Dog Birthday Party

Puppy Dog Birthday Party: easy ideas for a dog cake for humans, and a real dog, along with inexpensive dog themed decorations, and dessert table.

This past weekend my little pet doggie Oscar turned one, and we celebrated with a Dog Birthday Party.

Puppy Dog Birthday Party: easy ideas for a dog cake for humans, and a real dog, along with inexpensive dog themed decorations, and dessert table.

Let me just say right off the top that I know some people might think this is a little crazy.  And it is.  I know my doggie didn’t actually need a birthday party, in fact he probably didn’t even realize that it was his birthday party, lol.  But if we’re in the business of making life a party, then why not take all the  reasons we can find to celebrate?  I want to create crazy memories for my kids, and god children that they’ll remember when they grow up.  I want them to have stories like “remember when Oscar turned one and we had a little birthday party for him?  And it was so silly and so much fun.”  Those are the kind of things I want to hear them remembering when they’re all grown up.  Any excuse to celebrate, any reason to bake a cake and sing, any time we can gather with people we love and share a meal, and any day we can truly make life into a party -I say let’s do it!

Puppy Dog Birthday Party: easy ideas for a dog cake for humans, and a real dog, along with inexpensive dog themed decorations, and dessert table.

I had some fun setting up a pretty dessert table and a few decorations -but I promise it was all pretty easy.  And I think you could honestly show up at home with a store bought birthday cake, a new dog bone and a balloon and declare it a party at your house and everyone would be just as delighted.  It doesn’t have to be too fancy, it’s really just about seizing the opportunely to celebrate, to play, to party with the people you love.  Because let’s face it, life is hard sometimes, and it’s good to sprinkle life with parties between the hard bits.

Puppy Dog Birthday Party: easy ideas for a dog cake for humans, and a real dog, along with inexpensive dog themed decorations, and dessert table.

We invited our friends and the grandparents over for a long walk in the forest, which we knew the birthday boy would love.  After the walk we had some hot dogs -because dog party = hot dogs.

Puppy Dog Birthday Party: easy ideas for a dog cake for humans, and a real dog, along with inexpensive dog themed decorations, and dessert table.

I kept the menu really easy with hotdogs and sausage, veggies and dip, hummus, and chips.

Puppy Dog Birthday Party: easy ideas for a dog cake for humans, and a real dog, along with inexpensive dog themed decorations, and dessert table.

Puppy Dog Birthday Party: easy ideas for a dog cake for humans, and a real dog, along with inexpensive dog themed decorations, and dessert table.

For drinks we had easy lemonade in pretty re-usable bottles.

Puppy Dog Birthday Party: easy ideas for a dog cake for humans, and a real dog, along with inexpensive dog themed decorations, and dessert table.

My colour scheme was blue, for my boy.  I kept things simple with a few honeycomb party decorations and a pretty succulent planter on the table.

Puppy Dog Birthday Party: easy ideas for a dog cake for humans, and a real dog, along with inexpensive dog themed decorations, and dessert table.

Puppy Dog Birthday Party: easy ideas for a dog cake for humans, and a real dog, along with inexpensive dog themed decorations, and dessert table.

I found some dog paw ribbon and used it to dress up the napkins.

Puppy Dog Birthday Party: easy ideas for a dog cake for humans, and a real dog, along with inexpensive dog themed decorations, and dessert table.

My favourite was our little dessert table.  I made an easy backdrop with some scrapbook paper.  I just free hand drew some doggie words -Bow Wow, woof, and ruff and added in some bones too.  I used my sewing machine to stitch them into garland.  We hung them up with some “woof” washi tape.  This was so simple and inexpensive to make.

Puppy Dog Birthday Party: easy ideas for a dog cake for humans, and a real dog, along with inexpensive dog themed decorations, and dessert table.

There were two birthday cakes -one for the doggie and one for his two-legged friends.

Puppy Dog Birthday Party: easy ideas for a dog cake for humans, and a real dog, along with inexpensive dog themed decorations, and dessert table.

We used this recipe for Peanut Butter and Apple Doggie Cake, and Oscar loved it.  It was full of all his favourite foods -apple, peanut butter and egg.

Puppy Dog Birthday Party: easy ideas for a dog cake for humans, and a real dog, along with inexpensive dog themed decorations, and dessert table.

And for the humans, I made a simple cake from a cake mix and decorated with some ribbon flags and toy dogs.

Puppy Dog Birthday Party: easy ideas for a dog cake for humans, and a real dog, along with inexpensive dog themed decorations, and dessert table.

