May 26, 2009

Easy Peasy Pet Party

I'm pretty sure that if you are reading this blog then you are like me and get caught up in every last detail of a party. Whether it's a dinner party, baby shower, wedding, kid's matter - you plan weeks (months) in advance and drive yourself to the brink of insanity for each event.

Well, I never thought I'd say this but sometimes it's nice to take the easy way out. Especially when it comes to birthdays for little ones. Seriously, do they know the difference between printed plates from The Dollar Tree and ones you searched high and low to find? Do they know the difference between a favor provided by the venue and one you spent hours hot gluing and embellishing? Let's face it, dolls, until the kids reach a certain age, we are doing the parties for ourselves and for the other parents to ooooh and aaaaah over. You know I'm right. ; )

Because we were also doing my best friend's 40th Birthday Party/Night Out in Dallas this weekend, we opted to NOT drive ourselves insane with her daughter's 2nd Birthday party that same morning. We had the party at a local pet store and brought in some goods from The Dollar Tree, some snacks for the adults and kids, and my friend splurged for CUTEST CUPCAKES EVER from Meringue Bakery.

Result: The kids had a great time. I call that a success!

The kids got to play with several different animals and learn a little about each. I have to admit, when the puppies were brought out for the grand finale some of the adults were done for as well. (Yours truly included.)

Check with your local pet stores to see if they offer this type of party. It's fun, easy and someone else gets to clean up the mess, both human and animal in this case. That's what I call a fun party!

Super cute birthday girl courtesy of my best friend and her husband.


Kristina R. said...

What a cute party idea.

However, I must caution you that many pet stores help to perpetuate Back Yard Breeders, even major chains. These breeders are not looking out for the welfare of any particular breed, being in it just for the money, so many of their dogs have health and genetic issues that plague the dogs for the rest of their lives.

amy * stem * said...


I completely agree and don't need any caution. I understand your concern about supporting a pet store by having your child's party there and that was discussed. I also understand that when your 2 year old loves animals and that is the place nearby that offers this type of event, then that is what you do for your child. A rescue pet is the only kind any of us would own though. I do understand how that is conflicting though and appreciate your concern for the animals.

I can't help but wonder about those animals at the pet store though. They deserve homes, too. They are so stinking sweet. You would have just died. : )

lisalyn said...

Oh you are so right about the whole party planning for little ones. :)
Great post!

Christina said...

This is going to be the theme for my daughter's 8th birthday next month! She loves dogs so much that in lieu of the guests bringing birthday gifts for her we are asking them to bring a donation for our local humane society! Can't wait to plan it and teach a little philanthrophy at the same time!