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Our baby girl Hazel turned the big oh-one (or just…one) last month. We were going to be back in our hometown around her birthday, so we decided to throw her a small informal party with family while we were there.

Call me lazy or call me smart (depends on how you feel about kid parties I guess!), but I did not want to go all out on her first birthday party. Looking back, I actually wish we’d done less because it always ends up being more work than you think it’ll be.

puppy party

no puppies were harmed in the making of this post.


I decided to make it a puppy-themed party since her first word was “woof” and she absolutely loves dogs, but I didn’t want to go overboard with the decorations, food, etc. We actually didn’t even send out invitations. I just wanted some balloons and a few paper decorations…and of course good food (thanks to my husband).

I have a Silhouette Cameo at home that I love and never have the occasion to use (since we pretty much never host parties), so I decided I’d make some paper decorations myself. Shouldn’t be too hard, right?

puppy birthday party

babies love many tiny pieces of paper. great idea mom. also, i feel like i can sense some internal eye-rolling attitude going on already?


I went to my beloved Michaels and stocked up on deep pink and turquoise paper, some awesome adhesive gold foil paper for the Silhouette, decorated clothes pins (similar to these), a Martha Stewart pom kit, and a few other odds and ends. I planned on making mostly buntings to decorate with. I don’t think I’ll ever be over the bunting trend and I hope they never go out of style.

puppy party materials

I love my Silhouette, but I’m by no means an expert, or even an intermediate, yet. It took me a lot of trial and error to cut the two buntings, and I totally underestimated how long it’d take me. To make all the puppies I had to carefully pre-plan several files (one for each color of paper), cut out each color paper, then remember which tiny little cut piece belong to each puppy. I was trying to just cut one piece of paper per color to save paper, but that took a lot of careful, time-consuming planning! I also managed to cut through my mat when trying to use the gold foil for the first time.

puppy paper pieces

a mix of teeny, tiny puppy body parts

gold foil silhouette

newbie with my silhouette – somehow got my blade to cut totally through my cutting mat, oopsie!


Two weeks and many hours later, I ended up with a gold foil “happy birthday” banner, a puppy banner, some lovely poms, and a small welcome sign for the door.

Long story, short – here are some pics from Hazel’s big day of the final product for you to enjoy and get inspiration from if you’re thinking about having a puppy party!

puppy party cake bunting

delicious birthday cake with a mini birthday bunting

puppy birthday party bunting and decor

Martha Stewart pink poms and doggie bunting created my moi

puppy bunting

extremely intricate and time-consuming puppy banner

first birthday party decor - hot pink and turquoise

party plates, paper straws, and a pink and turquoise party hat

happy birthday bunting banner

my favorite piece – turquoise and hot pink and *gold foil* birthday banner!


Thanks for checking out Hazel’s puppy paw-ty! Woof! Woof!

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