For a three-year-old boy’s party at Pixie Park in Marin, it was all about dinosaurs.

The hostess kept it low-budget, utilizing  a free downloadable t-rex stencil as the design element for both the homemade invitations and party favors (kiddie t-shirtss in blue, purple and orange).  Utilizing Hane’s t-shirts ($6 for 5  shirts)  from Target,  the hostess picked up the fabric dye and fabric paint from Ben Franklin Crafts.

The freshly baked birthday cupcakes (Duncan Hines) were decorated with plastic dinosaurs (available at most toy stores and even the toy aisle at Rite Aid pharmacy). Dino shaped cookies and personalized Jones Soda lemonade (with a photo of the birthday boy holding a toy dinosaur) rounded out the refreshments. Dinosaur cookie cutters are available at Amazon.com. For adults, takeout from a local mexican restaurant and a few icy cold beverages hit the spot

Summer birthdays are a breeze with the multitude of public parks and open spaces available for rental. Check your local parks & rec dept for permits and reservations. PS – Happy hour makes an ideal party time – smaller crowds at the parks and you miss the midday heat.

For another take on a Dinosaur party for bigger kids – check out this cool Dinosaur Dig Party.

For more Dinosaur birthday party ideas, including invitations, cake toppers, pinatas and goody bags, visit this Dinosaur Birthday Party page from our friends at Kids Party Fun.

PS – Send us your dinosaur party photos and ideas!