Dogs enrich our lives: They comfort us when we are sad, gaze apologetically when they know they’ve displeased us, and they celebrate with us when we are happy. So, when they make another trip around the sun, it’s something to make a fuss about.
Go low-key or throw an all-out bash (we’d agree with the second option). Since we think dogs deserve an awesome party, we are here to walk you through the steps on how to throw one.
Loads of cash aren’t necessary to execute a stunning celebration; you just have to decide the goal, first. Like most of us, saving money is a big plus. So, decide if you want to enlist help from friends to hand make decorations out of inexpensive materials, or if you want to throw a joint party with other pups and owners. Joint parties are huge money savers and often mean you can go a little more crazy! (Like, cotton candy machine and balloon artist crazy.)
Streamers and other one time use items are pricey and kind of wasteful—but were not judging. Yet choosing items that can have another use isn’t too tough. Fill vases with brightly colored toys that can be handed out as party favors, make banners out of cute clothes your dog can later wear, craft bouquets from bags of their favorite treats, since you’d be buying these anyway. After that, if you want, it doesn’t hurt to toss in a few streamers!
Your little angel deserves a special outfit for their big day, and there’s a lot out there to choose from these days. From fuzz ball adorned party hats to festive dresses with cupcake art and plenty of frills, they’ve just about thought of everything.
Two categories need to be covered here—human food and dog food. Back yard grilling just seems to be really fitting for a celebration like this—hot dogs, burgers, chips, salsa and guacamole for the two-legged guests, and some grilled zucchini and sweet potatoes for the pups. Keep in mind that there are typical barbecue staples that shouldn’t be given to dogs, like things with bones in them. Tip: Always talk with your vet first when introducing new foods.
While we don’t expect you’ll be able to coral everyone for structured activities, have various games and playthings around that pups can access at their own will. Scatter some toys of course (and set up things like soccer nets that humans can join in on too). Place a few small kiddie pools in your yard if it’s hot out, and just fill them slightly so it’s easy to periodically refresh the water.
If the weather takes a turn for the worst, occupy guests with treat filled toys that require a bit of work, and have a movie and popcorn ready to go for everyone else.
Home baked treats make for a simple and inexpensive goody bags for party guests—this peanut buttery recipe is easy to create thanks to simple ingredients you likely already have. For the humans, whip up some regular peanut butter or sugar cookies, and use a dog bone shaped cookie cutter for fun—just don’t mix them up with the pup treats! Or you could go big and purchase birthday Pup-PIEs for every one—these cute treats are actually shaped and frosted like a dessert and are naturally made.
Really, your dog’s birthday can be anything your imagination wants it to be. Think about what they love most and center your party around those things. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to bond with friends while letting their pups have a fun day out. While some may think it’s over the top, the ultimate doggy birthday party can be a memory making time for everyone. Now that’s a win-win.
Editor’s Note: Scarf’d simple pet recipes are easy-to-make and dog approved. Crafted in our office test kitchen with the help (and appetites) of our beloved Figo dogs. So, go ahead and celebrate your pup with these tasty treats.
Karyn Wofford is a “Mom” to her fluffy, sweet dog Halli. She spends much of her time traveling and advocating for Type 1 diabetes—and Halli sometimes accompanies her on her adventures. You’ll find Karyn’s work on sites like Mother Earth Living, and in magazines such as Diabetes Forecast.
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