Written exclusively for
by Mary Ann Ross
May 18, 2006
Dog Cake made from Animal Crackers Cake Pan
(refer to end of this party plan for directions)
Since many suburban kids have everything they
need and more, think about having a birthday
celebration to help the local animal shelter.
Older children, with your guidance, will have so
much fun planning a "Fido" or "Rover" birthday party…
along with the gaining the experience of helping
the less fortunate animals that are living at the Pound.
While family pets won't understand the festivities,
they will certainly enjoy all the attention being shown to them.
Let the kids throw a Birthday Party for the family dog to benefit your local community Animal Shelter...
Littlest Pet Shoppe Cake Toppers
Re-usable durable hard plastic toys that you simply arrange on top of a frosted cake
Make your own using colored construction paper and cut in the shape of a dog bone or a dog house. (If you feel very creative, add an additional piece of construction paper in the shape of the roof to add to the dog house so that when lifted, it would contain all of the party details (date, time, location, the birthday child's name, etc.)
Ask for Guests to Help the Animal Shelter
Ask guests to bring an item(s) to the party that will be donated to the local Pound.
Gift ideas include gently used sheets and bath towels (great bedding), dog bones, canned dog food, dried dog food, dog cookies and treats.
Your backyard is the best place... but a park or any outdoor location that allows dogs and children work great (be sure to check city laws for public locations prior to the party)
Hot dogs are perfect, easy and inexpensive and dogs love them, too. For humans, add chips, dips, condiments, buns and beverages to complete the meal.
To serve foods buffet style, the party theme will be carried out by placing foods in 'new' plastic pet dishes. If money is not
To Serve Guests, purchase 'new' plastic unbreakable pet dishes
from a discount store and paint the name of a guest on eacg bowl as a party favor to take home. Paper plates work great, too.
Other Recipes for Dogs AND Humans,
Birthday Cake for "Humans"
Instead of a birthday cake, think about birthday cupcakes... soooo much easier to transport and serve. Add and decorate ice cream, too. There are many items available to create Puppy cupcakes, some of which are also inexpensive party favors. (photos are shown at the end of this article)
Birthday Cake for the "Dogs"
Cake is not good for our pets but with a little extra effort, you can make a Doggie Cake just for them. Using canned dog food, spead it out in a cake pan and top with a Milk Bone (pet section of the grocery store) for decoration.
Ice Cream Cups (optional)
Ahead of time, place a scoop of ice cream into a paper cupcake liner, place them all on a cookie sheet and put into your freezer for at least several hours to harden. Set out little dishes of decorations for kids to decorate their ice cream cup.
Doggie Cookies for "Dogs"
Recipe and Directions at
Doggie Cookies for "Humans"
Using a puppy or dog bone shaped cookie cutter (prepared cookie dough or your own recipe) makes the perfect theme cookies. (photos are shown at the end of this article)
Time to Eat
Showing videos, especially for smaller children, is a great way to have them sit still and eat... show films such as 101 Dalmatians, Clifford, Lassie, Blue's Clues, etc. A great quiet time, too, for adults to eat peacefully while the movie is on!
Provide brown or colored lunch bags that (ahead of time) you've written on each, "DOGGIE BAG" along with crayons, markers, etc. for each child to decorate their own special bag to take home treats and/or party favors.
Party Favor and/or Activity
Dog Collars and Tags
Either make these ahead of the party or, if the guests are older, provide the materials to make their own. Provide colored pieces of felt in the shape of a dog collar, construcion paper and ribbon for doggie tags (adult guidance) plus glue and trinkets, glitter, etc. for added decorations.
OR... provide Cheerios and Fruit Loop cereals in doggie bowls and string from a craft store letting each child make their own edible dog collar. (IMPORTANT NOTE: This is not a good activity for toddlers and small children because of the string or cereal that they may put in their mouths).
Provide face paints.
Purchase them from a craft store or make-your-own with one of these recipes:
Finger Paint Pudding
(starting out with clean hands is a good idea!)
Ahead of time, simply mix instant pudding, add food coloring and place approximately one-quarter cup of each color on Styrofoam meat trays.
Ahead of time, in a small bowl, mix dry gelatin with hot water 1 teaspoon at a time until a paste is formed. This will be grainy. By adding more or less water, you can make it the consistency you want it to be and place approximately one-quarter cup of each color on Styrofoam meat trays.
HOW to Paint Faces
For toddlers and small children, paint their faces for them. Older children can paint each other's faces. Ideas include painting the nose red, adding black lines for whiskers and blue (where you would apply Rouge) on the cheeks.
On individual slips of paper, Write one dog trick (roll over, sit, play dead, speak, eat, bark, etc.). Fold each slip of paper in half and place inside a plastic dog dish. The game is played by one guest acting out the dog trick and all the other guests trying to guess what the trick is.
Musical Paw Prints
Prior to the party, cut out individual paw-shape from cardboard or heavy cardstock -- make them quite large -- place in a circle and play just like Musical Chairs. To start, set out one LESS paw print than the number of guests so that when the music starts, one child will not have a paw print to sit on... continue removing one paw print each time the music stops until there is only one guest left who is then the winner.
For toddlers that don't understand being taken out of a game, provide enough paw prints for the total number of children, play music and they all dance about, stop the music and they all sit on a paw print. No winners, no prizes, just a lot of fun which toddlers enjoy the best.
Party Supplies and Cake Decorations Available:
Puppy Party Supplies
Dog Bone Shaped
Candy Confetti Sprinkles
Dog Bone Plastic Re-Usable Cookie Cutter
Puppy Plastic Re-Usable Cookie Cutter
Clifford Plastic Rings
Clifford Plastic Cake Pics
Dalmatian Hard Sugar Decorations
Scooby Doo Hard Sugar Decorations http://thepartyworks.com/product_info.php/products_id/1924
Blues Clues Plastic Rings
Dalmatian Plastic Rings
Blues Clues Cake Pics
Puppy Jumbo Mylar Balloon
Paw Prints Latex Balloons
Add to cakes, cupcakes, brownies, ice cream,
Rice Krispies Treats, Jell-O and more to create
the perfect puppy dog party.
Edible Cake Art Image
Made of Sugar - EASY to use!
Simply lay on the top of a smoothly frosted cake
Puppy Dogs Cake Pics
9 Pics - PLUS FREE Decorative Candy Sprinkles
Insert on tops Cakes & Cupcakes and Use as Party Favors
Dog Bone Sugar Shapes
Made of Sugar
Tint to match party colors
1-3/4 Inches Each
Simply Lay On a Cake, Cupcake or any dessert using a dab of frosting!http://thepartyworks.com/product_info.php/products_id/7031
Animal Crackers Cake Pan
Re-usable to create a variety of animals
Friendly Fido Dog Cake
Made using the Animal Crackers Shaped Reusable Cake Pan
Seeing Spots Dog Cake
Made using a Lady Bug Shaped Reusable Cake Pan
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