The Puppy PAW-ty: Carla May’s First Birthday!

Prepare yourself for photo overload because my daughter turned ONE last weekend!  Her favorite thing in the world is “doggies,” so we planned a big PUPPY PAW-TY to celebrate her big day.  Thank you to my sweet friend Cezanne for taking photos during the party!!!

We decorated with floral arrangements from Destin Floral Designs, cardboard paw prints and paw print balloons, and a cardboard doghouse I made last week during Carla May’s naptime (only took me two hours and TWO trips to Hobby Lobby).  Cezanne put together a beautiful frame to display Carla May’s monthly photos, as well.  We served Local Market sandwiches, fruit, cheese, homemade sugar cookies, and a doggie cake and bone-shaped smash cake made by a friend.  Party favors were in the form of stuffed dogs to “adopt” (after the birthday girl snuggled with them first).

My college girlfriends choose a weekend every October to get together for a reunion, and this year, we decided to schedule it the same weekend as Carla May’s party so they could celebrate with us.  Some of my friends’ lovely mothers came down, too, which was a blast!  All her “aunties” surprised us with Carla May’s first trampoline, which you’ll see from the photos that she thoroughly enjoyed!

I picked the time for the party (11:00 – 1:00) because Carla May is normally on a great nap schedule with a morning nap and an afternoon nap.  Of course, she chose the day of her party to sleep in and get off her usual schedule.  She was perfectly happy for almost all of the party, but as soon as we brought out the cake, she hit a wall.  She was so tired, she started rubbing her eyes, got frosting in them, and burst out crying!  Luckily, it’s her paw-ty and she can cry if she wants to!

We had a wonderful time celebrating with friends and family.  This girl is so loved!

I almost forgot to include the gorgeous sketch my mother created of the birthday girl with her doggies!  This was printed on each invitation and will soon be in a frame on my wall at my house.


  1. Happy Birthday to your little sweetie! What a fun time you guys had! Love all the photos. It had to be neat to have so many special people join for her big day! 🙂

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