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The Perfect Puppy Party

puppy party hats

This little cutie turned two and we celebrated with a Puppy Party! She loves, loves, loves dogs and giggles when she sees or gets to pet one. Plus, we celebrated with just our family and grandparents because her birthday was a few weeks after I had the baby, so we went with a theme all the kids would enjoy.

puppy party table setting

Puppy Party Decorations

I love that the colors of this party work well for both boys and girls. The table set up was so easy. The only thing I used purely for decoration was the dog bone confetti sprinkled on top. Every other piece on the table was functional and used by the guests.

puppy party place setting

Each place setting had: a plate for their lunch, dog dish (used later for a game,) party hat, glass bottle with straw, and a dog house party favor. I picked up the dog food bowls at a dollar store and the glass drinking bottles were from the Target Dollar Spot. I love when I find what I need for great prices. Isn’t that the best?

puppy party cupcakes

The centerpiece was a plate full of cupcakes made to look like dog food in a bowl. I’m sure General Mills and Reese’s didn’t intend for their delicious cereal to be used as fake dog food, but it looks too much like it to pass up. Haha! (It really is the yummiest cereal!)

The cupcakes were so easy to make and require zero cake decorating skills. I made chocolate cupcakes from a box, frosted them with store-bought chocolate frosting, then immediately rolled them in a bowl full of Reese’s Puffs cereal until the tops of the cupcakes were completely covered. Super simple, and they looked so cute in their dog bowl cupcake wrappers.
Reese's Puffs cereal dog food

Puppy Party Games

Puppy Chow:
I used the Reese’s Puffs cereal again for a dog food eating contest. I filled everyone’s bowls with the cereal, then placed them on the floor. The kids had to get down on their hands and knees and eat the bow of “dog food” as fast as they could using only their mouths. They thought it was so silly and loved being able to eat like dogs do.
pin the tail on the puppy

Pin the Tail on the Puppy:
We also had a little game of “Pin the Tail on the Puppy”. I love this picture of Jax helping his brother out. They would laugh so hard when they would put the tail on the face or somewhere else silly. The classic party games really are the best.

I had a relay coarse of jumping through hula hoops, rolling over, and more planned for the kids outside for some “dog training”, but it was too windy. We decided to stay inside and they performed some “dog tricks” instead. It all worked out great.puppy party

If you host a party using these puppy designs, I would love to see it. Post a picture on Instagram and tag me (@amyrobisondesign) so I can take a peek. As always, you can find the .svg cut files for each design by clicking on the picture below.

Black and White Tribal Party


These two wild boys are really into a show they discovered on Netflix called “Yakari.” It’s about a Sioux Native American boy named Yakari, that has a gift that allows him to communicate with animals. My kids think he is the coolest. They are obsessed with animals and the fact that Yakari not only rides a horse, but also talks to animals, makes him the greatest person in the world. A tribal party seemed like a good pick for their fourth birthday. Don’t you think?tribal party invitation

As I was drawing all the animals they checked several times to make sure I included “Great Eagle” and some other animals from the show. All designs were approved by them. I’m pretty sure they run the show around here. :)

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My mother-in-law makes these amazing cakes for all the grandkids every year. This was the first year we had a friend party instead of a family one. She lives a few hours away, so she didn’t make their cake this year. I completely forgot to order one until the day before the party. Oops! That night I whipped up a few plastic cake toppers using my Silhouette Cameo and shrink film. It’s becoming my new favorite stuff to cut. You can check out my tutorial for cutting shrink film to see how you can make your own cake toppers.

I created this simple banner using my Silhouette and the print and cut feature. If you don’t already print and cut party decorations or other projects, you must start. It saves so much time!!! DSC_2830Their birthday is a few days before Christmas. We threw the party two weeks after when things weren’t quite so busy. I took the Christmas decorations off our trees and strung some banners on them as party decorations.

Party Favors


All of the party favors were given out as prizes for the different games we played at the party. I love the simplicity of these two games.


