Happy Birthday, Tuck and Blue! Dog Party Ideas

There is nothing quite like having your very first dog- and for us that became plural when we fell in love with 2 puppies on the same day! My son has always wanted a Golden Retriever, but allergies kept us from being able to have one. As much as he loves them, he was allergic to them! And so, I began researching Golden Doodles- the most adorable combination of Golden Retriever and Poodle! We found exactly what we were hoping for and more! More, as in a “typical” Golden Doodle and then a Golden Doodle that looked just like a Golden Retriever- my son’s wish come true!

We literally begged my husband to agree to getting two dogs- he had grown up with dogs and knew 2 puppies would be a handful. But, we persevered and convinced him that we could do it! Coming from a girl who had never had a dog…my husband was right- 2 puppies at one time is a handful, but we survived the beginning, most transitional days and everyone adjusted well! Surviving the first year of two puppies was definitely worthy of a celebration in our house. We, literally, spent about two years learning about the best dogs for allergies, the best temperaments, the way they shed, etc. etc. We researched dog breeders, made our choice(s), and survived the funny and slightly exhausting first year of having two puppies join the family!

I couldn’t resist the urge to have look-alike puppy cakes made for our family to enjoy as a fun way to celebrate our puppies’ first birthdays. The pups were born a week a part, but we celebrated them both in the middle of that week with these fun cakes for us and Puppy Parfaits for the doggies. I had cute gold and white mini party hats from Crated and so we put those on Tuck and Blue (and their cakes) for a puppy cuteness. For their cakes, I wanted to have a little bit of color, and so I added ribbon to each of the hats on the cakes.

We laughed when we saw the cakes and how closely they resembled our dogs! I ordered the cakes from The Bee’s Knees Bakery in Athens, GA and gave them a photo of each pup. I thought they did a great job of making Tuck and Blue in cake form.

The more retriever-looking dog is Blue, and Blue is a little timid about strangers. His cake must have really looked like another dog to him because he barked and barked at it. He kept giving it the side-eye and then he would move away from it. Lol His nose eventually got the best of him, and he couldn’t resist getting a little closer to sniff. Needless to say, our social butterfly, Tuck, didn’t have any problems with the idea of a cake dog in the room with him! He looked at his cake (and Blue’s cake) with dreamy eyes and a goofy grin. The same way he looks at his doggie treats. He was a good boy to sit, wear a hat, and let us take photos of him!

While we humans enjoyed the birthday cake, we served the Birthday Boys a puppy parfait each. We made it with their favorite treats- pumpkin, greek yogurt, apples, and peanut butter. That sounds crazy, right? They loved it so much. I never knew dogs would love canned pumpkin (great for their tummies)- and I really had no idea that Greek yogurt was so good to them and for them! Did you? I have learned so much this past year with these pups! Of course, we did not give them any of the birthday cakes- those were totally for us! They did get a new chew toy each, though!

I always love taking photos of Blue in front of our blue door at our house. It just seems right. You can tell it is April in the south by the amount of pollen that is on the steps- and that is after I swept! I will never forget the time one of my neighbors/friends who had moved to Georgia from Australia called the company who built her back deck on her house and told them the wood was rotting or something was going on- because the whole thing had turned yellow! She had never seen pollen before (lucky lady), and had no idea what it was! They all had a good laugh, and now I think of her every spring when the pollen paints everything yellow!

I think Blue’s big smile sums up all of our thoughts on our first year together. We couldn’t be more in love with Tuck and Blue- and we loved celebrating their very first birthdays!! We are so glad we added them to our family and we all wonder what we did with ourselves before we had them!

I would love to know about your dogs! Tell me about them in the comments below! What kind do you have and tell me if you celebrate them? I never realized how crazy I would be over these 2 puppies, but I am so thrilled to have the happiness that they bring! You can read more about Tuck and Blue here- and you can follow them over on Instagram!

Xo,

Lydia

animal themed party with felt hats
Colorful Birthday Party Ideas

Have you ever felt stuck when trying to choose an idea for a theme for a birthday party? Sometimes, the best option is to NOT choose a theme, but instead choose colors that the birthday boy or girl loves. That way, you can make everything coordinate beautifully without being tied to one thing. It kind of opens up the options and makes planning even more fun! Today, I am going to show you how to use a colorful combination- and these party ideas could also be used for a rainbow theme or animal theme if you prefer to stick with a that…it’s like 3 in one!

The inspiration for this party started when I found these adorable hats- they are made of felt and have the cutest animal faces on them. I fell in love with the color combo and the whimsical design of the party hats- I love how each hat is a different animal and I love those ears!

Admittedly, I am a little obsessed with the cuteness and wanted to replicate the animal faces for the cake and other sweet treats for the party. Brenda, of Sugar High Inc., created the fondant cake toppers. I told her how I would use them on skewers, and she was able to make them so that all I had to do was just assemble the skewer and the topper when I was ready to use them. They were perfect! For the cake, I bought a cake at my local grocery store and added pink sprinkles to it. I knew I wanted a simple cake so that the fondant hat toppers would stand out. Next, I even used the animal faces for the drink toppers…

Sachiko, of Mimi Cafe Union, made these darling drink bottle toppers for me. They look exactly like the little hats in fondant form! They had holes for the straws to slide through and were perfect for keeping a lid on it!

When I saw the colorful rainbow plates from Oh Happy Day Party Shop, I couldn’t believe how perfectly the colors matched the hats I was using. Don’t be afraid to mix in an unexpected pattern (or rainbow) when you are planning the details- it’s amazing how something small can bring it all together.

Another of my favorite party tips is to find a way to use the birthday number and celebrate it. Decorated cookies with the number 4 were beautiful in bright pink, yellow, and blue. My sweet friend, Terri Graham of Sweet Goosie Girl, made the cookies and they really couldn’t have been more perfect or delicious!

