Puppy party? Have you heard of them? Well, in the way of kids’ birthday parties, they are all the rage right now. This article will show you some inexpensive and creative ways to make your child’s party into something meaningful and memorable.
Puppy Party Essentials
Parents look constantly for new and innovative ideas to make their child’s party one to remember. Children’s birthday party themes come in endless varieties in a market rife with pre-packaged, commercialized products, and all of them lack the personal creative touch necessary to make the party special. Everyone loves puppies—especially children.
The first step towards any successful party is the invitations. Knowing how many guests to prepare for will help you get all your dogs in a row…or is it ducks? I can’t remember. Including a note at the bottom of the invitation is one way to inform your potential guests you’re throwing a puppy party, but in this day and age that can go easily forgotten.
Liven up your Puppy Party invitations by choosing a fun design to go with the theme of your child’s party. The options to obtain these are endless. Plenty of retail stores sell dog/animal themed invitations, but you can design and print them yourself for a hands-on approach. I recommend Vistaprint. Whether you choose from the cute templates they have to offer here or upload your own design, you can order the exact number you need. This avoids having to buy 2 packages containing 25 invitations when you only need 27.
The possibilities here are limitless. If you’re the type to go all out, I’ve included some must-have decorations to put your child’s puppy party over-the-top. Instead of using traditional boring paper plates, consider using plastic dog bowls. Throw in some paw print napkins, cups, and tablecloth to really set the stage.
Transform plain white balloons into decorations with no more than construction paper, tape, and a magic marker. This can also double as a fun craft or activity for the kids.
Food and Drinks
With time, preparation, and a bone-shaped cookie cutter, you can turn a plain and predictable cheese and crackers platter in to a bone-a-fide dish your guests will chase their tails for.
Do the same thing with a tray of rice crispy treats. Add a little icing and some sprinkles and you’ve got a delicious treat that’s sure to please.
Remember those dog bowls you purchased to give your decoration some flair? Fill them full of Cocoa Puffs and watch the kids go wild over Kibbles ‘n Bits for kids.
Music and Games
No party is complete without a little music. Let the kids cut a rug and sing along to a playlist compiled specifically for your party. Houndog by Elvis Presley, The Dog Days Are Over by Florence and the Machine, Puppy Love by Paul Anka, and Who Let the Dogs Out by Baha Men are just a few of the plethora of songs with dog or puppy in the title.
The party classic ‘Pin the Tail on the Donkey’ can just as easily turn into ‘Pin the Tail on the Puppy.’ If you own a dog, personalize the breed and name of the dog to match yours and make them the star of the show.
All kids love candy. Stuff a puppy piñata full of sweet treats and it’s sure to be a big hit. These come in all shapes and sizes and are carried by a multitude of vendors. Most retail between $12.99 and $15.99 for the small-to-medium sized ones. Just use Google to search ‘Buy Puppy Pinata’ or ‘Buy Dog Pinata’ to give you plenty of options to choose from. While they are a little more costly, I found Etsy to have a wider variety to pick from.
Anyone in your family artistic? Let the kids take turns getting their faces painted to match their favorite furry friend before the festivities begin. Don’t forget to take a picture so you can share the memories for years to come. In my research, I found my local Michaels to have the best selection and prices.
You want your guests to have something to take home with them to remind them how much fun they had at your child’s party. What better way than to give them a plush puppy of their own to adopt and take home?
Really drive it home by printing out some certificates of adoption and let the kids give their toys a name. To provide affordable plush toys to use as party favors at your child’s next puppy party, you need look no further than Stuffed Safari. We offer incredible variety and great prices. We even have a coupon code you can use to save 10% on dog plush toys. Just type in PUPPYPARTY in the checkout process when it asks for a coupon code.
And with that, you should have everything you need to make your Puppy Party a huge success. You’ll inspire the other parents with your uniqueness and creativity. More importantly, your child will have a birthday he or she will never forget. Feel free to leave questions or comments in the comment section below. Before you go, check out these other creative ways to use stuffed animals!