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When my daughter Amelia was turning 3, I was looking for a sweet birthday theme. Although we have no dogs at home, she was obsessed with stuffed animals and other people’s dogs. I could tell she would like it because she seemed to be growing into an animal lover. She was never afraid of the animals at the zoo or even the fake characters at theme parks. If it was furry, she loved it!
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Why You Should Throw a Puppy Themed Birthday Party
I’m not a professional party planner but I do love to put together a cute theme for my kid’s birthday party. Of course, Danny and I teamed up to put this sweet birthday together and it was simple to do. A lot of the decor we were able to make ourselves at home so it is very inexpensive.
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Can be a gender-neutral birthday party.
Since this birthday party was for my daughter, I thought it would be cute to make everything pink and brown. However, you can swap it out for any color. You can use blue for a boy or go with another color to make it gender-neutral. Consider combining brown with orange, green, yellow, or turquoise. This party theme is super flexible and will look cute with any color!
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It just so happened that right around the time of her birthday, Children’s Place had this adorable poodle sweater. I simply paired it with a black and skirt and white stockings, and voila – Amelia matched the themed perfectly.
Dog Themed Tablescape
For the guest table, we kept it really simple. First, start with the pink table cloth. If you decide to go with another color, use that. Then on top, we rolled out a large piece of wrapping paper with paw prints on it. You can purchase any dog-themed wrapping paper and use it throughout the party!
Each place setting had a water bottle and a custom made dog ear headband waiting for each guest. We removed the labels from the water bottle and also wrapped it with wrapping paper.
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DIY Doggy Ear Headbands
We thought it would be cute to have toddlers running around with doggy ears so we made them these custom headbands to wear during the party and then they could take it home as another favor!
To make these headbands all you need are plain headbands from your local dollar store. Consider getting traditional headbands with the open end, and also some elastic bands, especially for the younger kids.
You will also need brown, white, black, grey, and pink felt. Simply sketch out a few different ear sizes and cut them out. For the long ears, add spots in a different color. For the short ears, layer on a different color in the same shape. Hot glue them onto the headband. Add a few pink bows for the little girls in the party.
DIY Doggy Balloons
No need to buy expensive themed mylar balloons. You can decorate the table with latex balloons you can get from the dollar store! This balloon project is incredibly easy, even for people who can’t draw like me:). Because we had them filled with helium, we attached one to every chair but you can also just blow them up at home and tape them up to decorate the party.
All you need are pink and white balloons, and a black marker. Draw out cute doggy faces and ears. And since these are so inexpensive, you have plenty of balloons to practice on.
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DIY Party Hat
We made a very special custom party hat for the birthday girl. We used pink cardstock paper for the cone shape. Then we put together this adorable puppy from white an black cardstock. Finally, we added pink, white, and brown pom poms to the top and bottom.
I love this version of the birthday banner because it doesn’t require you to make every single letter a different panel. You can make it easier by putting the full words on one larger panel.
You’ll need pink, brown, and white cardstock along with patterned paper in the same color scheme. Layer each plain cardstock with the pattern paper and then add the words on top. Use puppies and dog house panels to separate the words.
Dog Paw Cupcakes
These dog paw cupcakes are so easy to make yourself at home. All we did was make boxed chocolate and vanilla cupcakes and topped them with white icing. Then we added 1 Oreo cookie towards one side of the icing. Finally, add 3 small chocolate chips to the other side to create a paw.
We displayed the cupcakes on a simple black box with a cake board on top of it. Add a puppy cut out to the box to match the puppy on the banner and the birthday hat.
We also made these cute chocolate covered pretzels and put them in these cute mason jars for dog food.
Dog House Photo Cutout
For a few birthday parties, Danny and I became obsessed with creating these photo props with the head cutout. They add a fun element to the party activities and the memories are so sweet, especially if you get the adults to participate as well.
This particular photo prop is custom made by Danny as she is an artist. If you’d like to order your own, feel free to contact us!
Easy Puppy Themed Favors
Along with the custom made headbands and the pretzels, party guests got to take home a goodie bag and then adopt their own stuffed animal before leaving the party.
The goodie bag was simply a simple snack for the kids to have. We put a small water bottle (with the doggy label) and a Scooby-Doo graham cracker shaped in a dog bone. How perfect is this for the theme?!
The finale to this super fun party was a chance to give all the kids to “adopt” their own puppy! We went to several different discount stores looking for stuffed dogs. Then we placed them all in a big basket. Each child got to pick out their own puppy. They even received an official adoption certificate.
The adoption center sign is yet another easy DIY. All you need is a black foam board. Layer on a patterned paper and with an “Adoption Center” sign. Finalize it with a few paw prints.