I have a little one who just turned one! :)
Remember my Pink Puppy Inspiration post? Well, I used that inspiration to create a pink puppy party for my little girl. It was such a success! I'd debated about other party theme ideas but, I'm so happy I picked a theme that SHE wanted. As I mentioned earlier, she things the sun rises and sets on dogs, so it was a clear choice once I decided to make the day her day. I hope I never forget how excited she was to see all the dogs. She kept pointing to everything with wide eyes and saying "dog" (in her little baby way--"daw") and barking over and over again. Truly, too cute.
Top left: My mom and I created a life-size dog house out of cardboard boxes for her and her big sister to play in. She loved it!
Top right: Puppy dog cake. I found these super cute cookies when creating my inspiration post and my husband had the good idea to use them to make the cake. I printed out an image, cut it out and traced it onto the frosted cake. Then my mom and I used the "grass" frosting tip to fill in the dog with cute puppy fur. We put pink polka dots on the sides. Too cute. :)
Middle left: I also made little puppy dog head bands using felt and purchased headbands for the birthday girl and her big sister (we just had a family party, otherwise I would have made some for all the kids as party favors). I can't believe the birthday girl actually kept the head band on as long as she did!
I was lucky to find calendars on sale at Walmart for $2. So, I bought a puppy calendar, ripped all the pictures out, and then taped them up in the dining room. The birthday girl LOVED these (and still does--one week later, and I still haven't had the heart to take them down). :)
I couldn't find any pink puppy plates (apparently only boys have puppy parties?) but we used these blue ones--also a big success. My daughter kept pointing to the plate and barking between bites. :)
Other fun things we did:
As "party favors," I bought $1 puppy coloring books and crayons.
I found a cute pink dog dish at Ross's and filled it full of Kix (looks like dog food to me).
I brought out all the dog stuffed animals we had in the house to join in the party!
My baby (now one-year-old) is still untainted by sugar and sweets, so I used this great cake recipe at Wholesome Baby Foods called Baby's First Birthday Cake. She LOVED it. The rest of us, not so much. :) Good for the babies, but not for us who have developed a taste for sugar.
Anyway, great party! The biggest lesson learned is that even at one year's of age, I think it is important to make the day for the birthday child. Her excitement at seeing everything she loved made the day for me!
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