Last year, at a consignment sale I found a Dino four shirt and immediately decided I would throw my son a dinofour (dinosaur fourth) birthday party. There was only one problem, he now has an opinion on these things. Don’t believe me, look at his third Blaze and the Monster Machines birthday party. He convincingly told me that he wanted a Blaze and the Monster Machines party and did not change his mind at all. Gone are the days when I came up with birthday party themes I wanted, like Puppy Dog Pals and Mr. Onederful. To be fair to me, I did base each of his birthday party themes them on what he was into at the time.
1. Dinofour Outfit: Dinofour Shirt
Just by looking at that dino four tshirt, I could already see his entire dinofour birthday party. I had ideas of dinosaur birthday invitations, of couse, the dinosaur shirt and the rest of his dinosaur birthday party outfit, dinosaur cake, dinosaur decorations and adding more dinosaur books to his growing collection.
I thought it was the cutest thing to play on the word dinosaur and a fourth birthday with the word dinofour. Whomever, came up with the merging of the words dinosaur and four to make dinofour is genius because I do not know a four year old who doesn't love dinosaurs or whose parent wouldn't agree that they do behave much like dinosaurs, lol.
In the end, I bought the dinofour shirt, thinking at least it was cute. I didn’t think much else of it until about late March when I was starting to change out my son's winter clothes for summer ones and I came across the shirt. I started trying to make plans for an awesome dinofour party, but didn't get very far in the planning stage.
Unfortunately, by then my entire family and most of the world, or non essential staff, were home sheltering in place from the global pandemic and I was conflicted on even trying to plan a party, much less a themed dinosaur/dinofour birthday party. I didn't want to waste time and money or endanger my family or anyone else.
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Even though I wasn't sure if we'd be able to go ahead with his dinofour party, I decided to ask my son his thoughts anyway, just to see what he was thinking. Would you believe that when I asked him what type of party he wanted for his birthday he said, almost immediately, a dinosaur and superhero birthday. I couldn’t believe it. I showed him the dinofour shirt and he was sold, “I want a dinosaur birthday party, mommy.”
Over the next few weeks, I participated in birthday caravans and realized the chances of having a “normal” dinofour birthday party were slim, so I started thinking of other options. I scoured Pinterest and Google and didn’t love much of what I found. I knew with our current restrictions, some of the options out there wouldn’t be sensible or achievable for a dinofour party.
2. Order Dinosaur Birthday Party Supplies
Slowly, I started assembling a plan, I found some dinosaur birthday party decorations and even a Dinofour balloon display. I found cups, plates and spoons to go with the decorations.
3. Secure a Dinofour Cake
Next, I reached out to my amazing sister-in-law, who always makes my son’s birthday cakes, to ask for her help with a dinofour birthday cake. I told her this year we’d be dialing back (no cupcakes or cookies), but I did want an amazing dinofour cake to make up for the fact he would probably not have friends at his party. She told me not to worry and she would handle it. The only thing I had to do was to get the toppers for the cake. I found the perfect dinofour cake topping set on Amazon.
4. Special Dinofour/ Birthday Touches: Caravans, Gifts...
In addition to my dinofour birthday plans a few of my friends also shared that they would do a birthday caravan on my sonn's actual birthday. With all those moving parts in place, I started to feel better about his dinofour/dinosaur birthday party. Instead of goodie bags, I decided to do dress up masks. I know many parents can agree with me when I say, I’ve started to hate the tiny toys and candy in goodie bags and had wanted to move away from it anyway. This dinofour party gave me an excellent reason to try something else.
The masks would add a cute whimsical touch during the dinofour party and I could also pass them out on the day of his actual birthday during the birthday caravan, as a gift to my friend's children for being so thoughtful.
5. Dinofour Invitation
The only things that were nagging me at this point were cute special dinofour birthday party touches like a dinosaur birthday party invitation or other treats and the fact that my son had asked for a superhero party too when I first had asked him.
I ended up creating his dinofour birthday party invitation myself this year. For birthdays one, two and three I had had them created, but this year, I felt confident enough to do it alone. I think his dinofour birthday party invitations turned out ok.
While I was finishing up with his dinofour invitation, I had a great idea. His actual birthday would be on Tuesday and we wouldn’t have the party until Saturday, so I could do some superhero celebrating on Tuesday and then lean into the dinofour birthday celebration on Saturday.
Back to ordering I went, In additiona to all the dinfour decorations, I got some superhero balloons for him to wake up to on his birthday and started making him an Amazon wishlist with superhero gifts. I added lots of books on members of the Avengers and Batman (his current favorites) and the cutest Avengers swim trunks to the other gifts I'd already assembled for his dinofour party.