Several weeks ago, I was asked to help plan a dog themed birthday party for Jada who was turning 4 years old. She requested to have a dog/Paw Patrol theme party and my mom and I just all over this opportunity. Not only was it a lot of fun planning but being asked to attend my first ever little human party was such an honor.
This post has everything you need from décor to fun food ideas to activities that are kid friendly as well as educational. This should provide you with inspiration when planning your own party. Perhaps you could consider the ever popular option of a magic show to entertain the children. See Headliner to find a magician for hire.
Every party needs fun and festive decorations that fit the theme! I have some cheap and easy ideas that are PAW-fect for a dog themed party. If you want to have a few dogs at the party, it might be a good idea to look at some playpens on DogProductPicker.com, just to make sure they don’t run off. You don’t want to spend the party chasing after some run-away dogs!!
Let’s first start with a welcoming your guest to your party! My humans actually had this pallet laying around and decided to paint on “Welcome to the Paw-ty” “Come. Sit. Stay” as well as some paw prints! This was just an easy, free, and wonderful way to welcome guest to Jada’s party.
Next we created a Happy Birthday banner for Jada. Again, we had these supplies at home and the banner cost us nothing. After cutting out all the triangles and punching wholes in the upper corners. My mom used her Cricut machine to cut out the letters and the bones. Once the letters and bones where glued on, we strung them together with some jute twine, making sure to keep it long so we could hang it up.
The fabric banner you see behind the Birthday banner is the same banner I use to celebrate my blogiversaries. Thought it added a fun and colorful pop to the Birthday banner, as well as giving it some dimension.
For the tables we just used plastic table covers and I had this little fire hydrant that went along with the theme. Balloons and bone shaped confetti that we cut out with the help from the Cricut machine was on the other tables at the party.
At the dollar store Jada’s mom found all these dog bowls to put the food in! I just loved this idea and they were only a $1 each!!!
Food & Drink
Now, onto the yummy part of the post! When it came to the food it was all finger food which meant no utensil (another way to save)!!! All of the food and drink have a fun, dog theme name given to them that we wrote on paper bones.
- Puppy Chow = Puppy Chow
- Pretzels = Fetch Sticks
- Popcorn = Pup-Corn
- Scooby Snacks = Bones
- Cheetos = Pup-Tails
- Potato Chips = Pup-tato Chips
- Hot Dogs = Hot Dogs
- Blue Juice = Toilet Water
- Cupcakes = Pup-Cakes
- Rice Crispy Treats = Bones
Finally, what is a party without cake, Paw Patrol cake that is!!!
If you know a pup that is great with kids, invite them to attend as a special guest. I was invited and asked to dress up as Chase the cop from Paw Patrol. This was also a great opportunity to talk with the kids about right way to approaching a dog they didn’t know, about a adoption, and the responsibilities that come along with a dog.
Masks are a fun, easy, and inexpensive way for kids to dress up and get involved in the theme of the party.
What a better way to teach kids about adopting a dog then letting them adopt their own pup. Supplies you need to create an adoption center:
All you need is:
Let each kid pick out their own pup, as well as name them, and help them fill out their adoption papers to make it official.
-Poop Scavenger Hunt-
The biggest hit of the day for the kids was “cleaning up poop” scavenger hunt. Supplies you need are:
- Simply find a poop emoji online and print out as many as you need to cover each piece of candy. Once cut out simply tape the one emoji on each piece of candy. This is a great task to do prior to the party.
- The day of the party simply spread the “poop” all over.
- Give each kid a poop bag and explain that they can only pick up the “poop” with their bags. The white party bags are perfect for them to put their goodies in.
- Send them on their way to clean up their pup’s mess.
This is a great game that helps teach kids the importance of picking up after their dog.
I want to give Jada and her family a huge thank you for letting me be apart of her special day!
I hoped this post helps you plan your next dog themed party. If you have other ideas for a dog themed party, I would love to hear them. Simply leave a comment below.