October has to be my favourite month of the year. It is most definitely party season for us with Oliver´s Birthday, followed by Halloween, Bonfire Night and shortly after, Christmas!
Oliver decided that this year he wanted a Jurassic Park birthday, so no more cute and cuddly dinosaurs; he wanted the roaring, big teeth and sharp claws!
Oliver and his best friend Henry have Birthdays very close together and as they were both turning six and Henry decided he also wanted a Dino party, we decided to throw the boys a joint party.
Oliver really loves the gate at the start of the Jurassic park films that opens up on to the Park itself, so I decided to create a backdrop for the Dessert Tables that reflected the wooden feel of the doors, covered in Jungle foliage and the Park name. I used wooden crates for the party bags and covered the front of some of them in grass using a glue gun.
I put sweets, crisps and a dinosaur bookmark and stencil sets inside each boy´s bag, and an animal stencil set with a magic wand for the girls. I´m seriously not being sexist. The first year we did a big birthday party for Oliver, the girls complained that the Lightning McQueen gifts were too boyish and this year the girls were actually fighting to make sure their bag contained a wand and not a dinosaur!
I am really fortunate that Oliver´s Godmother makes his birthday cake every year as she makes THE most amazing cakes, inside and out. The cake had the coolest details like a Velociraptor guarding it´s eggs in the middle, a Dino poking itself out of a sugar crocodile filled lake and Oreo ´dirt´which all the kids really loved!
We really weren´t sure what the weather was going to be like, so we set up tables both inside and outside. Luckily it was an amazing day and we could all sit outside and enjoy the sunshine whilst the kids played on the Bouncy Castle.
This year´s Bouncy Castle was so big, we actually had to have a monitor so the kids could safely get in and out. They all loved it so much that we hardly even saw them, they were having so much fun in there!
My friend Ximena very cleverly made two separate cupcakes with candles for the boys to blow out. We had a number six sparkler on top too, but this way there was no squabbling over who had blown out the candles!