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Give Your Little Veterinarian a Party That Gives

I was recently quoted in an article on Moneyish entitled Parties that Give Back Are All the Rage where I briefly talked about a themed birthday party I hosted for one of my daughters a few years ago.

Today I am going to share some more details of that party inspired by my daughter. She combined her love of animals with her love of giving for a veterinarian/humane society themed birthday party.

On to the details…

Instead of gifts, my daughter asked for items that could be donated to a local humane society.

We had called the humane society ahead of time to see what items they were in need of the most. We sent the list of needed supplies along with the handmade invitations, which were made to look like veterinarian appointment reminder cards.

We turned part of our living room into a temporary humane society.

Twelve stuffed dogs were placed in their own “kennels” (tape on the ground around them). Before the party started, my daughters decided if the dogs were boys or girls. They also gave them each a name, which they wrote down on cardstock in front of them.

Here is a picture of three (out of twelve) of the dogs that were available for adoption.

puppies ready for adoption

Each of the guests were allowed to choose a dog to adopt when they arrived. Those that arrived first were able to choose first just like at a humane society.

My family had made collars (not shown in the picture) using paracord and buckles for each of the dogs ahead of time.

We had also cut colored cardstock into the shape of dog tags, punched a hole through each of them, and inserted key chain rings.

The guests had the option to change their dog’s name if they wanted. They each decorated one dog tag, which we attached to the collar of their dog. They also filled out a “certificate of adoption” (from The Chickabug Blog).

vet certificates found on Chickabug Blog

I had various veterinarian supplies set out for the kids to use during the party. Each of the dogs were able to receive a checkup before going home.

vet supplies for vet themed party

I displayed a bunch of animal x-rays (I had borrowed from a resource library for free) in a window. The children had fun guessing which animal each of the x-rays belonged to. I had the answers written on the inside of the papers taped next to them.

Some of the creatures such as the snake were really easy. Others were a little more tricky to figure out.

x-rays for vet themed party

I set out “puppy chow” and blue jello in aluminum pie pans. I placed large spoons within each of these pans since they were for everyone to share.

No one tried to eat them out of the bowls like a dog.

food for a vet themed party

I also set out some pretzel “fetch” sticks for the kids to enjoy.

fetch sticks for vet themed party

I created a cat cake using a cake pan I had borrowed from a library. I am definitely not a professional cake decorator.

I was very thankful it resembled a cat, and it tasted good. Too bad the picture turned out blurry.

cat cake for vet themed party

The humane society had requested toilet paper, so I also made a toilet paper cake.

vetrinarian party tp cake

My daughter still had the opportunity to unwrap presents because many of the parents wrapped the donated items.

Below are some of the items that were donated. Other donated items not shown included toilet paper, paper towels, three bottles of bleach, and more dog/cat toys.

donate to local humane society

The kids went home with their adopted dogs, certificates of adoption, dog tags and collars, and little cat and dog magnets that my daughters and I had made ahead of time.

pet magnets for vet themed party

We gave each of the guests a picture of my daughter in the middle of all of the donated items with a thank you note written on the back to thank them for their generosity.

Both of my daughters enjoyed dropping the load of supplies off at the humane society. The people at the humane society seemed grateful for the donations.

Have you ever hosted a birthday party to give back to others?

Veterinarian from the book Jobs of a Preschooler

“I’m a veterinarian…” from the book Jobs of a Preschooler


Birthday Party · Crafts and Projects · Jobs of a Preschooler

Build “Sand” Castles Inside Using Brown Sugar

I have enjoyed planning numerous themed birthday parties for my daughters over the years. One of my daughters decided she wanted an underwater themed birthday party a few years ago, which I had a lot of fun planning, decorating, and hosting with her.

I wanted to incorporate something like sand castles as decoration at the under water themed party, but I didn’t want sand brought into my house. It occurred to me one day as we were baking that brown sugar packs well and looks like sand.  Brown sugar is also inexpensive and edible, so I decided to create a few brown sugar animals as decoration on one of the tables for her party.

Brown sugar instead of sand

I thought they looked cute. My daughters have since had fun making their own brown sugar castles and creations, which I wrote a post about on Hands On As We Grow. You can read it here if you would like. (I wrote the post in March when we still had snow on the ground, and it was bitterly cold. This week, it has been in the 90s all week, so I found it funny the post says “It’s still too cold where I live to build sand castles at the beach.” It’s amazing how much the weather can differ from month to month in some locations!)

Anyways, my daughters played with brown sugar while I was writing the post for Hands On As We Grow, so I could take some pictures of what I was talking about. One of my daughters made a brown sugar submarine.

brown sugar creation

My other daughter worked on building a brown sugar tower.

brown sugar creation

They worked together and created a castle with a craft stick flag and bridge.

brown sugar castle

They had fun trying to destroy their brown sugar castle with little catapults (measuring spoons) filled with cannons (packed brown sugar).

destroying brown sugar castle

I had cookie trays for them to use to try to contain all of the brown sugar. We still ended up with brown sugar on the counter, floor, and them. All of which was rather easy to clean up. The remaining brown sugar went back into a bowl for the next time they want to build brown sugar creations.

Building with brown sugar is messy, but it’s fun!