Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Twins’ Puppy Themed 2nd Birthday Party: Part 3 of 5

Puppy Dog Themed Party Games:

The twins just celebrated their second birthday and we are sharing all the details of their puppy dog themed party with readers.  Part 1 included some pre-party baking of cookies and Part 2 featured some personalized party apparel for the big day including shirts and hats.

In this post, I’d like to tell you about the puppy dog themed party games and activities we enjoyed.  As a Mommy of 5, I’ve planned a lot of parties over the years and I can’t stress enough how important it is to have a bunch of group and individual activities ready and waiting to keep the celebrant(s) and guests busy.  Twin toddlers turning 2 as the guests of honor were my biggest challenge yet, but I couldn’t be more thrilled with how it all went.

Puppy Themed Bean Bag Toss Game by Kid N Around Creations
Storage Bag for Bag Toss Game that we used in another game too.
Dog Themed Lawn Tic Tac Toe by Stell & Livi

Puppy Dog Themed Bean Bag Toss:  Etsy merchant and new blog sponsor Kid-N Around Creations provided adorable Puppy Dog Themed Bean Bag Toss Games for the boys.  Each game came in a cute sack and included 2 felt embroidered bean bags and 3 embroidered felt targets.  The targets were simply arranged on the floor for a game playable by all ages.  Everyone loved it and it will be a wonderful playable memento of their 2nd birthday party for many years to come.  We went on to utilize some of this game’s parts in two additional ways as well.

Puppy Buckets:  I made this game myself.  It’s a puppy dog themed version of Bozo buckets.  To make it party pretty, I purchased 3 new white paint buckets at home depot and decoupaged them with some puppy graphics torn from the pages of a battered book.  Play was simple and enjoyable for everyone.  We lined up the 3 buckets in a row had participants stand behind a line outside drawn in sidewalk chalk and they took turns trying to toss the bean bags.

Find the Bone:  This is another game we made.  30 Bones were traced on white poster board, cut out, numbered, and hidden around the party location prior to guests arriving.  Much like an Easter Egg Hunt, the twins and guests set out to find to find all the bones.  A sack made bone collecting easier to manage for the little ones.

Tic Tac Toe with Bones and Paws:  A lawn, floor, or picnic table version of the classic tic tac toe provided a great way to entertain the slightly older kids attending.  No X’s and O’s would do for this puppy dog crazy party, we were provided with a Bones and Paws version by etsy merchant Stell & Livi.  Composed simply of canvas, ribbon, and felt, this was an adorable addition.  Check out their “pin the tail” games for older kids too.

For a fun award idea, cut out ribbon badges with titles like “best in show” and “top dog”.

Planning your own party soon or need a cute gift?  Mention this post on “andtwinsmake5.com” for a 10% discount on your order with either of the etsy merchants featured above.  In my next post, I’ll show you some puppy dog themed party favor that allowed for individual play during the party itself.  Also watch for posts on the food and decor!


The Twins’ Puppy Themed 2nd Birthday Party Index:
Part 1 – Baking themed cookies
Part 2 – Personalized birthday party apparel
Part 3 – Themed Birthday Party Games
Part 4 – Themed Party Favors
Part 5 – Decorations and Food  (must see cake)

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