Last year we shared Simone’s third birthday on Project Nursery, a colorful Doc McStuffins-inspired party, and we were so excited to see what the Guncles had in store for the birthday girl this year. The four-year-old requested a dog-themed party, so her dads Bill Horn and Scout Masterson planned a sweet vintage puppy birthday party with help from Jenny Keller of Jenny Cookies.
Guests included many family and friends, godmother Tori Spelling and her kids, Tiffani Thiessen with husband Brady Smith and their daughter Harper (Simone’s best friend), James and Kimberly Van Der Beek with daughter Olivia and Sarah Michelle Gellar and her children.
The party decor was created with a mix of vintage and new. Scout and Jenny knew they wanted to incorporate the family’s elaborate collection of Martha Stewart by Mail milk glass cake plates in the colors jadeite, pink and blue. Over several months, Scout hunted down vintage fabrics and porcelain dog figurines. They also turned to party destination The TomKat Studio for an eclectic and vintage-inspired mix of decor, plates, printables and party essentials.
Scout said, “We like to incorporate decor we’ve never seen before into our parties and events. Our friend Jenny Keller introduced me to PaperWhite Designs and their gigantic crepe paper twirls. They’re my new party obsession! We used them for the photo booth backdrop and behind the drink station. From now on, we’ll use these fabulous twirls for every party we throw—I’m obsessed!”
“We’re a big DIY family, and we love to create custom elements for our parties. When Simone mentioned a dog party, I immediately thought of the dog biscuit garland idea. I ordered two huge cases of Milk Bones from Amazon and cracked open my spray paint.”
“Jenny was looking at a photo of all of our vintage dog figurines and thought it’d be adorable to make party hats for them,” Scout said. “It’s also a great way to tie them all together and make them look like they’re a family. She took cupcake liners in our party colors, cut them to form a cone shape, taped the ends together and added a colorful pom pom. Adorable!”
There was a special photo area where guests were encouraged to capture their own pictures of this special day and share them on social media. Scout told us, “In years past, we’ve always used a traditional photo booth company, but we know they aren’t always readily available. We like to throw our parties in such a way that people can use the same elements as inspiration at home, so this year, Jenny and I created our own DIY photo area.”
What’s a vintage puppy birthday party without a trip to the pet shop? Each guest took home his or her own stuffed pup complete with a Certificate of Adoption!
In lieu of gifts, guests were asked to bring diapers and wipes for Baby Buggy, the family’s favorite charity.
Guests indulged in a hot dog station and finished off the celebration with a trip to the show-stopping dessert table. Jenny used ingredients from GYGI, a baking supply shop, to create the puppy-inspired treats.
images by KCB Photography