Two weeks prior

Choose the date and the location.

It’s best to have the party in the garden or in an outdoor area so the kids can really explore nature. The best time is usually in the middle of the afternoon, so you can all have a snack together.

Make the guest list and send the invitations.

Let guests know well in advance, as parents with children always have loads going on. Print, personalise and send the invitations, to match the rest of the printables (download).

Piñata.

A piñata is a must at children’s birthday parties. We suggest making one in the shape of a bee (watch tutorial). You can make it with your child and spend an entertaining afternoon together before the party.

One or two days prior

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What to serve? Here are some suggestions:

Think about what you’ll need for the explorers snacks. The first thing that comes to mind? The cake. Here is a tutorial on how to make a super cool explorers cake.

Some ladybird-shaped sandwiches for the adventurers to recharge their batteries (watch tutorial) look adorable. And for snacking you can put out biscuits, sweets, cheese puffs … whatever the birthday boy or girl likes best.

Cut out and personalise the printables (if you can print them on card, even better).

The design of the printables can serve as inspiration for the rest of the decorations.

    • Labels for the party snacks.
    • Little boxes for sweets and other snacks.
    • A3 poster with the name of the birthday boy or girl to hang up or put on the table.
    • Labels for the straws and glasses where each guest can write their name.
    • Bunting: put one letter of their name on each bunting. We used hot glue to stick the bunting to the rope but you can also use double-sided tape if you prefer.

DIY decorations           

One fun idea for decorating the party is to make a teepee that you can use for a photocall or for kids to play inside. It’s very easy, you just need three long sticks or rods, sackcloth and rope.

We also made little teepees to put around the table, they look adorable!

We also suggest taking some glass jars and spray painting the lids green; they can be used to put sweets inside or for anything else you can think of. They look great if you glue a little plastic bug to the lid.

The day of the party

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Make the food.

Follow our tutorial on how to make the explorers cake. You can make it the day before or the morning of the party, whatever works best for you.

And we couldn’t forget the sweets and cheese puffs: put them in the little boxes that you cut out. The last thing to take out are the ladybird-shaped sandwiches and the biscuits, so they don’t spoil in the heat.

Party decorations

We used a piece of artificial grass as a tablecloth, do you like it? It adds to the nature theme. If you can get them, put reeds behind the table or anywhere else you’d like to decorate. A log also looks good; we’ve used one to make a kind of stand.

Put a bunch of little plastic bugs around the table, they’re bound to give at least one guest a fright!

We suggest elevating the cake using a wooden box and decorating it with camouflage-print fabric, some reeds, or anything else you can think of.

Games and activities to have a blast

    • RECREATE THE JURASSIC WORLD. With Stampa Kit Dino and a large piece of poster board our little ones can make a fantastic mural using dinosaur stamps.
    • CARRYING BALLOONS: All good explorers know that they have to be careful with the treasures they find, which is why little explorers must learn to move them without them bursting and releasing the curse. So they have to carry the balloons by tapping them… they can’t have them in their hands for more than 2 seconds!
    • SEARCH PARTY: Hide several pieces of a puzzle around the birthday party area. On the count of three the little explorers have to go find them and put together the puzzle.
    • THE INSECTS GAME. Let’s see who can trap the most insects! Afterwards the explorers will have to explain everything they know about the animal. An insect collector gun like Bioexplorer Collect-insect can help them with this game.