How to Host a Paw-some Dog Party
Posted on October 12 2023
A birthday party for your dog is an awesome opportunity to host a gathering for your friends and family, while also providing your pets with playtime and socialization.
So, why not take the opportunity and make it a fun and memorable experience for everyone?
If you're looking to throw a paw-some birthday party for your beloved canine companion, you've come to the right place. In this blog post, we'll guide you through the steps to plan an unforgettable birthday celebration that will make your dog's tail wag with excitement.
1. Choosing the Venue & Invitations
When it comes to selecting a venue for your dog's birthday party, consider a location that is comfortable, safe, and spacious enough for the canine guests to roam around freely.
We recommend that you host your pup's party in a backyard - be it yours or a friend or family member's. This will give you the ability to decorate and provide treats, without confining dogs to a small space.
After you've chosen your venue, create a guest list of your pup's closest companions. Invite dogs that your dog is familiar with, and ensure that all invited dogs are friendly, well-socialized, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
2. Dress for the Occasion
If your pup's birthday is around Halloween, consider making it a fun costume contest for the doggie guests and their humans. This is a great way to engage both audiences, and offer an awesome first prize for the winner.
However, the star of the show should stand out in the crowd! Treat your pup to a new birthday collar and take plenty of pics during their special day.
Jordy is wearing the Balloons Birthday Collar with a purple flower accessory.
3. Decorate with a Doggy Theme
Set the festive mood by incorporating a doggy theme into your decorations. Use paw-printed tablecloths, create a personalized banner, and purchase some inexpensive dog bowls to hold treats for both humans and their furry friends.
We recommend avoiding balloons. Curious dogs may pop them, inviting them to chew and ingest them, which a mean an emergency vet visit for your dog. We also advise to avoid ribbons and confetti, as they are also swallowing hazards.
4. Plan Engaging Activities
To keep the party lively and entertaining, organize dog-friendly activities. Set up an obstacle course with tunnels, jumps, and ramps for the dogs to navigate through.
Provide plenty of interactive toys and games such as fetch, frisbee, or a treasure hunt for hidden treats. Under supervision, encourage the dogs to interact and play together. Remember to provide plenty of fresh water during playtime.
Pictured above: Happy Birthday Bow
5. Serve Delicious Doggy Treats
No birthday party is complete without scrumptious treats! Here's a recipe for dog-friendly cookies:
Recipe for cookies:
- 2 cups of peanut butter (make sure the peanut butter doesn’t have sugar or xylitol)
- 4 1/2 cup of flour
- 2 1/2 cup of water
- 6 tsp baking powder
Toss all the ingredients into a bowl and mix, being careful to not over blend. A stand mixer would be ideal for this, but you can use a hand beater as well.
Sprinkle your counter with flour and roll your dough to about ¼ inch thick. You can go thinner for crispier cookies.
Use a cookie cutter to cut your cookies.
Bake in a 325-degree oven for 25 minutes or until the cookies are brown around the edges.
Decorate with icing.
We recommend that you use dog-safe food coloring for the icing. The ingredients are all-natural and have been FDA approved. In a pinch, you can substitute Americolor food coloring, which comes in a wide variety of colors.
If you don’t feel like investing in cookie cutters, you can use the rim of a glass to cut your dog’s cookies into circles.
6. Provide Party Favors for Four-Legged Friends
Send your guests home with thoughtful party favors. Prepare goodie bags filled with treats, a toy, or a personalized dog tag as a memento of the celebration. This gesture will leave a lasting impression on both the dogs and their owners.