If anyone has a four year old, you know how quickly they change their minds about things. My four year old daughter is no exception.
When I asked her what she wanted as a theme for her fourth birthday party, she couldn’t decide between Princesses and Dinosaurs, her two favorite things. After going back and forth about the pros and cons of each theme, we eventually decided that she wanted the best of both.. a Princess Dinosaur party.
Needless to say, there aren’t a lot of ideas for “Princess Dinosaurs” floating around out there. We had to get creative.
The first thing I dealt with was the cake. Instead of making a design on it, I decided to go with a simple cake, and use a Princess dinosaur cake topper. In this case it is a Schleich Triceratops figurine, wearing a barbie tutu and crown (yes, it turns out that Barbie and a Triceratops share a similar waistline!)
The rest of the cake was pretty simple. A flat pink base with her initials on the side:
She was definitely satisfied with how it turned out:
We decided to host the party at a local “Princess Spa” which is a nail salon that caters to the under 10 set. We set up the little princess buffet which featured pink lemonade “champagne” and finger foods.
The little girls were treated to manicures:
And of course it wouldn’t be a princess party without your own tiara:
The birthday girl, sipping ‘champagne’ and enjoying her pedicure:
While waiting their turns, the guests got to choose between a princess or dinosaur craft:
Of course we had to sing and enjoy cake and ice cream:
We also wanted to do Dinosaur party favors, so I picked up this cute wooden dinosaurs (they were only 79 cents) and I personalized each with the guest’s names.
I glued them to popsicle sticks to make cupcake picks and stuck them into Costco cupcakes:
I wrapped each one individually as a take home party favor (on “Princess” plates of course!):
It turned out to be a perfect day. My four year was so happy that we could incorporate both themes, and the little girl guests (who weren’t necessarily into dinosaurs as much as the birthday girl), all seemed to enjoy their princess spa day.
If you are interested in throwing your own “Princess Dinosaur” party, I have found a few other ideas and thought I would throw them out there:
The perfect Princess AND Dinosaur cake from And Everything Sweet:
Or how about this great Pink Princess T-Rex Cake?
And I love this little girly dinosaur from MyPinkLittleCake:
For the fashionable birthday girl, this cute little appliquéd shirt would be ideal:
There is a commercially available version on Zazzle:
Or this one from Cafe Press:
Here are some darling FREE printable invites from Melissa Esplin (she also has favor bags and dino stickers in her download):
Or these great party printables from Etsy? (Yes, this is for a boy-girl dual party, but you could easily modify them.)
And even though this isn’t a true Princess Dinosaur theme party, I would be remiss if I didn’t include Pamela Smerkers’s Girly Dinosaur Party:
I guess the combination of princesses and dinosaurs is proof that you can work with any theme.. no matter how strange it may seem at first!
Sharing at these parties.