I’ve always wanted to throw a birthday party for Jessie and somehow never found the energy while she was our only child, but managed to pull it off when another little someone was commanding most of my time and attention. I felt like she really deserved it this year since she had to start playing second fiddle to the human puppy after so many years of being #1.
I created the invitations on PicMonkey (I’ve been using the free version for about a year now, although it’s only $5 a month if you want to use the premium features), and had them developed as pictures at Walmart in an hour for 16 cents each. I bought a box of envelopes on sale that fit 4×6 pictures and use them every time I create invitations or cards on PicMonkey, so if you calculate the total cost it’s still less than a quarter each – much less than you’d usually pay for custom invitations and cards! I’ve become very crafty with my frugality since becoming a SAHM. It’s amazing what you can do when you put your mind to it – necessity has bred a lot more creativity in me than I previously thought possible.
I wanted to spend the least amount of money possible while still having a nice party, so we served hot dogs, which I thought very appropriate for a dog party.
I had a lot of fun with the food table and coming up with dog-related names/signs for everything. I bought the majority of my supplies at Dollar Tree where, you guessed it, everything is $1. I got this wire basket there, and wrapped $1 napkins from Walmart around the $1 plasticware from Dollar Tree and then made napkin rings out of strips of brown paper sacks that I also got from Dollar Tree. I used the paper from the sacks to make my signs, and also as party favor bags, so I got a lot of use out of them and still have quite a few left for future use.
I found these large plastic dog food bowls at Dollar Tree, and they were the perfect size to serve food out of. Paw-tato Chips, Puppy Chow, and Kibble & Bits. For the latter, I mixed cheese balls with Cheddar Chex Mix that I purchased.
I got most of my ideas on Pinterest (click here to see my Doggy Stuffs board that has lots of party ideas and more), but the Paw-sta Salad was totally my idea. :) I used the Tangy Pasta Salad recipe I posted Monday, using paw and bone-shaped pasta that I got from my SIL as a gift a few years ago (I also threw in a can of sliced black olives, just for fun). I was so happy to finally put it to good use! It was a hit both for the cuteness factor and taste – I got more compliments on it than anything else.
Tee hee. :)
I really had fun making dog-friendly cupcakes, or PupCakes, if you will. These are totally my own recipe and turned out so great – Meatloaf PupCakes with Mashed Potato Frosting and bacon “sprinkles.” Huge hit with the pups!
The humans enjoyed Cookies ‘n Cream Cupcakes after the doggies had their “cake.” I made the paw prints using mini Oreos and chocolate chips. If you’ve never made this cake, you need to. I’m not an Oreo fan and even I love it. Seriously good cake, peeps.
Jessie enjoyed having friends over, especially her BFF, Doc (pictured above). But since most of the dogs are older and it was pretty warm, they mostly enjoyed just lazing in the pool and shade. If you are going to have an outdoor dog party in summer, you really need to have lots of shade, lots of water to drink, and a kiddie pool to help them cool off is a great idea too!
Jessie got so spoiled with gifts – lots of toys and treats!
And we sent all the doggies home with party favor bags filled with toys & homemade dog treats.
It was a great time for both furry and human guests, and I’m really glad we gave Jessie the celebration she deserved.
Happy birthday, sweet girl!