girls just wanna have sun


 So, Friday was my littlest's fourth birthday.  His favorite toy is a puppy. A very well-loved, I-wash-this- poor-thing-reluctantly-because-I'm-scared-it-will-die-in-a-horrifying-washing-machine-accident, goes everywhere with him stuffed puppy, named Puppy. Except stores. I have driven back to the store too many times for a puppy that has been sneaky and wandered off. "Where's Puppy Hunter?" "um, he's sneaky..." So, puppies that can't behave in Target, no longer get to go to Target, or the yardage shop, or anywhere mommy would have to drive back to go pick up said naughty puppy. Puppy must guard the car for us.  

Now, that you know Puppy's importance to our lives, it was only natural that we have a puppy party. So, here it is. It looks just like him, right...RRRRIGGHT??? And yes, puppy has no mouth.  It is covered by hair. So, there.


I just finished taking ILLUSTRATOR 102, from NICOLES CLASSES and must credit Alma Loveland, world's best instructor and designer extrodinaire, with the illustrative style. She used an example of a bear to teach up the pen tool in depth, in class, and I immediately thought of a portraiture of Puppy. The class is new this fall and is AMAZING! She tells you all the tips and tricks. I even learned some of the cool tricks that are popping up everywhere right now in designs. Beyond worth the class tuition, which is crazy reasonable. I swear by these classes. Everything I know, I must credit to Alma. I heart her. 

I used dog commands as my food labels. water/berry blue jell-o, chow/cocoa puffs, tug/red vines tied in a knot to resemble rope toys, bark/chocolate birthday bark that is. The giant bowl o'kibble is actually the cake. Instead of using a dog bowl like Jessica Kettle did here, I just cut two sheets of cardstock and wrapped it around. I also used real cat food bowls, Henry was NOT happy about that.  It took alot of reassurance that these were NEW, I washed them, and they have never met a cat or any pet of any kind. But they are cute, and look just like some I found at Sur La Table at a quarter of the price. 

Keeping with the dog command theme, I made a play station, complete with rubber balls and frisbees. I also made a bunch of coloring pages with the puppy illustration. Hunter LOVES to color. Remember his monster coloring pages from last year?

A close-up of those pretzels, hillarious.  They are actually Rold Gold Honey Wheat Pretzels.  They are super yummy, but I admit I bought them because they look like raw hide.  Those little paper toys?  AWESOME. I'm going to try to make some. They coil out and extend, and entertained the grown-ups as we made pretend PowerPoint presentations. We need to get out more. 

Just another shot of the dining area. I took pictures while I had light.  The veggie platters are empty, but they had cherry tomatoes for "balls" and a command tag of Fetch. I also had larger signs in the center that read Sit/Stay. 

SOURCES:  red cake stand (Target, past season) / clear cake stand (vintage, Etsy) / aqua cake stand (Martha Stewart for Macy's, past season) / white card stand (gift from this gal) / stainless cat bowls (Target) / dog themed cookie cutters (Sur la Table) / green stripe fabric (Brunschwig & Fils, found at Mill End Fabrics, Reno) I have to brag that I got this for $5/yard. / favors: frisbies and balls (Party City) /starburst punch (Martha Stewart Crafts) / tissue fringe garland (Bake it Pretty)

Here are my sources for inspiration; I wish I could claim these awesome ideas as my own... I decided to give some great ideas a try. It's tough sometimes doing DIYs. I always feel like I have to do something new. For this party, I decided to add some very wonderful ideas, that were just too cute not to include.  

kibble cake & bone cookies ideas (Jessica Kettle via Armelle), water bowl idea (Crazy for Design via Amy Atlas), birthday bark idea (Love & Sugar Kisses), recipe (Sweetapolita), puppy chow (Nothing but Country), ball favor & sit/stay command ideas (One Charming Party)

Printables can be downloaded here:

PUPPY PARTY INVITES (& envelope labels)



*just a friendly little reminder: these are for personal use only.  Please feel free to blog about them and include any but not ALL images of this post. Please link back to this post for the download. 




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