dinosaur Party Food

Below are the recipes mentioned on the Dinosaur Party Ideas page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

molten lava Volcano cakes

This recipe is from Debbie at Wants and Wishes. There are so many great posts on her blog - I highly recommend it.

dinosaur party food lava cakes

 

This is a cake with a pudding chocolate center you serve right out of your oven. This cake should be eaten warm, so you can prepare the batter in advance and preheat the oven. When you are ready to serve dessert, fill the ramekins or tins, place in oven and bake for a few minutes.

The brand of chocolate you use is very important, especially in this recipe. I have made this same recipe with multiple brands. Here were the results:

BEST Brands:
Giradelli's (Walmart carries this brand and most grocery stores)
Vairhona (found at Trader Joe's & high end cooking places like Williams Sonoma)

Worst:
Bakers (I would suggest not using this unless you have no other options) It's not as sweet of a chocolate and leaves a more bitter taste. 

 

ingredients

Makes four 4 or 5 ounce molds or ramekins

  • 8 Tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, plus a bit more for molds
  • 2 teaspoons flour, plus a bit more for dusting molds
  • 4 ounces of bittersweet chocolate
  • 2 large whole eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • Orange and red chocolate appels (wafers - see photo below)

 

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees

  2. Butter and lightly flour molds/ ramekins (tap out excess flour)

  3. In top of double broiler set over simmering water, combine butter and chocolate. Heat until just melted.

  4. In bowl using electric mixer (I used my kitchen aid) beat together eggs, yolks, and sugar until light and thick.

  5. Add melted chocolate mixture and beat to combine. (Make sure egg mixture does not harden from heat of chocolate mixture.)

  6. Quickly beat in flour until just combined. Pour batter evenly in to the molds.

  7. Place filled molds on a baking sheet and bake until the sides have set but the center remain soft, NO MORE THAN 6 to 7 MINUTES!! This is the key to this dessert- it cannot be over cooked!

  8. Invert each mold onto a plate, let rest 10 seconds. Unmold by lifting up one corner of the mold, the cake will fall out onto the plate.

Decoration

  1. You will need orange and red chocolate apeels (wafers). These are white chocolate with food coloring, some are even flavored. I got orange flavor for the orange and vanilla for the red....just to add a hit of surprise.

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  3. Have your volcano cakes cooking in the oven. I used this cupcake pan that I got at Williams Sonoma years ago, but you could use a cupcake pan with no liners. Note: If you have 2 ovens, turn on your other oven to as low as it will go to heat the chocolate (around 140 degrees). If not, after your cakes are cooked- TURN OFF your oven (if not you will burn your chocolate) and stick in your chocolate to start the melting process.

  4. dinosaur party food lave cake


  5. Melt each color of chocolate in a SEPARATE bowl in the oven, it should take 8-12 minutes to melt, but check on your chocolate every couple of minutes, as each oven heats differently and stir each time. Heating on the lowest temperature of your oven melts the chocolate properly and eliminates that white coating that can appear on chocolate, usually it is around 140 degrees.

  6. Place a glob of orange chocolate on the top of the mini volcano cake, letting it run down the sides.

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  8. Drizzle the red down the sides crossing over the cake in a X like pattern.

  9. dinosaur party food molten lava


  10. Swirl gently with a spoon on the top to combined the orange and red, this will cause more chocolate to cascade down the sides mixing the orange and red for an realistic, explosive feel.

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  12. You are finished. Let them set for just a bit so the chocolate can set and transfer to serving dish.
  13. dinosaur party food molten lava

 

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dinosaur egg hunt

These instructions are from Debbie at Wants and Wishes, a great site with lots of creative ideas.

Instructions

  1. We started with these mini watermelons or some people call them personal size watermelons. For a realistic dinosaur egg, you need it to be big (but not too large- a normal size watermelon is too large for a little kid) and heavy. These watermelons worked great.

  2. dinosaur party food dinosaur egg hunt


  3. You will be painting these watermelons so you will need cardboard or newspaper. We broke down a large box and used that cardboard (the cardboard was nice because it didn't have to worry about the watermelons sticking or tearing to paint.)

