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Your child has been digging in the backyard looking for dinosaur bones since he watched your dusty DVD of “Jurassic Park.” He knows everything there is to know about velociraptors and dreams of being a paleontologist, so why not let him explore the ancient world he loves? Follow these steps, take a look at our slide show above, and check out our Pinterest page to create the perfect dinosaur-themed bar mitzvah — before your time goes extinct!
When creating your prehistoric buffet, call your three courses “herbivore,” “omnivore,” and “carnivore.” Start with salads that a stegosaurus would love. You can serve a mixed green salad, as well as fruit salad, bean salad, potato salad, or any salads fit for a vegetarian. Next, offer your guests an omnivore layout of fettuccini alfredo and chicken marsala. As your final spread, give your carnivores something they can sink their teeth into — juicy steaks with potatoes and lamb shish kabobs with mint. To add some dino-charm to your buffet, surround your food with a stampede of hungry dinosaurs.
Have your guests feel like they are entering a party 65 million years in the making by putting a life-sized balloon dinosaur at the door. Name each table after your favorite dinosaurs. On each place card, put a small summery describing the dinosaur next to its picture. Make large models of each table’s dinosaur as the centerpieces. Hang cave drawings of mammoths, saber-toothed tigers, and cavemen on the walls of the party room. Give a nod to “Jurassic Park” by placing shredded green paper along one of the walls to look like grass with a sign saying “Stay out of the tall grass!” You can also have flying dinosaurs sour above your head by hanging pterodactyl kites from the roof.
Leave large drawings of dinosaur footprints on the ground. Make fake fossils and egg nests to scatter about the room for people to find. You can even put small prizes like candy or gifts for the kids to find inside of the eggs. Create the full effect of being in an ancient land by using dinosaur sound effects and playing them on a loop in the background, and even add a smoke machine to go off at random times. Your friends will never want to leave this “Land Before Time.”
To have a RAWR-ing good time, make a dinosaur sound-alike contest and have your guests try to imitate a dinosaur of their choice. Give the roar with the perfect score a prize — a dinosaur model making kit, for instance. Have your DJ play “Walk the Dinosaur” by Was (Not Was), “Dinosaur” by Kesha, and “Dinosaur Song” by Johnny Cash.
Create a “fossilize yourself” station where your guests can sculpt their own fossils into clay. If you can make a station with fossils covered in sand, you can let your friends discover their very own dinosaur fossils.
Hire a green screen photographer to take photos of your friends running away from a Tyrannosaurus Rex. If your budget will allow it, have the photos printed on T-shirts to hand out at the end of the night.
Have a stonecutter carve each person’s name into a fossil-like rock. Give the gift inside a replica of a dinosaur egg labeled with the guest’s name, and have each person choose their egg from a large nest at the end of the night.
With these gifts, your party will be one for the history books!
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