My daughter just turned 8, and this year we decided on an Adopt A Pet (Beanie Boo Cats & Dogs) theme for her birthday party. I’m not sure what was more fun, preparing for the party, or the party itself. My daughter and I spent so much quality time planning and crafting together in the months before. Be sure to watch my video compilation (above) of the party.
Beanie Boos can be expensive so I started purchasing these little kittens and puppies early, taking advantage of the 60% off coupons from Michael’s as often as possible. We picked out 6 kittens and 6 puppies and then I set out to find a fence and fake grass. Both were fairly inexpensive at Lowes. I used my Circut Expression 2 to make the “Adopt A Pet” banner and then did a little photo shoot to use as the cover of the invitations.
I wanted to plan a fun activity for the beginning of the party while the guests were arriving, so I created a super fun game of Beanie Boo Bingo. I have included the pdf below if you want to print out this game to use for your child’s party.
Once all of the girls arrived, I let them choose their pet to adopt. I was a little nervous about this part because each animal was different and I wasn’t sure if the girls would get their hearts set on one and be disappointed. I asked them to think about 2 or 3 that they would love to adopt and then said we would draw numbers to see what order they would choose. We let the birthday girl have the first choice and then went from there. Thankfully it all worked out and everyone was happy with their pet.
The girls got to sign an adoption certificate to make it official.
Here is the link for you to use. pet adoption certificate pdf
I purchased a dozen white gable boxes from Hobby Lobby to use as pet houses, cut a hole in each for a door, and the girls got to decorate a house for their pet. This was such a fun activity and I love watching all of their creativity as they designed a sweet little space for their pet to live in.
I set up another station for the girls to make a collar for their pet using pipe cleaners and beads. These Dollar Tree veggie trays were perfect for holding craft supplies. I have used them over and over for several projects and they have held up really well.
I also made leashes and blankets for each of the pets. I found the paw print ribbon and gold rings and clips at Michael’s. One spool of ribbon made 12 leashes. 1 yard of paw print fabric, 1/2 yard of puppy fabric, and 1/2 yard of kitty fabric made 12 small blankets about the size of a baby burp cloth.
We played a couple of fun games. “Give The Dog A Bone” and “Pin The Tail On The Kitty.” I used poster boards to draw a Kitten and Puppy. Then I made three bone shaped bean bags, mounted the puppy on one of our corn hole pieces and cut a hole for the bean bags. These old fashioned party games were so much fun!
I kept the food pretty simple because we also had hot dogs and fruit for dinner. I collected yogurt cups in the months leading up to the party, then used a sharpie to draw a “fish” on half of them and a “bone” on the other half. I filled the cat dishes with Goldfish Crackers and the dog dishes with Scooby Doo bone shaped graham crackers. I covered two pieces of styrofoam with pink wrapping paper to display them on. The Dollar Tree was a goldmine for decorations and pet themed items. I found the large black dog dishes there and filled one with pretzels (sticks) and the other two with Trader Joe’s chocolate Cat’s Cookies. I also purchased three paw print jars from the Dollar Tree and filled them with candy. The pink and teal hanging paper lanterns were 2 for a dollar as well, making the table setting very affordable. I have included a pdf of the cupcake toppers, activity signs, and “DIG IN” sign for you to print off from home. (see below)
A month later, my girl is still saying that her Adopt A Pet party was the “funnest birthday party ever!” I would definitely have to agree!