Happy Birthday!

Adam and I don’t have any little kiddos yet but we certainly feel like our puppy is our baby. Poor Ralphie doesn’t get much play time with other dogs so we wanted to do something special for his 1st birthday!  Plus, Pinterest just gave me too many cute ideas for a  doggie birthday party for me not to throw one.IMG_1989

We absolutely love hosting people in our home, even though I despise cleaning and I’m not exactly the most organized or prepared person that should really be in charge of hosting events. Regardless, I still love getting to bring out my awesome serving pieces and whipping up some fun homemade goodies and having the crew over.  Ralphie’s birthday was the perfect reason for our most recent get together.  We invited a few of our closest Houston friends, those that know Ralphie and that have pups of their own that we thought might enjoy a little day of friendship.  The whole week I felt super bad because I know I barely paid attention to our little, needy dog.  He seemed super down that Adam & I weren’t playing with him nearly like we do, but I had a feeling he might forgive us once Saturday came and he saw what we had in store for him.

I prepped and prepped as much as I could throughout the week, I had the menu planned for weeks.  I stole most of my ideas from Pinterest (of course) and most of it from this super cute puppy party.  What creative people there are out there. The hardest thing about all the treats was seriously finding the Scooby Doo graham crackers.  Go figure all I needed to do was go to Walmart but I don’t typically find myself in a Walmart since moving down south.  Sacrifices. Everything was dog themed in some way or another. Complete with some parting goodies for our dear friends both with 2 & 4 legs.

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It rained all day but we had promised a trip to the dog park around the block.  Our little guy can’t get enough of being outside, doesn’t matter the weather he’d probably live out there if we’d let him.  So it was very exciting to get to see him run around like a bat out of hell.  Our other doggie guests were a little more cautious and didn’t want much to do with the mud pit that we call a dog park here off West Webster.  Our white ball of fluff was half brown when we finally called it quits, it was pretty fun for at least the birthday boy.

We challenged ourselves to a riveting game of Escape the Room, a game that Adam had gotten me for Christmas.  I love puzzles and we did an Escape Room here in Houston for my birthday so it was honestly one of my favorite gifts.  It was a bit challenging but we escaped! I was so glad to have some great company to give it a whirl with. After the game it was about time to wind down and let our guests get on with their lives and weekend plans.  The party finished with some homemade birthday cake which our sweet, furry friend Maybee was not afraid to dive right in and help Ralphie finish off some yummy frosting.

It was really fun to plan, I’d forgotten how much I loved birthday parties when I was little, the best part was that it was just for a dog so I couldn’t screw anything up too much which made it much more relaxing than I’m sure planning for actual children will be!  Luckily, we won’t need to worry about that for at least a little while longer.

Want to recreate any of the treats or decorations?  Here is my shopping list complete with where I bought certain items.  The trick is to do a little each day. You can work full time, clean, make dinner and still throw a fun party!

Shopping List:

Meats

  • Hot Dogs (HEB)
  • Thick Sliced Ham from the deli (HEB)
  • Old Wisconsin Turkey Snack Bites (Kroger)

Cheese

  • HEB Brand Cheddar & Colby Jack blocks*

Dry Goods

  • Pretzel Sticks
  • Cheerios
  • Peanuts
  • M&Ms
  • Wheat Thins (not pictured, I forgot to set them out!)
  • Chex Cereal (corn and/or rice)
  • Peanut Butter (I used JIF Natural for all my peanut butter needs)
  • Scooby Doo Graham Cracker snacks (Wal-Mart)
  • Funfetti Cake mix-any brand
  • Hot Dog Buns
  • Sliced White bread
  • Applesauce (without added sugar – I bought mine organic from Trader Joes)
  • Raw Honey (Trader Joes)
  • Coconut Oil
  • 1 can of Pure Pumpkin

Cold Items & Beverages

  • Jelly
  • Veggie Tray
  • Whipped Cream
  • Greek Yogurt (Plain but I used Vanilla since that’s what I had on hand, everything turned out fine)
  • Blue Hawaiian Punch
  • Country Time Lemonade mix

Extra Tools

  • Twine (Walmart)
  • Dog bone shaped cookie cutter (Sur La Table)
  • Small clothespins (Michaels)
  • Empty toilet paper roll
  • Hole punch
  • Candle
  • New, clean dog bowl
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Cardstock of various colors or prints
  • Precut banner pennants (Michaels)-SO Easy!
  • Small round cake pan 4-6″
  • Dog toys & treats for guests (optional)

 

Find Ralphie’s cake recipe here. It was simple, delicious and better than any premade cake I saw in town, best of all you have total control over what you put in it!

Adam and the rest of crew called the puppy chow dip dunkaroos, which is absolutely what it is.  The funfetti dip is from one of my favorite recipe sites Six Sisters, if you don’t have something pinned from them on any of your boards already I would be surprised! Check them out if you haven’t.

{Not pictured in my details was a Hot Dog bar which for me was very basic: Ketchup, Mustard, Relish, Onions & Cheese.  I cooked the dogs in a crockpot and that helped keep them warm but I wouldn’t recommend leaving them there too long…they can get a little icky if they get overcooked.  The best way to cook a hot dog is always on the grill but for such a small group it wasn’t worth the hassle of pulling the grill out so this worked just fine!}

 

I hope you enjoyed all my dog filled ideas. I’d love to hear if you give any of these a try or make them even better!

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