A Clifford the Big Red Dog Party

This is a little later than I had intended, but I must share the details from Alethea’s 5th birthday party. As requested by the birthday girl, we went with a Clifford the Big Red Dog theme. Some people who heard about the theme choice expressed surprise that Alethea was still interested in Clifford. While it’s true that all things Frozen have recently become her obsession, Alethea still has a soft spot for Clifford in her heart.

Using my selected color scheme of red, yellow, blue, and white, I practiced my Photoshop skills and was pleased with how her invitations turned out.Clifford Party Invitation copy 2

The cake table was covered with deliciousness including chocolate and lemon cupcakes, dipped pretzels, little cups of puppy chow, and the birthday girl’s request… a giant bone shaped cake.Clifford the Big Red Dog Birthday Party Cake TableClifford the Big Red Dog Party Dessert Table Puppy Chow for a Clifford the Big Red Dog Party

My friend Jen made the bone cake and another friend, Erica, made the cupcakes. Pure homemade scrupmtiousness all the way around. And did you see that I snagged a red “5” candle at Party City? I couldn’t believe my good luck that the number I needed was in the perfect color! Clifford dog bone birthday cake
Clifford the Big Red Dog Party Cupcakes

Clifford and his stuffed friends all attended the party. The paper hats were another Alethea request. A little tricky to get them to stay on, but don’t they look festive?A Clifford the Big Red Dog Birthday Party

Alethea joined her pals up on the mantel for a quick photo op just as the party was starting. (I found out that it’s hard to locate a red dress for a little girl in the spring, but was fortunate to track down Alethea’s party outfit on eBay a few weeks before the big event.) If you look closely at the pictures, you will notice that Alethea’s memory table this year featured photos from each of her past birthdays. Also, if you’ve got an eye for such things, you may notice one of the home improvement projects that has been keeping me busy this spring. I’ll give you a hint, it rhymes with shmantel.DSC_9589Clifford the Big Red Dog Birthday Decorations   DSC_9579

The party menu consisted of, what else, hot dogs, with plenty of toppings and sides. I did silverware wraps to make it easy to create a custom hot dog and carry utensils at the same time. The favor bags contained a variety of Clifford items (stickers, pencil and party blower) as well as generic items that fit the color scheme (bubble tube and candy).Hot Dog Bar for a Clifford Party Clifford the Big Red Dog Wrapped Utensils  Clifford the Big Red Dog Party Favor Bags

After everyone had full tummies, we moved on to opening presents. Alethea seemed to enjoy all her gifts, but Aunt Leah scored major points by giving her the light up LED unicorn Pillow Pet that she’s been asking for since December. I think she’s a rather homely unicorn myself, but Alethea is over the moon about her, and has lovingly dubbed her “Glowy”.DSC_9622  DSC_9649

Once all the presents were opened, it was time for the cake. Alethea blew out all the candles and then decided that she wanted part of the paw print for her slice, which she ate along with a pretzel, some ice cream, and a cup of puppy chow. Sugar rush!DSC_9660  DSC_9664DSC_9693

And that’s how we celebrated Alethea’s Big Red 5th Birthday. It sure was a good one, although I can hardly believe I’m the mother of an almost kindergartener. Where does the time go?!?!

PS. To view more BobbleHeadBaby celebrations, visit my Parties Page!

10 thoughts on “A Clifford the Big Red Dog Party

    • Thanks, Erica! I thought the striped wraps were a great finishing touch to your amazing cupcakes. Cute and delicious! The perfect combo.

  1. I love the cute round cupcake toppers and silverware wraps, where did you find them? I have been looking for then and cant find them.

    • Hi Merri,

      Thanks for the compliment! The reason you can’t find the caketoppers and silverware wraps is because they were homemade. I put together the circles in Photoshop using images I found on the internet and then printed them on Avery High Visibility 1-2/3 Inch Diameter White Labels (5293) that I purchased on Amazon.com.

      For the silverware wraps, I stuck the sticker to strips of blue paper that I cut to size from a 12×12 sheet purchased at the craft store. Then I gave a sheet of stickers to my friend who was making the cupcakes and she made the cupcake toppers using a large flower-shaped paper punch and sucker sticks.

      I don’t know if this helps at all, but at least you won’t spend any more time searching the internet for these particular items. You could try making them youself or look on etsy.com. I know there are people on there who sell custom cupcake toppers.

      If I can be of any more help, please let me know.

      Thanks for stopping by!


      PS. The red and white striped cupcake wrappers and the Clifford pencils and blowers came from BirthdayExpress.com. I thought they had a nice selection of Clifford items.

    • They were from Kohl’s. They don’t carry them anymore, but I bet you could find them on eBay. I also noticed a Clifford at the thrift store the other day, so if you’re lucky, you might run into them there.

  2. Where did you find the Clifford stickers? My daughter is turning three and I’m going to make everything on my cricut but having a hard time finding certain things! I wish Clifford was a little more popular in the party supplies department ?

    • Hi Stephanie,
      I made the stickers in photoshop and printed them out on Avery brand round stickers. That probably doesn’t help, but that’s what I ended up doing since I couldn’t find much for Clifford party stuff either.

    • Hi Linda,
      I made them in Photoshop Elements. Not sure if there is a cheaper/free option out there. Sorry I’m not much help.

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