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Cocoa’s 18th Birthday Party

September 10, 2016

It has been difficult for me to say goodbye to my best friend.  Cocoa has been in my life for 18 years- always there for the good and the bad.  What better way to celebrate Cocoa’s 18th Birthday and begin to say goodbye than throwing a party!

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I kept the decor simple and sweet, adding balloon bouquets throughout the house, a Happy Birthday Banner and a string with photographs of Cocoa clothes pinned to it.

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I happened to be waiting in line at Toys R Us when I made an impulse-buy for this lighted inflatable birthday cake for indoor or outdoor use.  Looked super cute next to the “craft station”.

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I had little bits of themed doggy decor scattered throughout the serving areas.

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A classic party staple are these easy customized water bottles.  You can check out my tutorial as well as get a free template here.  I placed these water bottles strategically around the house as well as serving them and distributing as party favors.

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The main course for our doggy themed party was none other than hot dogs.  I bought the red baskets from the dollar store and lined them with wax paper (with strategic paw prints stamped on).  I also found these hot dog “sleeves” at Walmart.

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Hot Dawgs & Pawtatoes.  Bone-A-Pet-Treats!

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For dessert, we served ice cream and a chocolate cake that I made from this recipe.  It’s a great cake if you have the patience for it, and I learned a few things that I would change if I made it again.  I went through way too many frosting jars to achieve this end result, and feel if I went with an icing can (the ones that come with the plastic interchangeable tips), I would have had better control of the texture and ended up using less frosting.  All in all though, for an amateur baker I think I did a pretty good job!

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I made these treats last week for Cocoa- and I made sure to save an extra to create a “cake” just for Cocoa.

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In a seperate room, I set up a craft station for the kids and adults alike.

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This was my Adopt-A-Dog station:  I cut out dog silhouettes and had the kids use markers to color the puppies.  I provided a variety of sizes of googly eyes for them to glue on to their colored pup and when they were complete, they filled out a “Certificate of Adoption” where they would name the dog.  We then completed the adoption process with a doggy paw stamp of approval.  This was so easy, cost close to nothing and kept them busy for longer than I would have even imagined!

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image image  My other craft for the party was painting sun catchers which only required sun catcher paint and the sun catcher designs.

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The party was a success and I think that everyone appreciated the opportunity to “celebrate” Cocoa and begin to say goodbye.

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Happy 18th Birthday, Cocoa!

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