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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Top Ten – DIY Terra Cotta Planter Updates

Terra cotta planters are great, but there’s only so much terra cotta I can take. So today’s Top Ten provides some awesome DIY ideas for updating these planters :)

10.) Solid Painted Terra Cotta Planters. The bright colors used below are so summery! And the extra details added to the planters on the left are so sweet.

{Sources: Plaid, Modern Keepsake}

9.) Colorblock Painted Terra Cotta Planters. Again, SUCH an easy update, and the results are awesome. Not sure if I like the neon or pastel shades better :)

{Sources: The Proper Pinwheel, A Beautiful Mess}

8.) Design Painted Terra Cotta Planters. I love the ikat pots on the left! And the metallic chevron pots (bottom right) are just as awesome!

{Sources, clockwise from left: Bohemian Kate, Marry This, Chicago Home + Garden}

Of course, if you’re design-challenged, you could always just add texture (and interest!) by using glitter or puff paint :)

{Sources: OC Cottage, The Perfect Pear}

7.) Antiqued Terra Cotta Planters. These are some of Liz’s favorites (because of her love for all things shabby chic). Find out how to get the perfect antiqued, shabby chic look in the top left photo below from At the Picket Fence and Camp Wander!

{Sources, clockwise from top left: Vignette Design, At the Picket Fence, Camp Wander}

6.) Chalkboard Labeled Terra Cotta Planters. Most of the examples below label the planted herbs, but these chalkboard painted pots could be used for anything!

{Sources, clockwise from top left: The Robin’s Nest, Better Homes and Gardens, Halcyon Homestead, Tea for Joy, Practically Functional}

5.) Paper-Covered Terra Cotta Planters. Alright, now to the REALLY good stuff (because whenever Mod Podge is involved it HAS to be good, right?!). I just love these paper-covered pots. The planter on the left has Mod Podged paper all over, while the planter on the left has Tissue Tape along the rim (for a similar look without the Mod Podge mess!). Could you imagine these planters using maps? So cute.

{Sources: The Bride’s Cafe, Something Turquoise}

4.) Woodsy (?) Terra Cotta Planters. Not sure what else to call these… Tree-covered terra cotta planters? No matter what we call them, they are awesome (and a great way to avoid throwing out your yardwork scraps)!

{Sources: Urban Comfort, Natural Home & Garden}

3.) Rope-Wrapped Terra Cotta Planters. I agree with Stamp 48, that a little rope can take a terra cotta planter from boring to the life of the party :)

{Sources, clockwise from left: Third Floor Design Studio, Infarrantly Creative, Stamp 48}

2.) (Non-Chalkboard) Labeled Terra Cotta Planters. I’ll admit that when I was looking for ideas for this post, there were a lot of chalkboard labeling ideas. I mean A LOT. So I was pretty excited to find these terra cotta planter labeling ideas that DIDN’T involve chalkboard paint… I love the simple paper labels for spoons, forks and knives (you may recognize this picture from one of my earlier posts about barbecue utensil holders). And I can’t believe the label on the bottom photo is made from a used pop can!

{Sources, clockwise from top left: Real Simple, Smile Monsters via Knock Off Decor, Grey Luster Girl}

1.) Fabric-Covered Terra Cotta Planters. Without a doubt, my favorite terra cotta planter updates have to be these fabric-covered pots! It doesn’t matter whether they’re covered in lace, Christmas sweaters, or just plain fabric, I love these updates!

{Sources, clockwise from top left: A Beautiful Mess, Under the Sycamore, You are my Fave}

Hope you enjoy all of these great ideas!

-Charlie

Top Ten – DIY Cupcake Toppers

I know, I know, top TEN… Well, I couldn’t pick ONLY ten, so instead you get 25 great DIY Fourth of July cupcake topper ideas :)

Starting with printable cupcake toppers. Love these easy DIYs! And did I mention that they’re FREE!?!

{25: Poppies at Play, 24: Bella Grace Party Designs, 23: Made in a Day, 22: Hoosier Homemade}

So many great ideas for cupcake toppers made of paper. I love the Fourth of July flower cupcake picks (#20) and “Interstate 4” cupcake picks (#19) below…

{21: It’s Overflowing, 20: Printable Party Kits, 19: Color Sizzle, 18: Silhouette}

Pendant and ribbon cupcake toppers are a great option also. Who would have thought to use Washi Tape to make cupcake picks (#17)!? And can we talk about how cute the cupcake liner is in #14?!

{17: Shaken Together, 16: Creature Comforts, 15: Thoughtfully Simple, 14: Ellinee, 13: Style Me Pretty}

Of course there are always MORE paper cupcake topper options… The USA topper (#11) and blue and white bunting topper (#10) are so sweet I had to include them (even though they’re technically a cake pop topper and cake topper) — they could certainly be used on cupcakes! The bunting (#10) actually spells out “love”, which makes it even better :)

{12: Today’s Creative Blog, 11: Sweet Rose Studio, 10: B.loved, 9: The Long Thread}

And for some star cupcake topper ideas… The stars in #7 spell out “sparkle” and the stars in #6 are sugar cookies!

{8: Fiskars, 7: Icing Designs, 6: Inchmark}

¬†My top five Fourth of July cupcake toppers span pinwheels, sparklers, firecrackers…

{5: Martha Stewart, 4: Two Shades of Pink, 3: Larchmont Buzz}

And of course MORE sparklers! I LOVE #2, but you definitely can’t go wrong with the real thing (#1!).

{2: Be Different Act Normal, 1: Marlein Overakker}

Hope you enjoy my favorite Fourth of July cupcake topper ideas!! Please don’t forget to follow me by E-mail or RSS, or Like my Facebook page to show me some love!

-Charlie