Coolest Kid Birthday Parties

Puppy Dog Slumber 5th Birthday Party

by Valerie M.
(Montgomery, IL, US)

Puppy Dog Slumber Party Cookie Favors

Puppy Dog Slumber Party Cookie Favors

My daughter wanted a Puppy Dog party for her 5th birthday. She also loves movies so I expanded. We had the party on a Saturday evening at 5pm knowing that the first hour and a half was going to be party events and the last hour and a half we'd be watching movies. We had a very limited budget so I tried to get creative.

Invitations: I made the party invites with cardstock and felt. The felt represented a blanket. I glued the cardstock to the felt after printing and folding it. The cover had a sleeping puppy on it with the party details inside. I didn't want to use envelopes so I found some of the sticky stuff you see all over the junk you get in the mail. It worked great because it sticks and re-sticks.

Food: We started the evening with a light dinner of PB&J, chips and juice boxes. Most of the kids were too excited to sit and eat.

Games/Activities: I really wanted to keep the kids occupied so we had quite a bit scheduled. I put together an agenda for myself to make sure we stays on schedule.

We started with 'Toss the Bed Bug'. I made bed bug bean bags with some leftover fabric, beans, and ribbon. The ribbon was the legs and I glued googly eyes on them. The kids tossed the bugs into my daughter's baby doll crib. As they got all the bugs into the bed they were able to pick a pet to adopt. I found beanie baby size animals in the dollar section of Target.

The kids then took their animals through a series of stations to complete their adoption. The stations include a vet check, a grooming stop and finally they filled out their adoption card. Little brother got to use his doctor dress up to be the vet to sign off on a clean bill of health.

The grooming station was equipped with brushes and a play blow dryer. Then the kids got to pick a ribbon to put on the pets neck. The adoption certificates I made with cardstock on the computer. They were half page size. The kids wrote in their name, the type of animal they adopted and the pet's name. Then I stamped it with a large paw print.

Next they played a hot potato game. The potato was a pair of new slippers the winner got to keep. As the kids were eliminated from the game they were directed to pick out a bed for their pet. They took their bed to the tables to decorate it with markers and stickers. I made the beds out of kid size shoe boxes. Most shoe stores will give you empty shoe boxes. I wrapped the box in white paper. Then I used different colored felt to line the bottom of the box. I cut small squares to glue together and stuffed to make a pillow.

Cake: I tried to make a dog bone shaped cake but I couldn't get the mold I had to work. So I made cupcakes instead. I arranged them into a square with most of them blue with one row of white at an end. Then I used a toy dog at the top to make it look like the dog was in a bed.

Party favor: They obviously got to take home their pet and bed. I also made graham cracker cookies. I used two squares of cracker and sandwiched them with frosting. Then I put a strip of white frosting on the top to represent a pillow. I placed a Teddy Graham to lay on the pillow. Then put a layer of colored frosting over the cookie and bottom half of the bear to look like a blanket. I put them in a celo bag for the kids to take home.

Presents: My daughter has Down Syndrome and isn't that great at ripping paper so I let the kids sit with her and help as they opened their gift. This also made is more special for the kids.

Finally: We watched one of my daughter's favorite movies "Over the Hedge". I had a bunch of small blankets laying out so the kids could cuddle up on the couches and chairs. I also had individual popcorn cups filled. I got the cardboard cups at a party store.

The kids had a blast and I wore them out enough that they all sat through at least an hour of the movie!

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