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How to throw your dog a birthday party

Golden retriever celebrates with cake at a dog birthday party.

Plan an epic dog birthday party to celebrate your dog’s special day. Invite your human friends and favorite dogs to join the celebration.

It is your dog’s big day, and it deserves to be celebrated epically. It has become even more acceptable than ever to throw a birthday party for your dog as a way to honor them as they turn another year older. You can invite your human friends and your favorite dogs to join in on this celebration. Here are five tips for throwing a fantastic dog birthday party.

Consider the invite list

Who you invite to the party will make or break the event. If your dog enjoys playing with other pups, be sure to include them on the invite list. It is probably not a good idea to invite dogs that your dog has never sniffed out before.

You do not want to stress out any dogs in this situation. Inviting the owners to stick around and enjoy the festivities will help you to keep tabs on all of the dogs. You should make sure that you have enough food and drink for the owners to enjoy.

Don’t forget the doggy treats

While you want to have plenty of human snacks on hand, it is vital to not neglect all of the dogs on hand at the party. You can create a variety of treats that will appeal to the guest of honor and all of its puppy pals.

Try making adorable “pupcakes” shaped like a bone for the dogs to enjoy. You likely even have most of the ingredients in your kitchen already. If it is hot outside, you can make some frozen treats using chicken or vegetable broth as the base. The dogs will love cooling off with this special treat designed just for them.

Order themed party favors

Although your guests are not likely to forget this event, you can make it more memorable by sending everyone and their dogs home with a party favor. Take-home treats for the dogs will be a hit for them when they get home. Your human guests will enjoy a variety of dog-themed favors to remember the day.

Dog bandanas are a great idea when you are looking for a practical yet adorable party favor to give your guests as they head home. Bandanas are an especially good idea for people looking to find new face masks to use in public.

Set up a photo booth

Everyone loves to take pictures with their favorite pooch. Your guests will love a dog-themed photo booth. Encourage the humans to pose with their dog or get some shots of all of the dogs together for an extra special shot.

You can elevate this idea even further by having some fun photo props on hand. Who will not love throwing a sombrero on their dog for a fun party pic? Etsy offers plenty of dog costumes that will be perfect for a photo booth at this festive occasion.

Offer fun for the dogs

Do not forget that this bash is designed to be fun for your dog. With this in mind, be sure to offer some activities for your canine and its friends. What dog does not revel in playing with a ball? You can capitalize on this love by filling a kiddie pool with hundreds of little balls for the dogs to jump in and play. Or hide doggy treats around the yard for the pups to find.

The goal of this unique party is to celebrate your dog in a way that all guests will have a blast. Remember not to overthink the party. The important thing is that your dog will feel special and loved all day long.

Amy Sloane is an Oregon State University alum who spends her free time as a freelance writer and knitting enthusiast. Amy loves reading, cooking, and spending time with her dog, Molly. 

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