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A Dog Party in Se7en Steps…

August 27th, 2009 · 7 Comments

Today we were celebrating National Dog Day (U.S.A.) and it reminded me of a dog party we had a couple of years ago and I thought I would do a quick post on it. Of course our internet has been down all day and I cannot upload/download anything – so here is to posting blind so to speak… to get you going you are going to need a couple of dogs. Since this is as close as our kids are getting to pets I will have to have these tail wagging bouncy creatures instead of the real thing.


Now following the outline of se7en steps to a great party on our practical party page lets get going (If you need details on how to do something then follow the link for that particular step):

Step 1: Invitation: I love personalized invitations. We printed a dog kennel coloring page, and popped our eager dog boy inside… with the party details.


Step 2: Party Starter: Well every arrival received a set of whiskers.


And we read Go Dog Go… a number of times until everyone had arrived. Some books you can do that!!!


Step 3: Party Games: There are so many party games!

  • Give all your dogs bandana tails and set them off on a game of tail tag. I wild game of catching each others tails.
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  • You can train your puppies to: sit, roll over, heel, lie down… the list is endless and most puppies are very co-operative!
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  • Or for the less energetic (!) you can open a dog parlor: with brushes and powder and towels and so on… we did this today and it kept my little kids happy for hours!

Step 4: Party Craft:


  • We made dog kennels from party boxes – we just cut an opening at one end and painted our kennels with paints and dashed glitter and stickers on them once the paint was dry – super easy!
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  • Else you could make Go Dog Go hats…
  • Or have a browse through all the crafts I listed in our calendar post, just scroll down to National Dog Day (U.S.A.).

Step 5: Party Pinata: Now I remember this was a last minute flung together party (whoever has time for more!!!). So his pinata was of the gift bag variety… a gift bag with dog stickers all over it. Of course you could make a regular pinata and decorate it with a dog face at the end… follow the link to pinata instructions.


We packed our pinata with dog notebooks, post-it-notes, stickers, pencils and whistles… easy enough to find all of those!

Step 6: Party Food:


We served Hot Dogs of course – so easy!


And for the cake a regular sponge cake, green icing with a dog on each one that they could put into their kennels.

Step 7: Treasure Hunt: Was of the mad dash variety… I bought some colorful dog biscuits and once they had filled the dog bowl with biscuits they got their reward… a frisbee of course!


That’s it – quick and easy… Have Fun!

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jess // Aug 27, 2009 at 7:41 am

    Sounds fantastic!! Except for the kids putting biscuits in dog bowels at the end. That’s just eww.


  • 2 se7en // Aug 27, 2009 at 7:57 am

    Hi J, Don’t you know kids love ewwww!!!! Actually they were totally dry and crispy and we gave them to a friend with pets afterwards and the dog recipient was totally thrilled. Have a good day! Nice to hear from you!!!

  • 3 S // Aug 27, 2009 at 9:34 am

    As a regular reader of your blog, I know two things about your family!!! You obviously like travelling and no. 2 that the father person is diabetic. So in this vein, I thought of Se7en when I read an article in the Daily News the other night (25 Aug) and thought you may be interested in looking at the websites mentioned int it. The article was about a former Durbanite now living in Cape Town who is embarking on a nine-month round-the-world trip with her partner travelling through 4 continents and returning to SA in time for the 2010 world cup. She is a type 1 diabetic and is determined to prove that diabetes should be no reason not to live your dream, as long as your sugar is in control. They have partnered with Just the Planet (an online travel magazine). and

  • 4 se7en // Aug 27, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Thanks S, it sounds like fun – wish it were us!!! Have a good weekend!

  • 5 Stephanie // Aug 27, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Sooooo cute!
    As soon as I read “dog party” I thought of Go Dog, Go. 🙂

    It looks super fun!!

  • 6 se7en // Aug 27, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    Hi S, So good to have you stop by!!! Glad you liked the dog party… we had three parties this past weekend, none of them dog parties, but that’s blogging!!! You guys look like you are having a fabulous and endless summer!!! Hope you all have a great weekend!

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