Have a 102 Dalmatians Party
Join the pooches from 102 Dalmatians and host a party for your child! Penny Warner, author of Slumber Parties (Meadowbrook Press, 2000) has great ideas for dog house invitations, creative canine games and silly snacks.
Make Dog House Invitations
Cut out a white square folded card for the doghouse. Cut out a black triangle for the roof and glue it to the top of the folded side of the square, so the card opens at the bottom. Dot the house with black felt marker to make Dalmatian spots. Cut out a picture of a Dalmatian and glue it inside the house. Write party details around the dog and mail to guests.
- Ask the guests to come as Dalmatians. Or have them come dressed creatively in black and white or in polka dots.
- Have a parent greet the guests dressed as Cruella De Vil. Have extra parents dress as Horace and Jasper.
- Give the guests dog tags to wear around their necks. Have them "engraved" using a permanent black marker, with their "dog names," such as Pongo, Perdita, Patches, Freckles, Penny and Pepper. Or have the kids make up their own dog names.
- Have a face painter decorate the guests' faces to look like Dalmatians.
- Decorate the party room with lots of Dalmatian pictures all over the walls. Set out Dalmatian puppies, cutouts and characters from the movie.
- Set the table with Dalmatian party products, or use a white paper tablecloth covered with black dots, using a black marker and matching dotted cups and napkins.
- Fill the room with black and white balloons, black and white streamers and black and white polka dots hanging from the ceiling. Add black dots to the white balloons and white dots to the black balloons, using acrylic paints.
- Line the path to the doorway with paw prints to welcome the guests, and scatter more around the party room, leading to the bathroom, kitchen and outdoors.
- Fill dog bowls with candy "dog" treats.
- Play "Dog Charades." Think up some titles of dog movies, books and songs, such as Beethoven, A Boy and His Dog and "How Much Is that Doggie in the Window?" Write the titles on index cards and place them in a stack. Divide the players into teams and have them act out the titles for their teammates.
- Play "Doggie Bingo." Make bingo cards for each guest. Photocopy pictures of the Dalmatians in different positions. Glue them onto the bingo cards. Then glue a set onto index cards. Pass out the bingo cards and stack the index cards. Hold up one index card at a time and have the kids try to find the index card picture on their bingo cards. Use tiny dog biscuits as markers.
- Play "Who Let the Dogs Bark?" Take the guests into another room and tape record them barking. Play the tape for the group and see if they can guess who's barking.
- Make Paw Print Cookies. Roll out sugar cookie dough. Cut out paw prints using a cookie cutter, or make your own paw prints using a large and small circle cookie cutter. Cut out one large circle and three small circles for each set of prints, and arrange the "toes" next to the footpad. Bake according to package directions and cool. Give the kids tubes of icing and candy decorations to decorate their cookies.
- Make personalized dog tags for the guests' pets. Buy little metal or plastic tags, give the kids permanent markers, puffy pens and decorations and let them create their personalized dog tags.
- Play the 101 Dalmatians video.
- Give the kids hot dogs! Offer a side of dog/cat crackers.
- Make a Giant Dog Bone Cake. Bake four cupcakes and one rectangular loaf cake. Set two cupcakes at each end of the rectangle cake to make a bone shape. Frost with white frosting and dot with black wafer candies.
- Serve the food in dog dishes.
- Pass out favors related to the theme, such as bone-shaped cookies, small Dalmatian figures or inexpensive picture books featuring the Dalmatians.
- Give the kids gifts for their dogs, such as dog shampoos, dog dishes, leashes, collars and dog tags.