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A Puppy Pawty

A Puppy Pawty

Swell Parties: It was a PAWTY: Turning Two!

We don't own a puppy or a dog or any living pet for that matter, but it became very obvious that my little girl LOVED her some doggies as it was one of her first five words and still remains a favorite. When your daughter is a bit behind on her language development you definitely pay attention to the few things she does say so with that, a puppy themed birthday just seemed to be the ticket. 
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Unfortunately, my diy invitations were quite a bit of work. My printer was out of the right color ink and nothing I tried made them print correctly. I then spent an hour at Office Depot and still had to handcut the invites to fit in the cute little envelopes! Never again.
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Thank heavens dog related party decor is SO EASY. I pulled Pinterest pins and then went to Hobby Lobby during Valentine's season and lucked out to find the puppy foam valentine decor I used everywhere and lots of pink, black and white decor which pretty much took care of most my party needs. The foam puppy Valentines took me ten minutes to assemble and cost $4.99 for a pack of 12.
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I used the mason jars I always have and invested in off of Amazon a few years ago. If you follow any previous party posts, you can tell I love colored straws. For the favors, I used Oriental Trading as they were the best price on small stuffed puppy dogs and I was on a budget. No really, I was, which is why we kept the food super simple and just went with baby's breath for flowers thanks to mom from Ginger Lily Events. Since we don't anticipate having a lot of energy for entertaining once we have two babies in the house, we decided to invite most of Isla's playmates, school mates, etc. and their families.
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For the hot dog silver warming covers, bone cookie cutter (which was too big for my sandwich idea), dog bowls and miniature toy dogs that I used on the cupcakes, I bought through my Amazon Prime account. My mom made a wonderful cake from scratch full of everything that will make a person incredibly bloated and fat. It was thoroughly iced at my request as we all have a knack of never making enough icing. The cupcakes were magically on sale at Whole Foods the day before the party. I wanted real food and not weird ingredients. Have you ever read the stuff they put in baked goods at the grocery store? Ugh. Since we had so many little ones, I wanted a mix of cupcake sizes and the marshmallow paw prints took all of 5 minutes to add.
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--- Note my childhood Spottie Dottie Piggy Bank as a cake topper ---
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The puppy chow was clearly easy (Chex mix), the bone sandwiches never materialized as planned but were easy (pb&j) and the "fetch sticks" were a ten minute project and seemed to be popular. They all pretty much got eaten. I used Ghiradelli chocolate bites for the melting over the stove from Target and laid them out on parchment paper to cool. 
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--- The Party Attire ---
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Isla's little party dress came from the clearance rack at Nordstrom at Christmas and was a Santa gift. It was less than $25 if I remember correctly? The best part was her handmade birthday hat and puppy ear headband that my cousin made and sent from LA. They arrived the day before the party after getting held up in the mail. She wore them the night they arrived and then fought us on the actual birthday! Her Coral Pear bow moccasins.were a Black Friday Deal and she finally fit in them after months of me waiting. 
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Perhaps the most unique part of the day was getting to have the only neonatal puppy orphanage in the country (Bosley's Place) come to the party with the cutest 8 week old puppy dogs. I was so busy I barely got to pet them, but Isla's face was to die for when she first got to meet them. And then she was back to the jumpy house (her first birthday gift from last year which is the best thing ever to have for play dates). I barely even saw her the entire day she was having too much fun.
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And our Swell Forever cover page model with yet another dog...several years later!
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The highlight of the day for me was definitely all the friends and family that came out and the moment mom said she saw Isla sitting by herself at the cake table in a chair helping herself to cupcakes off the table. She gladly let me take a few photos as long as she could stuff herself without interference. She loves her "cayke." Actually, ever since learning the word, she asks for it first thing in the crib every morning. 
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I toyed with having a no gift party again this year but figured books couldn't hurt and any extras would be donated to our library. The amazing thing is we didn't really have any duplicates at all and her library for her language development is amazing now. So many adorable books were gifted and a few awesome toys. How we made it through a birthday without a toy or book we already had, I will never know! 
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And that was our last birthday party as a family of three!

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