your guests to bring pictures of their dogs (if they have
them) and post them on a large sheet of posterboard you have
posted at the entrance to the party.
party food from plastic dog dishes (making sure they are new
all of your guests to arrive to the party dressed like a dog
- provide prizes for the most creative and best overall.
THROW AWAY THE PARTY DECORATIONS! - Save money and do something
your guests will LOVE! GIVE AWAY your party decorations! Use
dog posters (see below for inexpensive resources) to hang
around your party area. Allow the winners of different games
to choose which poster they'll get to walk away with at the
conclusion to the party! Combine decorations with party prizes!
small children, paint whiskers on the faces of the guests
as they arrive at the party.
great and easy dog themed cake - make a standard 9" round
(ONE layer) cake along with three small cupcakes. Frost them
all brown and arrange the cupcakes next to the round cake
in a paw print fashion! It looks great and couldn't be easier!
a quick and easy table party table cloth that also doubles
as an activity, consider rolling out a couple large pieces
of white construction paper onto your table. All white is
kind of boring, so now take a dog paw rubber stamp (visit
your local stamping store or ask around to those whom you
know are stampers) and stamp paw prints all over the top of
the paper in either a random pattern or make it look like
some dogs have run across the top of the table. This doubles
as an activity because you can also leave earth toned crayons
(browns, yellows, blacks, grays, etc.) on the table for your
guests to have fun drawing the different kinds of dogs that
might have left the tracks!
a large cardboard dog house. If you take the time to make
the house look its best, youll have a great backdrop
to sit in front of while you are sitting on the floor with
some of your younger guests. The pictures that youll
be able to take with each child around and in the dog house
will be priceless. Begin by take a large cardboard box (the
bigger the better) and spray paint it a light color (white
can be ideal as explained later.) Next cut out the door using
a carpet blade. For the roof, take two sheets of cardboard
and spray paint them red. With a black Sharpie marker and
a yardstick, draw slat lines along the two red cardboard roof
pieces in a roof fashion. These are then attached
to the top of the box in an A-frame way (duct tape on the
inside should do the trick. If youve created a play
area at your party location for smaller children, consider
creating this with TWO entrances.
all of the party information on long strips of paper and wrap
them around individual dog bone treats. Wrap a bow around
each to hold the invitation tight around the bone. These are
great for hand delivered invitations as well as mailed ones!
a few rounds of Dog bingo. This also a great game to play
throughout the evening, giving out squares as the party progresses.
You can either create your own Dogr themed bingo boards or
download them from the Internet HERE.
your invitation in dog speak. Write a lot of dog
sound words such as bark, ruff, growl, etc. Make it look like
the dog is trying to communicate something to them (even that
perhaps the dog wrote the invitation. Below this, in parenthesis,
with the details of your
around to all of your friends who have dogs and ask if you can
have a scoop of their dry dog food. The more different kinds
of dry dog food you can get, the better. Make sure that you
also get the exact name brand for each. A suggestion for organizing
this process would be to give friends a sandwich baggie to fill.
When they return it, write the brand name on a piece of paper
and place the paper inside the baggie until you are ready for
the next step. Once you feel like you have enough different
kinds of dry dog food (based on your own preferences) create
a party game sheet listing all of the different name brands
of food you collected. Create an answer sheet for yourself.
Now replace all of the name pieces of paper in the baggies with
numbers (1 through the number of bags you have), keeping track
on your answer sheet which number is aligned with which brand.
When you are ready to play the game, give each guest a copy
of the party game sheet with all of the different possible dog
food brands. Next, pass around the baggies of dog food and have
each guest try and guess which is which, write the number of
the piece of paper inside the baggie on their game sheet next
to the brand they think that baggie represents.
fun laying some wagers on which dog food a certain dog will
eat first. To do this, make sure that you have a hungry dog
(multiple dogs for this game can be a lot more fun as it adds
more variables to consider when guessing.) Place two different
small piles of dog food one foot apart from each other. Several
yards away prep the hungry pup. Each guest is to guess which
dog food the dog will eat FIRST. Once everyone lays their
wagers down, release the dog and see who wins. This can be
done as often as youd like with several different dogs
playing, trying out several different types of food.
the beginning of the party, hand each guess three small doggie
biscuits. Explain to them that they are not to use the words
YES or NO throughout the party. Instead, they are to use the
word BARK for YES and RUFF for NO. If they absentmindedly try
using YES or NO while they are chatting and the person to whom
they are speaking catches them, they must give one of their
dog biscuits to that person. If the culprit is talking to several
guests at once, then it is the first guest that notices that
gets the biscuit. At the end of the party, the guest with the
most biscuits wins!
city shelters have the equivalent of a Meet and Greet
which is basically an opportunity for folks in the community
get to come to the dog shelter and visit with the dogs - this
event is usually held outdoors and can be a lot of fun. This
can be a great place to take your visitors for a short while
to pet and meet all different types and breeds of dogs! Check
your local shelter for their dates.
a game of Simon Says, but make sure that all of the actions
are actions that a dog would do (play dead, roll over, bark
loud and soft, wag your tail, etc.)