Landyn’s Puppy Paw-ty

It’s been awhile since we’ve had a party. Can you believe our ELMO bash was 3 years ago?

My sweet little Landyn turned 5 years old last week, and without hesitation wanted a “puppy themed” party.

So a Puppy Paw-ty we had.

Southern California is in a horrible drought and hasn’t seen rain in 6 months, and it decided to RAIN the day of our OUTDOOR party. We managed though, and the kids could have cared less. It was all around an awesome day with our family and friends.

Warning: Extremely picture heavy. I didn’t want to leave out any details. 

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As an activity, I planned on having an agility course for the kids (think, dog show), but last minute Landyn decided she didn’t want any part of that. Sometimes less is more, yes? Instead, the kids had three acres to roam, a trampoline, pinata, treats, and a fun photo booth. I set up little buckets of balls to go along with the theme as well. We had a puppy adoption area where the kids could take home a puppy as a party favor. I got stuffed puppies from the 99 cent only store and put them in favor boxes tied up with ribbon. The kids loved them.

I kept the menu super simple with hot “dogs”, “dog gone good melon”, “beggin chips”, and “puppy punch”. We had an assortment of sweet treats on the dessert table and I was sure to have “doggy bags” on hand to take treats to go.

A special thank you to my amazing fiance who helped make this day happen and my last minute photo booth visions come to light. And my family that came over the morning of and helped pull the whole party together minutes before guests arrived.

Another successful party in the books.

Vendor Credits:

Photography: Bows & Arrow Photography

ALL printables including photo booth props c/o Simply Create Designs

Pinata, tassle garland, balloon with tassle garland c/o Paper Fox LA

Polka dot table cloths and paper carriers c/o MYBDPCreations

S’mores c/o The Fondant Flinger

Sugar cookies c/o Baker Mama

Cupcake toppers c/o Cakes by Angela

Landyn’s puppy leotard tutu c/o Whimsy Ranch

Landyn’s puppy necklace c/o Paige and Penelope

Landyn’s polka dot bow c/o The Bows and Ties Shop

Fabric banner and cake bunting c/o A Petite Soiree

I cant say more amazing things about these above vendors that truly were a joy to work with. A special thank you to ALL of you that so generously added a touch of your talent to make our party extra special and unique. I so appreciate all of you.

Other sources:

Chocolate Cake: Costco

Paper Goods: Target

polka dot cupcake wrappers: Home Goods

Puppies: 99 cent only store

Pink poodles: Oriental Trading Company

Picture frames: Ikea

Kiddie table and chairs: Rented from Party Pleasers in Camarillo, CA

Center pieces: plastic containers from the Container Store, artificial grass from Michaels, printable’s, and real dog bones hot glued to lollipop sticks

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Until next year…

Lindsay

Party Planning Tips with I Do Invitations by Michelle

I am so excited for today’s guest. She’s my go to party planner for all life’s special events.

This girls got it got it going on…

Meet Michelle Knox of I Do Invitations by Michelle.

Hi Lee La La readers! Michelle here with I DO invitations by michelle and I’m so excited to share with you some of my go-to fun party planning tips. I want to start out by saying that you most certainly do NOT have to go all out to make any party “special”. Yes, I love planning and styling parties b/c well, that’s what I do and I love nothing more than trying to be crafty and creative but Cami wouldn’t notice the difference if there was a dessert table or not. She just loves having all of her favorite people together in one room.

With that said, first things first, decide on a theme. (But not too early for kids parties!) I don’t know about you but my daughter changes her mind all the time so try not to plan too early but if there is a certain love for something that you know they won’t get sick of – you are usually pretty safe :) Also, I’m all about having the child pick their party theme – I think it’s more personal and exciting for them! While I love unique and clever themes, I think it’s best to do something that is near and dear to their little hearts.

Second, use things that you already have. I have quite the party props stash going on it my basement (so don’t throw away things that can be reused!) but I use things from all over my house from picture frames to vases. I’m a big spray-painting fan so use things you have laying around and give them a spray of color and work some magic! I spray painted these funky stands holding up the trays seen here from Cami’s Curious George party and also spray painted dollar store trays and glass candlesticks to make cupcake stands for her Elmo party. Also – Target and Michael’s dollar aisles are AMAZING! They always have the perfect things to complete those favor/treat bags that won’t cost a fortune.

Lastly, I always enjoy finding a special birthday outfit for my daughter to wear – it makes her feel so special on her big day. So if you do nothing else, I always suggest a fun party outfit!
One of my favorite designers is *golden* - she creates the cutest tee’s to match ANY theme.

Thanks so much Lindsay for having me and hope you all are a little more inspired when you throw your next party!

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i do invitations by Michelle GIVEAWAY

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We are all guilty of it…party envy.

You know what I am talking about momma’s…

Those over the top, children’s parties that you stumble across on Hostess with the Mostess, TomKat, or pinterest.

No detail left unnoticed. Complete and utter perfection.

I remember scouring the Internet looking for inspiration for Landyn’s ELMO birthday party.

She wanted ELMO, I wanted something non generic and cheesy.

One of the parties that caught my eye was Michelle Knox’s ELMO party she threw for her daughter Cami. Not only did this girl email me back, but she took the time to walk me through everything that made HER daughters party a success. We instantly clicked and have since remained bloggy friends.

Michelle is a momma, wife, designer, party planner, and blogger. How’s THAT for a resume. She has talent busting at the seams and I couldn’t be more excited to share her with you today.

She has this ADORABLE shop called I DO INVITATIONS BY MICHELLE.

Whatever the occasion..

Party invites, birth announcements, save the dates, holiday cards, and more.

Michelle is generous enough to offer one of my readers a $50 shop credit.

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Here’s how:

Mandatory: Visit I Do Invitations by Michelle and come back and tell me what you LOVE

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Landyn’s Elmo Birthday

 I survived another year of parenthood.
THAT is a reason to celebrate right?
Landyn’s Elmo bash was a huge success.
 Thank you to all the fabulous talent that created GORGEOUS things for Landyn’s 2nd Birthday. A special thank you to my dear friend Nina that took some of these GORGEOUS photos while this momma was busy entertaining.
balloons: Polka Dot Market
Birthday girl’s outfit: The Pink Jelly Bean

Centerpiece: Maddylus1
Die Cuts: TG Black
fondant toppers: Lynlee’s Petite Cakes
Elmo Cookies: Pink Little Cake
Chocolate Covered Oreos
Elmo tags and party hats: Annalise J Designs
Plates: Target
Birthday girl crown and wand: The Wendy Miracle 
Elmo pails and bubbles: KKV Kreations
paper rosettes: Designs by Mary Grace
I think all she ate the entire day was SWEETS.
Birthday Cupcake
I LOVE this little girl so much!
And of course,
how could we forgot the ADORABLE invitations made by icandy invitations.
Be sure to check out all this handmade talent for your next special day!
Lindsay