I just love how the cake turned out and it was so simple to make.

Puppy Dog Birthday Party: easy ideas for a dog cake for humans, and a real dog, along with inexpensive dog themed decorations, and dessert table.

I also made some rice krispie cookie “bones” for the humans, with a bone cookie cutter.

Puppy Dog Birthday Party: easy ideas for a dog cake for humans, and a real dog, along with inexpensive dog themed decorations, and dessert table.

Puppy Dog Birthday Party: easy ideas for a dog cake for humans, and a real dog, along with inexpensive dog themed decorations, and dessert table.

My husband and kids LOVE rice krispies so this was a fun and easy addition.

Puppy Dog Birthday Party: easy ideas for a dog cake for humans, and a real dog, along with inexpensive dog themed decorations, and dessert table.

If you had told me even a year and half ago that I’d have a pet dog now, I really probably won’t have believed you.  We always said we weren’t pet people.  But somehow last spring on a family walk I started feeling like the picture would be more complete with a puppy in it.  When I fist mentioned it I was almost joking.  But the funny thing was I couldn’t shake the idea, and the more I thought about it the more I thought it just might be a good idea.  My husband was the hardest to crack.  The kids were on board from the get go, in fact they’d always wanted a dog but had literally given up dreaming about it because we’d said so many times “we’re not pet people”.  But something in us changed.  I kind of think God wanted to teach us some more about unconditional love.  There’s nothing like a dog’s greeting when you get home.  He’s just so darn happy to see you.  He makes you feel very loved.  And he doesn’t care how your day was, if you were particularly successful or not, if you made a lot of money or not, his opinion of you never seems to change.  He just loves you.  He doesn’t want anything from you, just you.  And there’s really nothing quite like that feeling.  I’d still say we’re not really pet people.  But we’ve become Oscar people.  I don’t particularly like dogs…maybe a little more than before.  But I like my dog and he likes me, and that’s pretty nice.

 

Here’s to many more doggie birthday parties in the future.

Puppy Dog Birthday Party: easy ideas for a dog cake for humans, and a real dog, along with inexpensive dog themed decorations, and dessert table.

With a puppy dog birthday, life really is a party!

Easter Finger Foods Brunch

Easter Finger Foods Brunch: the perfect, no fuss Easter brunch menu and decor.

Breakfast Finger Foods make the perfect Easter Brunch.  Excited kids who just want to eat chocolate can have a little of what they like,  and grown-ups have an excuse to try everything and come back for more of what they love.  Today I’m excited to share this Easter Finger Foods Brunch as the first post in our Year of Feasting!

Last year I got intentional about connecting with friends and family and hosted a party a month –read all about how my year went here.  It was truly a great experience, so this year I invited my blogging friends to join in with me.  I’m joined by 11 other Canadian Bloggers who all wanted to focus on inviting others into our hearts and homes this year for a whole year of feasting.  We’ll all be hosting special feasts for Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.  We invite you to join in too and be intentional this year about hosting friends and family, and connecting and reconnecting with those you love.  Be sure to check out all the other parties at the end of the post.

Easter Finger Foods Brunch: the perfect, no fuss Easter brunch menu and decor.

For this party, I chose a Friday morning and invited over some of my blogging friends.  We had the best time!  It was a morning of making some really great connections, and so much encouragement and celebrating each others success.

Easter Finger Foods Brunch: the perfect, no fuss Easter brunch menu and decor.

Let me share the details of the pretty and easy tablescape with you.  I wanted to keep things a little more casual so I set everything up in the kitchen, rather than the dining room.  It made the get together feel more laid back and put my guests at ease as soon as they arrived.

Easter Finger Foods Brunch: the perfect, no fuss Easter brunch menu and decor.

The table is a pretty combination of spring pastels.  I started out with the pretty water colour floral pillows from Giant Tiger -it’s a great one stop shop for decor and food.

Easter Finger Foods Brunch: the perfect, no fuss Easter brunch menu and decor.

They have a few different colour combinations -I went with the white and soft greeny-blue.  The pillows set the tone for the rest of the tablescape.  Giant Tiger has a great selection of Easter candy, so I thought it would be fun to use as decor in pretty mason jars on the table -and for my guests to nibble on throughout the party.

Easter Finger Foods Brunch: the perfect, no fuss Easter brunch menu and decor.

I used a simple runner on the table and layered on a piece of linen.  I didn’t want the table to be too sweet, so I felt like the more rustic linens, and un-ironed napkins kept it a bit more rustic.