  4. You can cover about 5 to 6 watermelons per bottle of paint. We used the Folk Art Vintage White. I really liked the color of this. It wasn't too yellow or tow gray the perfect base color for a dinosaur egg.

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  6. Start with one at a time and coat half of the watermelon and then move on tot he next. By the time you are finished (I was making 7) they will be dry and you can flip them over and coat the other side.

  7. dinosaur party food dinosaur egg hunt


  8. One coat will not be enough. As you can see in the picture above. Let the watermelon dinosaur eggs dry for 30 minutes or so before you apply the second coat.

  9. Now that you have a nice even base coat you can start applying the "polka dots" on the dinosaur eggs. I wanted each to be a different color.

  10. dinosaur party food dinosaur egg hunt


  11. Now just make random dots all over the watermelon dinosaur eggs, varying the size of the polka dots. You will be able to put the dots about 3/4 and then have to let them dry for about a hour and then apply polka dots to the bottom.

  12. Just before the kids arrive go hide them in shrubbery, rocks and dirt. You can hide them individually or have some in clumps like a nest of dinosaur eggs.

 

 

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dinosaur tails

These amazing dinosaur tails were created by Jessica at Running with Scissors. Check out here blog for lots of other great ideas.

Note: Jessica has kindly given permission to reproduce this tutorial however she has asked me to drawn your attention to the following:

"Please be respectful of my designs and only use this tutorial for personal use. Not intended for commercial sale or manufacture, even on a home based scale. Make them for yourself, to give as gifts, but I'd appreciate not using it for profit."

dinosaur party food dinosaur tails

 

Supplies

  • 1/2 to 3/4 yard main fabric—pretty much any fabric that's not stretchy (this yellow is polyester lining)
  • 1/4 yard spike fabric
  • 5" velcro
  • Polyfil batting (small bag)

dinosaur party food dinosaur tails

cut list

MAIN FABRIC:

  • tail: (cut 2): 22" x 11"
  • waist straps: (cut 4): 12" x 3"
  • circle: 7" in diameter
    (*I cut a 7" square, fold it in fourths, then cut the curve from fold to fold)

CONTRASTING FABRIC:

  • spikes (cut 2): 22" x 3.5"

 

Instructions

1. Trim tail strips

Taking your two strips 22" x 11", lay them face down. On one end you'll measure 4.5" from each side. The two inches left in the middle will be the tip of the tail.
On the other end, you'll measure 4" along the sides as a marker. Connect these two markings to create a diagonal for the cone shape of the tail. Cut off the triangular sides and throw them away.

dinosaur party food dinosaur tails

2. Make Spike Strip

NOTE: To make the spikes easier, you could cut 1 strip out of felt or fleece and just cut out a spike strip leaving the raw edges that won't fray, rather than sewing your spikes with 2 strips of fabric.

Take your two spike strips and lay them right sides together. Draw a row of triangles along the strip for the tail spikes. Begin at one end and work your way to the other, making the spikes shorter and narrower. I left about 1/2" between each spike.

dinosaur party food dinosaur tails

Sew along your spike line. When you get to the corners it helps to pivot by dropping your needle down into the fabric, lift your presser foot, move the fabric, then start sewing again.

Once your spikes are sewn, trim along your sewn line with 1/4" seam allowance along the whole strip.

dinosaur party food dinosaur tails

Next, you'll need to trim the seam allowances to make it easier to turn the spikes right side out.

On the top of the spikes, you'll trim off the point, being careful not to snip through your seam.

In between each spike, you'll snip diagonally into each corner, once again don't snip through your sewing.

dinosaur party food dinosaur tails

Then you can turn the whole strip of spikes right side out, using a pen lid, knitting needle, etc. to push the tips of the points out. Iron your spike strip nice and flat.

dinosaur party food dinosaur tails

3. Sew Tail Body

First we'll sew the spikes to one piece of the tail. Pin the largest spike to the tall side of your tail piece, lining up the raw edges.

