A Puppy Party for a 2nd Birthday

It’s a Paw-ty!

I had so much fun planning this precious Puppy Party for my daughter’s second birthday! I tried to keep it small this year in comparison to her first birthday party. Although it was difficult for me to narrow it down, at the end of the day we had a sweet little party with several of her playful pals.

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Ballon & garland: tasselsandtails

I fell in love with the idea of a white picket fence surrounded with pink flowers, green grass and blue skies… I couldn’t find a stock puppy party theme like that online, and couldn’t remember where I had gotten the idea in the first place. Then it hit me – the Ikea piece of art that was sitting in my daughter’s room! A friend had gifted it to us only a month or so before, and I hadn’t gotten around to hanging it yet. Now was my chance! I started looking for white picket fences to go with my vision.

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Wall Decal SissyLittle

Adopt a puppy! Not only a wonderful real life idea but the perfect theme for a toddlers birthday, the kids loved picking out their very own puppy to keep (complete with a leash and collar which I modified to fit such tiny little toys).

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Adopt card MimsAndRanon

(Puppies doubled as party favors, and all for under $20, win!)

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I set up “adoption center”, where I asked each of the children to pick a name for the puppy and sign a certificate of adoption. It was hilarious to hear the names they picked when put on the spot. We had a couple “Doggies,” a “There,” and one little boy named his baby brother’s puppy after himself ;)

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White fence BarbaraAnnsCreations

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I sent each adoption certificate home with each child, tucked away in a personal note thanking them for joining us at the party and adopting a puppy. A great time saving tip for all you busy mamas out there!

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It was oh so adorable to see her little friends bearing gifts, each excited as she was to open them and see what was inside.

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Moving into the kitchen, we had a delicious spread for lunch of bone-shaped watermelon pieces, PB&J, and juice in their very own personalized sippy cups (spill proof for mama!).

 

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Chalkboard labels sookiedog

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The adults enjoyed a Panini bar with a variety of all my favorite toppings – lightly buttered and grilled ’til the cheese melts on the skillet – mmmm!

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After lunch and a brief play break…

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We called the little ones over to sing happy birthday and break out the puppy treats: poodle sugar cookies, bone rice crispys and puppy chow.

 

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Cookie cutters chocolatesupplies

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Framed photo cards MCopen

Recipe post to follow, so stay tuned!

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All in all it was a wonderful September afternoon spent with pleasant company & playful friends.

 

Take a look at our fabulous Contributors to begin planning your own paw-ty!

 

 

 

The birthday girl eating breakfast and waiting for her party to start =)

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Ninja Turtles Birthday Party

I’ll admit, a GIRL Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Party was a bigger challenge then I’d imagined. When our almost four year old claimed her newest obsession (TMNT) I was excited to sojourn back into my childhood. A birthday party with my four favorite turtles?! Awesome! Or should I say, Cowabunga! Hubby and I were singing “turtles in a half shell…turtle power!” under our breath (or embarrassingly out loud) for weeks as we brainstormed.

Brainstorming.
This one stumped me folks.
But eventually I think we threw some pretty cute ideas together in time for a pretty great 3 year old to turn 4 in radical manner dude.

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The invitations were made by my hubby, who is going to take center stage on a lot of these party highlights…Ninja Turtles? He couldn’t help himself.DSC_0755

   He also made the awesome birthday cake! A bust of the birthday girl’s favorite Ninja Turtle (Leonardo) sat atop a New York Sewer Lid, all made of moist chocolate truffle cake. Aahhh yum.DSC_0760I’ll give you one guess on what we had for lunch. The kid favorite was inhaled by little turtles and grown ups alike. The fact that each kid had their very own pizza box personalized with Lexie’s name made it all the more special. If you’re looking to repeat this party detail I’ll have to tell you it was super affordable and darn easy to do. Hungry Howie’s gave us as many Jr. pizza boxes as our heart desired (24) and all at 6 cents a piece. And the cute personalized labels were from Party Prints Plus (a delightful little etsy shop) for an extremely reasonable price. They have tons of other cute party decor that extends beyond the typical banners & bottle wraps (though they have those too!) check ‘em out!

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We had a ball playing Ninja Turtle games! First up, toss the pizza in the pizza box Frisbee style. We used cardboard cake rounds we had on hand & some colored paper to make the pizza’s. My kiddos are still using them to play pizza parlor. The pizza toss was followed by nailing Shredder with ooze (green water balloons), Ninja training (“freeze it!” with karate moves), and a villain hunt. Would you believe it, there were bad guys hiding all over our backyard.
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It started to drizzle a little rain toward the end of our fun so we all headed inside for an indoor picnic of chocolate cake, gifts, and goody bags! Ninja Turtle loot included: TMNT bubbles, TMNT stickers, green water gun, TMNT paddle game (all from Party City), Ninja Turtle mask (Amazon), and some neat little turtle shaped soaps in the scent of “Monkey Farts” (oh the things kids love–apparently monkey farts smell quite delicious) complete with a personalize Ninja Turtle tag. The soaps came from The Bath of Khan on etsy. They came individually wrapped with a personalized tag and matching ribbon…awesome!! The bath of Khan has some seriously cute soaps people. When you go check them out take a peek at the baseball gloves, strawberry donuts, wedding cakes, and macaroons. Love them.DSC_0773

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DSC_0762A totally tubular birthday party dude! Hope you enjoyed it!

