This is a great party for toddlers and it's one that our guests still talk about!
You can purchase premade invitations with a puppy theme from party supply stores or my favorite online store, Oriental Trading.If you prefer to make your own invitation, you can use a large, bone-shaped cookie cutter and trace around it on a piece of card stock.You can write "You're Invited" etc. one one side and the party details on the back. If you're feeling crafty, you can create a dog house shaped invitation with the party details printed inside the door flap.
Younger kids love having a cardboard doghouse to play in. Find the largest size box you can and cut 2 large flaps on either side of the top to forminto the roof. You can use the other two flaps to cut into triangles to fill in the open ends of the roof panels. Cut out a door opening and hang a sign above it with the birthday kid's name.
You can decorate the room with a mixture of puppy dog printed balloons and matching solids.
The biggest hit of our party was a small, brightly colored dog food bowl for each guest with their names printed on it with a sharpie marker.These were used in place of bowls to hold their ice cream and cake and the kids can take them home with them after the party (my nieces and nephews still use theirs 3 years after the party!)
If you don't want to spend a fortune to buy all the matching nakins, plates, baloons etc., just purchase two or three of those items and then supplement them with matching solids. I purchase all of the solid colored forks, spoons, plates, napkins, cups, table coverings at the $1 store.
Purchase larger dog bowls to fill with dog food (Cocoa Puffs, Reese's Puffs cereal etc.), cheese ball puffs etc.,
Bone shaped cookies (I made chocolate shortbread cookies with bone-shaped cookie cutter from the craft store)
Boxed Scooby Snacks found at most grocery stores in the snack aisle or cookie aisle.
Cupcakes decorated with a pawprint, dog face or you can purchase sprinkles in the shape of paw prints and dog bones.
A bone-shaped cake can be cut out of pound cake and then frosted or bake cake in a 9x13" baking pan, cut in half lengthwise and place half on a large, flat platter. Use 2 cupcakes (two at each end) to form a bone shape and then frost the entire cake. you can make two bone cakes by baking the one 9x13 and 8 cupcakes.
Musical chairs playing dog related tunes such as "Who Let the Dogs out?"or B-I-N-G-O. Play "Hot Potato" using a rubber dog toy. Pin the Tail on the Dog (you might have to make your own out of posterboard if you can't find one pre-made). Dog shaped pinata. Let the kids color and decorate small pre-made dog houses for their stuffed puppies. Dog bone hunt (give a small prize for the most found). You can use real dog bones, the colorful boxed bones are fun and the guests can take them home to their own dogs when they leave.Simon Says played with dog commands. Dog face painting
Goodie Bag Ideas:
Dog hats with ears (can be found at Oriental Trading)
Small stuffed dogs
Dog bouncy balls
Paw print bracelets
Dog temporary tattoos
Paw print bandanas
Small bag of cookie bones or Scooby Snacks
Bone shaped lollipops
You can put these in a plain brown paper "doggy bag" or you can purchase themed bags from a party supply store.
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