Sew the spike strip to the tail piece with 1/4" seam allowance. This is just basting, or tacking the pieces together.

dinosaur party food dinosaur tails

Next, put your second tail piece so right sides are together, with the spike strip in the middle of the sandwich.

You'll sew down the spike strip again, this time with 1/2" seam allowance, making sure you sew past the troughs so there is a space between each spike when you turn it right side out.

Also, sew a slight curve as you go around the tip of the tail.
When you sew around to the other side, you'll need to stop your seam to leave a hole for turning the tail right side out later. I leave about 4 to 5" unsewn underneath the spikes. This way, it's on the bottom of the tail.

dinosaur party food dinosaur tails

4. Sew Waist Straps

Take your 4 strips for the waist straps and put 2 right sides together. This will give you two sets.

You'll sew down a long side, across the short, and up the other long side on each set. Use 1/2" seam allowance.

Then you'll need to snip off the corners, being careful not to cut through your seam.

dinosaur party food dinosaur tails

Next you'll turn each strap right side out, pushing out the corners with a pen lid or knitting needle.

I like to top-stitch the edges to make the straps lay nice and flat. For this tail I used a zig-zag stitch with contrasting thread, but you could always just sew a straight stitch.

dinosaur party food dinosaur tails

The last step to make your waist strap is to sew your velcro pieces to each end. Center the velcro in the center of your strap and 1/2" from the very end.

dinosaur party food dinosaur tails

5. Complete Tail Construction

To close the large end of the taill, first mark the quarters by lining up the top (spike) seam with the bottom seam and pinning the folds on the sides.

dinosaur party food dinosaur tails

Next you'll pin your waist straps inside the tail. Pin the straps to the quarter side marks.

The important thing to remember is the velcro has to be pinned opposite so the straps will match up around the waist. So put one waist strap with velcro down on the right side of the tail, then pin the other waist strap with the veclro facing up into the cavity of the tail.

dinosaur party food dinosaur tails

Sew the straps to the sides of the tail 1/4" from edge.

dinosaur party food dinosaur tails

To finish off the tail, you'll pin your circle fabric (with the right side facing into the tail) around the large tail opening. I fold my circle in quarters so I have a crease vertically and across to use as a guide to pin to the two seams (top and bottom) then line up with the waist straps on the sides.

Next you sew around your circle with 1/2" seam allowance.

dinosaur party food dinosaur tails

6. Stuff and Finish

At this point your dino tail is sewn and you can turn it right side out through the hole you left on the bottom seam. Your velcro waist straps should be oriented to match and stick together, and your spikes should stand up out of the top seam.

Next you'll stuff your tail with Poly-fil batting. The density of your stuffing does determine how the tail will look. I stuffed this yellow tail tighter than the blue or green tails, and I noticed it stood almost straight out from the boy's back, where leaving the stuffing a little looser makes a more droopy tail. Whichever you prefer.

Once your tail is stuffed to your liking, pin the hole closed underneath. I chose to just machine sew the seam shut, but it would probably look best to hand-sew the seam closed to allow it to lay flat.

dinosaur party food dinosaur tails

Then you're finished! Now you can whip out a whole set with different colors!

dinosaur party food dinosaur tails

Some ideas for variation

-length: it's easy to make the tail longer or shorter, by cutting the tail and spike pieces longer than 22", but all the same length.

-felt or fleece spikes: as mentioned ealier in tutorial, you could make the tail even easier by cutting felt or fleece spikes with one layer rather than sewing/ turning 2 pieces of fabric

-make it girly: you could make a more feminine tail for little girls by making the spikes rounded scallops rather than pointed spikes

-printed fabrics: I stuck with bright solids, but textured or printed fabrics would look awesome too.

 

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matt james
is a professional event planner and owner of event agency Left Field Productions, which has produced events for Elton John, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Spacey, Stella McCartney, David LaChapelle, John Waters, and Elvis Costello & Diana Krall. Since 2004, Left Field Productions has won 30 industry awards for excellence including Production Company of the Year.

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