It’s Her Party And She’ll Meow If She Wants To

Here at Blue Door Beads, we love hearing the stories behind customers’ jewelry. We’ve oooh’d and ahhh’d over incredible pieces from far-off lands, such as India, Africa, and Thailand; we’ve gotten the warm fuzzies when told stories about cherished family heirlooms; and we’ve enjoyed sharing smiles with customers coming in to show us what their loved one made for them the last time they visited the shop.

Kira and Ponette, her dearest furry friend -- and birthday girl!

Kira and Ponette, her dearest furry friend — and birthday girl!

Every once in a while, a customer comes in with a story that is just too good not to share with the world. Such is the case with Kira Stackhouse, a renowned Bay Area-based photographer whose cat, Ponette, turned 15 this month. In honor of this major milestone, Kira threw Ponette an amazing quinceañera — and not only did Kira make Ponette her dress from scratch, she made her custom jewelry, as well! We had the pleasure of watching Kira put together her kitty-sized necklace at our work table, and we requested that she keep us posted on how the party went.

Thanks to the magic of Instagram and the internet, we were able to keep tabs on Ponette’s party as everything came together — the jewelry, the dress, and finally the big day, full of all of Ponette’s (and Kira’s) human friends. Check out all of Kira’s adorable photos below!

Kira showing off her completed creation!

Kira showing off her completed creation!

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A close-up of Ponette’s jewels.

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Ponette giving her party jewelry a test run!

Ponette in her complete, gorgeous outfit!

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Another close-up of Ponette in all her sparkly glory.


So many ruffles! And such a patient kitty!

So many ruffles! And such a patient kitty!

The birthday girl, lounging diva-style.

The birthday girl, lounging diva-style.


Want to know something else? The festivities were so darn cute, even Cosmopolitan and featured Kira’s party photo shoot on their websites! As Kira explained, “I think pet parties are a great way to bring your friends and family together and celebrate your pet, since they too are a member of your family.” We couldn’t agree more, Kira! Please give Ponette a belated-birthday scratch under the chin for us!

Second photo courtesy of Blue Door Beads. All other photos by Kira Stackhouse. Check out more of Kira’s amazing, adorable, and awww-inspiring photographs at, and follow her on Instagram at @nuena.