Easter Finger Foods Brunch: the perfect, no fuss Easter brunch menu and decor.

The primroses are also from Giant Tiger, and so spring like.  I thought they looked pretty wrapped in some moss and in these lanterns.

Easter Finger Foods Brunch: the perfect, no fuss Easter brunch menu and decor.

I also used these pretty vintage little bowls, perfect for our Granola Cereal Buffet.  I love incorporating some vintage treasures.

Easter Finger Foods Brunch: the perfect, no fuss Easter brunch menu and decor.

To make things causal and easy I set up the food in a little buffet, so guests could help themselves.

Easter Finger Foods Brunch: the perfect, no fuss Easter brunch menu and decor.

I wanted to do breakfast foods, but all finger food size for ease.

Easter Finger Foods Brunch: the perfect, no fuss Easter brunch menu and decor.

So I set up a everything on my little side cabinet.

Easter Finger Foods Brunch: the perfect, no fuss Easter brunch menu and decor.

Since it was breakfast, sausage and eggs seemed essential.  So, I picked up some frozen mini quiche and ordered some mini sausage rolls from my local bakery.  They were so good.

Easter Finger Foods Brunch: the perfect, no fuss Easter brunch menu and decor.

Since it’s Easter, I also ordered some hot cross buns.  I offered guests butter, jam, and cheese to go with them.

Easter Finger Foods Brunch: the perfect, no fuss Easter brunch menu and decor.

I also picked up a some mini cinnamon rolls and made some easy turnovers.  I just cut the turnovers in half as I made them so they’d me mini size too.

Easter Finger Foods Brunch: the perfect, no fuss Easter brunch menu and decor.

And then, just for fun, I made some of my little Chocolate Mousse Easter Eggs -find the recipe here.

Easter Finger Foods Brunch: the perfect, no fuss Easter brunch menu and decor.

They’re really the perfect sweet little treat for Easter.

Easter Finger Foods Brunch: the perfect, no fuss Easter brunch menu and decor.

It was great having all these breakfast finger foods off to the side so that guests could help themselves as we chatted away.

Easter Finger Foods Brunch: the perfect, no fuss Easter brunch menu and decor.

I also set up a fun little granola bar.  I used my bar cart to hold lots of yummy toppings.

Easter Finger Foods Brunch: the perfect, no fuss Easter brunch menu and decor.

I made some of my famous homemade granola -find the recipe here.

Easter Finger Foods Brunch: the perfect, no fuss Easter brunch menu and decor.

Along with the granola, there was some fresh fruit, greek yogurt, honey, and some special toppings.

Easter Finger Foods Brunch: the perfect, no fuss Easter brunch menu and decor.

I used some little mason jars to serve some coconut, raisins, dried cranberries, and chocolate chips.

Easter Finger Foods Brunch: the perfect, no fuss Easter brunch menu and decor.

I think my guests loved the granola bar the most.

Easter Finger Foods Brunch: the perfect, no fuss Easter brunch menu and decor.

It truly was so much fun having a blogger meet up, and I think my guests had a good time too since my brunch lasted most of the day.  A sure sign of a good party is lingering guests.

With an Easter Finger Food Brunch for a Spring Feast, life really is a party!

Disclosure:  Giant Tiger provided some of the products in this post.  The opinions are, as always, my own.  Thanks for supporting the brands that make Life is a Party possible.

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St. Patrick’s Day Party

St. Patrick's Day Party -modern and simple St. Patrick's Day decor and a festive St. Patrick's Day Bar Cart for entertaining.

It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day, and today I’m bringing you some inspiration for celebrating.  This beautiful tablescape is the perfect modern, and simple St. Patrick’s Day decor.

St. Patrick's Day Party -modern and simple St. Patrick's Day decor and a festive St. Patrick's Day Bar Cart for entertaining.

I started out with this amazing moss table runner.  I went hunting for moss in the forest and found some great pieces.

They were really wet, since it’s spring, so I dried them out to create this beautiful runner for the table.

You could also pick some up at the craft store.

St. Patrick's Day Party -modern and simple St. Patrick's Day decor and a festive St. Patrick's Day Bar Cart for entertaining.

I wanted to make sure that my newly refinished dining table didn’t get damaged at all, so I started out with a strip of clear cello wrap to protect the table, and then laid out the moss pieces on top.

St. Patrick's Day Party -modern and simple St. Patrick's Day decor and a festive St. Patrick's Day Bar Cart for entertaining.

