Shindigz Summer Games: Shot Pup

Week #2 of the Shindigz Summer Games: Race to the Golden Dog Bone wrapped up earlier this morning with a fun twist on a popular Olympic event. Instead of Shot Put, Party Hosts participated in “Shot Pup”. Before you get PETA on the phone, we want to assure you that no actual puppies were used or thrown. To keep with the theme of the summer games, Party Hosts tossed Puppy Pinatas in the Shindigz lawn. The six participants took turns giving the Puppy Pinata a good toss with the longest distance winning the competition.

Shot Pup Results:
1st Place: Snoop Doggy Dawgz
2nd Place: Kick ‘em in the Shindigz
3rd Place: Hot Dawgz

This Shot Pup game is a great example of how you can create your own summer games with household items or party supplies. Watch for our Shindigz Summer Games updates as The Race for the Golden Dog Bone concludes next week with our closing ceremonies and awards.

Overall Standings after Week #2
1st Place: Kick ‘em in the Shindigz
2nd Place: Taj Mutt-hals
3rd Place: Snoop Doggy Dawgz
4th Place: Party Pooches
5th Place: Hot Dawgz
6th Place: Ankle Biters

Food and Cake Ideas for a Paw-fect Puppy Party


Paw-fect food for your Puppy Party is a snap with these food and cake ideas:

To make an extra-easy Bone Cake you will need one 9″ X 13″ cake and four large cupcakes (or bakery over-sized muffins.)  After baking and cooling the rectangular cake, cut it in half lengthwise, and discard one of the halves. Add two cupcakes to each end of the rectangle. Frost the entire cake with white or chocolate frosting.

As an alternative, bake a yummy Pupcake right in a new large metal dog dish.  Frost it with waves of chocolate frosting or Chocolate Cool Whip, and add candles to top it off!  The kids will be tickled at the sight of this simple cake!

If you are serving more people than can be accommodated by one boxed mix, we recommend that you simply bake extra cupcakes or an extra rectangular cake.  All can be frosted in matching frosting, and cut and served behind the scenes.


Your food will be paw-fect if you serve sandwiches cut into bone shapes with cookie cutters.  Bake and frost bone-shaped sugar cookies.  J-ello® Jigglers are also a perennial party favorite with young children.

Serve snacks in Plastic Dog Bowls – animal crackers, mini pretzels, M & M’s, grapes, raisins, or cheese balls.

Use Plastic Dog Bowls to serve cake and ice cream.  To make the party puppy perfect, let the kids eat the cake and ice cream without a spoon or fork…just the way their puppy pals would dig in!  Make sure you have your camera ready for this party highlight.

Serve beverages in our adorable Puppy Party beverage cups or custom stadium cups.

As the excitement is so high at children’s birthday parties, most children under the age of 10 will eat very little, and the waste can be disheartening.  Schedule your party during a time when parents will not expect that their children will eat a meal…and serve only cake, ice cream, and a few other healthy munchies such as apple wedges, pretzels, raisins, and grapes (cut in half for toddlers).

Puppy Party Birthday Party Favors for a Barking Good Time

Party-Pup-StickersEveryone loves party favors! These favors are great for a Puppy Party.

Create party favors for your Puppy Party by choosing a party favor box or bag and party favors from our party favor store. Packaged in the personalized dog bowl, create a favor pack including party pup stickers, daisy swirl lip gloss, bubbles, a beanie dog, stick on gems, and pearl beads.

You can create your own favor packs by ordering any combination of the above selection.

Other great favors are personalized items such as custom stadium cups with your party details printed on them. Also, try personalized picture frames. Take digital or Polaroid photos of guests with the Color Your Own Doghouse decoration and send them with the personalized acrylic frames.

Kids always love glow-in-the-dark necklaces, stickers, bouncy balls and coloring books.

Check out the rest of our Puppy Party TipZ!

Activities for a Puppy Birthday Party

Our personalized Color-your-own Dog House is the perfect activity center for this party.  This giant doghouse comes with a set of markers, and the kids can color and decorate the puppy’s home any way they wish!

Sew lengths of 1″ wide elastic to fit comfortably around a child’s head.  Cut floppy puppy ears from fun foam or felt and glue a pair onto each elastic band.  Next, use our Face Painting Crayons to create adorable pup faces on the children by adding black spots and whiskers and a cute red nose.

