I didn’t grow up with dogs and at first I was very hesistant about bringing a dog into our home. I was concerned about the shedding, potty training, the chewing, the drool, the time, the vet bills and the list went on and on. My husband on the other hand grew up with dogs and was anxious to add one to our family. After much discussion that went no where, he ended up just purchasing Taylor, a ¾ golden retriever and ¼ cocker spaniel mix, (without getting my final okay) and then showed me her puppy pictures afterwards.
Eight weeks later I was in love with the idea of getting a puppy. The weekly puppy pictures made me more excited to finally meet our new dog. Shortly after bringing Taylor home, I quickly learned that a great bond and love instantly develops between you and your dog and they are an incredible addition to the family and home. Their capacity to love unconditionally is amazing and that is more than enough reason celebrate their birthday. I know throwing a party for your dog may sound strange to some, but I think it’s a great reason to get together and enjoy a beautiful day outside…and the pups deserve to be celebrated. This isn’t a typical recipe post, but I wanted to share how I decorated the cupcakes for this dog party and an easy favor bag idea that can easily be used for other parties.
For Taylor’s birthday, we sent out an Evite to our friends with dogs. To my surprise, 27 people and dogs RSVP to meet us at the Laguna Beach Dog Park at 11:00am! (She’s one popular pup!) The dogs had a great time running and playing while the people enjoyed catching up and socializing. Of course we can’t have a party without cake and favors. I made Strawberry Cupcakes for the people and included doggie cupcakes in the “doggie” (favor) bags for the pups.
These Strawberry Cupcakes are so delicious. I used fresh strawberries in the cupcake and the frosting. I used a large star tip (Wilton 1M tip) to create a swirl on top of the cupcake, added shimmer sprinkles and a dog bone candy to the top. No fuss cupcake decorating that is cute! You can find the recipe for this strawberry cupcake on a previous post.
These “doggie” bags were perfect for the party and super easy to put together! Cut and paste your image onto the front of the paper bag. Fill with treats and goodies and then fold the top over. Using a hole punch, punch a hole in one corner of the bag and thread 2 pieces of curling ribbon through the hole and tie a simple knot on the front of the bag. I tied the ribbon on the side because I wanted people to be able to get into the bag without having to untie the bow.
For the treat bag I just stuck dog stickers on the snack size bag and filled with treats. Taylor is a golden retriever mix so the stickers were perfect for this occasion. I found the paw print party hats at my local grocery store (on clearance for 50 cents for a pack of 8 – what a steal!) and the doggie cupcakes were from the TJ Maxx HomeGood Store. You can also find these cupcakes and other gourmet dog treats at most PetSmart, Petco and speciality dog store.
Thank you everyone for making Taylor’s day so special. She had a wonderful time and was pretty worn out. Note: all those presents are from our friends and family. They are the ones that are spoiling our dog rotten…not us. Just thought I should clarify…