I picked up some simple white candles at the dollar store and cut a few holes in the moss where I placed them to make sure they weren’t too tippy.

St. Patrick's Day Party -modern and simple St. Patrick's Day decor and a festive St. Patrick's Day Bar Cart for entertaining.

Along with the candles, I sprinkled some leprechaun gold -aka chocolate coins left over from Christmas stockings.  Yum.

St. Patrick's Day Party -modern and simple St. Patrick's Day decor and a festive St. Patrick's Day Bar Cart for entertaining.

On the buffet, I added some simple honeycomb balls and paper lanterns for a modern festive feel, along with a little light box message.

St. Patrick's Day Party -modern and simple St. Patrick's Day decor and a festive St. Patrick's Day Bar Cart for entertaining.

I also thought it would be fun to set up a St. Patrick’s Day bar cart.

St. Patrick's Day Party -modern and simple St. Patrick's Day decor and a festive St. Patrick's Day Bar Cart for entertaining.

I love setting up little drink stations like this for a party so guests can help themselves.

St. Patrick's Day Party -modern and simple St. Patrick's Day decor and a festive St. Patrick's Day Bar Cart for entertaining.

On the bar cart, we served some of our Irish favourites -Guinness and Magners Irish Cider.

St. Patrick's Day Party -modern and simple St. Patrick's Day decor and a festive St. Patrick's Day Bar Cart for entertaining.

It’s fun to add a few St. Patrick’s Day details, like shamrocks, my “I feel lucky” artwork, and some fun paper straws.

St. Patrick's Day Party -modern and simple St. Patrick's Day decor and a festive St. Patrick's Day Bar Cart for entertaining.

And for some after dinner coffee, we were sure to include some Baileys Irish Cream.

St. Patrick's Day Party -modern and simple St. Patrick's Day decor and a festive St. Patrick's Day Bar Cart for entertaining.

I had so much fun setting up our festive table, and preparing for friends to visit.  Thursday I’ll be sharing all the yummy food with you.

St. Patrick's Day Party -modern and simple St. Patrick's Day decor and a festive St. Patrick's Day Bar Cart for entertaining.

It looked so pretty with all the candles lit!

With a modern festive St. Patrick’s Day table and decor, life really is a party!

Pancake Tuesday Party

Pancake Tuesday Party: Free pancake printable decorations and pancake jokes, and a pancake buffet make the perfect Pancake Tuesday celebration.

It’s almost Pancake Tuesday, and time to start thinking about a special pancake dinner.  No matter how old you are, who doesn’t love the idea of pancakes for dinner once a year?  This is such a fun tradition, and one that my family loves!

Pancake Tuesday Party: Free pancake printable decorations and pancake jokes, and a pancake buffet make the perfect Pancake Tuesday celebration.

Entertaining on a weeknight can be tricky, but this easy party is perfect for family and friends.  I’ve made it a little easier with some beautiful free printables you can print, cut out and hang up for a festive atmosphere.

Pancake Tuesday Party: Free pancake printable decorations and pancake jokes, and a pancake buffet make the perfect Pancake Tuesday celebration.

For the backdrop to the pancake buffet, I used inexpensive tissue paper and twine to create some pretty tissue paper tassels. These are really simple to make, and have a big impact.

Pancake Tuesday Party: Free pancake printable decorations and pancake jokes, and a pancake buffet make the perfect Pancake Tuesday celebration.

The cute little watercolor pancakes were made by my youngest daughter Maddie.  I love them.  You can download them here.  Just print them on card stock, cut them out, and create your own pancake garland.

Pancake Tuesday Party: Free pancake printable decorations and pancake jokes, and a pancake buffet make the perfect Pancake Tuesday celebration.

What’s cuter than a pancake?  A smiling pancake.

Pancake Tuesday Party: Free pancake printable decorations and pancake jokes, and a pancake buffet make the perfect Pancake Tuesday celebration.

We also created a Pancake Party invite.  You can print it out and send it to friends for your own little get together.  Download it here, print it, cut it out and add in your details.

Pancake Tuesday Party: Free pancake printable decorations and pancake jokes, and a pancake buffet make the perfect Pancake Tuesday celebration.

For the table, we used maple syrup cans for vases.

Pancake Tuesday Party: Free pancake printable decorations and pancake jokes, and a pancake buffet make the perfect Pancake Tuesday celebration.

I love that they have painted on labels, and such pretty pictures of little maple sugar shacks, and lots of forest trees.  The blue in the cans inspired the colour scheme of light blue for the party.  We kept the rest neutral with natural brown kraft paper and lots of white.

