Since Peanut’s birthday is the day after Christmas, and we knew we would be traveling this year, we celebrated with a simple family celebration before the holidays. We intended to have a brunch, but I got sick the night before so we ended up postponing for a couple days and having breakfast for dinner instead. (Who doesn’t love brinner, am I right?)
Even though it would be just a few of us, I asked Peanut if she wanted a theme for her birthday celebration. Pumpkin and I listed off a dozen ideas from parties we’ve had or been to or seen pictures of – but once she heard “puppy” she never heard anything else. (This was not a big surprise because she loves dogs, and often scoots around our house on all fours woofing and panting, and chasing our own pups.)
A few days after we settled on a theme, a neighbor was selling these dog plates for a good deal, and it seemed like an obvious decision!
Peanut requested chocolate cupcakes, and since my husband doesn’t like chocolate cake, I made a small batch each of chocolate and vanilla. Sugar cookies shaped like dog bones served as cupcake toppers. (Bonus: I saved the remaining cookie batter for cookies for Santa, which was a timesaver on Christmas Eve!)
I later found these dog bowls at Michael’s and thought they would be a great addition. (I actually didn’t buy them right away, and was trying to decide if I could justify buying them when they were marked down 70 percent as a daily doorbuster deal. Hooray!)
I thought about a variety of dog-themed foods, but with two picky eaters, breakfast foods are a slam dunk! I made breakfast casserole and tater tots; guests brought donut holes and fruit and dip. There’s a lot you can do with a puppy party, though – puppy chow, foods on sticks, hot dogs, doggy bags for leftovers, puppy crafts and games (pin the tail on the puppy!) and more. Maybe we’ll do this theme again sometime and add to it!
I found this puppy tee in a box of hand-me-downs while looking for Peanut’s “three” shirt, and some of her gifts unintentionally went along with the theme, including Paw Patrol toys and The Secret Life of Pets. Everything really fell into place with very little planning on my part. And most importantly, Peanut loved it and had a great time hanging out with family to celebrate her birthday!