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« on: August 21, 2011 01:01:11 PM »

We adopted a puppy and with our vet we determined her birthday to be August 20 (give or take, of course).  So, having coveted some super cute crafted kids' birthday parties and not having a human child of my own... I unleashed on Betty!  The theme was orange, purple and white in ginghams when possible.



Save the date cards sent to the small guest list in May since August is a busy vacation and bbq time.  The pic is from Betty's first few days in our family.


Craftster post with details here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=380340.msg4499380#msg4499380

Then in mid-July I sent out invitations with a current pic of Betty - airborne at the dog park.


Post here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=388795.0

Even though the party and the decorations were focused on the back yard where the party took place, I wanted the front porch to indicate a celebration.


(post for the bunting:http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=370902.0 )

Throughout the planning process I wanted to make it as much like a human-child's party as I could so I started with goodie bags for dogs and for kids.

Dogs:



I made the bags from orange gingham oilcloth with vintage button closures (sewn on with purple thread), then chose a few dog essentials to fill them with: a toy (squeakers added to those for dogs who like squeakers), a roll of poop bags in either orange or purple, and...

a tin of Kitty Roca!


Homemade dog cookies, rolled into "turds" instead of cut with cookie cutters, and then rolled in chopped peanuts.  

The label based on Brown & Haley's Almond Roca label:

Even though, Betty is mostly black she has brown brindle on her head, face and legs so we often refer to her in terms of brown (as opposed to her sister who we refer to in terms of black).

For the human cousins:



A puppy puppet and a puppy activity: I found this puppy blanks and went to town.  First I drew some basic details to help with the coloring since the girls are younger.



The kit for decorating the puppies included bone shaped-crayons in a bone container, glue stick, googly eyes and collars (cut from papers used on the save-the-date cards and invitations).



There were mini-pupcakes (beef jerky chip flavor) and a normal-sized pupcake with a carrot "candle" presented with a rendition of the birthday song.  Both had either orange or purple gingham papers that I bought from an etsy shop.



For activities the 4 dogs (Betty, her big sister Olive, her Uncle Murphy and cousin Wacho) ran around the yard, wrassled, begged and played/laid in the dog pool.



It wouldn't be a TheMistressT/Bubble Off Plumb Productions event without custom Collar Cozies for the dogs - knowing party hats would never last.


Betty with her big sister, Olive.


Uncle Murphy

The cozies before installation on most of the collars:


For people we had hot dogs, of course!  Well, fancy sausages, actually.  Wink  And Apple Brown Betty cupcakes, also in the gingham papers:



... and a tasty strawberry rhubarb pie from MrsBowles!

Coming up very soon: Thank You notes for her guests!


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« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2011 01:37:51 PM »

Oh my goodness, the party looked like SO much fun! I threw a birthday party for my dogs first birthday, but it wasn't nearly as amazing as yours Smiley Love all the details, I'm sure everyone had a wonderful time. Great job!
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« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2011 01:42:22 PM »

Aw, thank you!  I wish I had more and better photos of the decorations, tables, etc., but it was quite a bit of last minute running around and once the guests (especially the canine guests) got here there was just too much going on. 
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« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2011 01:43:34 PM »

Llol you are nutty. It looks very cute though- love the goodie bags
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« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2011 02:21:20 PM »

Llol you are nutty. It looks very cute though- love the goodie bags

Nutty for my pups!  I have no doubt that Betty will remember her 1st birthday every bit as much, if not a whole lot more, than human babies remember theirs.
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« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2011 04:02:45 PM »

Fantastic! I am so jealous of how awesome this party is!
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« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2011 04:36:12 PM »

Fantastic! I am so jealous of how awesome this party is!

Thank you!  I'm kind of jealous myself... I want a cool goodie bag!
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« Reply #7 on: August 21, 2011 04:37:02 PM »

Awesome birthday party - so clever, everything!!!   Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: August 21, 2011 04:49:52 PM »

You are going to have to go into business doing that! I wish I was there and Im not even a doggie!
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« Reply #9 on: August 21, 2011 05:53:15 PM »

Awesome birthday party - so clever, everything!!!   Cheesy

Thanks so much!  I was great fun to put together!

You are going to have to go into business doing that! I wish I was there and Im not even a doggie!

