My baby isn’t quite a baby anymore. He is officially 4 years old, and we had a party for him last week. Anthony is obsessed with Paw Patrol, and he wanted a Paw Patrol party and of course a Paw Patrol Lookout as his gift! I looked all over Pinterest for ideas on what others did for a Paw Patrol party, and I really wasn’t getting anywhere, so I just kind of went for it. Since I didn’t really see what I wanted on Pinterest, and created my own, I have included free PDF printables of the labels for the food and the certificate of adoption for the puppy adoption party favors!
Anthony decided that he wanted a party at the park, so that was an absolute bonus for us because the park is free! We borrowed a tent from our friends, set it up, and prayed there wasn’t too many other kids at the park, and we totally lucked out – we had the whole park to ourselves the entire time! There was even a little gazebo with a picnic table at the park – it was perfect! If your kids are up for it, and there is a nice local park in your area, I definitely recommend having a party at the park.
Since we were having a puppy themed party, I wanted to get creative with the food and how we served it, and I am quite proud of myself! All of the “treats” were served in dog bowls (new of course), and were cleverly named. I didn’t make too many of the snacks this year since the party was at the park, and I didn’t have the equipment necessary to keep everything hot or cold, so we just had some snacks, and DJ picked up a couple pizzas. I did make some absolutely delicious, and really, really easy to make puppy chow. It looked just like puppy food served in the dog bowls, and was a huge hit with everyone – even the parents! I included the recipe for this delicious Nutella Puppy Chow at the bottom of this post, so just keep scrolling down for the recipe! To finish off the party theme, we bought some Paw Patrol decorations at Walmart.
As party favors, I had puppy adoptions for the guests. I bought each guest a stuffed puppy, and gave them each a leash that I made with paw print ribbon. The puppies sat in a basket with their certificate of adoption, ready for each kiddo to fill out and bring home! I thought that having a stuffed animal for each kid was a much better idea than sending everyone home with junk that will probably just break and get thrown out.
Everyone had such a great time! Even the big kids. They were playing football, running around the park, and everyone munched up all of the goodies. The weather was perfect, and the day was just wonderful we had a great time, and Anthony loved every minute of it. It really was the perfect day!
Nutella Puppy Chow Recipe
1 box corn chex cereal
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1 cup nutella
1/2 stick butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 snickers bar, roughly chopped (optional)
In a large microwave safe bowl, melt butter, milk chocolate, nutella and vanilla stirring every 20 seconds until smooth. Be very careful not to over cook your chocolate, or you’ll have to start over again.
Pour entire box of cereal into a large plastic bowl. Pour melted chocolate mixture over the top, and using your hands or a large spoon, stir to combine, until the chocolate covers all of the cereal.
In a gallon size ziplock bag, add powdered sugar and cocoa powder and shake to combine. Pour cereal and chocolate mixture into bag, and shake to evenly coat the cereal with powdered sugar.
If using, add snickers bar, and shake to mix in.
Be sure to give your kids some before you eat the entire bag! It’s that delicious.