Let me answer your first question right away, no we did no surprise him with his very own puppy at the party. Or any time after for that matter. I was VERY tempted though. All that focus of puppies had me looking in non-allergenic breeds and all that. But, at least for now, a puppy just doesn't fit into our hectic lives. Maybe when he's a bit older and can share some of the responsibilities.
Anyway, back to the party. It was a great day. The puppies themselves were the main activity. I mean what more entertainment does a group of 4-year-olds need but a couple of cute doggies to play with.
If you're wondering where we got the puppies/dogs to come to the party, they were from an animal rescue organization. They had brought some dogs into Theo's pre-school to share with the kids and I thought, why not see if they could bring them to a party? Although they were quite generous and really just did it for the love of children and dogs, I did give a donation to the organization as well as asking the guests to bring food or toy donations.
And the black lab puppy even got adopted by one of the families at the party!
Photography: mostly me, but some by my dad
Invitations, adoption certificates and graphics: custom by me
Real puppies: Castle of Dreams Animal Rescue
Stuffed puppies: Aurora brand bought from Stuffed Safari (great customer service!)
Dog bowls: Petsmart
Cake and cupcakes and dog bone pretzels: Deirdre Thauer
Pretzel recipe: King Arthur's Flour Baker's Companion cookbook (Yum!)
Wooden doghouses: Birdhouses from Michaels with the openings cut larger
Cardboard doghouse: my dad and me
"Best in Show" ribbons: me