Hilary wanted some theme suggestions for her son's birthday, and after tossing a few around, we landed on a puppy party due to his love of dogs. Here are a few fun ways to make this party a success for kids... and keep in mind that some of these ideas could also be used to throw a birthday party for your dog too! (something I was hoping to do for our own pup this year, but unfortunately her birthday got trumped by new motherhood).
Theme: A Puppy Party
colors: brown & pale blue, with red accents
decorations: decorate tables with bones & dog toys. hang colored balloons from plush dogs and small fire hydrants. create paper paw prints in a variety of sizes and run them up to the front door and along the walls.
food: serve snacks in dog dishes and use cookie cutters to create mini sandwiches in bone shapes. for dessert, offer a 'treat' bar with puppy cupcakes, dog bone shaped cookies and a variety of candy or snacks in jars labeled with silly dog treat names. or consider a 'dog dish sundae' bar where guests create their own ice cream sundae in a dog dish with the toppings as the 'treats'.
favors: create felt puppy ears and tails for each of the kids to wear during the party and take home, and design ribbon collars with name tags for each guest.
activities: hire a face-painter that can do puppy faces. for older kids and parents, have a 'kibble' eating contest by trying to eat a bowl of cocoa puffs with their hands behind their back.
Row 1: puppy invite via tiny prints; cupcakes via parents and hello cupcake; cookies via jessica kettle
Row 3: plush dog via amazon; hydrant via flickr; dog tags via martha stewart; cupcakes via save the date for cupcakes