This is not actually my own project; my awesome friend Ashley made this for us as a wedding gift and gave me permission to share it with the world! Surely a must-have for any dinosaur themed gala or event.
The basic idea is very simple: Take a dinosaur toy (or any tall item, really), cut the top off, glue a serving platter onto the base, then glue the top back onto the tray. They used an epoxy glue to make sure it has a solid attachment.
The other tricky aspect is balancing the plate. The toy dinosaur makes a nice tripod with its feet and tail to support weight. The majority of the plate sits over this tripod (behind the head) so that it doesn't tip forward when weight is added to the plate. You want the center of your plate over the center of support of the toy, not the part you cut.
I call him Alfred, the Dinosaur Butler.