One of my favorite puppy party ideas that I discovered was creating an adopt-a-puppy station as the party favor.  I decided to take this favor idea a step further and make it the party activity.  Due to the young age group, we focused on decorating dog carrier boxes (medium white gable boxes).  It was definitely enough to keep our group of two year olds busy.

adopt a puppy with collar charm

Each guest picked out an adorable stuffed dog as their newly adopted puppy.  Then, the kids colored their boxes with washable markers, added foam stickers and wrote the dog’s names in stickers.  After their puppies’ new homes were complete, each child chose a ribbon collar with a bottle cap collar charm.  To make the ribbon collars easy to take on and off, I added small Velcro dots on the ends. They also picked out some puppy treats (Cocoa Puffs cereal), so they’d already have dog food when they got home.


As an extra little touch, I made these adorable puppy party dog collar charms using bottle cap jewelry charms.  You can find the printable one inch paw print circles as well as the adoption certificate and other activity signage in our printable puppy adoption kit.  It’s the perfect addition to any puppy inspired play date or party.

You Will Need:

1 inch paw print circles – print on medium cardstock
Bottle cap pendants
1 inch epoxy circles
D6000 glue

Quick Note – If you do not have our paw print stickers, you can use a puppy themed scrapbook paper or print out your own paw prints to use.


1. Print your 1 inch paw print circles.  Place an epoxy circle over one of the paw prints, smoothing the cardstock to make sure there are no bubbles.


2. Cut out the paw print circle using scissors. Let the epoxy circle be your guide.


3. Place a dot of glue in the center of the bottle cap charm. Press the paw print circle into the center of the bottle cap. Wipe off any excess glue. Let dry.


4. Attach the bottle cap charm to the ribbon collar. Add small Velcro circles to the end of the ribbon to help open and close.

These cute little puppies made the perfect thank you gift for Little Bug’s friends.  On their way home, the children filled out an adoption certificate to promise to take good care of their new stuffed friend.  It was such a sweet activity for the toddler age group and the perfect way to share Little Bug’s love of puppies with her friends.

Happy Celebrating,