A Simple Paw Patrol-Themed Birthday Celebration
We celebrated my youngest son’s 3rd birthday recently. It was the only kiddie party I planned this year. Compared to last year, when I was a bit crazy enough to organize 3 birthday parties in a span of 2 months, this is very doable. Last year, I planned a Star Wars party, Superman & Friends (Justice League party and a Daniel in the Lion’s Den party. (Click the party theme to read the details and see photos.) As usual, Pinterest was a big help in my party planning this year.
Long before my son’s birthday month, I already know that this will be the party theme. My kids love watching Paw Patrol. I actually don’t remember when and how they got to stumble on this show. They don’t watch videos regularly. Most of the time also, they only watch educational videos like Word World, Magic School Bus and Clifford. Anyway, they convince me that they learn good values also from this show. So, once in a while, they get to watch this show as their reward for finishing their schoolwork and for obeying. 😉
In truth, I am also happy and relieved that my youngest son’s interest is quite common. It would not be difficult for me to find Paw Patrol items that I could buy for his gifts. I don’t need to have a shirt customized for him because we could buy from the malls.
Moreover, because Paw Patrol is already popular among kids, I found a lot of ideas on Pinterest that made my party planning and preparation easier. You can check out my Paw Patrol board on Pinterest here.
I was only planning for an intimate party at home. So, since those who were invited were mostly neighbors and close family friends, I just sent the digital invitation through Facebook. I found several Paw Patrol invitations online. I chose one that was easy to edit, which became the official invite. Then, at the last minute, my eldest son asked me to print a few invites, so I used another one I found online that has a white background.
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Since small kids usually like to color and I wasn’t planning to hire any entertainers during the party, I printed activity placemats and coloring pages that young kids can be busy with while waiting for the other guests to arrive and for eating time. There are so many coloring pages you can find online! What a blessing! Below are the links to some of them.
PAW PATROL ACTIVITIES
I chose a very simple game for the kids during my son’s party. It’s actually a variation of one of the games I usually include in my kids’ parties. I printed bone cut-outs, cut them and stuck them on the walls of our garage and our front door. I divided the kids into 2 groups and told them that the winning team is the one who can find the most number of bones. 😉 Easy, right? The members of the winning team got bone cookies and chocolates. 🙂 Then, I gave jellies to the other kids as a consolation prize.
I was delighted to find photo ops props that I can download for free! In the past kiddie parties that we had, these props are always a hit, not just with kids but with adults as well. I simply printed them on white boards, cut them and stuck them on BBQ sticks. Download them below.
I saw a red Santa tablecloth being sold by a neighbor on our neighborhood’s business page. Good thing she still had one last stock. I got to use it for our party. Next, I made a paw print table runner using PowerPoint. I simply put together numerous paw prints on a slide and printed it on bond paper. Then, I taped one bond paper to the next until it was long enough to be a table runner. It matched my Santa tablecloth with white edges perfectly.
I also found Paw Patrol birthday bunting templates that are free for download. So, instead of outsourcing the buntings, I DIYed them days before the party. Click on the link below to download.
Then, I had a last minute inspiration for the backdrop. A couple of days prior to the party, I thought of making my own backdrop using flipchart papers. I used black pentel pen to draw paw prints freehand on the flipchart papers. I stuck them on the walls behind the table using masking tape. Then, I used masking tape also to stick the HAPPY BIRTHDAY buntings. I do not have hooks or anything where I could tie the string of the buntings so I skipped using a string.
I also DIYed the food and drink labels like in the previous kiddie parties I organized. As usual, I made the names sound fun and crazy! 😉
I also found Paw Patrol cupcake toppers that can be downloaded for free. But, I didn’t want to add to my to-do list so I simply asked my reliable cake supplier to do it for me. If you want to DIY your cupcake toppers or you want to use store-bought cupcakes and just print your own Paw Patrol cupcake toppers, you can download them below.
I got ideas on how the cake will look like from Pinterest. I combined the elements that I liked and instructed my cake supplier to make the birthday cake according to my specifications. Instead of asking her to make fondant cake toppers, I bought Paw Patrol toys to serve as cake toppers. That way, my sons can play with them afterward. So far, she has not let me down since I first discovered her for my youngest son’s 1st birthday party. You can see the beautiful The Flash cake and cupcakes she made for that party here.
Then, I ordered balloons based on the Paw Patrol colors and used them to decorate the cake table and the chairs.
I ordered party food from my trusted suppliers again and bought some from the grocery.
It was a very simple set-up with a lot of labor of love on the details!
Last but not the least, we made doggy bags using brown bags. My eldest son helped me sort and pack the treats inside. I DIYed the tags also. We gave these doggy bags to our little guests before heading home.
Our birthday boy, Geordan, had a blast together with his older brothers and their friends and our adult guests as well. Truly worth all the effort I put in!