custom inspiration board: a puppy party

Hilary wanted some theme suggestions for her son's birthday, and after tossing a few around, we landed on a puppy party due to his love of dogs. Here are a few fun ways to make this party a success for kids... and keep in mind that some of these ideas could also be used to throw a birthday party for your dog too! (something I was hoping to do for our own pup this year, but unfortunately her birthday got trumped by new motherhood).

Theme: A Puppy Party
Party Ideas
colors: brown & pale blue, with red accents
decorations: decorate tables with bones & dog toys. hang colored balloons from plush dogs and small fire hydrants. create paper paw prints in a variety of sizes and run them up to the front door and along the walls.
food: serve snacks in dog dishes and use cookie cutters to create mini sandwiches in bone shapes. for dessert, offer a 'treat' bar with puppy cupcakes, dog bone shaped cookies and a variety of candy or snacks in jars labeled with silly dog treat names. or consider a 'dog dish sundae' bar where guests create their own ice cream sundae in a dog dish with the toppings as the 'treats'.
favors: create felt puppy ears and tails for each of the kids to wear during the party and take home, and design ribbon collars with name tags for each guest.
activities: hire a face-painter that can do puppy faces. for older kids and parents, have a 'kibble' eating contest by trying to eat a bowl of cocoa puffs with their hands behind their back.

Photo Credits
Row 1: puppy invite via tiny prints; cupcakes via parents and hello cupcake; cookies via jessica kettle
Row 2: dog dish via jessica kettle; cupcakes via posh pixels; sundae via my recipes
Row 3: plush dog via amazon; hydrant via flickr; dog tags via martha stewart; cupcakes via save the date for cupcakes
Row 4: dog cake pops via bakeralla; facepaint via la petite party


Sandi said...

great ideas!
i love the kibble eating contest!

Nina Designs + Parties said...

Oh my gosh! They're so cute!

Queen of Good Intentions said...

I recently had a vintage pink puppy party for my 3 year old. I had a hard time finding inspiration. Your board is very cute and would have been so helpful! I ordered puppy shells on etsy and let the kids stuff their own and put a heart inside (like build a bear) we named them and made colars (grandmothers stood by to sew them up quick). My daughter still adores hers and takes it everywhere- Also, while the children ate the stuffed puppies sat at their own table but ran away when we weren't looking and we had to hunt them down "blues clues" style. Every girl got a backpack full of hunting supplies (binocolars, whistles, treats (scooby snacks), leash, etc. We also played in cardboard dog houses. Have fun!!

Gabby Malcuit said...

I love the face paint!

Linda Vandermeer McCubbin said...

What a great idea for a party, might be good for my little boy's 3rd next year. He would be a perfect puppy.

Unknown said...

so so cute!

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Sarah said...

Thanks for the ideas! My daughter is OBSESSED with dogs. That will be the theme of her 8th birthday party this year...and this has been tremendously helpful to get the gears in my head turning.

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