Charlie's 1st Puppy Birthday Party

Venice, CA

I threw my puppy Charlie a 1st birthday party last weekend and couldn’t wait to share these pictures with you!  I adopted Charlie from Vanderpump Dogs last July after seeing his little face pop up in the window the second I walked by.  It was love at first sight. I wasn’t even planning on getting a dog that day, but couldn’t resist going inside the rescue center after seeing him!  I was nervous when I first got him because I didn’t know how to take care of a dog, but I learned very fast and we instantly created a bond/connection.

I had another post scheduled for today’s Wellness Series but am going to save it for next week.  It’s been a pretty emotional past few weeks for me. Between getting my identity stolen, bank account hacked, having to fire an employee, family drama, behind the scenes blog stuff going awry, and most recently breaking up with my boyfriend – I am beyond thankful for Charlie.  Charlie has honestly been the best thing to ever happen to me.

He’s my best friend and makes living alone, so much less lonely.  

He makes quiet evenings at home so much better and he taught me how to love again as cheesy as that sounds… He’s this positive little ball of energy that is with me all day and all night through the thick and thin.  It’s insane how dogs can pick up on your mood and they know when you’re happy or sad.  Also, he has been so sweet licking away my tears and cuddling with me every morning.  If you’re thinking of getting a dog you won’t regret it.  Animals are the best.

As far as decor went for my party – I wanted to keep things pretty low key/casual!

I had my friend Yvonne who bakes the yummiest vegan treats make custom dog bone shaped cookies, chocolate donuts, chocolate chip cookies, and a beautiful vanilla cake for the big day.  I put out a big cheese board with marcona almonds, tons of different cheese, grapes, and crackers.  Also, I ordered Mexican food from the most delicious place in Venice that makes homemade tortillas, had tons of drinks and mixers laid out, and put on a good playlist.  Everyone had a blast including the dogs who were running playing with all of the toys and eating every treat in sight haha!

The most special part of the entire day was when Charlie got to reunite with his actual mom and sister who he was at the pound with!  I was able to get in touch with their owners and we all agreed to bring them back together!  It was crazy – they remembered each other instantly and Charlie gravitated toward them the entire party.  Seeing them play and him so happy – made me so happy – my heart was literally bursting!  Ok tearing up now writing this haha… seriously it was the sweetest moment. <3

Charlie’s 1st Puppy Birthday Party

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Joie dress  |  Mink Pink dress (had to change since I got chocolate on my dress lol!)
Wisteria coffee table  |  Teepee  |  Yvonne’s Vegan Kitchen treats

Jessica Alexander Photography

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