A huge thanks to Minted for sponsoring Lowell’s birthday party and this post!
Lowell is always happy. His open mouth smiles, and eager greetings, his love for fetching balls, and his slobbery kisses have meant from nearly the moment he came into our lives he was our “little puppy.” That, in combination with his actual love (and I mean loooovvvvvee) for our chocolate lab, lead to an easy idea for his 1st birthday party.
Note: I will call this a “Puppy Party” but please know there were no actual puppies involved.
I began searching for and pinning ideas for his party earlier this year, but I wondered if, realistically, I’d pull any of it off. He’s my 3rd baby. Life is super chaotic these days. He’s. My. 3rd. Baby.
Enter Minted. I’ve worked with them before on holiday cards and Lowell’s birth announcements. When I learned they had customizable party decor in a puppy party theme, I felt like I actually could pull the whole thing off.
I ordered a few custom touches that made the whole event, from invitations to the favors that left with our guests, feel like it was custom in a this-took-a-lot-of-time way. Except it didn’t. And that was perfect because, again, 3rd baby.
Let me pause here to say that 1st birthdays are, like, my favorite. Because they are not for the babies. They are for my husband and me. They are for US surviving another year with an infant. There are grownups and grownup drinks and grownup conversation. Kendall and Leyna both had awesome 1st birthdays, and I wasn’t about to miss out on that this time around.
I half-homemade the cake and “pup-cakes.” Starting with some box cake mix, and adding some homemade cream cheese frosting. I got the inspiration for the “kibble” on top from this blog, but went with Reeses cereal instead because I loved the mixed colors.
Lowell’s smash cake was so stupid easy and just super lucky. I lucked out on the actual dog bowl (more on that in a bit), and that the small cake pan I already had made a cake that fit inside it perfectly. From there, all I had to do was frost and top with cereal and a candle.
I also filled paper lunch bags that we already had with Reeses Puffs cereal, and sealed them with some Minted puppy stickers. Then popped a label on the front that read “LoLo Kibble Co.” (We adopted the nickname LoLo for him from our 3 year old daughter.)
I feel like this party theme was destiny because one late night a month ago, I stumbled upon these chalkboard dog bowls from Williams Sonoma on super clearance with an additional 20% off and free shipping. I got 12 of them shipped for $75.
I am a sucker for fun favors, and I especially love when they are practical. These bowls are food safe, and make great cereal bowls! So each kid took home a bowl, a bag of LoLo Kibble Co. cereal and a tennis ball.
The table runner and signage were all by Minted. We decided a simple “bone buffet” would be a great way to feed everyone. The “bones” consisted of pretzel sticks, chicken strips, pb&j and cream cheese & honey sandwiches cut out with a bone cookie cutter, and Scooby-Doo graham crackers.
Most of it was served in inexpensive (new) stainless steel dog bowls that we can re-purpose or donate to the local animal shelter.
For drinks, we served beer, wine, sangria and soda for the adults….
And “toilet water” for the kids (h/t to a Facebook commenter who suggested that!). It was just blue fruit punch.
Minted also sent me this gorgeous art print of one of my favorite pics I’ve taken of Lowell, loving on our dog. It made a beautiful, subtle decoration on the mantle of our fireplace, and will soon find a home on a wall.
We rented a bounce house for the day. That was not a bad use of money.
We called it the “dog house.” Obviously.
And despite being super sleepy because he was too excited to take a single nap that day…
the birthday boy had a great time.
So suspicious of the fire.
Oh look! Fire looks fun!
But then he discovered the cake within, and all was well.
1st Birthday Party, the 3rd time complete! And I only went a little bit crazy planning it.