We’re sure there are many dog owners out there who see their furry friends as more than just a pet – they’re a part of the family! So why not celebrate your dog’s birthday properly? Throwing a birthday party for your puppy is a lot of fun for dog and owner alike. Here are our tips on throwing a puppy party to make sure everyone has lots of fun on such a momentous occasion!
Plan Your Party
Planning a puppy party is a whole lot of fun! Remember you’re throwing a party for your dog and their doggie friends so it’s nothing to get stressed over. However there are some logistics you should get out of the way, they are:
1. Who are you inviting? If your dog is friendly invite some of your dog-owning friends and doggies along! Try to get a good idea of how many people and dogs you need to cater for.
2. Where is it being held? This one probably depends on how big your garden is and how many you’re planning on hosting at your party. The local dog park could always be a good alternative if you’re short on space.
Once you’ve sorted these things out you can move onto the more fun side of party planning. We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of doggie birthday party ideas that you should give a go to make your party really special!
How To Decorate Your Birthday Party Place
Step one is decorating your party venue to get the birthday party vibe going straightaway! Since you’re hosting a birthday party for your puppy why not run with the dog theme. We love these paw print balloons from The Party People. The black and white balloons on the left come in different sizes, the 5” size is $0.50 per balloon and the 11” size is $1.00 per balloon. The coloured balloons on the right with a cartoon dog design on them Go all out with the decorations! But do be careful about party decorations that may be dangerous for dogs. I think paper tissue confetti and streamers, balloons and party banners and/or garlands would be suitable. If you can get doggie themed banners that’s even better too!
This is another cute balloon, but this puppy balloon is walker sized (89cm) made of foil, from Parties Online. It costs $18.00 without air, but if you’re in the area, the Northern Beaches Sydney, Parties Online can inflate the walker balloon with helium for you.
Try and get your hands on some puppy-themed tableware as well, it all adds to the fun! We found these puppy-in-party-hat serviettes available for purchase online over at The Party People. They come in a pack of 16 for $4.60.
It is a dog’s birthday party so the dogs should get some party food too! There are special treats that you can make up for dogs that are good for their health and are taste delicious (in their opinion of course). The following recipe (and adorable piccy) come from Twigg Studios. We liked this recipe because it’s healthy and tasty for dogs, and it’s a very simple recipe that isn’t too difficult to whip up.
PEANUT BUTTER AND APPLE DOG CAKE
1 1/2 cups of wholemeal flour
7 tbs butter
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 apple chopped into small bits
1 cup of chopped ham
1 tsp baking powder
1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius
2. Mix together butter, peanut butter, eggs, flour and chopped apple.
3. Spoon mixture into a baking tin lined with baking paper.
4. Bake for 35 minutes.
For the icing whip together 2 tbs peanut butter and 4 tbsp double cream. For a cake like the one pictured in the photograph use a piping bag to dallop icing on the cake and decorate with doggy treat biscuits.
Your human friends will need to be fed too! There are plenty of yummy party foods that you can make that stick with the doggie party theme as well. We found these bone and dog shaped cookie cutters from Party + Plate for $3.50 each, we think they’d be great to make shaped fairy bread slices or shortbread cookies. In our opinion fairy bread is a classic party food for all ages, it’s a nostalgic treat if you’re older and incredibly exciting for the little ones.
This Poodles Cupcake Kit is super cute, especially if you’re a fan of poodles! It’s $24.50 for purchase online at Party + Plate and includes 24 polka-dot cupcake cases (half in black and pink and the other half in cream and pink), 24 poodle cupcake toppers (half pink and white and the other half white and black). Try this super quick Iced Cupcakes recipe from Food To Love, it’s a very easy recipe to whip up so you can focus all your attention on the doggies!
What To Wear
This section is dedicated to how to dress the dogs for the party – not the people! You can always try putting standard party hats on your dogs, dogs in party hats is always adorable. To make your dog’s birthday party more of a formal soiree you can dress them up one of the following silk tuxedo styles. The little bow-ties that they come with really finish off the outfit! Each of these tuxedo bibs feature a comfortable velcro strap and come in one size that would be suitable for a small or medium sized dog. Each tuxedo is $4.90 from The Party People.
We also adore these Hot Dog Bandanas from Annabel Trends. They come in over 12 different prints including army camouflage print, spotty, polka-dot, chevron, pineapple, nautical, chilli and geometric. They’re $9.95 each and Annabel Trends ships Australia wide.
How To Keep Your Guests Entertained
One of the many great things about dogs is that they’re pretty ease to please! Chances are the dogs will be able to keep themselves entertained without you having to plan anything. However you could provide fetch balls, chew toys and other dog toys!