This year was a little tricky coming up with a theme for the kids joint birthday party. They are getting older now and I don't know how many more years we'll be able to do one party for the both of them. We looked through party catalogs and the kids were not excited about many of the options for gender neutral themes. Pirates/Princesses? No, A didn't want to be a princess. Mustache party? No, they thought that was kind of silly. ('Why would a kid have a mustache party Mom?') Yeah, I didn't know the answer to that either.
I tossed out the idea of having a dog themed party, I thought A might be too old for that at 9 years old but she was all for it. G didn't seem to mind so the Puppy party got it's start in my planning. I love planning their party, thinking of the details that will make them smile and bring back good memories when they think of it in years to come. I started pinning ideas on Pintrest and found so many fun things to do. Some of the ideas came for people who were throwing their dog a birthday party instead of kids having a dog themed party.
There were a lot of different dog party supply options but I wanted one that was multi-colored. After A and I found some in at a party store called, 'Paw-ty Time' I used them to make the invitation.
Decorations: So with the primary colors it was really easy to mix and match party supplies that I already had with a few of the 'Paw-ty' extras. I generally try to do parties very economically so I got some of the puppy plates
and adorable paw print napkins, but I couldn't pass up the matching fire hydrant
Then after that I just used primary colored supplies and printed out paw prints to use as confetti on the tables.
Food: The was a lot of fun and everyone thought it was funny. We had a bunch of pretzel rod 'Fetch Sticks' for them to enjoy...
I also made some cupcakes and used some of the paw prints for toppers. It's hard to see from the picture, but on a few of them I used a paw print stencil (made just by cutting out the insides from the paw print confetti) and sprinkled colored sugar on the icing. Those turned out great and I would have done more of them but I was running out of time.
The cake: was pretty easy compared to previous years. I saw a dog paw
shaped design that someone else had done online and thought that would
be a piece of cake! I just made a 8" round cake and four little round cakes (with a small white Corningware dish)
and frosted with chocolate icing. The example had colored frosting
balls around the edges, but I did mine with gumballs and that was the
kids favorite part. A had looked through the party catalogs she'd
seen the 'candy bars' since they are popular at weddings and parties
now. She said she wanted just a whole jar of gumballs at our party. So
when she saw the cake she was so excited. I thought I was going to have to spend a bunch to get colored gumballs but then I found the 'movie box candy' of colored gumballs at Walmart and got three boxes for $3.
The Games: For games I put Kevin in charge of coming up with some things for the kids to do outside that would burn off some energy. He put together a doggie obstacle course. The kids had to jump through a ring, run through some cones, escape a dog catcher, and catch a frisbee (not in their teeth, ha).
Gifts: Then it was time for the presents....or to pack the presents that is! We love participating in Operation Christmas Child and instead of bringing birthday gifts for the kids we asked the guests to bring items we could use to pack boxes for children around the world. It's our 4th year doing it and we got some great feedback from some of the other parents saying how glad they were that we included them and gave them a chance to participate. Hubby explained to the kids what we were doing and we watched a short video to show them how to pack a box and where it was going to.