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Event hopes to use arts, crafts, memes to bond mothers, children

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Grace Montgomery and her dog, Eleanor, a five month old poodle, hang out in the Pups & Cups Cafe.

Grace Montgomery and her dog, Eleanor, a five month old poodle, hang out in the Pups & Cups Cafe.

BONNIE JAMES | Daily Evergreen File

BONNIE JAMES | Daily Evergreen File

Grace Montgomery and her dog, Eleanor, a five month old poodle, hang out in the Pups & Cups Cafe.

AUDREY HUDDLESTON, Evergreen reporter

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Pups  &  Cups Dog Cafe will host a Cup Decorating Extravaganza on Saturday, where students and their moms can create something concrete to take home from the Palouse.

The event costs $25 and owner CJ Robert said this purchases a 16-ounce coffee cup, a chocolate-covered spoon and a pack of Thomas Sawyer coffee. She said an additional mug can be purchased for $5.

Robert said attendees will use oil-based markers to decorate, because this allows the art to last on the cup after it’s baked. Participants will bake their cup at home, she said, and will be given instructions on how to properly do this. After that, the cup will be both dishwasher and microwave safe.

They will display Pinterest inspiration for decoration ideas, Robert said, and some will include memes.

An example she gave of a meme, which also adorns the shop walls, is “Coffee: Because anger management is too expensive.”

Robert said she wanted to hold this event to offer a hands-on activity during Mom’s Weekend. She said she remembers doing this type of craft with her mom, despite her not having much of a talent for it.

“My mom is like the least artistic person ever,” Robert said with a laugh.

General manager Steven Mislosky said Robert and her mother have embraced their creative side to make unique cups for the cafe.

“They’re the ones who did a lot of our mugs,” Mislosky said. “Almost all the mugs in the entire shop are all hand-decorated.”

Robert said opening the Cougar Entertainment Center also helped her grow her creativeness, because she painted things for the laser tag and mini golf areas.

Mislosky said they wanted to host an event that would be very inclusive, something he said is lacking during Mom’s Weekend.

“We’ve noticed, especially around Pullman, that a lot of Mom’s Weekend events are geared toward or focused [on] sorority events, or fraternity,” Mislosky said. “We wanted to have an event where everybody is welcome, that you don’t have to be affiliated with any organization to be able to participate.”

Robert said she hopes the event will attract moms to downtown Pullman, to really see what Pullman has to offer.

She requests that anyone who wants to attend call the shop to reserve a spot, to ensure they have enough materials for everyone.

Mislosky said they will have live acoustic music from 3-7 p.m. If weather permits, one musician will play outside and one inside. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Pups & Cups Dog Cafe.

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