and favor tag. Each guest was able to collect all of their party goodies inside to take home.
As party guests arrived we helped them look the part of a paleontologist with hats and binoculars. These were such a big hit!
The main party table was so fun to create. It had so many layers of color, texture, and dinosaur elements including wood, moss, greenery and more.
A printable 2 sided centerpiece was at the very center of the table.
The table runner was created using burlap and a roll of moss found at the craft store. I loved the texture the moss brought to the table.
These awesome wood dinosaur skeleton puzzles were perfect to bring in the dinosaur bones in another way. We had 4 different dinosaurs on the table.
Each place setting included these gorgeous wood grain plates. They were one of my favorite finds for this party. I layered green napkins with wood silverware. The little dino foot was added using a rubber stamp I had in my craft collection.
Glass milk bottle are one of my favorite containers to use on a party table. They are so versatile. I wrapped them with a printable dinosaur water bottle label to match the printables throughout the party.
The greenery was all found at my local dollar store. I stuck them into a foam block with brown crinkle paper around it to mimic dirt. I used multiple containers of greenery throughout the space to add color and height anywhere I could.
You have seen several elements already that the kids took home. A hat, binoculars, and dino dig box. I also created these favor bags using a printable treat bag topper from the printable dinosaur package. Chocolate rocks were a fun addition to the bags to continue our outdoor dig theme.
After lunch we headed out for a scavenger hunt to find a dinosaur. The kids dressed up and were ready for the hunt!
I created cards that I hid around our home and neighborhood to lead them to the final prize.
They succeeded and found the dinosaur pinata.
After the hunt we went back inside to DIG! The kids LOVED this so much. I gave each kid a tray to attempt to contain some of the mess. They had so much fun finding all the treasures. I originally attempted a moon sand recipe for the boxes but out Home Depot did not have the right kind of sand. At the last minute it basically ended up being a wet sand mixture that was still fun to dig through. Pinterest has some great ideas for dig boxes containing plaster but for 5 year olds I did not want it to be hard to do. They were able to use bury their treasures again and dig over and over.
Last, but actually first was the front door that greeted guests as they came in. A neighbor had this great giant dinosaur skeleton from Halloween we were able to borrow. I cut dinosaur footprints out of cardstock leading up to the party.
A printable welcome sign was mounted on layered cardstock and hung using twine. So easy and so cute!
This cute 5 year old of mine loved his dinosaur dig party! He said it was the best party ever! haha! It is always fun to incorporate something my kids LOVE into a theme.
You can find all of the printable decor in my etsy shop! I hope you enjoyed all of our Dino Dig party details!
Find the large printable dino dig sign here.
Large Dinosaur Skeletons- Joann Fabric (Halloween season)
Wooden 5 Cake Toppers- Amazon
Dinosaur Cookie Cutter/Stamp Set- Amazon
Greenery- Dollar Store
Wooden Dinosaur Skeletons- Amazon
Safari Hats- Amazon
Bamboo Plates- Amazon
Wood Silverware- Amazon
Dinosaur Skeleton Pinata- Oriental Trading Co.
Dig Boxes & Rocks- Dollar Store
Mini Dino Skeletons- Amazon
5M Creations May 13th, 2019
I feel like I have been saying this a lot lately, but this Police Party Package has become one of the most popular sets in my shop. A friend shared these photos of her son’s party using our printable police birthday party decorations. There are so many fun details. The front door welcomed guests with a cute ride on police bike and the porch(just outside the photo) was wrapped with caution tape.
This printable police party package was created to coordinate with the police tableware from Oriental Trading Company. They have tons of cute accessories to add to your party.
Our printable Police Happy Birthday Banner was hung above the food table in the backyard. It was mounted on white card stock to add an extra border.
The backyard was transformed into a police training area. There was a nerf shooting range, pin the badge on the officer, and a Police Car Pinata.
This amazing police car pinata was made by mom!!! Isn’t it awesome! And that swat costume on the birthday boy is super cute.
Our printable police centerpiece circles were at each guest table.
The trampoline was the jail! So fun!
Inside was a dessert table with cupcakes featuring printable police cupcake toppers, dipped pretzel rods in the party colors, money(chocolate gold coins) and donuts of course.
Water bottles for the parched officers were wrapped with our printable police water bottle labels.
This photo op was so cute! The kids had a blast standing in front of it.
No booking is complete without fingerprints.
Last, everyone went home with a favor. The contained everything a police officer needs. A gun(squirt gun of course), notepad, handcuffs, and more.
You can find all of these printable decorations and more in my etsy shop. Personalization can also be added as shown in the party photos.
There are 2 printable police birthday party invitations in the shop. The first is below with a light blue background. It can be found here.
