Puppy Dog Party Ideas
Get ready to PAW-ty with a Puppy Party! Man’s best friend has inspired these puppy party ideas including games of fetch, some sniffing for clues games plus treats kids can’t resist like pup-cakes and pup-peroni pizza. So come, sit and stay a while as we dig deeper into this fun party theme! Don’t miss the free printable links!
Cheryl from Moms & Munchkins styled, wrote and photographed this amazing Puppy Party just FUR us. Stop by her blog to get more ideas that'll keep tails wagging!
Puppy Party Invitations
- You’re Invited to a Paw-ty!
- Come, Sit & Play
- Paw-ty Time!
- Calling All Party Animals!
Puppy Party Decorating Ideas
First up, the background. One of the easiest ways to draw eyes to your party table is to create a backdrop. An easy way to do this is to cover foam poster boards with wrapping paper and hang a Happy Birthday banner.
Second Freebie: Happy Birthday Banner and Food Labels – page 1 and page 2.
Next up is setting the scene with some props like this cardboard doghouse and a puppy piñata. The doghouse is quite large so you probably want it either on the floor beside the main table or on a smaller table beside the main party food table.
For the DIY creative types, a fun project is this fire hydrant. It’s a great prop for a photo booth area for the kids!
Also for the DIY types, grab a marker and you can turn green paper lanterns into oversized tennis balls!
To set the scene for the eating area, check out this selection of puppy paw-ty plates and don’t miss the fire hydrant cups!
Puppy Party Food
Some easy & cute food ideas that kids will love are:
- popcorn labeled as “pup-corn”
- potato chips labeled as “paw-tato chips”
- Bits & Bites labeled as “Kibbles & Bits”
- pepperoni sticks labeled as “pup-peroni sticks”
- pepperoni pizza labeled as “pup-peroni pizza”
- hot dog buffet with a variety of toppings
- corn dogs
- meat tray with beef jerky and bacon strips
- pizza bread sticks labeled as “fetch sticks”
- serve plain old water in a fire hydrant sipper cup
For party treats, creative ideas include:
- licorice labeled as “chew sticks
- round chocolate candies like Whoppers labeled as “Puppy Chow”
- chocolate coconut macaroons labeled as “Scoop a Poop” (because kids love poop jokes!)
- puppy shaped cake pops
- truffles coated in green candy melts and labeled as “tennis balls”
- Pop Tarts labeled as “pup-tarts”
- blue JELLO in small dishes labeled as “water bowls”
- cupcakes labled as “pup-cakes”
Puppy Cupcakes (pup-cakes) are super easy to make. Simply top each iced cupcake with one Oreo cookie then three chocolate chips around the top to look like a puppy paw print.
If you’d rather serve cake, one large round plain chocolate cake with three or four cupcakes around the top could also be set out to look like a paw print.
Puppy Party Activities
Show Dog Training: Kids can design their own bedazzled collars for a show dog competition where they can participate in puppy-friendly challenges like racing around safety cones, walking across beams, jumping over platforms, relay races with teammates, etc.
Fetch: A simple game of catch with a variety of balls and Frisbees for the kids to play with.
Sniff Test: Blindfold the party guests and have them smell different scratch ‘n sniff stickers to guess their scents.
Digging For Bones: Hide a few toy bones in a sandbox and award a prize to the kids once they’ve found them all.
Firehouse Photo Booth: Use this cardboard fire truck prop and these Dalmatian ears to create a party photo booth area. A sweet idea is to use these pictures as thank you cards after the party.