I decided a while back to have a Puppy Party for Leighton’s first birthday. He loves Gus so much that I thought it was a great idea to include him in Leighton’s special day! Our puppy party was sort of a chocolate lab party. I used blue and red with chocolate labs and red and blue tennis balls. The color palette came from a blue chocolate lab outfit I bought for Leighton before he was born, and I added red because it looked good.
I ordered the invitations from JLC Printables on Etsy. I got the print your own version. I only needed a few, so this option was great for me. Lindsey was great to work with, and I thought the invitation turned out so cute.
The decorations turned out so cute. I got a fire hydrant at Hobby Lobby – and I only had to call three stores to find it!
The balls came from Bambeco. $12 for ten, and I had a coupon. They were my favorite thing about the party! Of course, I used the silver pails that I used at Blair’s barnyard party and her circus party. They are from the paint section Home Depot.
I used the invitation from JLC Printables to make the little labels on the pails. They weren’t the perfect color, but they were better than the $40 chocolate lab clip art I found!
The cookies were made by my very talented sister, Linsey. Two Crazy Cookies is her and my mom’s business.
The precious Gus smash cake and chocolate cake were made by my mom (Jan McCord Catering).
This was a family party for mostly adults, so we had supper. Our menu included give-a-dog-a-bone-in grilled pork chops, sweet corn chew toys, bone-tie pasta salad, and watermelon fetching balls. I tried to plan the menu around Leighton's favorite foods for the most part. And it was all delicious!
The most important part – the birthday boy had fun! More on that later!