We love to celebrate our 3-legged pooch named Pogo, a scruffy wire haired terrier who showed up on our sidewalk 5 years ago abandoned and broken. We scooped her up, sought medical attention, and brought her home for keeps. We are typical doting parents when it comes to giving Pogo whatever she wants, and that means lots of presents! Hence, Pogo’s annual birthday party complete with all the trimmings, 4-legged friends and treats.
Want to throw your own doggie birthday party?
Here are a few party ideas:
- Party like the Big Dogs!
- Bad to the bone!
- You’re invited to a Birthday Paw-ty!
- Off the leash, let’s party!
- Plenty of hydrants to go around…
- People food is on the menu…
- Dogs rule!
- All breeds welcome…
- Unlimited roll-overs…
- You’re invited to a tail-wagging good time!
- No purrrrrrrrring allowed!
- You’re invited to a Bow-Wow…
- We’re serving up pupcakes and milk…
Evite or paper invite, pick a design that reflects your party theme or make your own using a party slogan above. Add a paw print of your pooch using an ink pad and transferring to invite.
Get Creative. Combine readily available decorations like balloons and streamers with a themed table centerpiece(s). Fill a few dog bowls with milk bones, make an arrangement out of a variety of grasses and a toy nestled in, or scatter tennis balls on the table.
Cut large dog bone shapes out of brown Kraft paper and use as placemats. Set out a dog treat and a party hat at each place setting.
Fill doggie bags (Kraft lunch bags) with a few take-home dog favors like a toy, a chew and a roll of pooper scooper bags.
_____Cake & Refreshments
Make a cake or cupcakes out of dog-friendly ingredients. See several recipes including gluten free and sugar free alternatives. You can decorate the cake by topping it with dog leash, dog collar, or dog toy. Another option is dog cookies. Source locally or on-line. Serve up a small bowl of milk for each guest to wash it all down.
_____Take a few “let’s go potty” breaks
_____Have a mop and a paper towel roll on hand
_____Pour frequent adult beverages for 2-legged guests
_____Go outside and play
_____Now go home
Robb Puckett, Chuck Daniel & Pogo