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Since writing the “First Flamingle Birthday” post for my daughter’s first birthday,  I can’t help wanting to look back to my son’s first birthday. He is now four and definitely no longer a toddler.

Our first born, Wells was obsessed with dogs. He loved big dogs, little dogs, fluffy dogs and even slobbery dogs. So naturally, his first birthday was a Hot Diggity Dog celebration!

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I believe that the key to a great event is making it all about the little details.  From the moment guests walked through the door they were guided through the party with black paw prints. I used these easy-to-remove stickers.

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Another element that helps any event to look cohesive and well-thought-out is to keep with a color scheme.  For this Doggy Dog Party we used black and white with pops of red.

I found these plastic doggy bowls from the Dollar Tree, for the kids table.  There are similar ones from Amazon found HERE. I used sheets of Newsprint to accent the other tables and found these adorable miniature fire hydrants also.

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In keeping with the theme, the snacks included “Pup-corn” and pretzels or “chew sticks” .

I always like serving drinks out of beverage dispensers in hopes the guests will re-use their cups rather than individual drinks to help reduce overall waste.

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WOOF!  WOOF! Lunch is served!

For lunch we of course offered Hot Dogs with all the fixings. scooby-snacks, cheese puffs and even “Puppy-butter and jelly dog bones”.  I used this cookie cutter and find that white, wonder bread works best.

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Even though it was only a first birthday, we still had some activities for the older siblings to keep busy.  We had face-painting, a Doggy Obstacle Course and even “Happy” the dog.  Wells’ grandfather so graciously dressed up in a mascot costume from Costumes on Haight in 80 degree heat.

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The dessert bar included every dog’s favorite treats – “dog chow” cocoa puffs, red licorice as “tug of war chew toy”, “scottie dogs” black licorice, color-coordinated M&M’s, custom Susie Cakes cookies, mini cupcakes and smash cake. I slowly collected all of these fun doggy containers from trips to Home Goods and Target.

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My absolute favorite part of the party was watching our guy dig right into his “smash cake”.  Just as a dog does, he went in face first and didn’t even touch the cake with his “paws”.  Too CUTE!

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Last but not least, the party favor! We set up a “kennel” of puppy stuffed-animals for each child to “adopt a puppy”! We also asked that guests please not bring a gift and instead send a donation to ARF – Animal Rescue Foundation.

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This was and always will be one of my most memorable events! Thanks for going back in time with me. I wonder what “theme” Wells will want for his next (5th!!) Birthday Party!

Cheers, Liz