Adopt A Puppy Party Ideas

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It’s a puppy pawty! This DIY party on a budget came together like a dream, and I’m excited to share all of the Adopt a Puppy party ideas and tips with you!

My oldest daughter just turned 10 (I can’t believe it! I feel so old!). She adores animals and she loved the idea of an “Adopt a Puppy” party, where each of her friends could take home a plush puppy.

Puppy party treats table fully decorated with balloon arch, printable banner and bunting, and faux chalkboard table backdrop.

Easy DIY Puppy Party Decor

We started with the colors of hot pink, light pink, light blue and black, and then I designed a whole set of party printables to coordinate everything. The puppy party printables package is now available in my Etsy shop, along with some items available individually to suit your needs!

We used these puppy party printables to get the party decor started:

"Time for a treat" framed sign. Puppy party flag bunting on the desert table.

DIY Puppy Party Backdrop

For the party table backdrop, I made a DIY balloon arch using dollar store balloons in our party colors. You could also add in these paw print balloons for a special touch!

Ballooon arch with number 10 balloons.

If your party table is against a wall, you can hang the balloon arch with removable sticker hooks like Command hooks.

But if your table is outdoors or without a wall behind it, you’ll need something to hang your balloons from, or you could use helium-filled balloons. I used a DIY pvc pipe backdrop stand, which my husband made for me a few years ago. You can find instructions for one through Pinterest.

"Let's Pawty" flag banner over a DIY faux chalkboard backdrop

The second part of the party table backdrop is my DIY “chalkboard” backdrop with paw prints, which was very affordable! I used three black foam boards from the dollar store, created a cardstock paw print stencil with my Silhouette machine, and then filled in paw prints with a white paint pen.

To hold the boards up without a wall, I put wood crates on the table behind them, and then taped them to the crates.

Puppy party desert table with treats and cupcakes. Framed "Bone appetit" sign.

Other party supplies you’ll need for this setup include:

Puppy Party Treats

I went with two easy store-bought treats and two, fairly easy, DIY treats that go with the puppy party theme.

"Chew sticks" tent card with cinnamon pastries.

These “Chew Sticks” are cinnamon straws (flaky pastries) that I bought from the bakery and added some stripes of blue icing to tie in with the party colors.

"Biscuits" tent card with chocolate cookies.

These “Biscuits” are just delicious chocolate cookies from the bakery!

"Cocoa Kibbles" tent card, and a puppy chow style treat made with Corn Pops cereal and Nutella!

The “Cocoa Kibbles” are a DIY treat using Corn Pops cereal, Nutella and a few other ingredients. Here’s the recipe I started with, but substituted Corn Pops for the corn chex cereal.

"Pupcorn" tent card, with an easy DIY treat made with popcorn and cake mix!

The “Pupcorn” is a twist on my favorite Cake Batter Popcorn — using Cherry Chip cake mix and pink food coloring for an extra pop of color and flavor! These are sooo good!

Puppy party water bottles with custom printable wrappers, and a puppy themed cake and cupcake stand.

Sticking to the budget, and also not wanting to use my oven in the middle of the summer, I went with bakery cupcakes and a mini Oreo cake.

I just added some pink cupcake wrappers, and a few little dog figures as cake toppers, and voila, they matched the party theme perfectly!

Puppy Party Activities

Adopt A Puppy

I set up an “Adopt A Puppy” station, with all of the adorable plush puppies sitting in a little pen wearing matching party hats. So cute right?!

Plush puppies wearing party hats, in a pen with a sign that says "Adopt a Puppy".

The garden fencing is from the dollar store.

I looked all around for nice plush puppies that fit my budget. I found these ones at Winners for a great price and they’re really great quality. They’re called Sad Sam and Honey 🙂

I also found some plush puppy party favors on Amazon and seriously considered them, but the pack comes with more than I needed and they were smaller than I wanted. But they might be exactly what you’re looking for, so I’ve linked them for you to check out.

"Adopt a Puppy" station

Next to the puppy pen I set up a small table with a framed “Adopt a Puppy” sign and some matching Puppy Adoption Certificates for each guest to fill out. The girls lined up to choose their pup, and then filled out the certificates with their chosen names and all the details.

Puppy party printables - Certificate of Adoption. Children filling out their certificates at the party.

Make A Collar and Dog Tag Craft

After officially adopting their new puppy, they made a little collar and decorated a dog tag for it. I set out pre-cut pieces of colorful paracord (from Walmart’s craft isle), plus little round wood keychains from the dollar store.

Great craft activity for a puppy party! Make a collar and decorate a dog tag for your new puppy.

They decorated the tags using colored Sharpie markers and stickers. This was a really simple craft to prep and make, and the kids absolutely loved it!

Plush puppies for an "Adopt a Puppy" party, wearing party hats, with crafted dog tags and adoption certificates.

FREE Puppy Party Printables!

Bonus for you if you’ve read this far! I’m linking up my plush puppy party hats and the 5×7 “Adopt a Puppy” sign here for you to download, free! Just click the links below to open the files, and then you can download or print them instantly.

Free Plush Puppy Party Hats

Free “Adopt a Puppy” Sign

And remember, you can get all of the matching party printables from my shop! See the whole collection here 🙂

I hope you enjoyed these puppy party ideas and found some inspiration for your own puppy pawty! Thanks for reading!

If you have any questions about this party please leave a comment below! And if you liked this party, please PIN it to save for later and share the love!


Lots of DIY budget friendly puppy party ideas!


Courtney shares party inspiration, DIYs, and free printables on her blog, and designs art and party printables for her Shop. She loves Farmhouse home décor, photography and movies.

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  • Anna August 10, 2021 at 10:13 am

    Awesome ideas. Many thanks for a such detailed description.

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