WOW it’s been a whole year since Brooke had this party and I just realized I never shared the details! Better late than never, right? Sadly, this won’t be the full version I originally intended…. but I still want to share the ins-and-outs of this fun party theme!
I’m cheap. I also love to design things. And, I love scrapbooking. So I combined all three of those into ONE- by using my Panstoria Artisan scrapbooking software to create a 4×6 size invitation that I could upload to a local photo printing shop (Walgreens, Target, etc.) where I picked up the prints an hour later and then Brooke handed them out to her guests!
The next step was to plan activities that were “puppy” related. I actually tried to find a litter of puppies to have as guests for the girls to pet and play with, but no such luck. The next best thing- a litter of stuffed animal puppies. I’ve never been a fan of party favor bags, but I am a fan of creating something that the girls can take home (see this post). I ordered a bunch of Ty stuffed puppies online and that set the stage for our “Puppy Shop”: The girls got to pick out a puppy: Then give it a bubble bath: Each puppy got a new fancy hair bow (Dollar Tree!!): And the girls could choose a custom collar (simple ribbon that I cut and added snaps to): And of course they got to pick a nametag: And finally, fill out an Adoption Certificate, complete with a puppy paw stamp: The result:
Keeping it simple…. I filled picture frames with ‘dog’ themed wrapping paper, made my own garland and for our serving dishes and bowls I picked up dog dishes from the Dollar Tree!
OK, that was a little hard to come up with! I had purchased dog bowls to use as serving bowls, and wanted to fill them with snacks that looked like dog food. “Scooby Snacks” from Target (those were quite hard to find!): And trying to think of other foods that look like dog food but taste good- well Whoppers is a no-brainer….. We also made “puppy chow” aka Muddy Buddies or Monkey Munch depending on where you live. Basically it’s Chex tossed with peanut butter and chocolate and rolled in powdered sugar. Some red licorice as toy ropes: And because I hate it when kids open drinks and misplace them…. I made custom labels for the water bottles so they could write their name on their bottle! Here’s what the typical “dog dish” looked like: And here’s the typical method of eating said food: THE DESSERT
Brooke originally wanted an ice-cream cake. Then that turned into cupcakes. So I got the brilliant idea of making our own ice-cream cupcakes: The decoration on top was meant to be just that…. a decoration. But instead the girls decided to use that as a handle and eat them upside down! Details on how I made these Ice-Cream cupcakes can be found here.