The Cutest 1st Birthday Party EVER.
Today’s post comes from my friend Deborah who not only hosted the most adorable first birthday party ever, but she pretty much has one of the cutest kids ever, so that worked out quite nicely! 🙂 I’m so glad that Deborah is sharing with us because I know you are going to be so inspired, especially if you have a dog-loving kiddo in your house!
as many of you probably know, the options can feel overwhelming. Disney. Sports.
Trucks. Cars. Legos. Monsters. Batman. Dinosaurs. Pirates. The list could go on
and on. And a one year old doesn’t have many preferences yet (at least not ones
that make good party themes), so they certainly can’t tell you what they want;
also, it’s their first party ever, so
the pressure is on! My husband and I wanted to pick something that our son
Victor Daniel would enjoy but that we would also have fun planning. Thankfully,
the answer was sitting right on our lap.
name one thing that Victor Daniel loves, it’s
our pug Chiquita. His face lights up around her. He can’t contain his
excitement, so he expresses his love in the only way he knows how: by pulling
her tail, squeezing her paws, and chasing after her while yelling at the top of
his lungs. His fast and uncoordinated movements scare the daylights out of her,
but I think deep down, she loves him too.
a dog-themed birthday party. After spending just a few minutes on Google and
Pinterest, I felt confident that my husband and I could totally run with this
theme and have fun doing it, too.
student, we started planning about a month in advance. Every night, after our
son would go to sleep, we would spend about an hour doing one thing. And day by
day, we chipped away at every little de-tail. J
found a lot of cute ones on Pinterest and Etsy, but the one that stole my heart
was one by Dee Dub
Designs that had a picture of a pug front and center (gee, I wonder why).
The best part was that for about $12, Dee Dub
Designs personalized the invitation for us and emailed it to me within 12
hours of my purchase. I put the file on a zip drive, and the next day we took
it over to Office Max and had 25 invitations printed and cut for about $15. Easy!
show in 2011 about a puppy-themed birthday party. There is a video
of the segment posted on her website, and they also posted links to where to
purchase some of the items here. This
is where I got some of my ideas for decorations, food, and gift bags (more on
all this below).
building, so I purchased some paw
print floor decals from Oriental Trading to put on the floor leading from
the front doors to the party room. I also put a few paw decals inside the party
room leading up to where the food was. They were $10 for a dozen, so pretty
reasonable and a really cute touch.
found some really cute dog-themed banners on Etsy that I was really tempted to
buy, but they were averaging about $30, and an additional $15 for the matching
high-chair banner (which I really wanted). That was a bit much for my budget.
So instead, I found this downloadable alphabet banner from AlphaBanner
on Etsy. They have a bunch of different themes, including a puppy theme, in
different colors and styles. The Puppy
banner that I downloaded cost $6, and it includes every letter of the
alphabet, numbers 0-9 and puppy and paw flags. So basically, I could print
whichever pages I needed to create a banner that read whatever I wanted. It
took more work on my part, but it was worth it, in my opinion. I was able to
get my wall banner than said “Happy Birthday, Victor Daniel” and a high-chair
banner that had the puppy flags and the number “1”. (Little did I know that the
high-chair banner wouldn’t last more than 10 minutes. As soon as I put Victor
Daniel in the high chair, he started reaching for and pulling the banner. it
ended up wrinkled and torn. I didn’t even get a picture! Oh well. It was a nice
idea in theory.)
lunch for our guests, but we also wanted to provide snacks and appetizers that
both adults and kids would enjoy. Given our theme, we had a lot of fun with
this. As guests were arriving, we offered them “puppy chow” (Chex mix), “dog
food” (Cocoa Puffs), “chew sticks” (pretzel sticks) and “pup-corn” (Kettle
corn)—all served up in little dog bowls that I got at the Dollar Tree. I’d like
to think both the adults and kids got a kick out of that. And for the
health-conscious guests, we made sure to have a good old-fashioned veggie tray
and fruit. For drinks, guests could help themselves to their very own bone
sippy cups, which I got from Oriental Trading.
dog-themed party than hotdogs! We saw an idea online of having a hotdog bar
with enough ingredients available to create different styles of hotdogs, and we
loved this idea—first, because it is easy to execute, and second, because my
husband and I enjoy different styles of hotdogs from around the country. I
asked my husband Victor to be in charge of this, and he went above and beyond.
Victor chose ingredients that would allow us to create hotdogs from all the
different places where we have lived: Texas, Mexico, North Carolina, Chicago,
and Wisconsin. We also threw in the
classic American dog, for those who like to keep it simple. Victor created this
cute menu, which lays out all the ingredients for each type of hotdog. It was
quite a spread! And what with all the messy ingredients, I placed a cute
reminder next to the napkins for everyone to “Wipe your paws”.
called Capitol Bakery that does custom orders for cakes and cupcakes, so we
hired them to do the dog-themed cake. If you live in Madison, check them out: http://www.capitolbakery.com/. They
are a family owned business that specializes in baked goods with a Latin
American twist. While our dog-themed cake did not have a Latin twist (I went with marble cake—very kid friendly),
they did a fabulous job and delivered just what I was envisioning. I requested
a cake and cupcakes, so they did
both, and placed everything on a stand (which I rented from them for the
party), so the presentation was great, and more importantly, everyone
(including the birthday boy) loved the dessert.
contributed two desserts: 1) She had some cookies made that she brought with
her from Texas that matched the dogs on the party invitation. We placed them on
this super cute fire
hydrant cupcake holder that my husband found on Oriental Trading. 2) She
also brought some candied apples with her from Texas, so we decided to make
those the “take home” treats for the adults. We placed them in small clear tins
that my mother-in-law had left over from a previous party. A friend of the family
made some cute stickers that we simply slapped on to the tins. Done!
Puppy Adoption Center
Adoption Center”. I saw the idea online and thought it would be a great
activity for the kids that would fit with the theme and also give them
something to take home. Another great thing about it is that it can be executed
in a variety of different ways, so I was able to get creative and make it my
own. I was originally thinking about buying the puppies online, but I lucked
out and found some at a store in downtown Laredo, Texas, while I was visiting
my family over the summer. My mother-in
law had spotted them weeks before so she took me to see them, and sure enough,
they were perfect—good size (bigger than what I was originally envisioning),
great price, and a variety of colors, which allowed us to get seven different
kinds of puppies (two of each kind) so that the kids could have their
realized I already had a toy chest at home that would work perfectly. I bought
materials at Michael’s to make an “Adopt A Puppy” sign with instructions for
the kids on what to do. Finally, I created the adoption certificates on a Word
document and placed them next to the puppies. This allowed the kids to make
their adoptions “official” by giving them a name and taking them home. I think
it was enjoyable for everyone!
“doggie bags”, to fit the theme) with a few more things for the kids to take
with them. I got the brown paper bags at the Dollar Tree, printed the puppy
faces from the Martha Stewart website (which I then taped on the bags), and
colored in “Doggie Bag” with a stencil that I bought at Michael’s. Everything
inside the bags was from Oriental Trading, Birthday Express, or the Dollar
- dog-bone crayons
- dog-bone erasers
- dog stampers
- tennis ball (from the Dollar Tree)
live dog. So towards the end of the party we let out our pug Chiquita, which was
a hit for the birthday boy and some of the other kids. I think Chiquita also
enjoyed herself quite a bit and did a great job of helping us clean up the pup
corn and chex mix that had fallen on the floor.
the kids. We were very happy with how it turned out. I might even say that the paw-ty
turned out dog-gone paw-fect.