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Hey party peeps! It’s almost Valentine’s Day and here at my house we are celebrating early this week by hosting a Puppy Love Valentine’s Day Party for our new puppy Deizel. This is Deizel’s first Valentine’s Day as he is now 7 months old. We brought him home last September and boy were my kids EXCITED! They had been asking for a dog for years after we had to give up our other dog and I resisted and resisted as I wasn’t quite over the loss of our other dog. Then one day my husband showed me a photo of this little guy and it was over! Walls came down and my heart just filled with joy. He was to be the last addition to our family and for us, Valentine’s Day means that much more to us, so I did as any party planning mama would do…I setup a mini party in honor of our not-so-little puppy!
PUPPY LOVE TREAT BAR!
Deizel is a Cane Corso which is a relative to the mastiff and is expected to be a really BIG dog. Even though he is still a puppy at 7 months old, he is the size of most full grown dogs! In the course of training him, we use many treats AND due to his size…we go through MANY TREATS! The kids love to reward him with dog treats and his favorites are MilkBone dog biscuits. When shopping in Walmart last week for a new box of MilkBone dog biscuits (Walmart carries the really big box which is so great for us since we have a big dog) the kids noticed the Pup-peroni treats and thought it would be awesome to give Deizel a new treat for Valentine’s Day, so I decided to setup a treat bar full of both of these yummy treats and include yummy treats for the kids that worked with the theme so of course these chocolate “poopy” cupcakes and brownie bite “terds” topped with bone sprinkles was the perfect touch and the laughs and “ewwws” from the kids when I told them what they were eating was priceless!
DECOR ON A BUDGET!
Celebrating life’s smaller milestone moments like this doesn’t have to cost a fortune. I always shop in my own house first. I borrowed the LOVE marquee letters from my daughter’s room and swapped out decor in an existing area in my house. Since the party would be in honor of Deizel, I decided to decorate with photos taken on the day he came home so I just printed out four 8×10 photos and mounted them with reusable glue dots to the fronts of the framed photos already hanging on a photo wall in my house.
GIRLFRIEND TIP: This is a tip I use all the time when hosting parties at my house. Use the frames you already have and simply swap out the photos so you can create a themed photo wall without having to put any additional holes in my walls.
While at Walmart I picked up a few inexpensive clear acrylic containers to hold the dog treats to display on the treat bar but also that would double as treat containers for the treats year-round. These two sizes were perfect to hold both the long Pup-peroni treats and the large MilkBone dog biscuits. I also picked up a $4 pack of felt hearts that went a long way by using them to decorate the treat bar and the dining table.
GIRLFRIEND TIP: I love coming up with creative and unique decor for plates so I came up with the idea of placing items in-between two clear plastic plates that match my party’s theme. Here I used red felt hearts and personalized each plate with a chipboard initial of each of the kid’s names. Super easy and the look is custom.
The kids had a blast playing “hide & go seek” with Deizel with the Pup-peroni dog treats. They are soft so they break up into smaller pieces easily and they have a really strong beefy smell so Deizel could easily find them when the kids hid them all over the house. For more fun the kids decorated a dog bowl that would hold Deizel’s new balls.
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