I'm so excited to be able to share the party details with you! And I realized after the fact how long this post ended up being, so please bear with me as I couldn't help myself ;)
I purchased this cute printable invitation and attached it to scrapbook paper for some extra pizzazz.
I made a party wreath to greet our guests at the door. You can find my tutorial for this fun project on my Birthday Wreath post.
The drink station...which included water, flavored water & pink lemonade.
The sweets & snacks table...
The circle banner on both tables were made by cutting out circles from cardstock, punching a hole in each end and stringing them together.
I used a purchased printable for the Happy Birthday Banner...
I made a photo collage which has a picture for each year of my daughter's life from birth to age five! You find my tutorial HERE.
Of course for me, the photo collage was my favorite part of the decoration. Can't believe how much my baby has grown!
The food & drinks close up...
It was an afternoon party so I kept the food to simple snacks. I made everything myself including the cake. You can see more photos of it on my cake post.
I used small gift bags for the popcorn bags and just lined with wax paper. And of course I renamed it "pup-corn" ;)
The puppy faces were sugar cookies with puppy fondant toppers that I made (tutorial coming soon).
I had to include some "puppy chow" with a dog food scoop (a clean new one!!!). This stuff is super sweet & super addictive!
When I saw this recipe for Birthday Bark, I knew it had to make an appearance at our party. Another super easy recipe!
I dipped the "sticks" (aka pretzel rods) into white candy melts and sprinkled pink sugar on them!
The party activities...
The guests ranged in ages from 2 to 5 so I chose activities they would all enjoy. When they first arrived, they were directed to the kids table where they decorated a puppy.
I made a sample puppy to give them a guideline and then put out all the supplies in dog bowls. The sign was made from scrap pieces of foam board and scrapbook paper.
Even the littlest ones enjoyed coloring and pasting their puppy creation.
After they finished their craft, I painted their faces (some of the younger ones said "no way" LOL), gave them a pair of puppy ears (tutorial on my puppy ear post), and then snapped a picture of each child in the dog house. I made the dog house from a large box and wrapping paper (and a LOT of packing tape)!
Holly of Preppy Lane Boutique created this photo booth printable especially for my party (and she created all the puppy printables as well). I attached it some scrapbook paper, mounted it onto foam board and glued on a coordinating ribbon. So cute!
Here's the birthday girl striking a puppy pose!
We printed out the photos and attached them to frames I created out of cardstock and scrapbook paper. I placed each guest's photo into their goody bags.
After everyone's photo was taken, it was time to let the puppies DANCE. The music selection? "Who Let the Dogs Out" and Farmer Jason's "Puppy Dance". The kids really got into it!
We also played a game of "Pin the Paw on the Puppy", but I somehow managed to not get a single picture of that activity! But you can picture it...10 little girls, some spinning, some funny misplaced paws on a giant picture of a puppy ;)
Next up was the puppy adoption.
I love these adorable puppies that I picked up from Dollar Tree.
Each puppy received a bag of doggy treats (which were Scooby Doo Graham Crackers) and given an adoption certificate to record their puppies name. The treat tags & certificates were a free download from Chickabug!
It was a great party that my daughter and her friends really seemed to enjoy. I loved seeing my little girl's face light up as she saw our plans come to life!
Of course as my littlest one watched all of the party excitement, she kept asking "When is MY birthday party Mommy?" Time to get to work!!!
The vendors/stores used:
Preppy Lane Boutique: puppy printables (drink circles, food tents, birthday banner, photo booth sign)
Sugar Diva: Polka dot balloons & straws
Dollar Tree: paper plates, napkins, serving trays, stuffed puppies, misc supplies
Target: dog bowls, drink buckets
Chickabug: Adoption certificates & party circles for goody bags & photo frames
Mimi Marie Design: Invitation
Cake, sweets & decorations: Love & Sugar Kisses (aka Mommy)
I'm sharing this party...