Dogs give us companionship, loyalty, and infinite amounts of love. For that, their lives are also worthy of a celebration. No matter what the occasion – whether it’s a dog birthday party, gotcha day, bark-mitzvah, or simply a loving celebration – there are many ways to throw a party for the furry wonders who changed our lives for the better. And the great thing about dogs is that they don’t experience feelings of anticipation or a disappointment like humans. That means, whether it’s a big party or a simple puppy picnic, your dog will be entirely focused on having fun and spending quality time with you.
Here are some fun ideas for throwing a party for your dog:
Start your dog’s day with dog-friendly donuts.
To start off a fun day for your dog, start the party for them a little earlier! Give them dog-friendly donuts. You can always order from pet bakeries, but you can DIY. Peanut butter bacon donuts exist, and you can make them in your own kitchen!
Set up “Let’s Pawty” decorations.
Parties are always more festive with balloons, banners, and other decorations. Nowadays, foil letter balloons are a must so you can easily spell words and phrases to describe the party! Instead of saying “Happy birthday” or whatever celebration you’re planning for your dog, you can just say “Let’s Pawty!” and it would be fitting enough for your theme. Here are some decorations you can buy:
- Legendog Dog Birthday Party Supplies Dog Paw Print Balloons
- STMK Dog Birthday Party Supplies for Girls
- STMK Dog Birthday Party Supplies for Boys
- 168 Pcs Dog Party Supplies Set Tableware Kit
- GIEMSON Dog Birthday Party Supplies
- 16” Foil Balloon Dog Pet Birthday Lets Pawty Balloons
- Zonon Dog Birthday Party Supplies Decoration
Alternatively, say “Woof!”
If you want a shorter word to feature at your dog party, “Woof” is a cute idea. Here are some of your options:
- Legendog Dog Birthday Party Supplies WOOF Letter Balloons
- Esweny Dog Birthday Party Supplies Decorations WOOF Letter Balloons
- TCBOYING Dog Birthday Party Supplies
- Blue Dog Party Decorations WOOF Foil Balloon Paw Print Balloons
- Dog Birthday Party Supplies WOOF Letter Balloons
- Labeol Dog Birthday Party Supplies Dog Birthday Party Gift Set
- POPINPAWS Dog Birthday Party Supplies
- Party Inspo Dog Birthday Party Decorations
Bake your own pupcakes.
You can find a lot of pupcake (dog cupcake) recipes that will suit every dog’s taste. Whether it’s peanut butter, pumpkin, blueberry, or anything – the food flavor that your dog celebrates most enthusiastically with their mouth is the best pupcake flavor option for you. You can make a sheet of cupcakes for all your dog’s friends invited, or just make a batch for the only mouth that matters.
Don’t forget the cupcakes for your human guests, too. Any store-bought cupcake can do – simply decorate it with dog cake toppers. You can customize it by making your own toppers using your dog’s picture.
You can also add chocolate molded like dog bones and paw prints to top your cupcakes with.
Serve foods for the dog owners.
For your human guests, setting up a spread of hors d’oeuvres, salads, sandwiches, barbeque or chicken wings, pizza, and some dessert would be nice to reward them for bringing their dogs. Don’t forget to use dog-themed plates, cups, and napkins.
Dress up your dog in a birthday outfit.
Don’t forget to get your furry celebrant dressed up for their special day. Party hats come in different sizes, and human ones can fit most dogs. There are also party hats made for dogs, but it’s important to make sure that your dog feels comfy with any headwear or article of clothing. Make sure you snap cute photos!
You can let them wear an adorable suit and bowtie or a crown and a tutu skirt. You can go old-school with a bright bandana and a rainbow party hat. If you want them to wear a costume, get them all dressed up as if it were Halloween.
If your dog is not used to wearing clothes, prepare her beforehand. Before the party, try to make the dog familiar and comfortable with the item you’ll dress them with on the day of the party by a series of training sessions. This will help you avoid a meltdown during the party and to keep the day stress-free and enjoyable for you and your dog.
Surprise your dog with a wrapped gift.
Dogs are no exception to loving birthday presents. A toy or a snack treat wrapped loosely so your dog can easily open it can delight your pet in more ways than one. Want your dog to open her own present? To help them unwrap, you can slip a dog treat inside the wrapping paper. Show the gift to your dog and praise them for any engagement with the present. Let them sniff it, and supervise your dog’s unwrapping to make sure they don’t eat any wrapping paper, tape, or box.
Give the celebrant a doggy ball pit.
Order up a puppy ball pit, or make your own using a plastic baby pool and loads of colorful balls! It would be the best day ever for your dog. You can add his favorite treats in the mix for an added fun challenge and more action for your videos!
Set up a doggy obstacle course.
Dogs love to play, and if she and her pals are all active dogs, an obstacle course would be the perfect activity for them. Divide your guests and their dogs into teams and give each team a ball. The aim of the game is to push the ball through the obstacle course with their dogs, not with their hands.
Fill the obstacle course with different kinds of obstacles. Place objects that they will have to move over or things they would need to get under. Basically, anything will work here – you don’t need to hire professional dog training items.
Provide doggy goody bags for the guests.
It’s tradition to send your guests home with a little memento from the party. But for a party for your dog, make sure his dog pals also get one! Provide fun doggy bags filled with toys, treats, and goodies for your four-legged buddies.
And while you’re preparing goody bags for your dog’s pals, don’t forget about their owners. Make sure you also have prepared goody bags for humans. You can give them some cupcakes, keychains, some baked goods or candy, stationery, or anything to remember this party by.