Have a PAW Patrol fan in the house? Here’s how to throw a PAW Patrol party on a budget, including decoration and food ideas!
I have to admit, I was pretty excited when Allison told me she wanted a Paw Patrol birthday party for her 4th birthday. Year 3 was Snow White, and while that was a ton of fun, I’m glad she changed her mind from Cinderella. There’s only so much you can do with Princess themes.
Just like last year, I knew I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on fancy decorations; and doing a Paw Patrol party on a budget is totally doable! Here’s a list of things I bought and the food I made- including a FREE food label for you to print for your own Paw Patrol party!
As you know, you can totally go crazy buying the licensed streamers, games, party favors… anything that places like Party City offers. And while those are fun, those aren’t always in my budget! We were having a low-key party with just family, and so I didn’t necessarily need all the fancy stuff.
It just so happened that I had leftover red, blue, and yellow streamers from Allison’s Snow White party; and those colors happen to be Paw Patrol colors, as well! So I spent essentially zero dollars on a simple streamer decoration. I originally bought them from Dollar Tree last year, which is a great place for single-color decorations.
Seeing as how Paw Patrol is dog-themed, I knew I wanted to do something fun for food. Once again, Dollar Tree saved the day with containers- to be specific, actual dog food bowls and treat jars! How cute are these? Fun fact: at the checkout line, the cashier asked if we got a new puppy. Nope, just a mom with a crazy idea for a Paw Patrol birthday party!
I’ll admit, a lot of the food ideas here I found on Pinterest; but I created the food labels, which I just printed, cut out, and glued onto construction paper. Here’s the food I ended up making:
- Fetch sticks: Long pretzel rods
- Chew toys: Twizzlers
- Dog bones: Scooby Snack graham crackers (These are SO cute! And perfect for a dog party.)
- Pupperoni, cheese, and crackers: Deli meat and cheese were cut using a dog bone cookie cutter I found on Amazon. I tend to collect cookie cutters; you should see my drawer!
- Puppy dip: Apple slices with a peanut butter yogurt dip (1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt, 1/4 cup peanut butter, and 1 tablespoon honey).
- Pup punch: Hawaiian punch
These were super simple but really creative! The Scooby Snacks were a huge hit; I had a few people express concern that they were eating real dog biscuits. If dog biscuits tasted like cinnamon graham crackers, I may actually start eating them!
As far as the cake goes, we actually got ours from Sam’s Club. They totally make the best cakes, and we always get their whipped frosting because it’s just perfect! If you have a lot of people at your party, buying a cake might be a better option for you; but you can certainly make your own cake or cupcakes! Pinterest has a ton of cool ideas (which is where I got the inspiration for this party!).
If you’re looking for a simple Paw Patrol party on a budget, the ideas above will help you stay on track. I believe I spent less than $50 on the decorations and food (minus the cake, which was $23 at Sam’s Club), and we had 18 people at the party. Not too bad for a simple birthday party!
I’ve included my Paw Patrol labels for you to print below. It’s a single PDF file that includes the food names that you see above, as well as a blank label you can write on yourself. They’re 5.5″ wide and 4.5″ tall, so keep that in mind when you buy your construction paper.
What cool food ideas do you have for your Paw Patrol birthday party? Share in the comments below!