Friday I’m in Love – with the Summer Olympics!

Sorry to be MIA this week! Liz and Tom have had a crazy week (including an ongoing guest bathroom refinish) — I’ve just been trying to keep up. I am PRETTY excited that today marks the start of the 2012 summer Olympics though!

If you’ll be entertaining anytime in the next two weeks, be sure to check out the amazing Olympics party spreads below…

{Sources: Project Nursery, Hostess with the Mostess, U Create}

I love every single detail from each of these Olympics parties :)

-Charlie

Top Ten – Dog-Themed Birthday Party Decorations

As promised, below is a list of ten cute-as-can-be ideas for dog-themed birthday party decorations!

10.) Dogs! This one’s pretty obvious, but invite the pups to the party… Or if you don’t have doggy friends, at least include some dog pictures, stuffed animals, or pinatas! I love the pooch silhouette below from Julie Harrell.

{Sources: Julie Harrell, Kara’s Party Ideas, Pizzazzerie}

9.) Fire Hydrants. I got this idea from Max and Lucy — because fire hydrants aren’t just for firefighter parties. Dogs like fire hydrants too! The fire hydrant cups, candles, and dog treat jar below would be perfect ways to add hydrants to your party :)

{Sources, clockwise from top: Cheerios and Lattes — available at Birthday Express, The Dog Treatery, Remmeer}

8.) Dog Birthday Hats. I may be partial to my own birthday hat, but the hats below are also awesome.

{Sources: Kara’s Party Ideas, One Charming Party}

7.) Dog Houses. Can’t you picture kids loving these little party houses?!

{Sources: Juicy Bits, Tie That Binds}

6.) Puppy Paws. Now we’re getting into the REALLY critical components of dog-themed birthday parties…

{Sources: Kara’s Party Ideas, 5M Creations, Tie That Binds}

5.) Dog Bones. Sugar cookies (or dog biscuits) in the shape of dog bones are great, but I LOVE the pretzel dog bones below (bottom left).

{Sources, clockwise from top: A Cake Story, One Charming Party, Juicy Bits}

4.) Dog Kibble. The cocoa puffs look just like puppy food, although the gum drops are fun too :)

{Sources: Kara’s Party Ideas, Tie That Binds}

3.) Puppy Chow and Pupcorn. A couple more food options to add to the dog kibble — and best of all, these sweet printables are available from Pink Peppermint Prints on Etsy!

{Source: Pink Peppermint Prints}

2.) Doggie Bags. Perfect as party favors!

{Sources, clockwise from top left: One Charming Party, Julie Harrell, Tie That Binds, Pizzazzerie, Kara’s Party Ideas}

1.) Pup Cakes. Last but not least, every party needs some pup cakes :) If you’re worried you can’t make pups out of icing, you can always add some cute printable toppers to regular cupcakes.

{Sources: The Little Nook, One Charming Party}

Or if you want a full cake instead, get the step-by step instructions on how to make this adorable poodle cake from Martha Stewart.

Hope you enjoyed this little puppy party round-up!

-Charlie

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Dog-Themed Birthday Party Invitations

I couldn’t help myself with this post… This past weekend was my birthday and I had the best time! We just took it easy, but have you seen how many cute ideas there are out there for dog-themed birthday parties?! Starting with the invitations…

There are so many sweet dog-themed birthday party invitation ideas! I love the two girly invitations below from Etsy’s Rat Dog Ink and Jayme Marie Designs.

These custom letterpress invitations from The Handwork Chronicles would be perfect for a boy’s party though.

I didn’t find any schnauzer invitations, but I did find a few featuring boston terriers! I LOVE these party invitations from Two Pooch Paperie

Or these “Happy Barkday” invitations from Let’s Make a Living :)

And if you want to make the invitations yourself, there are some REALLY cute downloadable invitations as well! Like the dog silhouette invitation below from Julie Harrell

Or the “Come. Sit. Stay” invitations from One Charming Party. The houndstooth envelope liners are perfect!

Reminds me of the invitations below from Tie That Binds.

I’ll be back tomorrow with my top ten dog-themed birthday party decor ideas!

-Charlie

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