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Pet Friendly TAILgate Party + Make Your Own Hot Dog Buffet

Looking to kick up your creative game at the next tailgate party? Good news: you’re in the right place!

From boatloads of game day inspired printables to tips for setting up a make-your-own hot dog buffet that looks as good as it tastes, this post is packed with lots of FREE goodies and easy-to-recreate ideas for both sports fans and pet parents alike. Why pet parents, you ask? Well… we all know that it’s way more fun to tailgate with friends, so of course that includes your BEST friends of the 4-legged variety too, right?! I know that Layla definitely thinks so:

Pet Friendly TAILgate Party + Make Your Own Hot Dog Buffet

As a longtime pet parent myself, and a big animal lover in general, I was thrilled to collaborate with Petco – whose name also happens to grace our awesome downtown ballpark here in San Diego – on this Playful and Pet-Friendly TAILgate Party Theme. Whether you utilize just 1 or 2 quick ideas from this post or recreate something similar from start to finish, I hope it’s helpful in making your next game day get-together feel like even more of a WIN. ;)

And with 4th of July celebrations just around the corner, you might find the red, white, and blue color palette of the sporty style printables especially handy right now too!

Pet Friendly TAILgate Party + Make Your Own Hot Dog Buffet

WHAT YOU’LL FIND IN THIS POST:
Since there’s lots of stuff to cover, here’s a little overview of the different sections you’ll find in this post – in order – so that you can quickly find what you need:

– General Overview (intro images)
– Make Your Own Hot Dog Buffet
– Refreshments Cooler
– Doggy Treat Buffet
– GAME ON! Activity Table

(And click here to access all of the free Tailgate Printables that I designed for this theme.)

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FREE PRINTABLES: {Pet Friendly} TAILgate Party Collection

I’m excited to share a brand new set of free printables with you today! This paper collection is from our recent Pet-Friendly TAILgate Party with Petco®, which you can check out in full detail here.

All of the printables are set up on 8.5×11 sheets for easy printing at home. You can download all of the high resolution PDFs below, and click here for inspiration on how to incorporate them into your party, including food + drink, centerpiece, and decor ideas. Enjoy! :)

FREE PRINTABLES: {Pet Friendly} TAILgate Party Collection

FREE PRINTABLES: {Pet Friendly} TAILgate Party Collection

FREE PRINTABLES: {Pet Friendly} TAILgate Party Collection

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Time Flies Airplane 1st Birthday Party

As most parents can attest, time sure does fly, especially during those precious first years. So to slow things down for just a day, Tania, owner of Tania’s Design Studio, styled & DIYed this adorable Time Flies” Airplane Themed 1st Birthday for her son. I am especially loving all of the retro details, like the LIFE Magazine save the date & mini, old-school bomber jacket & pilot’s hat for the birthday boy :). And if you’re as enamored by those propeller pops as we are, keep reading for instructions on how Tania put them together!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– In-flight beverage cart with baggies of trail mix, vintage bottles of Coke & ‘Air Mail’ cookies
– Plane ticket invitation & retro striped pinwheels + photo banners & sewn cloud backdrops
– Cloud topped cupcakes, cloud frosted cake with plane topper & a glitter ’1′ candle on the smash cake
– DIY piñata, airplane toss game & Baggage Claim party favors

Time Flies Airplane 1st Birthday Party

Time Flies Airplane 1st Birthday Party

Time Flies Airplane 1st Birthday Party

Time Flies Airplane 1st Birthday Party

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July 4th Party Bundle Freebie Hop with Jane.com

Since the 4th of July is always buzzing with barbeques and fun get-togethers, the crew at Jane.com decided to round up a group of designer and blogger friends for a festive Patriotic Printable Party Hop, and I’m excited to be participating today! From cupcake toppers to napkin rings, each designer/blogger created a unique printable element, so there’s a little something for everyone… in lots of different styles!

I’ve been on a bit of a nautical kick lately, which naturally leans very red, white, and blue, so for my printable element, I decided to create a set of patriotic party signs with a bit of a nautical twist! Click the following links to download the: 8×10 Drink Station Sign (pictured above) and 4×6 Decorative Signs (pictured below). I love to use these small 4×6 signs as easy table centerpieces or quick accents on food and dessert buffets.

July 4th Party Bundle Freebie Hop with Jane.com

July 4th Party Bundle Freebie Hop with Jane.com

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Summer is here and so is TWELVE! Mom, photographer, stylist and all around creative genius, Gina Lee of Gina Lee Photography, celebrated her daughter Madeleine with a Vintage Drive-In Movie Birthday Party that looks like piles of FUN, friends, and festive movie-themed treats! Besides being perfect for a tween and her gals, don’t you think this […]

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Sound the alarm! Fire truck lovin’ Thomas and his sweet family celebrated his second birthday with a Bright & BLAZING Fireman Party that just fired up my day! Don’t miss the adorable embroidered fire truck birthday outfits, a fire hydrant cupcake tower and lots more alarmingly cute ideas that Julie Verville of Crowning Details styled up for Thomas and his playful […]

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