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Party Tips for a Dog’s Birthday Celebration

Author: Erin Schneider | Date: August 7, 2013

I have been to more dog birthday parties this year than I have ever been to. My dog, Bailey, turned eight this year, so we threw her a little party. But ours didn’t even compare to the other parties I attended.

I was very impressed by the spreads that were presented and the amount of people that showed up to these parties. The decor and food were delicious and the overall vibes were very chic.

I actually really enjoyed the fact that people are not ashamed of celebrating their special companions.

If you own a dog, you probably consider them as part of the family, so why not throw a party for your dog? I am happy to celebrate my dog’s life and I thought I would share some party ideas that I saw and will be incorporating into future parties for her.

  • Don’t be afraid to decorate. You don’t have to go crazy with the decorations, but have fun with it.

  • Make sure to have plenty of people food around. Finger food works best, but depends on the vibe you are going for. Also, make sure to keep people food out of the reach of your four-legged guests.

  • Supply cake for both humans and dogs. Most human cake is not good for dogs, but there are plenty of places to buy a cake for your birthday pooch. I bought my cake from Dog-a-holics in Chicago.  Just look for a dog bakery and you should be in luck.

  • Alcoholic beverages are a nice touch for your human friends, but not necessary. Pre-made cocktails, such as mimosas or bloody mary’s, are easy. Again, make sure to keep this out of the reach of dogs.

  • Have little goody bags for your friend’s dogs. They can be very small and cute. Just fill them with a bone or sample treats. Your friends will think it is adorable and their dogs will love it even more!

  • If you decide to invite other dogs to the party, make sure they get along with your dog and there aren’t any issues with resource guarding. All the parties I attended only had the birthday girl/boy there, so it was quite pleasant.

  • Don’t forget to spoil your dog and give them a lot of extra attention. That means, don’t forget to take them out and also know when they have had too much.

  • Most importantly, have fun!

Bailey enjoyed her party, even though we didn’t have a huge event. It was just Bailey, me, my husband and one of Bailey’s favorite people. She was given lots of attention and food and that was good enough for her.

Do you throw parties for your dogs? If so, we would love to hear what you do and photos are a must!


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