Belle turned 5 today. (Tear, Tear) She requested a puppy themed birthday party and her wish is almost always our command. Yes, we have indeed created a monster. It was lots of work but tons of fun for the whole family.
I'm a firm believer that the key to any successful kid party is keeping them occupied at all times or else you will lose them forever. We set up a table with puppy coloring sheets and crayons for the kids to work on while all the party guests arrived. Every child was given a pair of puppy ears and took turns getting their face painted, along with temporary tattoos while they were coloring. Of course, they all had to take a turn on the trampoline as well.
After everyone finally arrived and all of those who wanted their face painted were painted-up, we gathered around for a story all about puppies. We pretended to be puppies by digging in the sand where there were lots of doggie treasures buried.
Once the kids knew all about what it meant to take care of a puppy it was time to adopt one of their own.
After the adoption paper work was completed and their dogs were given a proper name, each puppy had to be checked out by our local vet, Dr. Atley. He was very thorough in his examination and equipped each new owner with a free sample of puppy vitamins.
When the puppy was given a clean bill of health their owner could visit Nash's Tee-Pee Pet Shop where each child purchased a collar, puppy chow, a blanket, and a ball for their new pet.
Next the kids decorated puppy houses.
By this point our new pet owners were famished. We plopped them in front of the TV with a carton of "PUP"corn for an episode of Paw Patrol while we got their Hot "DOGS" ready.
I used a bone-shaped cookie cutter for the water melon and each child had their own doggie dish to eat from.
Harley's cake looked like a giant bowl of dog food. It was obviously Nash's favorite part of the whole evening.
Last, but not least, the little kids whacked the puppy piñata with all their might but it took the brute strength of Nash to fully decapitate the poor fellow.
By the end of the evening the party got completely out of hand when the party-goers stripped to their underwear and jumped into the hot tub.
Happy Birthday Princess! You are a precious gift to us and we love you more than you could possibly imagine.