Another year has gone by and my oldest is now 4. Lately she has been obsessed with the Nickelodeon Cartoon, Paw Patrol. So obviously she requested to have a Paw Patrol Birthday Party. In this blog I will show you how I decorated, a recipe and video for how to make Dog Bone Cookies and Puppy Chow Snack Mix, the food I served and I will also show you Paw Patrol varieties of cakes you can order from your local Coborn’s Bakery.
Typically I make my own décor for the kids’ birthday parties and have a lot of fun printables. Unfortunately, this time around I went for the easy-way-out. I stopped at my local party store and picked up a variety of Paw Patrol décor, crepe paper, confetti and more. However, my one fun and creative spin on the décor was serving my “Doggie Treats” in dog bowls. I obviously wanted to find dog bowls at my local Coborn’s, which I did, but they were not quite large enough for what I wanted so I did purchase these from, Shopko, and they turned out to be perfect. The one big piece of décor I purchased was a wall hanging for less than $7 from Party City. My daughter had HUGE eyes when I hung it up and said “This is AMAZING!”, totally worth the money and it made the perfect backdrop for photos!
I often host parties in the late morning, if you have young kids you will understand that this is the best time to do it so they get nice and tired and will, hopefully, take a good nap. But I digress, so I have morning parties and I don’t want to serve the same thing every time.
I typically make an egg bake, but I wanted to do something a little different and make something that the kids will enjoy too. So I did a pancake buffet. I was going to hire someone to come and make the pancakes, but my Mom volunteered so she stood there and made up the pancakes on two electric skillets and I had a buffet of toppings. My guests could have plain, blueberry or chocolate chip cakes and could add fresh strawberries, strawberry syrup, cool whip, regular pancake syrup or sugar free pancake syrup.
Prior to the party I had my husband fry up some breakfast sausages. Once the sausages were heated we put them in a dish and kept them warm in the oven until serving. I purchased them pre-cooked from the 5 for $25 meat sale so it was quick and inexpensive.
I got the idea for the fruit from my co-worker who just wrote a blog on Graduation Parties, click here to read the entire blog. She had made fruit kabobs and stuck them in a watermelon. What I like about this is that the presentation is nice, it adds height to your table and makes it convenient for the guests to grab fruit so it is not rolling all over your plate. I prepared the kabobs the night before and made extras that I kept in the refrigerator so I would easily replenish.
Coborn’s offers a variety of licensed cakes, by licensed I mean, Barbie, Dora, Hello Kitty, Paw Patrol, Spiderman, etc. So I took a look at Decopac’s website, which you can check out here, and picked out the cake I wanted. There were a lot of options to choose from. I ended up going with the two tier Marshall cake. One of my daughter’s favorite characters is Marshall, so I requested that the cake match the color scheme of the party, red, orange and yellow, and it turned out perfect.
Grandma’s Molasses Dog Bone Cookies
While preparing for Grace’s Birthday Party I remembered the cookies my Grandma would make when I was a kid, molasses cookies in the shape of dog bones. Perfect! Watch the video below to see how they are made.
- 1 Cup Sugar
- 1 Cup Sour Milk (milk with 1 T. Vinegar)
- 1 Cup Shortening
- 2 tsp. Soda in 2 T. Vinegar
- ¾ Cup Molasses
- 1 tsp. Ground Cloves
- 1 tsp. Cinnamon
- ½ tsp. Ginger
- 4½ Cups Flour
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Mix all ingredients together and mix until all combined.
- Roll out to ½” thickness and cut with cookie cutter.
- Place cookies on ungreased cookie sheet.
- Bake 10 – 12 minutes, or until done.
Use extra flour on table when rolling out cookies to avoid dough sticking to your surface.
- 1 Cup Cold Water
- 1 pkg. Knox Gelatin
- 1 Cup Sugar
- 1 ¾ Cup Powdered Sugar
- ¾ tsp. Baking Powder
- 1 tsp. Vanilla
- In a medium saucepan bring cold water, gelatin and sugar to a rolling boil.
- Reduce heat and summer 10 minutes
- In a large mixing bowl mix together powdered sugar, baking powder and vanilla.
- Pour hot mixture over powdered sugar mixture and beat with an electric mixer. Note that his process takes a lot of beating. Continue until mixture is thick.
- Frost cooled cookies with icing.
- Allow to sit overnight for icing to harden
Puppy Chow Snack Mix
How “punny” it is to have Puppy Chow Snack Mix at a Puppy Party. Check out the video below to see how I made this delicious “people’s” Puppy Chow! Remember to serve it in a CLEAN dog dish to match the fun décor!
- 1 Box Rice Chex
- 1½ Cup Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
- ¾ Cup Peanut Butter
- ½ Cup Unsalted Butter
- 1¼ tsp. Vanilla Extract
- 5 Cups Powdered Sugar
- Start by taking the whole box of chex cereal and place it into a very large bowl.
- Set this aside.
- Place chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter in a large microwave safe bowl.
- Microwave for 60 seconds and then stir until smooth. (If the chocolate chips haven't melted enough, microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until the mixture is completely melted.)
- Stir in vanilla extract.
- Pour the chocolate mixture over the chex cereal and stir together gently with a spatula.
- Next, you're going to pour in the powdered sugar.
- To do so pour a little powdered sugar and mix the cereal.
- Continue until all of the powdered sugar is added and the cereal is completely covered.
- Store in an airtight container!
At the end of the party we had one happy little 4 year old and another successful party under our belts. I hope that you can take some of these ideas for your next doggie themed party!
Coborn’s, Inc. Consumer Content Manager
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