We just celebrated my Son’s 4th Birthday and had to celebrate with a Dino-mite Birthday Party!
We had a dino dig station, photo booth and piñata! The kids had a roaring time! lol! See how I did that?
We used our Dino invitation and printable set available in our shop for the party decorations.
For the Dino Dig station we made bones out of Salt dough.
The recipe is really simple and is as follows.
1 cup salt
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup luke warm water
1. In a large bowl mix salt and flour.
2. Gradually stir in water. Mix well until it forms a doughy consistency.
3. With your hands form a ball with your dough and kneed it for at least 5 minutes. The longer you kneed your dough the smoother it will be.
4. Bake at 200 F until your creation is dry. The amount of time needed to bake your creations depends on size and thickness; thin flat designs may only take 45-60 minutes, thicker creations can take 2-3 hours or more. You can increase your oven temperature to 350 F, your dough will dry faster but it may also brown, which won’t matter if you are painting your entire creation (you can also cover your dough in the oven before it turns brown).
We Put all our bones in a container made of cloud dough. We followed the recipe here ( I used half whole wheat flour to have a more sand coloured mixture). I then added some dollar store paint brushes for the kids to use to excavate the bones with.
For treats I made a chocolate cake following this recipe (minus the espresso powder because of the kids) and then decorated with chocolate covered candies, to look like rocks and dinosaurs to keep it simple and fun!
I also made shortbread dinosaur cookies using the following recipe and using a fun dinosaur cookie cutter and stamp set I found at Target.
The Best Shortbread Recipe
1. 4 cups all purpose flour
2. 1 cup of fruit sugar (AKA Instant disolving sugar)
3. 2 tbs of rice flour1 butter at room tempature
1. Mix butter and both sugars until fluffy
2. Add in flour and rice flour until you form a ball.
3. Roll out on a lightly floured area to about 1/4 inch thick.
4. Cut out with cookie cutter. Add sprinkles if desired and bake at 300F for 15-25 minutes depending on oven
And lastly instead of cake pops I opted to make rice krispie pops. These are super easy to make, look great and the little monkeys love them!
Here are some more photos from the Dinosaur Rawr for Four Birthday Party!
xx – Diane and the Monkeys