HOW TO ORGANIZE A PAWTY:
1) Pick a theme. We (Jax and I) decided we would share all of her favorite things. Balls, and stuff animals, toys, plus her favorite color, red.
2) Pick a date. Sunday would work best for all of our furry and human friends. And a small brunch in the backyard would be perfect (at our house) with all of her friends.
–Design Invitations: I designed Jax’s invitations and mailed them out as soon as possible to family and friends. I used Jax as my model for her invitation. I also layered her face in the invitation for color and 3d effect. For the envelop I used a rubber stamp from Rubber Hedgehog (Westie dog) and paw print from Judith Stamps. We personalized each invitation with our furry friends name and made sure to invite their human parents too.
3) Decorations. Buying decoration can be expensive so I made everything myself. I start off with making a list for myself to keep me on track.
-Making a “ONE” Pinata: Click on the link to learn how to make a pinata. I used a pull down effect (like the baby shower) so Jax could pull on the string and have the treats fall down. She was so adorable that Kia (her Boxer Furry Friend) tried to help her out.
-Jax’s Paper Banner: I wanted to create something different so I cutout her letters J-A-X and cut out bone-shapes instead of triangles.
-Doggy Party Hats: I made different sizes of party hats for different sizes of doggies. Small hats for small dogs. And big hats for big dogs. *Gather cardstock paper, stapler, scissors, and string. I used Judith paw stamp and white paint to make the party hats look like dots. Make a big circle in your cardstock paper and form a cone shape by overlapping the two corners then staple.*
-Balloons. I used three white balloons, made a face using a sharpie pen, and tape the side of the balloon with cutout paper doggy ears.
4) Plan what to eat. To make this easy on me, I picked up groceries for her human friends and furry friends. I had to get two cakes. I called couple of Portland dog stores and not many places had gluten free cakes. I finally got frustrated and decided to bake the cake myself until Christina, a family friend, offered to make the cake for Jax. Printed out a receipt and off we went to order a human cake (Jax’s loved her Gluten-Free bacon birthday cake).
We also had these great Cake Toppers from Brittany Hampton Design, also a great family friend. The adorable custom cake topper definitely represented Jax’s special day. It’s an excellent idea to express the creativity of the event. I’m not sure how many dogs can blow out a candle, but Jax’s doesn’t know that trick yet (hehe…which daddy helped), but a cake topper is a great way to decorate your cake.
-Table Decorations: I start with laying the table clothes to add color. Price $3.00.
–Doggy lollipops: Cover the lollipop with tissue paper and make paper ears to hot glue on the side. Make them look like doggies. Price $3.00 for 5 lollipops.
-Make paper hearts and paper paws cutout to label the human and dog food. Hearts for humans and paw prints for doggies. Home Supplies.
-Plants: Got 2 red mugs (from the Dollar Store) and planted grass from my backyard. Price $2.00.
–Put Doggy Treats in containers with paw prints that I got from the Dollar Store. Price $2.00 plus treats.
-Use Jars to put bones and nutrition bars. Cookie Jars that I already had.
(As you can see I got most of my supplies from the Dollar Store and just added my artsy touch. Most of the cost comes from the food, but other than that this is very do-able).
5) Party Favors to say Goodbye. I reused the small brown paper bags from the grocery store and used a stencil of a paw print that I made. Painted it red and stamped Philadelphia foam stamps from Making Memories. This is what went in the baggies:
-Bought Doggy treats
-Doggy poop bags
-Stuff-animals for “Adopt a Pet 4 Your Pet” basket.
6) Party Dress. I made Jax’s birthday outfit. We wanted to make sure she looked her best. A simple tutu with a white sweater. I’m not sure why I decide on white when it rains in Oregon, but I wanted her to pop from the red decorations. *I cut the tulle fabric into strips and hot glue the strips inside the elastic band. For Jax, I cut the inside strips shorter so she can move.* We got up early to bathe and do her hair with some old-school rollers.
We are lucky to have amazing human friends that came early to help decorate and make food. Jax got many wonderful gifts that will keep her busy for days. Thank you family and friends!