My baby girl is 2 years old! After the success of her sister’s pirate party last year, we wanted to throw her a special theme party too! We celebrated with a puppy-dog themed party that was a huge success so I wanted to share some of the activities!
First of all, if you want to have a dog theme party–BORROW A DOG. Our friend brought her German Shepherd over and “Bear” was our official party mascot. All the kids loved having a nice big, soft dog to chase and pet.
Then there were favor bags for all the kids. We always ask that parents NOT bring gifts to my kids’ birthday parties because we want the parties to be about charity and friendship. By gifting favor bags to party-goers, all the kids feel included. My daughter did open a couple gifts from us (including the ballerina dress in the above photo) before the party.
Sample contents of the puppy dog party favor bag:
Dog coloring sheets
All the kids also got these dog noses to wear (see below pic).
Our primary party game was a dog bone hunt so that the kids could “Adopt a Puppy.” The adoption cost was 5 dog bones, so the kids headed down to the basement to hunt for dog bones.
I made the bones out of a sheet of poster board. I simply freehand drew a template, traced around it 60 times, then cut them out while I was watching television. Probably there are punches out there that would do it, but this was an easy, economical way.
The kids were pleased with the puppies they adopted. I picked them up at Dollar Tree.
The other game we played was Pin the Tail on the Dog. Again, I used a 50-cent piece of poster board, drew a dog missing its tail, then cut tails out of a piece of brown construction paper. Next, I wrote the kids’ names on the tails. We used a sleep mask as our “blindfold,” for those kids old enough to keep one on.
The birthday girl had one of the winning tails…after her sister repositioned it for her.
As for the food, I offered chips, salsa, hummus, baby carrots, grapes, veggie straws, crackers, pretzels, cookies, balsamic spinach and tomato pasta salad, no-bake energy bites, and the actual birthday cupcakes were a variation on healthier devil’s food cupcakes; I simply replaced the devil’s food cake mix with confetti cake mix.
I have seen suggestions that for puppy dog theme parties, you should serve the food in dog bowls. Since we don’t have pets and wouldn’t be re-using the bowls, that seemed a waste of money, but I do think it could be cute. Although now that I think about it, hummus in a dog bowl would look like….well, dog food.
I do put quite a bit of planning into these parties, but it’s all worth it when you see this face…