BTW…
The Bath of Khan opened on May 26, 2013 in sunny San Diego. They make handmade soap and party favors; soap favors, bridal shower favors, wedding favors, baby shower favors, favors for baptisms or any special occasion. All of the products are vegan and cruelty free. The Bath of Khan is a proud member of the HANDCRAFTED SOAP AND COSMETIC GUILD. We can be found on Etsy at www.etsy.com/shop/TheBathofKhan. We hope you visit us soon!

-KW


No. 5 Winner of our August Giveaway!

Amy Ryan won a free set of 6 hand drawn napkin rings from Cottage and Sprouts

Such adorable and unique designs, I want to be at that dinner table this holiday season =)

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Thank you all for participating, we have some very exciting parties coming up so stay tuned!

 


No. 3&4 Winners of our August giveaway

Congratulations to our winners!

Cottage and Sprouts won free printable invitations from designingforpeanuts

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And

Katie won a free banner of her choice from Julamade

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Don’t forget to enter in our final giveaway for a free set of 6 napkin rings, and share with all your friends =)


Giveaway No. 5 Hand Drawn Napkin Rings

Hand drawn Napkin Rings. Customized by Emily and available for free with our fifth giveaway!

Autumn is fast approaching, a time when families and friends gather round the dinner table to celebrate the holidays. These napkin rings are so unique and beautiful – they are sure to draw attention and awe!

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From an outdoors patio buffet to a candle-lit Christmas dinner, natural elements and woodland creatures never go out of style or season.

 

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Here are some examples of table and place settings we think would be the perfect backdrop for these napkin rings!

 

 

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(Photos are links to Pinterest, where we got the inspiration)

 

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Hand drawn by Emily, these napkin rings have got us in a festive mood. Feel free to send her a special request! The lucky winner of this giveaway will receive a set of 6 rings.

Below are the entry requirements. Don’t forget to share with your friends, and good luck!

 

 

Enter to win! 
From:    8.20.14   –   8.27.14

Required Entries

First: Become a follower of our blog, Toentertain by clicking on the “follow” button to the right (be sure to confirm in your email!)

Second: Once you’ve entered, come back and leave a comment on this post with the entries you entered with. (If you don’t see a comment section: scroll to the top, click on the tittle heading & scroll back down)

Additional Entries

Third: Become a follower of our Pinterest page by clicking “follow all”. (There is a link to our Pinterest Page on the sidebar)

Fourth: “Favorite” this Etsy page and share on Pinterest.

Fifth: Pin your favorite party post from our blog. (Browse through our party posts available at the top of this page)

Sixth: “Like” and share our Facebook Page.

 

(If you are already a follower, be sure mention it:)

*Winner will be chosen randomly and announced 8.29.14
*Announced in a blog post to our followers, so be sure to check your email!


Giveaway No. 4 Banners! Engagement, Wedding, Baby shower, Holiday…

Giveaway Number 4, featuring Julia’s hand made banners.

Add a personal touch to a beautiful engagement photo shoot with one of these black and white heart banners! Creating your own Wedding Invitation with a photo of the happy couple is the perfect way to share the love.

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Black and white inspired photo sessions with a banner would be a perfect way to announce a special engagement!
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It doesn’t stop there – tie the classic look together by using one of these elegant font banners at the wedding:”forever and for always,” or one of our favorite pieces of marriage advise, “get cozy” and cuddle often ;)

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And then there were three… Spread the joyous news and celebrate!

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Pinsperation: click on the photos to see more themes these baby banners would be perfect for!Toent baby

 

Ready for the Holidays? Julamade has got you covered for any occasion.

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The winner of this giveaway will get to choose from any of the banners in Julia’s shop.

Below are the entry requirements, don’t forget to share with your friends, and good luck!

 

 

Enter to win! 
From:    8.18.14   –   8.25.14

Required Entries

First: Become a follower of our blog, Toentertain by clicking on the “follow” button to the right (be sure to confirm in your email!)

Second: Once you’ve entered, come back and leave a comment on this post with the entries you entered with. (If you don’t see a comment section: scroll to the top, click on the tittle heading & scroll back down)

Additional Entries

Third: Become a follower of our Pinterest page by clicking “follow all”. (There is a link to our Pinterest Page on the sidebar)

Fourth: “Favorite”  this Etsy shop and share on Pinterest.

Fifth: Pin your favorite party post from our blog. (Browse through our party posts available at the top of this page)

Sixth: “Like” and share our Facebook Page.

 

(If you’re already a follower be sure to mention it :)

*Winner will be chosen randomly and announced 8.27.14

*Announced in a blog post to our followers, so be sure to check your email!

 

Don’t forget to enter our other giveaways as well!


No. 1&2 Winners of our August Giveaway

And the winners of the first week of our August Giveaways are… drum roll please!

Chelsea & Reina!

 

Chelsea please contact The Prettiest Print Shop to claim your prize.

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Reina please contact Premier Parties LV with your choice.

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Spread the Love: Please share our latest Giveaway for Free Printable invitations and more with your friends!

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