Whether you celebrate your pup’s “take home day” or know their actual birth date, celebrating your dog can be one of the most enjoyable events of the year.
Sure, some people might have their opinions about what you’re doing and why you’re spending money on a furry friend who might not have a clue what’s going on, but that’s part of the fun! Lean into being a little bit ridiculous to show your dog how much they mean to you.
A little creativity goes a long way, and as long as you have your dog’s favorite treats, go-to doggie friends, and an epic backdrop so you can commemorate the moment, you’re going to have a great party.
Plus, there are so many different ways to keep a mega bash affordable. Try buying dog treats in bulk at big box stores like Costco or Sam’s Club. Encourage all of the guests to bring a bottle of bubbly or a potluck dish to snack on.
No matter how you choose to do it, what's important is that you make your pup feel loved on their special day.
The guest list can consist of anyone you want of course, but consider inviting a good mix of pup parents and guests without dogs so your dog can have some puppy friends to play with at the party.
Besides, you didn’t pick up all of those extra treats for nothing. Make sure to note on the invite that friends can bring their dogs so they know exactly the type of party they’re getting into. If you don’t have a lot of friends who have dogs, try hanging out at the dog park more. Get to know the other dog parents and invite them over to your puppy bash. You can even start by asking them if they’ve ever thrown their dog a birthday party to break the ice.
Set up a doggie buffet, fit with different types of treats in different serving dishes, and a section of biodegradable, single-use dog bowls that guests can fill for their own pups.
Make sure there’s plenty of water stations around, too. With all of that partying, the dog attendees are definitely going to get thirsty. You can grab a variety of treats on Amazon if you want to buy in bulk, or curate a special box from a delivery service of all of your dog’s favorites.
It's no secret that themes make parties more fun.
Imagine a Starbucks theme where all of the dogs wear little green aprons and name tags and enjoy Puppuccinos. You can set the scene with Starbucks cups for the adults, too.
No matter what theme you pick, remember, people are more inclined to follow the theme if it’s easier. Something everyone universally understands will probably yield better results.
More theme ideas include: circus, goth, or even met ball themed.
If you want to go more chill and uniformed, pick up doggie birthday hats to share with all of the dogs in attendance.
One thing’s for sure: Your guests are going to want to snap plenty of photos at your event.
Make things easy by setting up a photo wall. All you need is a backdrop, maybe some string lights, and a ring light set up with an iPad. This floral backdrop is easy to set up and is under $17. And you can pick up a ring light stand for around the same price.
Make sure you choose invites that reflect the theme and encourage all guests to dress accordingly. You can make cute and creative e-vites on apps like Canva or Paperless Post to get the word out.
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Besides the photo wall listed above, pick up a few disposable cameras or film for a Polaroid or Instax camera if you have it. Encourage guests to snap photos all night long.
If you just want to use your phones, create a shared album that all of the guests can drop photos into so they’re all in one place. If you’re a TikToker, put together an epic single TikTok of the event and email it to everyone who came afterwards. It’s a great way to stay in touch with some of your new dog park friends and get friends to talk about the party long after it’s over.