The second invite features the stripe pattern shown in the party decor. It can be found here.
If you have used our printable police party decorations I would love to see photos and possibly feature it on my instagram or on my blog. firstname.lastname@example.org
5M Creations July 6th, 2017
Posted In: Boy Birthday Party
For several years I have been wanting to throw a camping party for my boys. We decided 8 was the perfect age for a tent campout. In our new home we back up to a forest space. I knew I wanted to utilize this for a real outdoor camping feel. I set up the main party table with the trees as our backdrop.
For this party package I used wood grains and plaid for a very BOY outdoor feel. I started with this Happy Birthday banner. I love the cute tent images in my boys’ favorite colors. I displayed it on a pallet I stained. I shared earlier this week on Instagram how I did that with vinegar and steel wool!
I found adorable cakes on pinterest I wanted to recreate. You can see the original here. I almost always do cupcakes at the twins’ parties but these were perfect and they could each have their own cake. I used wood slices to create a cake stand making them front and center of the display. In the party package I have included the mini pennants in the full alphabet to create any name. I reduced the size slightly so longer names can fit as well.
Later in the evening we would be watching a movie on a projector. I wanted to let the boys create their own trail mix. My boys are super picky and don’t like traditional trail mix. By creating a trail mix bar each kid could pick their own snacks. Mini galvanized buckets were the perfect container to hold them.
I used the printable cupcake toppers on the front of these mini kraft bags for each boy to fill with their trail mix. Also included in the party package is a printable treat bag topper that says trail mix. You could premake your own trailmix and have them packaged ready to go if a make your own trail mix bar does not fit for you.
These tiered trays are one of my favorite party items I own. I have used them in so many ways. For this camping party they held the party favors. I filled in the extra spaces with pine cones for another natural element on the table.
For the party favors each boy got a flashlight. I put name tags on them so there were no mix ups during the party.
I also created take home s’mores kits so the party fun could continue. These printable treat bag toppers come in 2 sizes. A larger version if you are creating a s’mores mix with mini marshmallows, choc chips, and a graham cereal instead. Another fun take on s’mores.
A closer look at the favors!
One the other side of the table we had all of our s’mores ingredients for our fire later that night. Get creative. Add multiple kinds of candies, various flavors of cookies or crackers, and even several kinds of marshmallows.
The chocolate graham crackers were a big hit!
I wanted to add a little more plaid to the table. I found these fun plaid fabrics at my local craft store. I cut strips and just did a basic slip knot around a strand of 5/8 ribbon to create a garland. Mix and match any fabric you like. Even add burplap strips for another texture.
My dreams of an outdoor party almost came to and end the week of the party. We live in Oregon and May is not always known for reliable weather. We get lots of rain. Of course the weeks on either side of the party were unseasonably warm. The day of the party however was rainy. We put up a pop up tent to cover the tables. The boys could have cared less about the rain. Give them some rubber boots and they were happy.
We were lucky to get a few breaks in the rain to have our fire. They even slept in the tent in the rain!
As each boy arrived at the party they were given these fun wood slice name tags. If you follow me @5mCreations on Instagram you saw me creating these. I used block alphabet rubber stamps to add their names and a leaf stamp for the green.
The boys loved wearing these! This made another item to take home with their party favors.
For food we went simple. Classic hotdogs roasted over the fire, fruit and chips. Between this, trail mix, and cake nobody went hungry!
I love the look of these pie tins from the dollar store for plates. You might remember them from the camping party I posted on the blog a while back.
Hotdogs for everyone!
The pie tins keep everything from spilling off of laps. The mom part of me loves this. And they look so fun!
These lanterns seriously make my heart skip a beat. Aren’t they adorable. Ok maybe I shouldn’t say adorable for a boy’s party. I found them in blue and green and knew they had to make an appearance on the party tables. They come in so many colors.
My other favorite item in this photo is that basket. I went to an estate sale down the street a few months before the party and found this one and the one you may have noticed in the pie tin plate photo. You don’t get much more outdoors than a basket made of twigs. For the napkins inside I printed a sheet of patterned plaid paper (included in the party downloads), cut them 2×4 inches and wrapped them around the rolled napkins and wood silverware, tie with twine and they are complete. I have said this before but I love napkin wraps. They are so easy but make such a big impact.
The last step to our meal was drinks. Since it was an outdoor party I didn’t want to have to deal with a drink dispenser. I dressed up water bottles with these printable water bottle labels. Prefect for the boys to carry around to each activity.
This Camp centerpiece is created using party circles from my printable camping party decor package. I offer several styles of images. For my twins I wanted them each represented with their color of tent. The package comes with Happy Birthday and Happy Camper but personalization with your camp name is always available. Just add the sticks to your favorite container (floral foam in the bottom), cover with crinkle paper, and you are set.
