Clifford the Big Red Dog Birthday Party Printables

Clifford the Big Red Dog Birthday Party Printables

Today I’m sharing 2 free Clifford the Big Red Dog printables perfect for pulling together a Clifford-themed birthday party at a moment’s notice. Celebrating with a Clifford the Big Red Dog birthday party has never been easier!

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Clifford the Big Red Dog birthday party menu printable

This year my daughter requested a Clifford the Big Red Dog birthday party. Not the most easy theme to pull-off, I must say. So if you are facing the same birthday party theme request, I’ve collected my favorite tried-and-true Clifford party decorations (including TWO free printables!), Clifford party menu and tons of Clifford-theme birthday gifts in an easy-to-browse gift guide.

I have A LOT to cover here, so grab a cup of coffee and use my handy Table of Contents below to find the Clifford birthday party inspiration you’ve been searching for:

If you think Clifford the Big Red Dog is a random birthday theme? I’ve got you, girl!

If your kids are anything like mine, they’ll come up with a random birthday party theme and refuse to budge. Sound about right?

In years past my kids have asked for a wide range of random birthday party themes. They’ve requested a volcano birthday party, a ‘peace on earth’ birthday party and a pirate birthday party, none of which are super easy to conjure-up from off-the-shelf party decorations at Walmart.

I can’t be the only one rushing around trying to create a memorable party based on a random party theme, right?!

So I started sharing my real-life parties and giving away party printables so other busy moms can quickly and easily recreate my random birthday parties.

This year’s birthday party theme: Clifford the Big Red Dog

This year when I asked my then 2-year-old what kind of birthday party she wanted, without missing a beat she answered: Clifford.

Oh crap.

After scouring Pinterest and googling “Clifford the Big Red Dog birthday party ideas” I found some inspiration to work with. But then it quickly took on a life of it’s own.

Clifford the Big Red Dog Cake topper on a chocolate cake

I’m here to tell you: you don’t need a ton of time and forethought to create a larger-than-life Clifford birthday party.

You can do this, mama!

(My projects are inspired by the original Clifford the Big Red Dog Scholastic book series and both the Clifford the Big Red Dog and Clifford’s Puppy Days animated series on PBS Kids. Any little Clifford fan will love this birthday party!)

2 Free Clifford the Big Red Dog Birthday Party Printables

Today I’m sharing two Clifford the Big Red Dog birthday party printables to create a puppy-themed menu and “doggy bag” birthday party favors in mere minutes!

Clifford the Big Red Dog birthday party printables

Free Printable 1: Clifford the Big Red Dog Themed Menu Card

The easiest way to incorporate a theme into a party is through the food. And this Clifford themed menu is no exception.

menu printable for a Clifford the Big Red Dog printable

I started with my 3-year-old’s favorite foods (pizza, chips & salsa, carrots & ranch) and got creative with the naming of each item.

Feel free to use my printable Clifford themed menu in your party or simply as inspiration to get you started.

You can print this Clifford themed menu as many times as you want and add it to each place setting or print it only once and add it to a buffet as a focal point.

Clifford the Big Red Dog birthday party menu

A simple tip for displaying each item on the Clifford themed menu: cover your table in brown kraft paper and write the “name” of each item with a Sharpie. Easy peasy, right?!

Download my FREE Clifford the Big Red Dog menu printable here!

Free Printable 2: Clifford the Big Red Dog Doggy Bag Party Favors

For a quick and easy party favor for your Clifford the Big Red Dog birthday party, grab some 5″ wide clear cellophane bags and whip-up a batch of Puppy Chow. It’s that easy!

Clifford the Big Red Dog birthday party favors: bags of puppy chow

For my free Puppy Chow Doggy Bag party favor download, click here!

Simply print, cut and assemble your treat bags.

If you are in need of a recipe for Puppy Chow to include with your Clifford party favors, here is our family’s favorite…

My family’s favorite Puppy Chow recipe


  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 cups rice Chex cereal (Crispix cereal also works well)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, divided


Place 1 cup of powdered sugar in a large gallon-sized Ziploc bag. Set aside.

Measure your Chex cereal and place in a large mixing bowl. Set aside

In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter until smooth and creamy. Stir in the vanilla and immediately pour the chocolate mixture over the Chex cereal. Working quickly, stir carefully to coat the cereal in chocolate.

Scoop the chocolate-covered cereal into the Ziploc bag (with the powdered sugar in the bottom). Add the other cup of powdered sugar over the top and seal the bag tightly.

