What better reason for your friends and pets to gather for a day of fun games, gifts and treats than a birthday extravaganza. Celebrate the special day of your furry companion by planning a birthday party with the following event-planning tips:
Your backyard or the dog park are the perfect party locations for your pet’s party. An outdoor venue provides plenty of space for your pup and guests to roam free and play. You won’t have to worry about cleaning up accidents on carpet or furniture since your dog and other four-legged fur balls will be excited and may forgo their regular bathroom etiquette. Also, if your dog’s birthday falls during a winter month, then it’s a great excuse to get outside with your pal and enjoy fresh, frigid air.
A celebration isn’t complete without festive birthday decorations. Even more fun is to plan your party around a theme. CesarsWay.com suggests birthday theme ideas such as a black-and-white party for a Dalmatian, a Wild West party or a luau. Invite four-legged guests to wear bandanas or leis around their necks to keep with the theme.
Decorate your backyard or the park with the following ideas:
- Stream crepe paper from tree branches and around the trunk
- Tie balloons to fence posts
- Use colorful sidewalk chalk to draw paw prints
- Hang Polaroid pictures of your dog on fencing, the tree and outside of your home
Four-Legged Guest List & Invitations
A party isn’t a party without your friends! Send party invitations to your friends, family members and their pets using online card customization sites such as BarkTalk.com and TinyPrints.com. Customize invitations with a personal photo and choose from an array of color choices, formats and style options. Don’t forget to take pictures of the celebration on Instagram and send your friends home with treat bags full of goodies.
Tasty Treats & Cake
Indulging in treats and cake is essential at a party. Fill dog dishes with an array of doggie goodies such as:
- Milk-Bone Chicken Drumstix Chewy Dog Treats
- Purina Beggin’ Strips
- Cheese-Flavored Pupcorn
- Canyon Creek Ranch Chicken Drumettes
Check out fun and cute designs for dog-edible birthday cakes from online bakeries such as TheBarkeryOnline.com, MyBestFriendPetTreats.com or BingsBarkinBakery.com. Dogs will love to be treated with a bone-shaped cookie, a “Happy Birthday” round birthday cake or a paw-shaped birthday cake from The Barkery.
Play Time & Games
If your party is at the park, bring along a variety of toys for tug of war and fetch. Tennis balls and Frisbees are toy favorites that all the furry guests will love to play with. Plan for a birthday blowout party and create an interactive obstacle course for owners and pets to participate in together. You can find fun obstacle and agility course kits at your local pet store that include high jumps, open tunnels and weave poles.
Mimi So is a veterinarian for farm animals. Mimi enjoys sharing advice on the proper ways to care for animals and how to take steps in saving our planet.