Have any of you every thrown a pawty for your doggie furends? Well, we threw a little family pawty for Brudder Ranger when he had his birthday last month (even though I’m not so sure he was all that thrilled with the guest list).
Now, to tell you the truth, I guess it WAS kind of a sad excuse for a pawty. No streamers. No confetti. No tooty horns (unless farts count). But we’ll be better prepared next year after reading this super pawsome post by our new furend, Miss Julee. I hope it gives you some fun ideas if you decide to throw a pawty of your own sometime.
Tips for a Themed Doggy Party
What better way is there to have fun with your canine companion than throwing a themed doggy party? Whether it’s your pet’s birthday, or you just want to have a good time, doggy parties are a great way to show your pets you love them and have fun with your friends while you’re at it. Here are some tips to help you start planning the best themed doggy party ever.
Choose a Theme
Parties are always more fun when there is a theme. Many people love to dress up their dogs, and a themed party is a great excuse to do so. Party themes also make it easier to plan decorations, games, and food, too. The following are some doggy party theme ideas (in no particular order):
• Hawaiian Luau
• Celebrity Look a Likes
• Disney Characters
• Famous People in History
• Dogs Rule and Cats Drool
• Rock and Roll Pups
• Doggy Sports
• Formal Wear (Classy Lassie)
• Political Figures
• Disco Mutts
• Champion Dogs at the Olympic Games
• Beach/Pool Party
• Famous Dogs from Movies (Clifford, Lassie, Pluto, etc.)
Use your imagination to come up with more ideas.
Make Party Invitations
Every party starts with an invitation that includes title of party, theme (so the adults know what to wear), date, time, special requests (doggy costumes, presents, RSVP), and a thank you in advance. If you want to be creative, you can pretend the invitations are being sent from your dog to the other dogs and include a small treat in the envelope.
Buy Your Decorations
Make sure all decorations are placed up high and out of the dogs reach to eliminate any dangers. The only decorations or props placed at dog level should be too large for a dog to swallow, made out of a strong material, not sharp, not hot (lights), and no poisonous materials. You would think that “no poisonous materials” would be a no brainer, but many owners are unaware of potential poison dangers in our homes. Remember you are having many furry guests over, some may be better behaved than others, and we want to ensure everyone’s safety.
With that said, choose decorations that enhance your theme. If you chose the Doggy Luau, buy coconuts, leis, and mini grass skirts to put on the pets (if you are providing these make sure to include that in the invitation so owners know not to dress their dogs ahead of time). If you are having a formal wear costume party, use lots of glitter (above dog level) and shiny decorations to enhance the theme.
ALWAYS have a camera ready, take millions of pictures, and get all guests’ email addresses before they leave so you can share the pictures. The ideas really are limitless, and they depend mostly on your theme.
Plan Party Games
Depending on the size of your abode, you may be able to handle the 20 million paw stampede; if not then I suggest partying outside. Choose games that will be fun for both the dogs and the owners. You could set up an obstacle course, host a tug o’ war, even play Frisbee, or my favorite “Search.” In search we hide small treats in random and clever places and have the dogs seek them out. Make sure the dogs are not in the room or designated area so that it is impossible for them to see where you hid the treats, they are very clever! Dogs rely on their noses the most, so once the treats are all hidden just bring the dogs in and they will pick up the scent naturally. No training required and all dogs will participate.
Food and Refreshments
Recipes made with eggs, meat, fruits, vegetables, peanut butter, cheese, and yogurt are all pet friendly. Avoid nuts, mushrooms, grapes, raisins, caffeine, chocolate, and alcohol because they are poisonous to our pets.
Alcohol? Duh, who would serve their pet alcohol? You would be surprised! So please don’t do it!
Also stay away from processed foods because they are high in calories, chemicals, and sweeteners (Xylitol).
Ask your fellow dog owners what their dogs’ favorite foods are and if there is any food they really dislike. This way you can customize the menu knowing every dog will leave on a full stomach. Again, using the luau as an example, your menu should include ham, pineapple, and fruity cocktails. Make both the human and dog variations of each, you would be surprised at how many dogs like pineapples and raw fruits.
Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, holiday, or no occasion at all, a party is the best way to get together with friends and have a good time. You should try to include your pet in all the fun, which is why a doggy themed party is such a great idea. After all, isn’t your pet part of the family?
Julee Russo is a dog lover who focuses on living life and savoring every moment without messing up the next! 🙂
PeeS. Thank you all for giving the Power of the Paw to Lola and Charlie. We saw this update yesterday that Charlie is starting to feel better and I know it’s partly cuz of all your outpourings of luv. You all make my heart happy!