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!
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.
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”.
I had little bits of themed doggy decor scattered throughout the serving areas.
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.
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.
Hot Dawgs & Pawtatoes. Bone-A-Pet-Treats!
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!
I made these treats last week for Cocoa- and I made sure to save an extra to create a “cake” just for Cocoa.
In a seperate room, I set up a craft station for the kids and adults alike.
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!
My other craft for the party was painting sun catchers which only required sun catcher paint and the sun catcher designs.
The party was a success and I think that everyone appreciated the opportunity to “celebrate” Cocoa and begin to say goodbye.
Happy 18th Birthday, Cocoa!