When I am planning a party with a lot of strong color, I always like to find a way to temper the bright with a little bit of pastel. For this party, I used pastel pink napkins on the table and it sort of acted as a neutral for the table. I love a fun, vibrant setting but also realize that visually you need a little balance!

Another way to balance out strong colors is to use cupcakes with white frosting- it makes “plain” cupcakes even better when they are surrounded by all the colorful options. I topped the cupcakes with printable toppers from Anders Ruff Design Co. – I loved the funky little font Maureen chose for this design! If you love a more colorful topper, add in candy or fondant. I asked Brittany of Edible Details to make these super cute cupcake toppers and then mixed them in with the printable toppers. It is a way to have more economical options mixed in with the more expensive options…

The invitation and place cards were also designed by Anders Ruff Design Co. And, the oh-so-cute Oreos were made by Maria at Love and Sugar Kisses. It amazes me how Maria can make an Oreo look so fancy!

Once again, fondant toppers for the win on the Oreos! They are just the cutest! Kind of like these cuties!

There’s nothing quite like turning 4 and being with your favorite people to help celebrate!

What’s your favorite non-themed way to throw a party? I vote for colors- and the best part of that is that the choices are endless!! Tell me what you think in the comments below and have a beautiful, colorful day!!

XO,

Lydia

P.S. A funny side note about this party…many years ago (as in 2013), I was asked to design a party for Twinkle Twinkle Little Party’s first online magazine. At the time, there was no deadline, and it was a very laidback request that I accepted. And then, I became inundated with other work and had to place this idea on the back burner…and then TTLP moved and took a short break from the magazine…and, needless to say, this party idea never was seen or shared. Because I had purchased all of the gorgeous work from the vendors and it was too fabulous not to share, I boxed it all up and saved it for when I could actually put these ideas together. And, so…6 years after the original orders were made and plans were set, I finally had a chance to put this one together. So many things have changed over these past 6 years, and many of these talented ladies are no longer providing bakery work for purchase. I feel so lucky to have been able to share the skills and talents of Brenda, Sachiko, Maria, and Terri throughout the years, and I am thrilled with the paths that they have taken in their creative endeavors. I just wanted you all to know that they have taken their amazingness in different directions, but, wow, they have an incredible way with fondant and cookies! Cheers to them all and to growth! I celebrate you ladies!

Panda-monium Birthday Party Ideas

Ahh! I love this adorable Panda Party so much!  If my daughter had not outgrown themed parties, this is exactly the party theme I would wish to host for her!  This is the first year that she has not requested a certain type of party, and so I will just share with you these fabulous party ideas from Jenny, at Bloom Designs!  I don’t mind living vicariously through someone else’s fun, how about you?  Jenny makes “Pandamonium” look so cute!

The party decorations are so much fun- I love the set-up on the porch around the fireplace…and I love the panda balloons and place settings that are on the party table!

The design of the panda and the light pink plate color is such a great mix.  I think these are adorable!

Of course, I love a beautiful dessert table and this one is just fantastic!  The Oreo cake and all of the panda desserts are so creative and very fun…

The white chocolate mousse in glass dessert cups decorated to look like panda bears is my favorite on the table!

The cake pops are beautiful in blush and white…and then look how sweet the doughnuts are with the simple, but oh-so-cute panda picks…

And, the panda bear macarons are pretty darn cute themselves!

For acitivities, Jenny says “..during the party the girls ate panda pasta and panda dogs- the birthday girl’s favorite on the dinner table set with our custom panda plates and party like a panda cups. The girls entertained themselves at the panda polish station and went on a panda hunt. Once it got dark the girls settled into our little movie lounge area and watched Kung Foo Panda where they ate panda popcorn and panda puffs. To make the movie aspect a bit more unique, I wrapped the candy boxes in custom wrappers and decorated the space with panda posters and honeycomb balls.”.  I love all of the details that Jenny included to make them whole party panda perfect.

Pin the Nose on the Panda was also set-up for the guests~ and everyone was able to Adopt a Panda to take home!

How fun is that?  I think the party ideas are just fantastic.  I encourage you to let me know if you host a Panda Party- I would love to see your ideas, too!  Cheers to all of the fun ways to celebrate your favorite people!

XO,

Lydia

 

Birthday Party Ideas for Teens and Tweens ~ Emoji Party

Everyone loves to express themselves and EMOJIs make it more fun than ever! These birthday party ideas, with Emojis as the theme, appeal to such a wide range of ages.  I know it is often difficult to find a theme for older kids (tweens and teens), and so this party by Lillian Hope Designs is a perfect way to celebrate with something everyone can agree on…who can deny the charm of these little yellow faces with heart eyes and cute smiles? I also love the fact that they translate so well into fun desserts and treats!  These Emoji Cookies are just the best!

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Some Bunny’s Having A Birthday Party Ideas

This adorable Bunny Party is so perfect for spring! It is, of course, fabulous for Easter…but also for a Bunny Birthday!  I love the theme “Some Bunny’s Turning…” or “Some Bunny’s Having a Birthday!”. These photos from Lillian Hope Designs show you how to create a beautiful spring dessert table using sweet designs and easy-to find treats!  And, the printables are FREE over at Lillian Hope Designs!!

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Bright and Bold Easter Party Ideas- Spring Birthday Party Ideas

If there is one word I would use to describe Tiffany from Fizzy Party, it would be FUN! Tiffany is always full of energy and this Easter party lets her energetic self shine through!  Check out the super-fun, bright, and cheerful colors that Tiffany opted for…no soft pastels here. These ideas and the color scheme can be adapted to spring birthday parties, hoppin’ baby showers, and beyond!  Enjoy!

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