Play Puppy Hide ‘n Seek.  This classic game is still a big hit. The child who is “It” must find all the little bones (party guests) who are hiding.  “It” goes into the Dog House and counts to 20 before going in search of the bones.  The last “bone” to be discovered becomes “It.” Make the game even more fun by making the kids scamper around on all fours!

Play musical bones using the same concept as the timeless game of musical chairs…one less bone than there are children for each round.  Tape Dog Bones on the floor in a large circle that the children must walk around while the music is playing.  When the music is turned off, the children must scramble to stand on a bone.  The child without a bone to stand on must head to the doghouse, and the game continues with one less bone until there is one child remaining.  Be prepared to take some hilarious pictures as the Dog House fills to capacity!   The bones can also be hidden throughout the party site, and the kids can hunt for them as they play “T-Bone, T-Bone…Where’s Your Bone?”

Host your very own barking contest where everyone is a winner.  Each puppy gets to give her best bark, and then you can award prizes for loudest, saddest, most real, squeakiest, funniest, etc.

Play Puppy Says (Simon Says) using commands that puppies might hear at Dog Obedience School.  Puppy says, “Sit up and beg.”  Puppy says, “Roll over.”  “Scratch your ear with your hind leg.”  The last puppy to obey wins.

Engage the kids in some Freeze Dancing, played with some dog gone good music!  Burn a CD with some favorites of puppies everywhere…”Who Let the Dogs Out?,” “You Ain’t Nothin’ But a Hound Dog,” “How Much is That Doggie in the Window?,” or “B I N G O.”

We offer a wonderful Birthday Cake Piñata, and we’ve yet to find a child who doesn’t want to be showered with goodies at a party!

He’s not a puppy…but he is paw-sitively adorable.  You’ll have lots of requests for “one more turn” when you pull out our Airblown Pin the Tail on the Donkey game.

If you have extra time because the children have moved quickly through your planned activities, play Puppy, Puppy, Dog (Duck, Duck, Goose); Hot Dog (Hot Potato); or Leap Dog (Leap Frog).

Tell us your ideas for Puppy Party activities!

Decorations for a Puppy Party Birthday Party

A Puppy Party is an adorable option for animal lovers of all ages. With puppy decorations, you can’t go wrong. Your party will be a barking good time!

Outdoor decorations:

Line the walkway leading to your door with Paw Shaped Static Decals.   These look great on windows and doors also.

Our Paw Print Personalized Banner works great inside or outside…and will make the birthday child feel paw-sitively special. Our banners are printed on heavy-duty, weather-resistant vinyl and can be printed with your own customized wording.

Attach a bouquet of helium-filled balloons to a light post or mailbox so there will be no mistaking where the fun will be that day! Add a holograph star mylar balloon for an extra special touch.

Indoor Decorations:

Start your indoor decorations with the Puppy Party Kit. It includes items such as Puppy Tableware, iridescent star confetti, pearl blue balloons, pearl pink balloons, lavender curling ribbon, and a light blue tablecover. The deluxe kit also includes a personalized puppy banner, holographic star mylar balloon, lavender crepe streamers, pink crepe streamers and birthday candles.

A great decoration that doubles as a party activity is the Color-Your-Own Dog House.  This wonderful dog house does triple-duty.  It’s a great decoration, a terrific photo backdrop, and it will also serve as a great activity during the party.  Your young child will enjoy countless hours of imaginative play.

Send us a picture of the birthday girl or boy with a beloved pet or engaged in a favorite activity, and we’ll create a priceless Life-Sized Standee.  This decoration will delight the birthday child at the party and will adorn his or her bedroom for many years to come.

Table Decorations:

A well decorated table really serves to bring the whole theme together. You can decorate your Puppy Party tables using the Puppy Party Kit.

Start by covering the table with a puppy tablecover or a light blue tablecover. Over the top sprinkle iridescent star confetti. In the center, add a Dog Centerpiece. Accent your centerpiece with balloons tied to a balloon weight with curling ribbon.

Next, set each place with Puppy Tableware. Create bundles of cutlery with puppy luncheon napkins and curling ribbon.

Party favors also make great table decorations. At each place setting, add a small bottle of birthday bubbles, party pups stickers, or a beanie dog.

Check out the rest of our Puppy Party TipZ and tell us your ideas!


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