Oh my, what a fabulous PUPPY PARTY!!  Hosted by party mom Shannon and sent over to me my Kelly of WH Hostess, this party will leave you BEGGING for MORE!!  The pictures truly speak for themselves and Kelly provides a detailed description of all of the fantastic birthday party ideas ~ but I must say to be be sure to notice…

1. THE LIFE-SIZE PUPPY CAKE

2.  CAMERON’S “BARKERY” (Dessert Table)

3.  THE PHOTO BOOTH (So Creative!)

4.  The HERRINGBONE PATTERN CREATED FOR THE PARTY!

So, yes, that is the CAKE!  I just love how unexpected it is- so cute sitting atop the herringbone-patterned-cake!

Welcome to Cameron’s Barkery!  How adorable is that name for the dessert station?  The matching cookies are just so cute!  The party hats definitely top them off!

Brownie Bites with Dog Bones…

“Chew Toy” Twizzlers…

Cake pops shaped like balls…

The table settings were gorgeous!

I love the classic use of red, blue, and brown, and black~

Notice the “CLINGS” that Kelly designed – they cling to the mirror and the vases and then easily remove after the party!  What a unique and fabulous way to add decorations!

There were lots of clever and creative puppy-activities to keep all of the guests busy, but the PHOTO BOOTH is my favorite!!  Dog silhouettes were designed by WH Hostess and printed on foam board.  Ribbon “leashes” were attached so that the children could pose as though they were walking the dogs!  How cute!!

Kelly’s designs throughout the party are perfect!  I love all of the signs that direct the guests to the party stations!  From the moment they arrived, guests were made to feel welcome in the most festive ways!

Each child could adopt a puppy, too!

Balls and Frisbees were also on the lawn for the kids to enjoy!

I love the customized stickers that WH Hostess made for the Frisbees!  It looks like the Birthday Boy does, too!

Puppy face-painting…

WHAT A FANTASTIC CELEBRATION!  Read on to hear more about all of the details from Kelly…and also check by to see Cameron’s sister’s AMAZING BIRTHDAY PARTY, too!  This lovely family offers so many wonderful birthday party ideas to share!  Thank you to Shannon and Kelly!!

 

One of my favorite parts of working with Shannon, is that she loves to create an experience for the children attending the party.  When she came to me with the Puppy Party theme for her son, Cameron’s 2nd birthday, I knew we could have a lot of fun with it.  Staying true to the WH Hostess updated classic style, I created a brown, red and turquoise party collection with custom patterns that added my signature preppy pizzazz.  A basketweave pattern made out of dog bones, a bold chevron, and silhouettes of party pups (my favorite!) joined forces with accents of red and white striped ribbon, and THE cutest spotted dog in town.  
Guests were greeted at the front door with two large balloons, a “Cameron’s Dog House” hanging sign, and a jumbo stuffed dog (all dressed up in a party hat).  
They set up one long kids table in the family room, which was dressed with a red tablecloth and custom table runner in our bone basketweave fabric and embellished with blue pom pom trim. Stuffed puppies (wearing party hats, of course), sat at each end of the table. Two different centerpieces were alternated down the center of the table: a grass plant holding centerpiece sticks, and a silver bucket of red & white striped balls. Oversized balloons soared above the table, defining the vertical space. Puppy chair plaques were tied to the backs of the mini white Chivari chairs, and party hats dressed up with stickers sat at each placesetting.  We wrapped patterned labelsaround the dog bone sippy cups for each child, and bottled water was served to adults and kids alike.
The food buffet was set up in the dining room, and we accessorized the room by placing an oversized cling of our spotted puppy holding a banner that said “bone appetit” on the mirror hanging behind the table.  Two white urns flanked the table, with red carnation pomanders to resemble red balls.  The napkin rolls were housed in large silver dog bowls, and each item on the buffet table was identified by a coordinating food tent card.
The bar was set up on the kitchen island, framed by a pennant banner and a doghouse sign that exclaimed “Cameron’s Water Bowl.”  Drink dispensers full of sweet tea and lemonade were labeled with dog bone tags, and paper cups were dressed up with puppy stickers.
Outdoors, the seating area was dressed with throw pillows made in our custom fabric, and the fireplace mantel was strung with a red ball garland. A tray of “fetch” sticks (licorice) sat on the coffee table for guests to nibble on, and a basket of red balls and frisbees dressed up with custom labels sat nearby with a sign that said “play fetch.”  A bounce house and face painter kept the kids quite busy, and while they waited for their turn, they could “pose with the pups.”  This was, by far, my favorite design element to the party: we designed life-size dog silhouettes in coordinating party colors that were printed on foam-core.  We added ribbons to them to act as leashes and the kids could pose with them, as if they were walking the dogs.  It was the most fun photo booth I have seen yet!
The children and adults were invited to “shop” at Cameron’s Barkery – the dessert table!  The table was dressed in a brown tablecloth and had a custom fabric backdrop to frame the table.  It was laid out as if it were a bakery counter, and each treat had a tag on it with the “price”.  All white cake stands were used to highlight the sweets, and were embellished with coordinating Cake Plate Clings and brown & white striped ribbon.  Treats included puppy cupcakes, chocolate macarons, tennis ball cake pops, sugar cookies in the shape of our spotted dog and a bone, polka dot chocolate covered oreos, and whoopie pies.  Various candy jars added a pop of color to the table, and an official “menu” sign alerted guests to their options.  Kraft paper bags held a “thank you for visiting Cameron’s Barkery” sticker, and guests could fill them with treats to bring home.
The life-size puppy cake from Cakes by Gina was downright AMAZING!  It sat on it’s very own table, flanked by oversized balloons.  
At the end of the event, the little guests were invited to visit “Cameron’s Puppy Shoppe” and adopt a stuffed puppy.  The table was lined with artificial grass, and a custom fabric backdrop featuring our puppy silhouette pattern.  Wood crates held stuffed puppies, and each child had their very own “adoption certificate” and “doggie bag” to grab.  
This party was such a joy to plan and design!  I think there are so many fun details that could be pulled out of it for any puppy party.  OurPuppy Party collection is now available in the shop, for those readers that wish to incorporate our designs into their own party.

 

 

Vendors
Event Plan, Party Invitations, Decorations, Fabric and Cake Plate Clings – WH Hostess
Food and linens – A Fare  Extraordinaire
Cake, cupcakes, and cookies – Cakes by Gina
Chocolate covered oreos – Sweeties by Kim
Fondant dog bones – Cupcake Social
Candy – Candy Warehouse
Macarons and whoopie pies – Petite Sweets
Dog tag key chains, dog bone cups, paw stamps – Oriental Trading
Balloons – Balloon Masters
Balloon Tassels – Studio Mucci
Party favor bags – Shop Sweet Lulu
Pom pom garlands – Best Day Ever Design
Striped balls and buckets – Harry Barker
Photographer – Only Once Images

 

 

 

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