Planning a feminine puppy party is no simple feat lemme tell ya! Here's my best shot - and it was fun.
(I have edited out my daughter's name in several of the pictures. If there appears to be a "blank" spot in some of the decorating...there is...but only in the pic!)
On the front door, this wreath welcomed our guests. It took forever to curl that much ribbon, but I like the outcome.
The cake was ordered from an awesome local bakery. Unfortunately, there was a mix-up about the colors so when the cake arrived I was shocked to see coloring more along the "neon" lines than pale or pastel! And instead of pale teal, there was blue! *sigh* It still tasted great.
And the coloring ended up working just fine with the entry table...
I put my daughter's picture at the front of a cellophane bag with the other goodies behind. "With love and thanks" was written on the picture (designed quickly in Power Point and printed at Wal-Mart) and made for a great "Thank You" card. (Stickers, bracelet, Fruit Leather and dog bone candy were included in the Doggie Bag. Bone Cup and Bubbles were given out separately.)
Stretch Island Fruit Leather is kept on hand in my pantry. We get it at Costco. The dog bone individually packaged candies and stickers were from Oriental Trading Co. with the dog bone cups bought off of Amazon.
Who can resist puppy chow? Yummy goodness.
Having big, awkward bags of chips just tossed on a table can be tacky at a "nice" party. The table was quite full and didn't exactly have room for more bowls. Instead, this basket housed the rolled-down chip bags nicely.
Strangely, I stumbled upon this nifty idea! I made a magnet board full of pictures of our daughter - birth to 2 years. The cut-out flowers I hot glued on the back of a basic round magnet (found at any craft store) and just "stuck" the magnet in the middle of the baking cup! Just the little touch of color and creativity I was looking for. (I also made a couple baking cup garlands which are not shown.)
Because we have chosen to be gluten, sugar and dairy free...all the time for our daughter, and some of the time for me...it's hard to find a "cake" she can eat! (Last year we left out the whole "get all messy with the cake" thing and instead she had half of an avocado with a birthday candle. *grins*)
This year, I discovered and apple cinnamon muffin mix that fit our "standards." She was thrilled to have her own special cake - with blueberries and strawberries on top.
Thanks for celebrating our daughter's 2nd birthday with us! Glad you could come.
We have been blessed.
*All printables were designed by WithLoveGreetings found over at Etsy. She was so easy to work with and helped me out with a last minute invite!