Last week, I told you all about the decorations we had at the Jurassic World party. This week I will show you the activities and tell you about the food we had at the party. Check out my party Pinterest Board to see where I got a lot of inspiration, tips, tricks, instructions and printables.
A quick note about the Birthday Boy: this was a tenth birthday party, so I spent a bit of time with the birthday boy before the party. We talked about the movie, his favourite parts of the movie and activities he would like to do. I also asked him what type of party he wanted, organised games where everyone does each activity at the same time or stations for each person to move to as they liked. We ended up with a combination of the two.
The activities were supposed to be spread out through the backyard. We had to move a few activities at the last minute due to rain. The kids didn't care. Kids were checked in when they arrived, receiving a name badge and dinosaur temporary tattoo (This was their VID- Very Important Dinosaur- pass, like in the movie)
Pin the Horn on the Triceratops: my very talented Mum took a printed image of a triceratops, and used a grid overlay to draw a huge triceratops. She made some black horns and used yellow stickers to write a number on each.
Guess Jar: I filled an old coffee jar (that had been thoroughly cleaned) with some small plastic Dinosaur figurines. The BFF drew up a name and guess chart for guests to record their guess. Hint: don’t forget to count the dinosaurs as you put them in the jar and write it down somewhere safe! Lol. About half way through the party I took the guess chart away and worked out which three guesses were closest to the exact amount and awarded prizes from a lucky dip box. The Birthday Boy wanted to keep the jar of dinosaurs.
Squad Training: we used some dinosaur figures (about 20-30 cm high) and lined them up along a shelf. Guests had a six shooter Nerf gun (so six shots) to hit up to 5 dinosaurs. The one who shot the most dinosaurs in the one turn got a prize from the lucky dip.
Footprint Match: I made up some cards using images from the internet and a print of labelled dinosaur footprints. Only a few guests participated in this.
Fossil and Bone Digs: I made fossils using salt dough and some skeleton figurines (click here for instructions). I also made some dino-sized teeth and a hybrid dinosaur skull for the kids to dig up. My mum, (go Grandma) bought some sand from our local garden nursery for us to bury the fossils and “bones” before the party. I laid out small spades, spoons and paint brushes as tools.
DNA sequencing: I made a couple of big batches of yellow/ orange jelly and pushed some plastic bugs into the jelly. The kids were supposed to use eye droppers to ‘suck the DNA out of the bugs’ and drop it in a test tube before putting it in the DNA sequencing machine (a box). When they did this, they were given an ‘egg’ and went to the Hatchery. Unfortunately, I didn't manage to get a photo of this. Sorry.
Hatchery: I made about 25 fizzing eggs (directions here) with dinosaur figurines in them. The kids sprayed the eggs with vinegar and broke the eggs to hatch their very own dinosaur to take home.
Creation Centre: Dinosaur colouring, word searches, dinosaur cut outs and some coloured pens made this an easy centre! Check out my Pinterest board to get all the links I used to find these. No picture of this either. I was so busy that day!
Photobooth: I threw together a bunch of props that we purchased from discount stores and the Big W party shop. I also made a fire torch using cellophane and a large piece of brown cardboard. The backdrop was created using a plastic table cloth, brown crepe paper, green crepe paper and leaves cut out of green paper. A camp chair, a ladder, caution tape and an old pallet made it even better. I created some "Warning: Dinosaur Area Keep Out" signs using a Google Image search.
I'm sure you're all very excited about the next part... THE FOOD!
For the Herbivores: carrot sticks, celery sticks, assorted fruit,
For the carnivores: party pies and sausage rolls (dipped in tomato sauce/ blood)
Dinosaur Cookies: I planned to make footprint cookies (check out the inspiration here), but I used my own cookie recipe which was a bit too soft for the footprint. I added milo to my cookie mix to make it look like dirt, spread some Nutella on the top of each cookie and stuck dinosaur lollies (from the Natural Confectionery Company) on top. They were really yummy!
Cake: was made by the Birthday Boy’s mum and dad. It was inspired by a few of the cakes on my party Pinterest board. I pinned about 20 different cakes for my nephew to choose from. As it was created by family, the cake wasn't as perfect as the ones that inspired it, but it was still cool. Easy way out: check out these cake toppers! (I'm not affiliated with the site linked).
Jurassic Juice: a mix of pine-lime cordial, lemonade and water. We poured this into jugs for serving. Guests all got a cup with a Jurassic World Logo on it.
I had lots more ideas for food, but as the party was mid-afternoon, we didn't go all out on a big range of food. I pinned lots of ideas on the Pinterest Board, link above, so you can get inspired. If you want to do something easy, you could order pizza: Meatlovers for the carnivores, Vegetarian for the herbivores and Supreme or Hawaiian for the Omnivores. You don't get much easier than that!
That's that then.
Enjoy the party planning!