Shake the bag until each piece of cereal is coated in powdered sugar. (You’ll need to work the cereal with your hands to separate.)

Open the bag and pour the cereal onto paper towels to cool completely.

Store in an airtight container for us to 3 days.

If you try this recipe, let me know what you think!

{BONUS PRINTABLE} Free Printable 3: Clifford the Big Red Dog Gift Tag

UPDATED 1/2021 – My daughter’s obsession with Clifford is still going strong. So the Valentine’s Day following her birthday I decided to make my own DIY Clifford valentines.

Clifford the Big Red Dog Valentines

Though I originally designed these printables to be used as Valentines, they can also be used as gift tags for your Clifford themed birthday party. The tagline “love makes little things grow” is totally appropriate for birthday party gifts and party favors (when paired with something like water beads as shown below or mini chocolate hearts).

To download the Clifford gift tag, head to my Valentine’s Day post!

Clifford the Big Red Dog Valentine with water bead gift

Clifford the Big Red Dog Themed Birthday Gift Guide

Since my daughter was so obsessed with Clifford that she asked for it as her birthday party theme, I knew I wanted to get her a few Clifford birthday gifts as well.

She is a huge fan of the Scholastic Bedtime Story Box set, the Clifford t-shirt I whipped up using my Cricut (see below) and Clifford stuffed animal she received.

Also, because I have two holiday babies, it’s become an annual tradition to give Christmas ornaments to match their birthday theme.

Clifford the Big Red Dog Christmas Ornament

My daughter loved this Clifford Christmas ornament to commemorate her 3rd Christmas birthday.

For more Clifford themed birthday gift ideas, check out the Clifford the Big Red Dog gift guide below:

Clifford the Big Red Dog birthday gifts

1. The Scholastic Boxed Set I bought my daughter | 2. Clifford Rocker | 3. The Clifford Christmas ornament I bought my daughter | 4. Clifford the Big Red dog birthday t-shirt | 5. Children’s Clifford puppet | 6. Clifford giant floor puzzle | 7. Clifford hooded bath towel | 8. Masterpieces Clifford matching game | 9. Clifford stuffed animal | 10. Clifford the Big Red Dog birthday crown | 11. Children’s Clifford cushion | 12. Cute Clifford hair bow | 13. Clifford pillow pet

Clifford The Big Red Dog Birthday T-shirts

You can add a personalized touch by creating Clifford themed birthday party shirts for the party.

You can search Etsy for Clifford birthday shirts or make your own.

girl playing with toy food and wearing a Clifford the Big Red Dog t-shirt

Given my affinity for all things Cricut, I had to make my own Clifford shirts for the party. It is SO EASY using the Clifford #squadgoals svg file from PremiumAwesomeSauce on Etsy.

To create your own shirts, you can follow the process I use for any personalized shirts (like these Mickey shirts, or these toddler t-shirts or even these girlie t-shirts).

If you make these t-shirts for your Clifford party, I’d love to see how they turn out!

Clifford the Big Red Dog Birthday Party Balloon Decorations

To round-out the Clifford theme, grab the Clifford the Big Red Dog balloon kit I used from Amazon. Head to your local party supply store and have them inflate them with helium for a couple bucks.

Clifford the Big Red Dog birthday party decorations

These balloons were a hit with the birthday girl and held the helium quite well. They’re continuing to give our living room a festive feel over a week later!

I also grabbed a standard “Happy Birthday” banner. The primary colors worked perfectly with the balloons. Throw up some streamers and call it a day!

Need more Clifford the Big Red Dog birthday party inspiration?

Need even more ideas for making your child’s birthday larger than life?Then check out my Clifford the Big Red Dog Birthday Party themed Pinterest board:

Clifford the Big Red Dog birthday party Pinterest board screen shot by Natalie Menke

Are there any quick and easy Clifford the Big Red Dog birthday party ideas I missed?

Leave me a comment and let me know if you have any ideas that should be added to this post. I always love hearing how you approach things differently and creatively!

Reach out to me with your gift-giving questions!

If you recreate any of my Clifford birthday party projects, I’d love to hear what you think!


More later! The craft room is calling, and I must go…

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Natalie Menke, the self-proclaimed Gift Guru, is always thinking about the next gift she is going to give. Her hope is to provide boundless inspiration for completely customized and personalized gifts. Happy gifting!
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