Puppy Love Birthday Party

This party just may win Best in Show, thanks to a sweet-faced cake and a matching litter of balloon pets.

Favors
Photo: Photograph by Dana Gallagher
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Doggone Cute Cake

Puppy Cake
Photograph by Dana Gallagher

A cake that looks this good and is easy to make? Consider it mom's new best friend!

You will need:

1 (16-ounce) can white frosting

2 (8- or 9-inch) round cakes

Brown fondant

3 Junior Mints

2 Necco Wafers

Red Fruit by the Foot

Shredded coconut (optional)

1. Frost the top of one cake, stack the other on it, then frost the cakes.

2. Roll out the fondant, about 1/8-inch thick. Using our templates from familyfunmag.com/printables, cut out the face and ears, then place them on the cake.

3. Stack a Junior Mint and a Necco Wafer to make eyes, using a bit of frosting to hold them together and to attach one to the fondant eye patch.

4. Use a dab of frosting to attach a Junior Mint nose, and a toothpick to etch the muzzle details.

5. Cut an 11-inch-long piece of Fruit by the Foot for the collar and place it around the cake.

6. Sprinkle coconut on top, if you like.

Originally published in the March 2014 issue of FamilyFun

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Doggie Treat Snacks

Puppy Snacks
Photograph by Dana Gallagher

Pretzel rods make fetching party food!

Originally published in the March 2014 issue of FamilyFun

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See Spot Party Craft

Puppy Balloons
Photograph by Dana Gallagher

Helium allows these balloon pooches to "walk" behind their owners.

Originally published in the March 2014 issue of FamilyFun

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Doggie Bag Favors

Favors
Photograph by Dana Gallagher

For howl-worthy take-home trinkets, hand out candy bones and paw-print stamps. (Ours are from orientaltrading.com, $7.25 for 72 candy packs; $6.50 for 24 stamps.)

Originally published in the March 2014 issue of FamilyFun

Additional reporting by Ellen Harter Wall
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