When a family adopts a dog and there’s a kids’ birthday party to plan shortly after, you can guess what happens next… a puppy theme birthday party! This party was planned by Holly of While I’m Waiting for her 5-year-old dog-loving daughter, Hope. Hope’s one wish was for their new dog, Maggie, to attend her birthday party, which was held at a pottery studio. Maggie did get to come to the party and Hope and her friends had a great time. The best part: instead of birthday gifts, Hope collected donations for the local animal shelter!

Cute puppy birthday party with free printables

The party was held at U Paint It, a local paint-your-own pottery studio. The staff at the studio made Hope a special birthday sign.

Cute puppy birthday party with free printables

Hope and her family adopted a dog, Maggie, earlier this summer. Maggie was allowed to come to the puppy party!

Cute puppy birthday party with free printables

A lot of the decorations from the party came from Dollar Tree. Holly made the paw print tags herself using clip art.

Cute puppy birthday party with free printables Cute puppy birthday party with free printables

The “dog biscuits” are Scooby Doo Graham Cracker Sticks, though the kids weren’t convinced they weren’t actually dog bones!

Cute puppy birthday party with free printables Cute puppy birthday party with free printables

The “Kibbles and Bits” are Chex Mix with M&M’s added. It was a huge hit with the kids!

Cute puppy birthday party with free printables

Tennis balls and rawhides from PetSmart made for easy decorations (and could be donated to the shelter later).

Cute puppy birthday party with free printables Cute puppy birthday party with free printables

Since the party was at a pottery studio, of course there had to be a painting project! The girls each picked out a dog to paint – there were lots of breeds to choose from.

Cute puppy birthday party with free printables Cute puppy birthday party with free printables Cute puppy birthday party with free printables

After painting their ceramic puppies, the girls “adopted” stuffed animals. All of the puppies were different! They filled out free printable certificates of adoption with their new toys’ names. The dogs went home in fabric “doggie bags.”

Cute puppy birthday party with free printables Cute puppy birthday party with free printables

I love this! In lieu of birthday gifts, Holly and Hope collected food and toys for their local animal shelter (the Aggieland Humane Society). Maggie the dog was very interested in the donations. : )

Cute puppy birthday party with free printables Cute puppy birthday party with free printables Cute puppy birthday party with free printables

Thank you so much for sharing, Holly! Happy birthday to Hope!

Party Credits

Adoption certificates: Chickabug
Stuffed puppies to adopt: Aurora brand bought from Stuffed Safari
Hope’s puppy birthday shirt:  Justice
Dog bowls and cupcake dog toys: Dollar Tree
Tennis balls and bones:  PetSmart


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  1. 1
    Wednesday, September 16th, 2015 at 1:50 pm
    Holly @ While I'm Waiting says:
    Thank you SO much for featuring Hope's PAW-ty! :) It was so easy and fun to plan and your adoption certificates were the icing on the cake! Thanks again!