This was the first year we had a birthday party for Addisan and her peers. With Tommy working back home in Northern Virginia, I splurged and paid for someone to have it for me. It was money well spent with the headaches and stress it would have caused me trying to get all the little details together by myself. We decided to have her party at the Richmond SPCA. It was nice to give my money to a party place that in return, saves animals lives. I cannot stop raving about the facility and the party itself. I was expecting a place that kinda smelled like dog and the festivities be in a small room off to the side somewhere. It was nothing like that at all! It was bright, colorful, and cheery. Everything was so age appropriate and was fabulous! We enjoyed having some of our closest friends from home come as well as our new friends from Richmond all together for Addisan. This was the first time I felt completely at “home” in Richmond being with all of our new friends too.
We were welcomed into the HUGE party room by the SPCA mascot, Waggles, and the party favors that they put together for the kids. Each child received a SPCA cup with a stuffed animal in it tied to a balloon.
When the kids arrived, they had stations set up that the children and the families to do at their own leisure. This was one of them. They also had bowling set up, coloring, a reading corner, and hula hoops.
Addisan trying her moves with the hula hoops.
Here I am posing with Sara. We are missing Colleen in this picture:(
Addisan stuffing her chocolate lab. I loved this add on option to the party package. Many of my friends say that their children carry around the dogs all the time still:)
Campbell taking part in the party! We brought two of our neighborhood friends/babysitters to help with Campbell. I don’t think we could have done it without them!
The party facilitator brought us all together on the carpet to go over the rules before going downstairs to see the dogs for adoption. We were able to give them treats and the kids loved it. Many of them were in little “bedrooms” where you could go in and hang out with them. It was not depressing at all, but rather a relief to see how well these dogs are taken care of and with such love.
This was one of the dogs that was up for adoption. This was in the kennel portion and not in the “bedroom” section. Still, these kennels were so clean and spacious. As many of you know, I have a soft spot for pits. There were a few there and they were all so mild and calm. This breed gets such a bad reputation for the mistakes people make by fighting them or keeping them chained up to trees.
Addisan with her birthday cake. We put a photo of our two rescue dogs on it saying “Happy Birthday.”
Lexi and Molly decorating dog bowls with Addisan.
Addisan getting ready to open her gifts. My strategy to make opening gifts go by more quickly is for the person who gave the gift to come up and help her.
This is Sara Lee, the diabetic rescue dog that was brought up to see the children. They were able to play with her. Overall, I think this party was not only enjoyable for all, but brought light to the need of animal rescuing!