dog-cake-smashYep, you read the title right!! I can now add dog party stylist and pet baker to my list of life accomplishments. I had so much fun styling this fun and funky summer themed party for two very special Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.puppy-palooza dog-sprinkle-donut-treats summer-dog-party Since meeting my photographer (and now friend) Brittany Gidley in September 2015, I have had the opportunity to work with her on many projects and have watched her continue to grow her business. Her passion for what she does is inspiring and I am in awe by her ability to create an unparalleled, special photography experience for each and every one of her clients. So this time around, I wanted to turn the tables and create a dream session for HER fur-baby, Harvey and his best friend Watson.flamingo-party dog-eating-donuts cavalier-king-charles-birthdayThe inspiration for the party came to me while walking through one of my favorite stores (Target of course!) and I spotted an adorable pink and aqua plush dog toy. I realized it matched perfectly with some cute party decor in the dollar section, so I left that day with a basket full of goodies to throw one heck of a dog party (HELLO, pineapple sunglasses!).pineapple-sunglasses summer-dog-party-one-stylish-partydog-cupcakesI wanted the party to give off a really summery vibe, so I incorporated lots of pops of color through the use of balloons, tassels and pineapple cutouts. To make transportation easier, I blew up the floating balloons on location using a Balloon Time helium tank. This was also the first shoot I’ve used the One Stylish Party Balloon Garland Kit (coming soon!) to create a backdrop and I have to say that I am in love with how it turned out.cavalier-king-charles-bow-tie-bubblespineapple-dog-partyThe “dessert table” included apothecary jars with tennis balls and dog treats, pet-friendly cupcakes, mini rawhide bones with bows and sprinkle donut dog biscuits. I knew I wanted a cake that is safe for dogs, but I had no idea where to purchase one, so I was thrilled when I found a dog cake mix on Amazon. It was super simple to make by following the directions on the box and then I decorated it with yogurt frosting (that came with it), Milk-Bones, rainbow sprinkles and a satin ribbon.milk-bone-dog-cake-ribbon-sprinkles dog-birthday-party-cakedog-smash-cake-sessionAnd last but not least, I wanted another interactive element to the shoot, so I included a small kiddie pool filled with mini confetti balloons to keep with the summer theme. If you think the photos are cute, you should have been there in person. I can’t remember a time I laughed so hard! And yes, those bubbles you see in the photos were blown by me in the background (Ha!)dogs-pool-party dog-with-pineapple-glassesI hope you enjoyed reading about my latest venture with Brittany Gidley Photography. This puppy party shoot was so much fun and will forever hold a special place in my heart. Bring on summer!

Photography : Brittany Gidley Photography  / Event concept, balloons + tassels: One Stylish Party / Dog toys, treats, bones, table runner, party hats, serving tray, wood vase, tennis balls, pineapple sunglasses: Target / Cake decoration: Milk-Bone / Dog donuts, dog cupcakes: Pet People / Bow Tie: Lilly Pulitzer / Inflatable pool, dog cake mix: Amazon / Helium: Balloon Time.

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