A few weeks ago we had my daughter’s 7th birthday party! Time seriously needs to stop! She chose to have a puppy and kitty party! It was a perfect choice for her. She adores animals and hopes to be a vet when she grows up.
Each year for the kids’ birthday’s, we have a small party at home. The kids are allowed to invite 3 friends if they’d like, and we invite family as well. They choose the theme and then I run with it. I set my budget for each party at $50.00.
When she asked for a puppy and kitty party, I knew that I wanted to have each child adopt a pet and take it home with them as their favor. Since I knew that was going to be my biggest expense, I bought them over a few weeks from Michael’s and Hobby Lobby using coupons. I had plans to make the decorations and would need to buy just a few supplies. I was still able to purchase all of the lunch food and cake ingredients and still come in well under my $50.00 budget.
When all of the kids arrived, they each got to choose either a puppy or kitty to adopt. They were all so excited! I used the free adoption printable from the chickabug blog, and had the kids fill it out.
Next, the kids got to give their pets a bath and brush them. They were also able to give them a check up to make sure they’re nice and healthy. I printed out a vet checklist from Playdough to Plato that they could fill out.
Last, they made their new pet a collar. I had letters and colored beads, so they all chose to spell out their new friend’s name.
We had a hot dog bar for lunch to stay with our theme. I found this adorable hot dog menu at A Pair of Pears, to give guests ideas to spice up their hot dogs. We also had watermelon, The Pinoneer Woman’s baked beans and chips. All of my daughter’s favorites.
I always make their birthday cakes for them. She usually requests something crazy like a white cake with lemon curd filling and topped with whipped cream frosting and blueberries, but this year she went simple. She chose a white cake with whipped cream frosting topped with strawberries. I’ve made a ton of different white cake recipes from scratch, but this one that I found at I Am Baker, was hands down THE BEST cake I’ve made, and I don’t even really like cake!
Her party was a success. All of the kids had a great time and were so excited that they got to take their new friend home with them. My sister even sent me a picture of my nephew napping with his pet the next day.
Hopefully this gives you some ideas for a puppy & kitty party of your own. Just remember, you don’t have to spend a ton of money to make it fun for kids!