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Puppy Shower Menu Ideas?

I'm bringing home my new Westie puppy at the end of next month. After he gets settled in, I want to have a couple people over for dinner to meet him. I thought it might be cute to be a little kitchy - but all I can come up with is hot dogs and hush puppies.

Any fun ideas? I'm thinking hot dogs might be my best bet so we can be casual in the backyard. But how to I dress that up?

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  1. Sugar cookies in the shape of bones/dog biscuits!

    Fire hydrant cake (I don't know the recipe, but it sure is cute! http://www.flickr.com/photos/dahliasc...

    )

    Party favors in doggy bags!

    ~TDQ

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    1. re: The Dairy Queen

      I LOVE the sugar cookie idea! I'm positive that I can't make that cake - esp. with a new puppy in the kichen!

      1. re: CMizellT2

        Yeah, that cake looks impossible! But, hey, there's a drink called "The Salty Dog"

        http://www.drinksmixer.com/cat/3232/

        What kind of puppy do you have? Maybe there's a pun off of that...

        ~TDQ

    2. Puppy chow (kind of a sweet chex mix sort of thing)--might be cute if you had a couple of dog bowls (New!) filled with the chow.

      1. Puppy chow mix served in a dog bowl. http://www.cooks.com/rec/search/0,1-0...
        Enjoy your new little friend!

        1. If you drink and serve alcohol, wander the microbrew aisle at BevMo and you'll find dozens of brands and labels that are dog-named and decorated. Stock a large metal pail with ice and a variety of dog brews.

          1. Kind of a different vein, but what about roasted marrow bones? Or peppermint bark?

            1. From the idea list I came up with once while arranging for a greyhound fund-raiser:
              Devil Dogs (junk food or homemade version)
              Whippet cream
              Spinone Italiano > spumoni
              Akita fajita
              Beagle bagel
              Bouvier des Flan
              Brussels Griffon Sprouts
              Chow Chow (a real type of relish, for the hot dogs)
              Collie-flower
              Curly-Coated Retriever Fries
              Springer Spaniel Rolls
              Phyllo Brasiliero
              Flatbread Coated Retriever
              Great Danish
              Pekingese Ravioli
              Irish Setter Bread
              Maltese MIlk Balls
              Salmon en Papillon
              Pomeranian/pomegranate
              Poodle noodles
              Rice Poodling
              Pug Fudge
              Welsh Corgi Rarebit
              Yorkshire Terrier Pudding
              Pupcorn
              Barkoli > broccoli
              Pupperoni pizza
              Pupovers
              Lollipups
              Whole Wheaten Bread
              and of course: West Highland White Rice

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              1. re: greygarious

                Wow!

                That's quite a menu! I especially like "pupovers".

                ~TDQ

                1. re: The Dairy Queen

                  It wasn't a menu - just ideas, from which we took a few. There are recipes for Chow Chow but we used the jarred version that Cracker Barrel restaurants sell. And of course we advised the bartender to have a good supply of grapefruit juice for making Greyhound cocktails.

                2. re: greygarious

                  Very punny! I sometimes host animal welfare related fundraisers, mind if I steal some of your menu descriptions? Love the greyhounds!

                  1. re: Marge

                    Go right ahead - BTW, the "pupovers" are something I make as dog treats for adoption group bake sales (25 cents each). I make a popover batter and add meat baby food, cheese, garlic, and/or peanut butter and bake them in mini-muffin tins for about 25 min at 375. They don't rise as much as a real popover but they are still puffed and appealing-looking.

                3. Haggis, scones, oatmeal and other items tied to his ancestral homeland :)