Monday, April 25, 2016

Sawyer's Puppy Party

We got to celebrate Sawyer turning 4 about two months ago now.  It was so much fun!  She requested a "puppy party" and so it was fun playing it up for sure!  And no, she did not get a puppy.   The party was all things puppy, but there was no puppy.  I know... we will not win parents of the year award, but it's completely okay-- she had a great time.

This was such a fun party to really play up the theme!  Since last year she had a "Going on a Bear Hunt" party and it wasn't super girlie- I decided this year to play on a more girl-ier aspect of all things puppy.  It was awesome to see Sawyer's face light up as the decor started going up.  She really did love it and of course, that made me love it!

Get ready for a picture overload for sure!

First things first, my amazingly talented friend Natalie over at Topsy Turvy Print Shop designed the PERFECT invite to set the tone for this fun party.  She also created all the other cute prints you'll see in the pictures (the food tents, the favor bag toppers, the birthday sign, the cute framed signs). Here is the adorable invite:

Sawyer could not stop talking about her party all week long!  She was so excited she got up super early... which was kind of disastrous, because she was a bit tired which made her a little grumpy and super shy.  But we did the best we could and I think even through the exhaustion I know she had a fun time!

Here are some family pictures pre-party. Note the fun puppy ears we were all sporting for the pictures.  Each kid at the party got to take a pair home.  Thanks Pinterest for the idea.  Just plastic headbands, glue and felt.  I made several different colors.  For Sawyer's party shirt I just bought a pink shirt from Walmart and added a puppy appliqué from Hobby Lobby.  The whole thing was less than $7.  She wanted to add her necklace and bracelets to complete her party look!

We had the party at lunch and had fun with the food.  Here is the main food spread:

(I made these from ready made refrigerated bread sticks, just rolled them out and tied knots on the ends.  Spread butter and garlic powder on the top and baked in the oven.)

(Just pretzel sticks & Reeses cereal)

Here is the party table that housed all the sweets & treats {Sawyer's favorite!}

Some close ups of the yummy treats:

"Pupcakes"- Strawberry cupcakes with strawberry cream cheese frosting & French Toast cupcakes with maple syrup buttercream frosting

Chews sticks- the kids loved these- pink marshmallows & bubble tape gum

I made this chocolate cake to look like dog food in a dog bowl.  It's just chocolate cake, chocolate frosting and whopper candy. 

Scooby Snacks were perfect little dog biscuits. 

"Bark" -- super yummy! 

Poodle Fluff was just cotton candy 

Here are a few pictures of some of the decor:

Guests got to take home little dog bone sugar cookies that I made, and I also had out little "doggie bags" that people could fill with treats from the party. 

My favorite part was when we played the song, "Who Let the Dogs Out," and the kids danced to it. We listened to it over and over all week and Sawyer danced and danced.  Of course though, the day of the party she didn't want to dance at all.  It was still super cute with the other kids dancing with their little puppy ears on.  I didn't take a picture of it, but I have a video.  Here is Sawyer sitting in Lantz's lap (not dancing with her friends):

We were blessed by some sweet neighbors to let us use their bounce house that they have.  It was a great addition to the party.  All the kids had a fun time on it!

Everyone ate, drank, and were merry:

Of course when we sang to my sweet Sawyer, she had a bit of a melt down from being so tired.  She especially didn't like the extra attention. Poor thing:

But after the singing there were plenty of sweets and that kinda made up for it:

Then there were plenty of presents to open: 

Again, it was such a fun party and we are so thankful for friends and family who came to help celebrate our Sawyer Sue!

1 comment:

  1. Really loved your puppy party. It reminds me of a party that I threw for my niece on her birthday at one of New York venues. All neighbour’s kids were there for the celebrations. I hired a planner who did all preparations for that day.