Last Sunday, 13th November the great and the good of both London and commuter canines joined The Dogvine for a night of faraway fun at tropical escape restaurant Ollie’s House on the Fulham Road in Chelsea for our Pups’ Paradise Escape Supper Party.
Read on for details of our pawsome ‘trip’…
Our ‘Trip’ Hosts
With the help of the most fabulous and dog-friendly team, Ollie and his pack of dog-loving staff helped us treat pups and their pawrents to tropical vibes, heaps of fun and tempting hound and human menus in their gorgeous venue.
On this occasion, we had a lot of guests book tickets to come on their own – plus their pups, of course. We thought this to be brilliant as we had a social mixer for all in our heads when we first set out to organise this event. Ollie helped us devise a seating plan to accommodate our solo diners that paired people together, and judging by the noise levels and smiling faces, dogs really are the ultimate ice- barkers.
The Faraway Fun
Serving paradise for pups 24:7 with their amazing dog-friendly holidays, our pals at PetsPyjamas brought us a slice of their getaway fun by taking over our main photo area.
With a brilliant doggy sun-lounger as the centrepiece, pooches big and small lined up to play with the Love My Hound tropical toys and holiday props to capture a memento of their trip to Paradise.
The Fabulous Food
A huge portion of the success of our Paradise Supper was the menus – with lip-smacking dishes for both our furry and fuzz-free guests.
Thanks to our fabulous food partners, doggos tucked into a five-serving menu, kicking off with a Trop-i-ccino, courtesy of healthy and natural treat company Denzel’s. Next up was an amuse-bouche of WOOF&BREW’s Posh Pooch Luxury Infused Steak Bites. When the entrée came out, it was a case of blink, and you’ll miss it, as pups speedily scarfed down the ‘Free Roaming Wild Boar’ recipe from sustainable pet brand Beco.
With the savoury dishes devoured, four-legged friends then moved on to desserts of assorted BILLY+MARGOT natural doggy iced treats and a beautiful tropical-themed, hand-decorated doggy biscuit from artisan treat company Fluff & Crumble.
With the dogs’ appetites satisfied, the humans were the next to get their fill. All guests were treated to a non-alcoholic Paradise Punch, a delicious Asian-influenced buffet and a dreamy dessert station.
Paying Forward the Pups’ Paradise Escape Fun
Integral to our idyllic supper party was a brilliant raffle in aid of Animal Rescue Kefalonia (ARK), a small Greek Island dog charity, who we support whenever possible here at The Dogvine, having volunteered with them on several working summer holidays. Top prizes included a £250 PetsPyjamas Travel Voucher, a doggy photoshoot with Raven Imagery and a beautiful luxury dog bed from Charley Chau.
Plus, an epic line-up of hound and human prizes from generous brands, including Beautiful Joe’s Ethical Dog Treats, Beco, Bradt Guides, Caboodle, Collar Club, David Yarrow, Denzel’s, Hoop N Loop, Leaps & Bound Wine, Love My Hound, Love My Human Town House, Maison Le Lou, Ollie’s House, Pet Teezer and Tangle Teezer, Poppy & Ted, Raven Imagery, The Distinguished Dog Company, Vanity Fur Magazine, Wild for Dogs and WOOF&BREW.
We’re delighted to tell you that the raffle and event raised a fantastic £1,300 for Animal Rescue Kefalonia (ARK); thank you so much!
The Far-out Goodie Bag
Of course, no brilliant barker night is complete without a doggy bag, and our guests got theirs in the format of an amazing goodie bag filled with food and lifestyle gifts from Beco, BILLY+MARGOT, Caboodle, Denzel’s, Pet Teezer, PetsPyjamas, Poppy+Ted and Wild for Dogs.
Plus, all the humans were gifted with a bottle of Leaps & Bounds Wine, a brand that pairs great wine with legendary tales of dogs.
The Holiday Snaps
In addition to the PetsPyjamas area, renowned London dog photographer Andrew Richardson of Raven Imagery was on hand to capture the gorgeous dogs, fantastic outfits and the general fun-time tropical vibe!
The Final Thanks
Before we call time on our tropical trip, the final shout-outs go to…
The cutest dog model, Kenji and his lovely human Natalie, who went above and beyond to help support this event.
The wonderful JoJo, who, on hearing the news of Belinha’s passing and having volunteered at Animal Rescue Kefalonia (ARK) earlier this year, immediately reached out to help.
The fantastic Peter, who has spent many a working summer volunteering at Animal Rescue Kefalonia (ARK) and who we couldn’t quite simply do our events without.
And, of course, a BIG thanks to all the wonderful guests who came for fun and friendship at our Pups’ Paradise Escape. We hope that everyone who came along had a great time!
Teresa ~ The Dogvine and Alex ~ Bark+Beyond PR
Hosting the Pups’ Paradise Escape…Without Belinha
As most of you now know, in the run-up to the event, I lost my beautiful girl Belinha, who passed away at approximately 16 years old (15 years and 10 months or so), leaving me absolutely bereft. Losing Belinha has been one of the hardest things I have ever dealt with, and at one point, I didn’t know how I could continue to plan a party when feeling so devastated.
However, with the support of some good friends, I realised it would be a disservice to Belinha’s love of food, fun and socialising, a loss to Animal Rescue Kefalonia (ARK) and a disappointment to all of you not to press ahead with our plans. So, I hope you were with us in spirit, Belinha, watching all the ‘barking’ fun from above and that we did you proud.