Extravagant Dog Birthday Party? What dog owners can do for love?
Joint Barkday Party
Friends Hon Dela Cueva and Julie Imperio, both owners of lovely Chiuhuahua dogs, decided to celebrate their dogs birthdays together. Both dogs are December celebrators, so before their fellow dog lover friends became busy with their own christmas parties, they decided to party on the first week of December.
For me it's an expensive party. Everything was so well planned you will convince yourself if it is really for dogs. The Birthday theme is Mexican because the owners wanted a festive, colorful birthday party, and what a good coincidence, Chiuhuahua dog breed really originated from Mexico.
The venue of the Party was somewhere in Tagaytay City. They chose the province because the cool atmosphere is perfect for the comfort of dogs and humans. The house is owned by Hon Dela Cueva. It has a good garage perfect for outdoor parties and the garden is spacious enough for fun activities.
The Party Invitations
Part of the party paraphernalia packages are the invitation cards, gift tags, life size standee and party decoration package of banderitas, pabitin and margarita wine glasses. All of those where specially made to match the theme of the party.
Because they have 2 celebrators, two invitation cards were prepared and distributed to their friends and love ones. The invitation has the dogs' ages; it was honey's 6th birthday while Ginger turned 4 years old.
The customized cake for the party is a perfectly selected Mexican inspired fondant cake with candy cactus and Hats, Hon and Julie also called it their dream cake because they even met with a cake designer or Patisserie, just to make sure that they can really come up with the cake that they had in mind. The cake is as delicious as it looks, and the cupcakes surrounded it made it look more tempting.
The gowns were perfect for the birthday celebrants. Honey wore a Mexican Inspired long gown which her owner got from a friend whose business is customized dog clothes in all occasions.
Ginger wore a lavender with lace short gown, which was designed and created by her human Julie.
Hon and Julie coordinated with one caterer that they know and trust when it comes to party food. The Caterer agreed to make two menus; consisting of Human Menu and Pet Menu.
Puree of Cucumber Soup
Rainbow Fish Fillet
Chicken Fillet Divan
Desserts: Fruit Salad, Fresh Fruits, Chocolate Fountain
Snack Bar: Tacos and Pasta (Bolognese, Carbonara, Agle Olio)
Assorted Bread, Canopies, Raisin Bread, Carrot Bread
Drinks: Iced Tea, Coffee and Hot Tea
Assorted Mashed Vegetables: Potato, Carrots and Squash
Ground Beef and Ground Pork sauteed in Olive oil
Pink Salmon fried in olive oil
The pet menu was very healthy for them, and dogs just liked it a lot.
Registration and Program
All guests, pets and humans registered first before entering the main party place. Pets will need to mark the guest book using their paws as their signature. In the registration too, party hats for the pets were immediately distributed, and the dogs may wear it in the entire duration of the party, but of course they did not insist it on some pets that dislike anything place on their heads.
A Birthday party will never be completed without games, so in a dog party, it is common to see dogs and human participating in the games. The humans regardless of their age became child like because they just enjoy the games and they wanted their dogs to win prizes. The games were the following: Paper Dance, Chi- race, Dog race, Bring me, Pabitin and for the Finale, they will award prizes to dogs in best mexican costume.
The First Best in Costume won a Pet Tower with stuffed toys; 2nd Best won Dog Bed, Pillows, Blanket and Stuff Toys; 3rd Best won Pillow and Blanket; and lots of pretty consolation prizes for the non-winning participants.
Winner of the Best in Mexican Costume
Lashes a Yorkshire Terrier won the Best in Mexican Costume award, judges based it on uniqueness and creativity. Her costume is like a red chile with green leaf on top. Majority of the guest wore Mexican inspired gowns but only Lashes, owned by Connie Perez was the only one to wear something that represents Mexico's well-known food ingredients.
Blowing of Candles
The Traditional blowing of candles was a lot of fun. Dog owners carried their dogs and stood surrounding the Birthday celebrators. Humans sung the birthday song willingly, expressed their wishes and happiness for the celebrators... If you are active in a dog community, this scene is very ordinary, people outside the group still get surprised and amazed to see people carrying their dogs while singing a happy birthday song.
Friends and Guests
All their friends in dog community are invited, most of them are fellow participants in the doggie fashion shows where Honey and Ginger came to know each other. All of them also prepared for the party. Aside from buying gifts for the celebrators, they also bought new dresses for their dogs and for themselves to follow the theme.
Obviously in doggie parties, you invite friends who are dog crazy just like you, Hon and Julie ended up inviting more than 80 humans and 40 dogs.
Facilities that Celebrators and Guests may enjoy
The party souvenirs or give aways were another reasons to enjoy the party. One set of each give aways cost around P400.00 or $10.00 each. Guests were given the following: stuffed toys, blanket, framed caricature of the guests dogs, assorted stuff like dog magnets, figurines, dog memo pads and dog bags.
Human guests and dogs also enjoyed the facilities or the garden of Hon' s house. Toys were placed not just as displays but also as joy rides for the small dogs. It has a crib too where dogs can sleep anytime. What a good place really, even I will enjoy taking photos of myself there...
Featured in a Magazine
Because I was impressed with the party and for the humans' love for their pets, I decided to submit their party story at Animal Scene Magazine, one of the best Pet's magazine in my country. Hon and Julie and their guests immediately bought their copies, as additional souvenir from the memorable party.
I really love this party that I wanted to have a good record of it.... wish there will be a repeat of this...LOL...
© 2013 Maria Cecilia
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