I haven't figured out how to make much money doing it, but it would be a fun business!  Thank you!
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« Reply #10 on: August 21, 2011 06:47:46 PM »

Love it! So many details for the doggies.....and humans too. What a fun party. You are very creative and a super doggie Mom.
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« Reply #11 on: August 21, 2011 08:21:05 PM »

This makes me happier than you will ever know! Happy birthday Betty!
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« Reply #12 on: August 22, 2011 12:50:46 AM »

You must have had lots of fun. 
Every opportunity for a great party is a good one.
Luckily, I have cats, and they don't have any friends, so they can not ask for a party!
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« Reply #13 on: August 22, 2011 02:16:13 AM »

this is the best!!!!! as the very loving owner of two pound babies, I don't see anything crazy at all about putting the effort in for Betty's Barkday  Grin looks like it was a great party, so so lovely to see pound dogs in the homes they deserve  Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: August 22, 2011 04:48:22 AM »

Happy Birthday Betty! Clearly your Mom loves you! Smiley

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« Reply #15 on: August 22, 2011 08:49:15 AM »

Awwwww, you guys!

Love it! So many details for the doggies.....and humans too. What a fun party. You are very creative and a super doggie Mom.

Thanks!  The dogs had a great time and the people and kids (a lot like people) had an enjoyable time, too.

This makes me happier than you will ever know! Happy birthday Betty!

If I do this again, I hope to do it at a park or something so I can have lots and lots of dogs AND my boyfriend, Pete, there, too. [winks at Pete over the internet]

You must have had lots of fun. 
Every opportunity for a great party is a good one.
Luckily, I have cats, and they don't have any friends, so they can not ask for a party!

Ha!  Yeah a good cat party is peace and quiet and napping, broken up by the occasional snack n swat.

this is the best!!!!! as the very loving owner of two pound babies, I don't see anything crazy at all about putting the effort in for Betty's Barkday  Grin looks like it was a great party, so so lovely to see pound dogs in the homes they deserve  Smiley

Because the donation area of the shelter is a bin in the vestibule between the shelter area and the offices, I wrote a letter from Betty to leave with the donations collected at the party and I made myself sob composing, editing and rereading it.  Those shelter pets get me every time!

Happy Birthday Betty! Clearly your Mom loves you! Smiley

And it's Mistress T, and therefore Rocks!

Thank you!  I sure do love these beasts!

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Oh, that is a very elaborate doggy birthday! I love the kitty roca, collar cozies, and party favor bags for everyone! Ok, I really just love it all. It looks like it was a lot of fun. Grin I should share this with my Aunt for my Fur Cousins.
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« Reply #17 on: August 23, 2011 11:00:11 AM »

Oh, that is a very elaborate doggy birthday! I love the kitty roca, collar cozies, and party favor bags for everyone! Ok, I really just love it all. It looks like it was a lot of fun. Grin I should share this with my Aunt for my Fur Cousins.

Thanks so much!  I am pretty sure I'd rather go to a puppy party than a kiddo party, but then maybe I've been poisoned by Chuck E Cheese.   Tongue
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I just got my puppy, and this has me ready for her to turn a year! I already know that I want to invite her siblings, who we also took in but have ended up giving away! You went above and beyond anything i could imagine! i love the ideas though Smiley Good Job!
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I just got my puppy, and this has me ready for her to turn a year! I already know that I want to invite her siblings, who we also took in but have ended up giving away! You went above and beyond anything i could imagine! i love the ideas though Smiley Good Job!

Congratulations on the puppy!  You'll have a great time with  a puppy party no matter what!
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That looked like so much fun!  What a lucky pup and guests!
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That's really cute and looks like so much fun.  Betty is a beautiful girl and she looks very playful from the pictures.  Very creative with all the details - pooh shaped dog cookies, matching party collars....The party collars really got me! 
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« Reply #22 on: September 21, 2011 10:57:08 AM »

That looked like so much fun!  What a lucky pup and guests!

Thanks!  I think everyone had a good time and slept extra well that night.

That's really cute and looks like so much fun.  Betty is a beautiful girl and she looks very playful from the pictures.  Very creative with all the details - pooh shaped dog cookies, matching party collars....The party collars really got me! 

Thanks so much for all the compliments!  The collars were a lot of fun and WAY easier to get the dogs to wear than hats.  Wink
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« Reply #24 on: January 23, 2012 03:07:33 PM »

This really was the IT party to be at this year. Everyone that's anyone was there Smiley. So glad to see this recognized with a 'best of' award. It continues to bring a big smile to my face!
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« Reply #25 on: January 23, 2012 04:57:20 PM »

WOWZERS!  What a great day!

This really was the IT party to be at this year. Everyone that's anyone was there Smiley. So glad to see this recognized with a 'best of' award. It continues to bring a big smile to my face!
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