We kept Gwyneth's birthday party very simple last year, so this year, we thought we'd have a lot more fun with it. Gwyneth is in love with puppies and kitty cats [her one and only word that she consistently will say is "kitty cat" (although, it sounds more like a very sloppy, wet-tongued "kiddy ca"), and she loves to "woof" whenever she sees a puppy]. Tricia gave me permission to plan the party...tons of fun!
I found some great graphics up a pug and a cat online, edited them to make them look more like Gwyneth's favorite puppy and kitty cat, designed and printed the invitations, made some envelopes out of construction paper, Tricia addressed each envelope with crayon, and hand delivered the invites (we actually got sidetracked by all of the medical appointments and ended up having to email a few invites instead).
Gwyneth's uncle Ramon and cousin Evaine, and several other guests, showed up dressed for the theme.
We served puppy chow (recipe here) and kitty food (goldfish).
The older kids had lots of fun coloring, including cousin Josh.
Everyone went home with a "doggy bag".
My mom and I decorated cupcakes...
...which Gwyneth greatly enjoyed.
Thanks to everyone who came to celebrate with us! I'm already making plans for next year!