A dino-mingo kid’s birthday party combines flamingos and dinosaurs to create a fun theme that everyone will love! The party features a mimosa bar, dinosaur footprint cookies, flamingo cookies, chocolate cupcakes with strawberry frosting and other tasty creations.
I love planning parties as much as I love developing recipes. When I started planning my little girl’s first birthday party, I wanted to highlight things she loved in a fun and unique way. The theme is inspired by two of her favorite creatures, dinosaurs and flamingos! Flamingo parties are very popular and dinosaur parties are very popular, but have you ever seen the two of them combined? Now you can! I created the Dino-Mingo Party theme and hosted a party made for kids and adults.
My goal is always a stress-free, relaxing and fun party. An outdoor party in the middle of summer is a bit of a challenge in Florida but we successfully pulled it off. We purchased a tent for additional sun protection and hosted the party during brunch time hours to avoid the afternoon heat. We created a biscuit bar featuring biscuits from our favorite local cafe and also served a vegetable strata and a selection breakfast meat. In addition, we had healthier options such as fresh fruit, yogurt, apple sauce and veggie shooters. The menu was easy and can be prepped in advance.
Birthdays are always a reason to celebrate and indulge in a few sweets too. We offered a DIY mimosa bar for the adults and fresh squeezed strawberry lemonade. In addition, we offered plenty of delectable sweets including flamingo cookies, chocolate sprinkle donuts, dinosaur lollipops, dinosaur footprint cookies, chocolate cupcakes with strawberry marshmallow frosting and a small vanilla cake with strawberry buttercream frosting (I adapted this recipe).
The table settings and flowers came together at the last minute. I didn’t stress too much about the decor since it was a kid’s birthday, but I purchased fresh flowers from Whole Foods and repurposed succulents we already had for table arrangements. I also found a few paper mache dinosaurs on clearance at Target to add to the centerpieces.
The veggie shooters came together easily. I used celery, red pepper, yellow pepper, baby broccoli, carrots and my favorite organicgirl white cheddar dressing. For the dinosaur footprint cookies, I used my favorite basic sugar cookie recipe and purchased a cheap plastic dinosaur to make the footprints. You can use peanut butter cookies or another one of your favorite cookie recipes.
For my daughter’s cake, I used a healthier banana cake recipe made with whole wheat flour and without added sugar. The frosting is a basic whipped cream frosting made with very little sugar. I layered strawberries in the middle and she loved it! The cake was very good and I can’t wait to make it again soon.
The party was a huge success and I can’t wait to celebrate again every year. Go ahead, create a fun and unique party by combining a few of your kid’s favorite things. Or plan a fun dino-mingo birthday party and celebrate with dinosaurs and flamingos! The source list for many of the items featured at the party are below.
Photography by MAH Photography.
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