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Kid's Homemade Dalmatian Puppy Birthday Party: Make Your Own and Save Money!

Updated on January 4, 2012

Make Your Own Dog-Themed Birthday Party and Save Money!

One of the most successful birthday parties I ever organized for my kids was also one of the cheapest: a Dalmatian puppy party. Everything, including the party favors, was homemade, but I heard from parents for weeks how their kids had loved it, and kept on wearing the favors, and didn't want to wash off their makeup!

Kids #1 and #2 have birthdays six weeks apart, so this was a joint 7th and 5th birthday party, with friends from all age groups. I was astonished that they agreed so easily on a Dalmatian puppy theme!

(PS: The 7-year-old girl is now RatopianGirl on Squidoo!)

All photos © tandemonimom. All rights reserved.

Party Favor: Dalmatian T-Shirt

Prepainted t-shirts were the main party favor.

The day before the party, I painted Dalmatian shirts for the guests. The t-shirts were probably the largest expense for this party, but from a Dollar Store/Big Lots you can still get away pretty cheap. Look for boys' shirts which come in packs and are cheaper than what you'll find in the girls' department.

I cut a couple of random splodge shapes out of cardboard to use as a stencil and painted the large black shapes with spray-on fabric paint. The smaller flecks were from shaking the excess paint on the cardboard onto the t-shirts. You could also use a black fabric marker and make each dot individually. It would save money but cost time; on the other hand it wouldn't have to dry 24 hours before wearing!

Party Makeup: Dalmatian Puppy Faces

Painting puppy faces is quick and easy and the kids are thrilled!

As the kids entered, each got a black patch on the eye, a black nose, and whisker "freckles." This was not an expense, as we had plenty of face paint on hand. Eyeliner pencil is good for making the freckles.

These puppies are slightly smudged from romping so hard.

Dalmatian Puppy Makeup Supplies - There are all sorts of face paints to choose from, crayons to creams.

Party Favor: Dog Collars

They adored making their own name necklaces!

As soon as each child had a t-shirt and a puppy face, they went to the craft table to make their own dog collars. Most everyone spelled their own name, with more beads for decoration. Again, we had plenty of beading supplies on hand, so this was not an added expense.

I put the beads into cheap plastic dog food dishes (a dollar each, I think). I used the dishes afterward for other crafts with my kids and to hold paint.

Dalmatian Dog Collar Supplies - Most bead kits come with string and clasps.

1. Measure the cord around the child's neck and add about three inches for knots and comfort room.

2. Tie a large bead into a knot at one end; this is the anchor bead.

3. String the beads on the necklace.

4. Tie a loose knot at the other end, just big enough to fit tightly around the anchor bead.

5. Voila! A personalized doggie collar.

Dalmatian Puppy Party Games

These are all just old party games with a doggie twist to them.

BURY THE BONE

This is a doggie version of Over-Under. Use two real doggie chew toys, or make them out of a paper towel tube and papier mache, or twist up a newspaper into a roll, tape with masking tape, and paint it white.

1. Divide the children into two teams.

2. The first child in each row is given the bone.

3. The first child passes the bone backward over his head to the second child.

4. The second child passes the bone backward between her legs to the third child.

5. The bone is passed this way, over and under, to the end of the line.

6. If the bone is dropped, it must go back to the head of the line and start over.

7. The first team to get the bone "buried" at the end of the line wins.

DIZZY DALMATIONS

This should be done outdoors or in a big room where there is lots of room and no furniture to crash into.

1. Divide the children into two teams.

2. Have two baseball bats or similar-sized short props.

3. The first child in each team holds the bat upright on the floor, puts her forehead on the bat, and spins in a circle 3 to 5 times (depending on the ages at your party).

4. The child then stands up and must run and cross a finish line (determine how far to run based on age, again).

5. When the first child crosses the line, the second child spins and runs.

6. The first team to have everyone cross the line wins.

RED ROVER

This one seems obvious for a doggie party!

1. Divide the children into two teams.

2. The two teams line up facing each other, with hands joined.

3. One team chooses a person from the other team (we'll call her Sally) and calls, "Red Rover, Red Rover, let Sally come over!"

4. Sally then runs toward the calling team. She tries to break through the line by breaking apart two teammates hands as she runs through them.

