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I can’t believe I’m even writing this post, but I’m actually really excited about it! Adeline’s 2nd birthday is coming up at the end of the month, and I’ve officially been in party planning mode the past few weeks. It’s been the perfect happy distraction and there’s nothing I loved more than making her first birthday party a success! It was so much fun picking out the perfect theme, the treats, the colors, etc. and it was such a special, special day spent with our family and close friends. Now, a year later, we’re gearing up for her second birthday party and I know it’s going to be even more special than her first! Even though she still won’t remember it, I’ve got no shame in going all out and spoiling our best girl something fierce!
I’ve had the theme picked out for a while now, and it was definitely a no brainer. Adeline is a lover of all animals, but especially dogs, so we knew a Puppy PAWty would be a match made in heaven! We live just down the road from a large luxury dog kennel and every morning on the way to school we stop by to watch all the dogs play outside before the day heats up. Adeline loves seeing the dogs, and she’ll either say, “ruh ruh ruh”, “wuff wuff”, or pant like Truckee does. When we ask her what a dog says, she pants, so I think she thinks panting is more accurate than barking. She’s also not afraid of any dogs, and will happily approach any dog we pass. I’m thankful she’s had her own gentle giant of a dog to calm any fear of animals. Truckee and Adeline are best friends, and it’s really stinking adorable. We have had to tell her though that she can’t ride every dog like a horse, just Truckee.
When we first talked about going with a dog theme, I was worried it was be too “boyish” and dark. But I think I’ve found lots of fun girly touches, and with her latest obsession with all things PINK, I think we can pull it off. We’re going with a simple black + white + hot pink color palette, with touches of gold in just a few places. We’re also going to use a lot of simple paw print and dog bone shapes to tie it all together. I’m planning on just putting together a really cute spread on our dining room table – complete with plenty of little dog “accessories” to fill it out. For the main food, we’ll stick with hot dogs, which seems a bit ironic. Adam asked if we were eating our party theme, ha!
To anchor the room decor, I’m thinking lots of paw print balloons, a happy birthday banner, lots of pink streamers, and I really want to do a fun “photo booth” type wall for us all to take pictures with the birthday girl. I’ve never made one before, but I think it could make for some fun memories. Or meltdowns from Adeline, if we’re being honest! I’m sure she’ll be too distracted to want to take too many pictures on her big day, but maybe we’ll get lucky if she gets to dress up like a dog! (PS lately she’ll say “no cheese!!” when she doesn’t want to take a picture. I think because when we do ask her to take a picture we say, “say cheese!” so it’s really adorable that she’s connected cheese with pictures!)
I’d normally keep my plans a secret, but I enjoy blogging them out and brainstorming out loud. Plus I think it’s fun for you, whoever you are that’s reading, to follow along and see how it actually turns out. I’d like to think it will be Pinterest worthy, but guys, she’s TWO. I’ll be lucky if she doesn’t cry the whole time, doesn’t get sick the day before, or doesn’t suddenly decide she hates dogs! Still fun, regardless, and one day it will be fun to tell her about her mom’s crazy party planning adventures before the time she remembers any of her birthdays.
Here’s a quick mood board of what I’m envisioning. I love bringing all of the colors and little concepts together in one place to get a better idea of the big picture I’ve got in my head.
And here are links to some fun puppy dog themed things I’ve either already ordered, or thought would make fun additions to any puppy dog themed party! I think you can truly successfully pull off a dog PAWty geared towards girls AND boys, annnnnd you can totally avoid making it Paw Patrol themed. You just have to get a little creative!
I love you, Adeline, and can’t WAIT to celebrate you! (Actually I can. I’d prefer time slow down a bit, but you know what I mean!) You are so deserving of being celebrated every single day, but let’s make your second birthday party one for the books. Thank you for bringing so much joy to our lives, my love.