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Smiling Dog Entertainment is the premier provider of event and party related services in Iowa, northern Missouri, southern Minnesota, eastern Nebraska, and western Illinois.  From barn to black tie, family to corporate, we've got entertainment and equipment options sure to bring more fun, smiles, laughter and love to all your guests!

At Smiling Dog Entertainment we enhance your party or event with:

- Exceptional Photo Booth Experiences

     - In Person and Virtual

- Wedding and Party Decor Rentals

- Wedding and Party Equipment Rentals

- Audio Visual Equipment Rentals

- Game Rentals

- Portrait and Event Photography

- Headshot Photography

- Bachelorette and Bachelor Party Planning

- Outdoor Big Screen Movie Parties

- Entertaining Yard Card Displays

- Candy, Popcorn, and Smores Bars

- Online Trivia

We also collaborate with other professionals to provide the following services:

- Catering

- DJ and Lighting

- Wedding and Engagement Photography

We bring fun, smiles, laughter, and love to the community through our support of organizations such as GiGi's Playhouse Des Moines, Variety - the Children's Charity of Iowa, and Mentor Iowa.

Take a look around and when you're ready to discuss taking your party or event to the next level with even more fun, smiles, laughter, and love give us a call at 515-446-9054 or email us at shane@smilingdogentertainment.com.


Fill your yard (or a friend's) with fun, smiles, laughter, and love with a Smiling Dog Entertainment Yard Card Display!  Yard Cards offer a unique and fun way to tell the world, ok - maybe just your neighborhood, about a special event in your family's life like a birthday, graduation, or new addition.

From blue to yellow to rainbow glitter our colorful signs will brighten up your neighborhood.  

In addition to letters, numbers, and punctuation marks,  we also carry an extensive selection of  accessories like presents, balloons, stars, birthday candles, American flags, emojis, surf boards, pineapples with shades, dolphins, rainbows, cakes, and more to add even more fun to your celebration.

We do all the work (delivery, setup, and teardown) so all you have to do is enjoy sharing your exciting news with the neighborhood.

To learn more about our Yard Card Displays click here.

Tell us about your celebration (Check availability/Get a Quote)

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What people have to say about

Smiling Dog Entertainment

We used Smiling Dog Entertainment for an after-prom party.  Shane did an excellent job and the kids loved their photos.  Shane was timely, professional, and very accommodating.  

          Jennifer M.  

           (Review left on Smiling Dog Entertainment                  Facebook page)

We used Smiling Dog Entertainment for our wedding reception and could not have been happier with how it all turned out!  They were incredibly easy to work with throughout the whole wedding planning process.  

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           Courtney R.

          (Review left on Smiling Dog Entertainment               Facebook Page)

I've seen and worked with Shane several times at weddings and events, he always stands out from all his other competition.  He has great props and is very approachable and a great gy to work with.  I highly recommend him for all your special events!!!         

          Michael R.         

          (Review left on Photo Booths by SKP                           Facebook page - our old Facebook page.)

Throwing a Party?

We've got the Decor, Equipment, and Games you need!

Whether you're planning a wedding reception, graduation party, family reunion, 4th of July celebration, retirement party, anniversary celebration, or birthday party we've got the decor, equipment, and games to take your next party to the next level.

From 10'x10' or 10'x20' open or enclosed canopies, to stainless steel "wash tub" coolers to whiskey barrels and whiskey barrel bars to giant lighted "LOVE" letters and donut boards we've got what you need for a great party!

Your time and money are valuable, so why spend your time going from store to store or website to website to find the items you need when you can get them all from us.  

Why spend your hard earned money buying things you need for this one event and then spend more time trying to sell them after the event when you can rent them from us for 25-50% off the cost to buy.

If you don't see it on our page or our current inventory list just ask, we are constantly adding to our inventory and if we don't have it, we can get it for you!

For more information on our rentals go to Party Equipment Rentals

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Recent Galleries

Upcoming Events

Due to the on-going Covid-19 restrictions on the size of allowed

gatherings we've cancelled all current events.

Check back as restrictions are relaxed for new events!

Unlimited Smiles and Laughter (Our Blog)

Hero of the Week Program

Every day in communities all across the greater Des Moines area there are people going above and beyond the call of duty, many times at great physical, mental, emotional, and financial cost to themselves, to provide for others in our communities.  They do this work, not for the recognition, but for the satisfaction and joy of helping others.

At Smiling Dog Entertainment we call these people Heroes!

We believe it's time to recognize some of these Heroes for their great work and so we are launching our Heroes of the Week Program.

To read more about our Hero of the Week Program click here.

4 Reasons Why Your Wedding

Needs a Photo Booth

- fun, smiles, laughter, and love - We've taken thousands of photos in our photo booth and one of these can be found on the faces or in the eyes of everyone who's ever been in our booth. In many cases you can see more than one. Fun, smiles, laughter, and love don't discriminate based on age so kids from 1 to 93 have a great time in the booth. Who wouldn't smile after seeing a picture of grandma with a feather boa, zebra striped fedora, and big, bright pink sunglasses on or a baby wearing a rainbow clown wig. It helps that we have, as Nicole Findlay put it a, "giant prop wall" of items available to help create #FUN photos that make everyone smile.

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Wedding Vendors We Know and Recommend

After three and a half years in business we have had the opportunity to work with and receive guidance, assistance, advice, support, and referrals from many fellow wedding professionals.  These are just a few of the people and venues we've worked with who we would recommend to couples planning their weddings.


Lane Wells - LWells Photography

Website - www.lwellsphotography.com

Facebook Page - www.fb.com/LaneWellsPhotography

Instagram - lwellsphotgraphy

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Companies we've had the pleasure to work with!

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