I’m so excited to share Tyler’s 4th birthday party with you today! It was our favorite party so far. This year Tyler was really excited beforehand and we were able to have some fun activities and games.
Tyler has really been into puppies for about a year now. We have a toy poodle, and although he’s a smaller dog, they are the best of friends. And Tyler loves acting like a puppy and watching Paw Patrol. So the theme was easy to decide on. He still loves red, so we had to have another party with red in it, although I put a lot of blue in the party this time.
We decided on going with all chocolate for this party. When we were looking for what cake to get, we decided on a petal cake, but making it chocolate made it more boyish and fit in with the puppy theme. We had the cake custom made from our local Super Target and it was delicious! Our guests were asking where we got it. (Everyone knows I didn’t make it lol).
We cut a 4 out of striped blue cardstock and a slightly bigger one out of gold glitter cardstock to add as a topper. This was the first time we hired a photographer for the party. John from Country Life Photography captured all the details of the party for us and he did a wonderful job!
We made the cake pops ourselves. Getting 2 cake pop presses￼ made it much easier to make the cake pops a smoother round shape and the same size. We put them on small cupcake liners and cut out little blue and red striped bones to decorate the sticks with. Our super cute and yummy custom cookies were made by The Sweet Tooth Cakery in Tampa.
We filled french square plastic bottles with blue gatorade and used vinyl decal puppies on the front of the bottles in gold. Tying on some striped baking twine and paper straws incorporated in red.
When guests arrived they could take advantage of our photo booth wall we had set up for taking pictures. For the photo booth wall, we made vinyl decal paw prints to stick on the walls. It was a really easy way to make a photo wall and the decals came down easily.
Our adoption table was set up with puppies to adopt, gingham leashes, an Adopt a puppy sign, adoption certificates, and party favor bags. We also printed the puppy banner in alternating blue, gray and red colors for the front of the table.
We wanted something above the table, tying in the adoption center theme. So we decided on making a sort of “logo” for the adoption center. We made vinyl decals of a puppy silhouette and circles in black. Then added red vinyl decal letters to the side saying “Adoption Center.”
The adoption center was a big hit! The young guests took their turn coming up to pick out a puppy and give them a name. Each one got a Certificate of Adoption that we put the puppies name on, along with the guest adopting them and they had to sign and date it. So it’s official! Then each puppy got a leash we made with matching gingham ribbon.
After adopting the puppies, a party favor bag was given out. We had planned an outdoor game in our backyard, including throwing a ball into buckets and winning prizes. We thought a ball would fit the puppy theme. But it happened to rain the day of the party so we just put the ball in the party favor bags.
We did have a “Give the Dog a Bone” game that we played. It was just like Pin the Tail on the Donkey, but I had made a custom poster of the puppy used in the party decorations for the game.
It really was a wonderful party. We hope you enjoyed looking through the pictures!
What People Drank
blue gatoraid and water
chocolate cake, chocolate cupcakes, custom sugar cookies, popcorn, and chocolate cake pops
Each little guest got to adopt a puppy. Their puppy was given a leash and a ball in their favor bag. Then they could win lollipops and party horns at the games.
Activities / Games
We had an adoption center where each young guest got to pick out a puppy and give them a name + get supplies for them. We also had a photo booth wall set up with puppy ears to wear. Our games included the Give the Dog a Bone Game (I made a customized poster to match the party, the game is the puppy version of Pin the Tail on the Donkey). We planned an outside game where each guest would find one ball outside (like an Easter egg hunt) and then line up to toss the ball in 3 bins, each a little farther away.
Paper Products/Vinyl Decals
Designs, styling, and paper products + vinyl decals by Jolee Studio, http://JoleeStudio.com
Country Life Photography
Our Photographer was John from Country Life Photography. He did a great job with in capturing the special moments at the party, at the photo wall, and in taking pictures of the party table and decorations; http://www.countrylp.com
The Sweet Tooth Cakery
The custom puppy and gingham 4 cookies were made by The Sweet Tooth Cakery in Tampa, FL; http://www.sweettoothtampa.com
The Big Zoo
We got our puppies to adopt from The Big Zoo; http://www.thebigzoo.com/zoo/
The Tomkat Studio
We got our baking cups (used as cupcake wrappers), french square bottles, and party favor bags from The Tomkat Studio, http://shop.thetomkatstudio.com