5. If Sally cannot break through the hands, she joins the calling team.

6. If Sally breask through the hands, she chooses on member of the calling team to go back to her team.

7. Play alternates with each team calling someone from the other team.

8. The winning team is the one with all the players at the end!

OTHER GAMES

Think up other traditional party games where you can put a doggie twist on it. Play leap frog, but call it Doggie Doors. Instead of pin the tail on the doggie, play Pin the Nose on the Dalmatian. Have wheelbarrow races and call it Walking the Dog. You get the idea!

Dalmatian Game Prize Supplies - Use pet toys for game prizes.

I went to Walmart and the pet store and looked around at the pet toys. Dog toys are big and expensive. Cat toys, or even better, hamster toys, are small and cute. You can find balls with jingle bells, tiny plush mice, crinkly balls, squeaky toys, and all sorts of things that come in packages of 3 or 4 or 6 items, and are very cheap - and cute! You could also look for packages of tiny puppies for prizes, or go to your local secondhand store and check for small toys there; there are usually plenty in very good shape. Fill a bowl with the prizes, and let the game winners pick first. Make sure everyone gets at least one prize. Alternatively, use the tiny toys to fill a puppy pinata.

Dalmatian Party Cake

Don't be shy; this is a truly simple cake to decorate!

I always decorate my kids' cakes, and I always take a picture of the cake. But I don't have a picture of this cake! Oh well. A dalmatian cake is not hard: bake your favorite birthday cake (chocolate will look best for the black-and-white effect) and ice it with plain white frosting. Make spots in any of several ways:

~~ scatter chocolate sprinkles randomly over the cake, or heavily in smaller spots

~~ press chocolate chips point side first into the icing

~~ use chocolate icing to draw spots on the white icing

Other Party Supplies - Plates, cups, balloons, etc.

Sure, you can spend extra to get plates and napkins preprinted with puppies on them, but I think it is not only cheaper, but much cuter, to make do with black and white! Solid colors are almost always cheaper, and usually easier to find than a specific print to go with your party theme. (But I gotta admit, these paw print balloons would have tempted me!)

Our next-door neighbor holding my #3 kiddo. You can see he enjoyed his chocolate cake!

Tiny Puppies - Great party favors or game prizes!

Adopt a Puppy Figures (Series 1) - Set of 14 Vending Machine Toys
Adopt a Puppy Figures (Series 1) - Set of 14 Vending Machine Toys

These 14 adorable puppies were made for .75 cent vending machines. Each puppy is approx. 1.25 long and .75 inches tall. They are small but detailed and very cute. These would make great party favors, goodie bags or cake toppers. Please note: Choking Hazard.

 

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    • patriciapeppy profile image

      patriciapeppy 5 years ago

      cute lens wish I had some different ideas for birthday parties when my kids were little

    • Ann Hinds profile image

      Ann Hinds 5 years ago from So Cal

      Very cute idea for a party. Didn't realize there were so many things you could do.

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      Karnel 5 years ago from Lower Mainland of BC

      What a great idea, thanks for sharing

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      Margaret Schaut 5 years ago from Detroit

      Very cute idea! What kid doesn't love a great dog, and the kids are fun!

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      Deb Kingsbury 5 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Very creative. The kids look like they're having a blast!

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      Heather Burns 5 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      So cute! you are so clever to make all the Dalmatian stuff!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Rfff! I love it! This looks like a fun way to celebrate.

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      Ann 5 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      what a wonderful idea. thanks for sharing it.

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      what a fun party idea for kids!

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Very cool idea for a party and really quite simple too, but very effective, and what kid doesn't love dressing up as a puppy.

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      tandemonimom lm 7 years ago

      @TreasuresBrenda: It fixed itself, thank goodness!

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      Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

      Carma, looks like a great party! You might want to check out the Hanes t-shirt though...

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      super ideas for a doggie party! i love it! frostedevents.com

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      AlisonMeacham 8 years ago

      That looks like such a great party!

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      ctavias0ffering1 8 years ago

      Wonderful idea for a party. 5* and a blessing for your hard work.

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      thepartyanimal2 8 years ago

      This is AWESOME - I absolutely love it - great job and so creative!!!!

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      Mihaela Vrban 8 years ago from Croatia

      Fantastic! Did you know that Dalmatians originated from Croatia? I'm off to tweet this from my 'Interesting facts about Croatia' TWTTRSTORM! Thanks for reminder!

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      Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

      What great ideas! Looks like a good time was had by all!