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Back when "Flying Was Fun" Alexandra Smythe and Cate Clarke were Flight Attendants with a Major International Carrier. Prior to Private Jets coming into vogue, Alexandra and Cate traveled in the First Class World, meeting and greeting the top celebrities, politicians who would become Presidents, nouveau riche, and yes the occasional Headline Grabbing Criminal in Handcuffs!

What the two ladies viewed and experienced became fodder for the School of Flaunt, so much money, such bad taste and oh those terrible manners. Something had to be done! Hence, The School of Flaunt Handbook was born. Read More

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“The Ultimate Dog Birthday Party”

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Published: Thursday, March 10, 2011

"The Ultimate Dog Birthday Party"


A good reason for the ladies to get together for lunch!

A number of years ago one of my little beasties was getting ready to celebrate his birthday. This one was going to be a milestone for he was turning five and ready to leave his childhood behind. He had already spent time in the show ring and now was out of the spot light; but still had his fair share of lovely girl friends who were visiting on a regular basis. In other words life was still good. But what had he never experienced? His own birthday party!

After a few calls to some of my girl friends I decided that a party was in order. Naturally all of the invited guests, 4-legged and 2-legged, all got along. This is a "must" for a successful party! Students of Flaunt, never forget that party rule. A guest having to be taken to the vet for stitches or another to the immediate care center for hers, well it does put a damper on the whole affair.

My second suggestion would be that this type of party be held outside during a pleasant time of year; preferably in a fenced in area. Heaven forbid that you have to stop the party to scour the neighborhood for one of the guests!

So the invitations went out and it was noted that birthday gifts were not necessary. Why you ask? Jealousy, oh that green eyed little monster that can rear its ugly head. No different than at a child's party. Everyone should be getting favors and treats at the same time. All of the guests will be happier that way!

Note: The 2-legged guests were encouraged to bring their cameras to make sure that this historical event would be recorded for history.

Now, the table for the 2-legged guests was decorated with squeaky toys, Frisbees' and a birthday hats, all meant for their 4-legged children to play with and wear. After a few glasses of white wine the 2-legged guests were wearing their hats but I don't think either cared!

Well of course, all of the little beasties had to run around for awhile and then they settled in. Water bowls were out, Frisbees were thrown for those who liked that sort of thing, pictures were taken with the dogs having on their birthday hats, wrapped gourmet dog cookies were given to all to tear open and enjoy. Exhaustion from so much fun set in and it was nap time for most by then! Perfect timing!

It was now time for my girl friends to sit down at the table. A scoop of chicken salad/pineapple was served on top of a quarter slice of the whole pineapple that had been cored and used in the salad. I might add that this is such a pretty presentation and can be prepared ahead and just kept in the refrigerator. Add some salad greens, with raspberry vinaigrette, to the plate and the presentation is perfect! Accompany this with some warm croissants and strawberry butter. Viola, a wonderful lunch!

Dessert time! What better time than to bring out bowls of vanilla ice cream for the 4-legged beasties. One scoop will do nicely per dog. The birthday boy had a candle in his and we all sung Happy Birthday. Now please remember this small point, have the humans hold the bowls for their beasties. Nothing worse than a group of dogs trying to lick out of moving bowls on the ground! I guarantee they will all like their desserts. The humans can have their ice cream with hot chocolate sauce or Godiva liqueur on it. Yummy!

Now send the beasties home with their goody bag over flowing. Suggestions: Faux Louis Vuitton leads, dog cookies, chew bones and balls. Dogs and humans will love this!

Please note there are wonderful stores that sell homemade dog cookies now. We also found a great source called Fun Stuff for Dogs. Ms. Mavis Astor, a Yorkie friend of ours also recommends, Barkin Biscuit: Honey & Oat bones, Sweet Potato Chews and Peanut Butter Paws.

Happy tag wagging, to all!

Alexandra Smythe

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