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Playful Doggy Picnic Party {Green & Gingham}

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This story of how Jordan McBride of Jordan McBride Events found her lovable pup, Teddy, just warms my heart. Make sure to read Jordan’s story below to see why Teddy definitely deserved to be showered with so much love at his Doggy Picnic. Guests (people and pups) enjoyed all kinds of yummy treats and plenty of playtime. Such a sweet way to celebrate a loyal and important member of the family. :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Teddy got his very own, bone-shaped cake + treat-filled party favors for all of his puppy pals
– Beautiful green gingham linens and matching paper straws + green mini-polo for the guest of honor
– Milkbone-topped peanut butter and carrot ‘pupcakes’ for the (canine) guests
– Chocolate covered pretzel ‘fetch sticks’ and bone shaped sandwiches for the (human) guests

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PARTY DETAILS as told by Jordan

So, I hosted a party for my dog. Yep, I’m that girl. But before you roll your eyes and call me crazy, I’d like to tell you the story of why he totally deserved it.

Teddy Bear is a white ball of fluff/purebred Bichon that literally wandered into our lives last October. My husband and I were leaving our apartment to run errands, and we almost backed our car over the little guy. Realizing he was on the loose, we hopped out of the car and chased after him. When he finally let us near him, we realized what bad shape he was in. He was matted to his skin and muddy from running through irrigation. He had no collar or microchip.

We spent the next week doing everything in our power to find his owners. But no one came forward. In Arizona, the law states that if you have a pet for six consecutive days, it legally becomes yours. On the sixth day, it came as no surprise to anyone that we made Teddy Bear an official member of our family.

Today, Teddy Bear is happy and healthy. And I’m 500% positive he knows how good he has it here. But just in case he had any doubts, we decided to throw a party for him. A Teddy Bear Picnic, to celebrate the first anniversary of his rescue (since we don’t know his birthday).

The party was held in our backyard on a crisp fall sunny, 88-degree day in November. I arranged two tables of treats on my back porch — one for pups and one for people. Edible pet grass made for fun (and functional!) décor. Teddy looked positively thrilled to greet his guests in a dapper green polo. (Not!)

The people treats included a bowl of “pupcorn,” Scottie dog-shaped shortbread cookies, Oreos in dog bowls, chocolate-covered pretzel “fetch sticks,” bone-shaped “peanut butter bites,” doughnut “chew toys,” and a rawhide bone-themed cake with the guest of honor’s name! Teddy was all about it, obviously. The pup table was fully stocked with rawhide bones, tennis balls, treats galore, and homemade carrot and peanut butter “pupcakes.” These pupcakes were a huge hit.

Each pup took home a bag full of good (and good-for-you) treats!



– Event planning & styling: Jordan McBride Events
– Photography: Melissa Jill Photography
– Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental
– Dishes, platters, beverage buckets, large jars, small balloons, & favor bags: Target
– Large balloon: Sucre Confetti
– Cake stand & stripey straws: Shop Sweet Lulu
– Kraft paper tent cards: Paper Source
– Dog party treats, edible pet grass, & bowls: Petco
– Pupcakes: Recipe
– Puppy polos: Ralph Lauren

*Details not credited are from my personal collection


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  2. Candace Bailey Crompton January 10, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    I love this! Great job!

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  4. blovelyevents January 11, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Love it!! The light green color is amazing!

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  6. Kelly / Sucre + Confetti January 30, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Oh wow, so nice to be featured in such a lovely party! Great job.

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