Pancake Tuesday Party: Free pancake printable decorations and pancake jokes, and a pancake buffet make the perfect Pancake Tuesday celebration.

Baby’s breath makes the perfect simple flower arrangements.

Pancake Tuesday Party: Free pancake printable decorations and pancake jokes, and a pancake buffet make the perfect Pancake Tuesday celebration.

For the place settings, I used some cute denim napkins and the sweetest printable pancake jokes.

Pancake Tuesday Party: Free pancake printable decorations and pancake jokes, and a pancake buffet make the perfect Pancake Tuesday celebration.

The printables help take this get together from a simple dinner to a party.  Even if you’re just making pancakes for your kids, I guarantee they’ll love the pancake joke printables we came up with.  You can download them here.

Pancake Tuesday Party: Free pancake printable decorations and pancake jokes, and a pancake buffet make the perfect Pancake Tuesday celebration.

Along with the jokes, I made some mini tissue paper tassels to tie the whole look together.

Pancake Tuesday Party: Free pancake printable decorations and pancake jokes, and a pancake buffet make the perfect Pancake Tuesday celebration.

I also made a batch of Pancake Sugar Cookies.  I’ll be sharing the recipe later this week.  They’re easy to make, and so, so cute for Pancake Day.  I added one to each place setting, and one of the little girls who loves sugar cookies was asking us “where are the sugar cookies?”  she thought they were actual pancakes, so I guess that was a good sign, lol.

Pancake Tuesday Party: Free pancake printable decorations and pancake jokes, and a pancake buffet make the perfect Pancake Tuesday celebration.

We set up an easy, help-yourself, pancake buffet for dinner, complete with lots of fun and delicious pancake toppings.  We love this set-up for a party, since guests can help themselves and you can enjoy yourself too.

Pancake Tuesday Party: Free pancake printable decorations and pancake jokes, and a pancake buffet make the perfect Pancake Tuesday celebration.

The menu was easy -Pancakes!

Breakfast party 23

My husband makes the best from scratch buttermilk pancakes -recipe here.  For this fun occasion he made a double batch.

Pancake Tuesday Party: Free pancake printable decorations and pancake jokes, and a pancake buffet make the perfect Pancake Tuesday celebration.

He made some plain, and some with blueberries, and some with chocolate chips -YUM!

Pancake Tuesday Party: Free pancake printable decorations and pancake jokes, and a pancake buffet make the perfect Pancake Tuesday celebration.

We also made some sweet strawberry shortcake stacks.  I love how these look, and they were delicious too.

Pancake Tuesday Party: Free pancake printable decorations and pancake jokes, and a pancake buffet make the perfect Pancake Tuesday celebration.

We offered lots of fun toppings for the pancakes, and they were really easy to put together.

Pancake Tuesday Party: Free pancake printable decorations and pancake jokes, and a pancake buffet make the perfect Pancake Tuesday celebration.

I used simple mason jars and offered different berries, along with some sprinkles, since it was a party.  I also made a little whipped cream.  And of course, we had to have lots of real maple syrup -we are Canadian after all.

Pancake Tuesday Party: Free pancake printable decorations and pancake jokes, and a pancake buffet make the perfect Pancake Tuesday celebration.

I also had some more of the Pancake Sugar Cookies on the Pancake buffet.

Pancake Tuesday Party: Free pancake printable decorations and pancake jokes, and a pancake buffet make the perfect Pancake Tuesday celebration.

Since it was dinner, we also fried up some bacon and sausages.  The perfect accompaniment to lots and lots of pancakes.

Pancake Tuesday Party: Free pancake printable decorations and pancake jokes, and a pancake buffet make the perfect Pancake Tuesday celebration.

For drinks, I offered guests some orange juice, since it seems like the perfect accompaniment to pancakes.  And for the grown-ups, I picked up a bottle of sparkling wine, so we could turn our orange juice into mimosas.  Special Tuesday night treat, haha.

Pancake Tuesday Party: Free pancake printable decorations and pancake jokes, and a pancake buffet make the perfect Pancake Tuesday celebration.

This little party was so much fun.  Whether you set up something like this, or just print out our pancake jokes and make your kids pancakes for dinner, I hope you’re feeling inspired!

Pancake Tuesday Party: Free pancake printable decorations and pancake jokes, and a pancake buffet make the perfect Pancake Tuesday celebration.

With a special Pancake Tuesday Party, life really is a party!

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