The memory/matching game has 12 pieces total. Six different animals to match. I used Silhouette’s Temporary Tattoo Paper to transfer the icons to the wood discs. I applied them the same way would to your skin. When they were dry, I sprayed them with a matte sealer. I don’t know how well it will actually protect them, but so far, so good. We have played this game probably 100 times or more, and they still look like new. I’m calling that a win.DSC_2641DSC_2984

This tic-tac-toe game was so EASY to make. Seriously. Fastest party favor I have ever made. I used a sharpie to draw the tic-tac-toe board on a cotton drawstring bag (similar bag found here). Then I filled each bag with 5 arrowheads and 5 rocks. That’s it! Piece of cake, right?DSC_3051

I made feathered headbands ahead of time for each guest to wear. I painted white feathers with some black acrylic craft paint and let them dry. Then I just taped them to the inside of the headband. I love how they turned out.

Another simple prize that was given out were these candy arrows. I filled some plastic tubes with Sixlets, then used glue dots to adhere the paper arrowhead and feather to each end.

For one of the activities we made pinch pots. This party was for a bunch of 3 and 4-year-olds. They did surprisingly well at this. We went through each step of creating the pot together, then they used toothpicks to make designs on their pots. I used this homemade clay recipe and it worked out great. DSC_3013

You can find all the cut files for this party in my Silhouette portfolio or by clicking on the images below.

Pirate Party Cupcake Wrappers

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Once I got started designing the pirate cupcake wrappers and toppers I just couldn’t stop. I had so many ideas flowing through my head. I included a good mix of regular die cuts along with print and cut. I used chocolate covered gold coins and brown sugar to make sand and treasure for the treasure chest cupcake. The sail on the pirate ship cupcake uses a thin wooden skewer to hold all the sails together. The pirate ship on waves includes two print and cut ships. One ship with pink sails and one with red sails for both girl and boy pirates. As always, I like my designs to be quick and easy to assemble, especially when you are making enough for a whole party. Which cupcake wrappers and toppers do you like best?

pirate toppers blog

Each topper has a pointed end that is ready to stick into your cupcakes and other delicious treats. No need to spend time gluing them to toothpicks.

You can find all cupcake wrappers in my Silhouette portfolio.
Pirate Ship on Waves | Island Treasure Chest | Pirate Ship | Ship and Wave
Pirate Boy | Pirate Captain | Pirate Girl

Click on the links below to see coordinating Pirate Party posts.
Pirate Party Invitations
Pirate Paper Sack Puppets
Pirate Party Treasures

Pirate Party + Silhouette Promotion

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Pirates are taking over the blog this week. I love designing themed parties and this one comes complete with invitations, decorations and kids crafts. 

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pirate invite pink BLOG

For the invitation I printed all the party details on the back of a treasure map and delivered them as a message in a bottle. The treasure map comes with two color options for boy and girl pirates, red and pink. You can find all the pirate designs in my Silhouette portfolio.

Click on the links below to see coordinating Pirate Party posts.
Pirate Cupcake Wrappers
Pirate Paper Sack Puppets
Pirate Party Treasures


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Fish Pond Game + Silhouette Promo

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Silhouette has a promotion on their fabric interfacing that starts today. (Yep, I have a promotion code for you at the end of this post.) It was the inspiration for making this classic fish pond game. I had my doubts about how well the machine really could cut fabric and the quality of the interfacing. It just seemed too good to be true. Well I tried it all out, and I am so impressed with how well it cut. Seriously. I kept showing each fish to my husband after I cut them out. I just couldn’t believe it.

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Piñata Tutorial + Silhouette Chipboard Promotion

I have a fun tutorial for you today using Silhouette Chipboard that is part of their current promotion. Nothing says party quite like a piñata. Whether it’s a big piñata for all the guests to break together, or small piñatas for party favors. Your guests will love to discover the surprises hiding in these little fringe treasures.

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Serving Dishes + Free Download

DIY plastic Bowls with vinyl

As promised, today I’m showing another way to use Silhouette Premium Vinyl. I found these cute plastic bowls and plates at Ikea. They come in a pack of four and cost about $1.50. I couldn’t pass them up. This project was so easy and was finished in minutes. Cut any shape out of vinyl and place on the containers like you would a sticker. That’s it! You’re done! I’ve decided to share a free .svg download of basic shapes to get you started. Note: You need to have the designer edition of the Silhouette software to import the cut file.

I think these little bowls will look great on my desk holding odds and ends. They would also work well for holding wrapped candy and small treats at a party.

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