Friday, April 11, 2014

Paw-sitively Fabulous: Prepping for Holly's Second Birthday

I can't believe it's been nearly a year since Holly's First Birthday Bash! Knowing that this year has to be twice as nice (or two times the fun!), I have already been making plans for this year's event. While some details are still in the works, I wanted to share some of the early stage plans sure to make this year a tail wagging good time!

Once again, we decided to go with (formerly Pingg) to craft e-mail save the dates and invites. The website has a handy tracking process where you can see who has opened your e-mail and track RSVPs, and will automatically send a reminder the day before your event--much higher tech than your standard Facebook invite! I also love that the site offers a wide variety of templates that you can insert your own images in. We used ones with a bright, preppy feel for the Save the Date and Invite to create a cohesive theme.

As much as we love you, we can't invite everyone! Dates have been removed.

I used this picture on both the invite & the save the date since it makes me laugh!

An absolute must this year is matching outfits. Since I love the way my professional photos with Holly turned out, I decided to go with Ralph Lauren again, this time with classic polo shirts in black so my mom can get in on the matching fun as well! Holly will be getting a custom Big Pony Monogram Polo shirt from Ralph Lauren Home. Adding her name is complimentary and that way everyone will know who the most pup-ular gal in town is on her special day!

The polo comes in several bright colors, but we're sticking with basic black.

Finally, in the past year I have had several people say they have trouble getting gifts for Holly because a) she already has everything and b) since she is a rescue dog, figuring out sizing for outfits can be tricky. Since I hardly expect everyone I know to carry around a card with Holly's measurements on it for proper outfit buying, I decided to create a gift registry for Holly's party. Of course, the presence of our guests is the real present, but this way should they feel so inclined there is a list of pre selected gifts that Holly doesn't have, and outfits with the size already selected. We used since it can synch the registries from several sites (including Bloomingdale's), and pull items from sites without registries with a button similar to the "Pin It" button from Pinterest. Our registry pulls from some of our favorite places: Henri Bendel,, and of course Bloomingdale's. Of course everything we picked is fabulous, but some of our absolute faves are below.

Isaac Mizrahi Leopard Collection Pullover. Buy it here.

Bloomingdale's Little Dog Bowl. Buy it here.

Henri Bendel "Squeak & Chic" dog toy. Buy it here.

Until Next Time, Darlings!


  1. OMG...I LOVE your blog and I LOVE that I am not the only one who goes all out for our furkids birthdays!! Your save the date and invitations are so adorable!! I'm soooo going to do that next year for Lily and Dart.

    Here is a post I did for Lilys 5th Birthday ....

    1. Haha I am so happy I'm not alone in being a crazy dog mom as well :) I love the e-vites because they send you a daily RSVP list--perfect for booking venues and ordering pup cakes! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Here is the recipe for the pupcakes.....It’s so simple, I buy the Krusteaz Fat Free Cranberry Orange muffin mix and then use vanilla pudding as the icing….I buy the pudding cups, fat free kind.

    and to one furkid parent to another …. here are more posts regarding my furkids and my obsessive need to spoil them. They have enough costumes to last them years!! ~ my middle daughter told me that they have more clothes then she does. haha…not true!

    1. Yay thank you so much! I'll be sure to link to you in the post if I try them out :)

  3. Thank you for linking up to Manic Mondays! You're puppy is so cute. I wish mine were at college with me; then I would probably have a blog like yours!

    ♥Emma, from It's Emma Elise