Sometimes Owen get's these ideas in his head and it's really hard to trace them back to their origin. For a number of months now Owen has been talking about having a dino egg hunt party.
As in, not for his birthday, but just because he thought it sounded great, and he would talk about all these things like painting eggs for it, and I had no clue what he was talking about.
So when it came time to plan his birthday party this year I decided there was no reason for me to put effort into coming up with an alternate idea--I should just go with his flow.
So it started with dino egg invitations.
After all the boys got there and we'd played a few --unenthusiastic-- rounds of "Dino, Dino, Who's got the dino?" We sent them running out back to search for dino eggs.
Of course they'd run and bunch up in the same area. Kids are efficient like that.
Then they enjoyed some of their treats outside.
The dino (read:Easter) eggs were filled with little toy dinos, dino fruity snacks, and chocolate candy rocks.
The boys collected them in their own dino bag.
I brought out the dino art from the boys' room to decorate the party table, along with all the random toy dinos.
I made a "nest" of chocolate rocks and put some of our speckled chicken eggs in it.
I made a delicious chocolate cake (I'll share the recipe later) and tried my hand at my first batch of marshmallow fondant to cover the cake to look like a giant dino egg. (It seemed stretchier than normal fondant, but it worked well.)
And Jeremy made us delicious vanilla ice cream to go along with it. Before we knew it it was all over. But Owen had a great time. Five year-old boys love being the center of attention.
Keeping it Real (as in what didn't work out perfectly--I saw this on another blog and thought it was a great idea, because I always wanted to post about this for my New Moon party but didn't know how to go about it. Now I have updated it and feel 100% more honest.)
*Obviously "Dino, Dino, Who's got the dino" didn't go over with the munchkins as well as we would have liked.
*I was still working on the cake when the guests arrived. I finished coloring the fondant, rolled it out, and covered the cake while Jeremy tried to handle the crew.
*We had a bunch of balloons that we drew on to look like dino eggs, but the guests got there before we could hang them up or anything, so they were just hanging out in the room, but I still thought they were funny. (Also, Jeremy's dino eggs looked cooler than mine.)