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How to Throw the Best Dog Birthday Party

by Gift Spawt November 09, 2018 3 min read

How to Throw the Best Dog Birthday Party | Blog | Gift Spawt

Your dog’s birthday can only mean one thing P-A-W-T-Y!! 

If you’re like many pet parents, you want to make sure your pup has a blast on his special day. Maybe you’re thinking an over-the-top extravaganza that rivals “My Super Sweet 16” or a more casual celebration, but aren’t sure how to get started. 

Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. From pup-approved treats and games to unique dog gifts, here’s everything you need to know to plan an epic dog birthday party.


1. Send invitations to puppy pals

What’s a party without friends?! Make your dog’s birthday extra pawesome by sending invitations to puppy pals and their humans. You can also include long-distance dog friends on the invite list and throw a virtual celebration for those that can’t make it to the actual festivities. 

If you’re artistically-inclined, a program like Canva is perfect for designing your own cards. We also love these pawty invites from Etsy that you can instantly download and print.


2. Whip up dog-approved cookies, cakes, and frozen threats

Once you’ve got the invitations covered, it’s time to move on to the yummiest part of the planning – the cake! 

If you’re throwing an all-out pawty, we’d suggest a treat bar with a mix of homemade and custom-baked creations. 

 One of our favorite DIY dog desserts are Hugo’s Frozen Bone Pupsicles (@hugoremyiii). These can be made in a matter of minutes and only require 4 ingredients:

  5.5 oz of 0% Greek Yogurt 

 2 Tbsp of all natural peanut butter (make sure it doesn’t contain xylitol) 

 1 ripe banana 

 ¼ cup of water 

Blend all ingredients, adding the water as needed, until smooth. Pour mixture into bone molds and allow to freeze 4+ hours. 

Other confections to consider are decorated cookies that match your theme like these unicorn cookies from Bobby and Bambi’s Bakery. And of course, there’s always room for a personalized cake from Spotted Dog Bakery.


3. Prep some pawty favors

Pawty favors are a wonderful way to thank your guests for attending your party and bringing some cool and unique dog gifts. Treats, a stuffed toy, and a bouncy ball packaged in a cellophane bag with personalized stickers are a fun and creative take- home.

4. Wear a crown

Make your dog feel like a prince or princess on their big day with a glittery party crown like this one from Buster’s Party Shop. You can even outfit your birthday boy or girl with designer duds to really show his or her personality.


5. Fiesta with a puppy-themed piñata

From a pup’s perspective, the best part about having a pawty is filling his belly with tons of treats. So, making it rain dog cookies from a bone-shaped piñata is sure to cause a little bit of a feeding frenzy from the guest of honor and his friends.

6. Sniff out treats on a scavenger hunt

Pawties are all fun and games, and a scavenger hunt is a great take on a classic Easter egg hunt. To make it puppy-approved, fill Kongs of different shapes and sizes with crunchy or chewy treats and hide them throughout your backyard. Then watch as dogs put their sniffers to work to uncover all the hidden treasures.

7. Don’t forget the presents

While most pet parents admittedly spoil their dogs year-round, barkdays call for some really unique dog gifts and cards. You know your pup best, so make or buy something that will cause some serious tail-wagging! 

Most of all, make sure your dog’s birthday is filled with fun and their favorite things and people. Our unique dog gifts and puppy care packages are the perfect way to surprise your pup or his furry friends with a collection of toys, treats, and other goodies on their special day. Carefully curated by us and packed with special touches, so you can focus on celebrating!


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