Don't have a Natural History museum near you? Make one at home! Sarah describes her son Gray's party: We translated our guys love of all things dino into a dinosaur/natural history museum party. We pillaged our local natural history museum gift shop for party decorations and wares.
We ended up using some illustrated postcards as the invitations and posters as table runners. Since our museum is home to a lovely mural this worked out nicely.
We placed some packing crate material and specimen boards around the house to help create a museum look. The week before we made plaster of Paris fossils with the kids to use as part of the "collection". The real credit goes to my husband who spent countless hours cutting out a three foot T-rex and Triceratops out of foam core. He had the idea to take those wooden puzzle dinosaurs and enlarge the sheets on a copier. They ended up amazing and definitely made the dinosaur museum a reality.
I used little boxes stamped "fragile" as the party favors. My intention was for them to look like little packing crates. The only food I was particularly pleased with were the fossil cookies; since I was so amazed they worked and went with our theme (not so many dino/museum food options out there). Our guy told us he loved his party and that it was "totally awesome"; so we were happy.
What more could you ask for? Thanks Sarah! Readers, see more of Gray's terrific party at Petit Gris.