So, here ya' go!
The party was held at a local pet store--Angel's Pet World--that we frequent and that coordinates with Coco's Heart for adoptions events and many other activities! We had the entire multipurpose play area to use for the party, an incredibly helpful staff at Angel's, and a couple of amazing volunteers from Coco's, along with not one but TWO ADORABLE cuddly, darling little rescue puppies, ready for adoption, and complete with puppy breath!!!! This may have been Katie's birthday party, but the adoptable puppies, Donna and Rico, totally stole hearts!!
|Donna (left) is a black and white fluffy puppy is snuggling with|
Rico (right) a tan and white puppy.
|Puppy Adoption Center: green grass play yard with white picket fence|
and 16 stuffed animal puppies of all different breeds waiting to find
their forever home.
The Adoption Center was super simple! The "grass" is two green outdoor rugs from the Dollar Tree, found in their household section. The fencing is also from Dollar Tree (available seasonally). The fencing is intended as garden border so I used an XActo knife and cut the fence "posts" even with the rest of the fence. Perfect! The puppies were purchased from Amazon and are a variety of puppy breeds of Webkinz Lilkinz. The kids gravitated toward them right away and several were already hoping for a specific puppy! Thankfully, everyone got "the" pup they were hoping for!
|Adoption Table: Adoption Certificates, Dog Leashes in a variety of bright colors,|
matching Dog Collars, Puppy "Vitamins" in small containers (gummy bears), and "Dog Houses"
(gable boxes) the kids would decorate to take their things home in.
The adoption certificates my husband and I designed in Pages on my computer. I added a couple of paw print images to the certificate before printing and they were ready to go! The leashes and collars I made with a regular fabric ribbon (I purchased a bulk set for bow-making on Amazon). I found these awesome Avery labels with the metal ring and the inside of the circle label is white cardboard so the kids could design their name tag as they chose! My sewing machine is currently out of commission so I had to test run some fabric adhesives and see what worked (or in this case, didn't lol). It ended up that E6000 worked (which is great because I had some in my craft closet and I had NO clue what else to try!). I found the little lobster clasp things for the leashes on Amazon as well. I basically just slid the name tag onto the ribbon and glued it at the size I wanted it to be. I held the glued area for about 30 seconds and then laid them all out to dry. Same with the leashes, I chose a length, cut them, chose a size for the handle and simply made the circle handle and glued the ribbon. The claps were a little different in that I wanted a clean end so I folded them over the ring of the clasp, glued, and then folded and glued again so that it would look a little more finished. E6000 glue saved the day!
|The kids' "work table" where they decorated their houses with markers, stickers, and paw prints. |
Serious work took place here!
|Coco's Heart Dog Rescue t-shirts for the kids--Katie gave each guest a shirt when they arrived|
and they all wore them throughout the party!
|Scavenger Hunt cards for the black team (left) and red team (right).|
We gave them the same clues just in reverse order so that they wouldn't be
on the same path at all times.
To wind things down the kids had cake or cupcakes and ice cream, sang Happy Birthday to the Birthday Girl, played with the canine stars of the show, Donna and Rico, and played a game of "Life: Dog's Edition". Even the adults who stayed for the party got in some great cuddle time with these adorable puppies!
|Sign on the game of Life table: the frame is black, says "woof" and has a|
silver dog bone on it and inside the sign says "A Dog's: the Game of LIFE"
|The game of Life: Dog's Edition set up and ready to play--cars with a |
cardboard picture of a dog inserted are ready to go!
|Dog bone shaped cake with tan icing and won paw prints on the top|
and bones on the sides. "Dog food bowl" cupcakes
with red liners and Coco Puff "dog food.
|"Doggy Doo" treat bags: paper bags with pow prints drawn on them.|
Inside is Buncha Crunch candy and the bags say "Doggy Doo"
|Katie holding adoptable puppy, Donna, in front of the treat table|
and "Happy Birthday" sign
|Name logo: "Nicole"|