Once dinner was done I got the boys together for a scavenger hunt. You may notice an odd object on our scavenger hunt list. We have a stone alligator that was left by the previous owner who lives in our forest. The boys got a kick out of it. A printable version of this card (without an alligator) is included in the camping birthday party decor package.
The boys had a great time hunting down the objects and checking them off. You could take it a step further if you wanted and give them each a bag to collect items in.
Next was birthday cake! My favorite thing about these cakes was that when you lit the candles you were lighting the fire.
I painted plain generic colored birthday candles with brown and white craft pain to make the logs.
We spent the rest of the evening watching a movie. This was supposed to be outdoors on a projector screen, however the rain and cold had the boys decide on warmth indoors. We ended the night camping out in the big tent in the backyard. Everyone bundled up and made it all the way through the night.
It was such a fun party! Happy Birthday boys! If you create a party using this package be sure to send me photos at email@example.com. I am always looking for parties to feature here on my blog or in my shop.
The camping birthday party printable invitation is now EDITABLE. You can purchase, download and edit right at home to fit your party needs. You can find it in my shop.
The full camping birthday party printable decor package includes so many extras and is also now EDITABLE! Create your perfect camping party space! Click here to find this set in my shop.
Links to products used above:
Happy Camper Shirts: (note-I ordered 2 different colors and the brand and sizing was not the same on each. They shrunk quite a bit after washing.) AMAZON
Wood Pencils: AMAZON (AD)
Lanters: The exact one is no longer available but there are lots of styles available on AMAZON (AD)
Trees on cakes: AMAZON (AD)
Clear Cello S’mores Bags: (9 x 2 1/2 x 2 1/2) PAPERMART
Galvanized Foor Trays: HOBBY LOBBY
Mini Galvanized Trail Mix Buckets: Target Dollar Spot
Centerpiece Bucket: Target Dollar Spot
3 tier Galvanized Tray:(seasonal) Pick Your Plum
Pie Tins: Dollar Tree
Check out more camping party ideas on my pinterest board.
5M Creations May 25th, 2017
Posted In: Boy Birthday Party
For my twins 7th birthday they requested a Rescue Bot party. I had actually avoided this theme for the last 3 years as there is NOTHING available for the theme. They have been in love with them for years and I really wanted to give them the theme they wanted. We did not want grown up transformers. I finally found some art work online and decided to make my own.
I started with a basic Rescue Bots welcome sign. My boys have this on their bedroom door now. This balloon wreath I found on pinterest by Abstract Grace. I love that it can be used for any birthday in the family. It is also able to be customized by changing the colors to fit your theme. It was super easy to assemble.
I knew that I wanted a party table. We are lucky to have a great deck in our backyard. We set up tables for the kids to eat at to keep the mess outdoors. On one end I set up this Rescue Bot display and a gift table. Being outside does not mean you have to skip out on decor. The boys Rescue Bot figures and fire station made a great display.
I wanted the characters front and center on the Resuce Bot cupcake toppers. We went with a light blue starburst background so the bright characters would pop. I added a few logos as well.
For the Rescue Bot Happy Birthday banner I wanted the characters and colors to be bright and bold. I love how it turned out.
For centerpieces my boys had large transformers we placed on the tables. We added some balloons to mason jars filled with paper shreds. What party is complete without balloons?
My boys wanted to play party games at their Rescue Bot Birthday Party. We created a Rescue Bot obstacle course. They had to rescue a stuffed kitten from a tree, race up then slide down the fire station(play structure). run across a ring maze,
Climb through a tunnel,
Shoot the Deceptaconcans with nerf gun,
Use their robot hands to transport a ball, then race back to their team. The kids loved the obstacles. They spent most of the time doing the stations over and over.
My boys also wanted a “pin the” game. The transformer party games I could find did not work for the number of kids I had. I made a large sign and created a transformer logo sticker for each kid to place over the logo on the sign. It worked perfectly.
Last was the always loved pinata. I got this one from www.walmart.com.
Overall it was such a fun party and fairly easy to make happen. The boys had a blast. In my opinion a party where kids can run around outside is the best kind of party.
Because the images used are licensed characters I cannot sell the files in my shop. Lucky for you I am sharing these files that I created for my own personal use FREE. (For Personal Use Only). Not for reproduction, commercial use, or sharing. I hope you have your own awesome Rescue Bot Party. Like always I love seeing customer photos to share on my blog or instagram. Check them out HERE in my shop!
5M Creations February 14th, 2017
Posted In: Boy Birthday Party