Your dog showers your family with unconditional love, affection, and loyalty, so return the favor with doggy-approved desserts and gifts at a special birthday event for your favorite pooch. Read on for some easy—and adorable—ways to make your dog's birthday pawty memorable.
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Choose the Perfect Present
Let's face it: Our dogs are spoiled every single day, but their birthdays are actually a legitimate reason for some serious doggy spoilage! Whether your pooch prefers tennis balls, Kongs or softer, homemade toys, there's no better reason than its birthday to hit up the toy aisle at your pet store.
Another fun (and hilariously adorable) idea: Put your pup in a room with a ton of tennis balls and watch the excitement ensue.Continue to 2 of 10 below.
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Deck the Halls
You've helped your friends and family decorate for a million birthday parties, so it's only appropriate that you decorate for your precious pooch's birthday.
Balloons and streamers are standard birthday party decor, of course, but there are tons of doggy-themed ways to do it up, too. Make a cute, bone-shaped banner with construction paper and yarn or twine, toss dog-friendly confetti on all of the tables and—if you're a little bit craftier—make a chalkboard sign with the drink and snack menu.
If you're not super-crafty, you can buy doggy-themed banners online instead.Continue to 3 of 10 below.
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Make Dog-Friendly Pupcakes
Believe it or not, lots of dog-friendly birthday cakes are human-friendly, too. All you need are some everyday baking ingredients, such as whole-wheat flour, baking soda, eggs, and applesauce or baby food, to make an amazing canine cake. Blend in shredded veggies such as carrots for a boost of nutrients and top it with cream cheese, peanut butter or blended bananas.
Don't feel like breaking out the baking gear? No dog has ever turned down peanut butter paired with his favorite treats.Continue to 4 of 10 below.
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Doggie Ice Cream
Although real ice cream isn't great for your dog's gastrointestinal tract, it's easy to whip up some puppy-approved ice cream at home with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. Blend bananas with plain yogurt and creamy peanut butter, then freeze overnight to get the right consistency. You can also make puppy ice pops with one basic ingredient: Chicken or beef broth. Simply pour it into a mold and freeze.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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DIY Some Cute Party Wear
There's literally nothing cuter in the world than a party hat on a puppy. It's super-easy to make your own by gluing—be sure to choose the non-toxic kind—construction paper, poster board, or foam paper into a cone shape. Then, decorate with a permanent marker, pompoms, tassels, or any other accouterments that will make your pupper feel extra festive.
What if your dog won't wear its party hat for longer than 20 seconds? Whip up a no-sew bandana with some cute fabric and fabric glue or hemming tape or a no-sew tutu with elastic and strips of tulle.Continue to 6 of 10 below.
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Invite the Entire Squad
What's a puppy party without your dog's entire gang? Invite the crew over for a day of running, snacks and, sniffing in celebration of your furry family member's birth.
Put out plenty of water and, if the other pet parents are OK with it, some snacks for paw-ty guests. Portioned dog treats, sliced frozen bananas, baby carrots, and green beans are all healthy snacks that are easy for dogs to pick up and munch on.
Be sure to keep a close eye on your dog and its guests while they're playing. Even the best dog buds can have misunderstandings sometimes.Continue to 7 of 10 below.
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Don't Forget About the Humans
Aside from an afternoon of cute dog shenanigans, you have to give your human guests some incentive to come to the puppy party, too. Enter, delicious party foods and drinks. Whip up a few party favorites like chicken wings, spinach, and artichoke dip, and deviled eggs, serve beer, wine, or—if you're really into the party theme—a custom cocktail in honor of your doggy's day.Continue to 8 of 10 below.
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Set Up a Photo Booth
Strike a paws! Make your own photo booth backdrop, grab some props (that your guests may or may not tolerate for a few seconds) and get 'gramming! Have your guests upload their photos to Instagram or Facebook with a custom hashtag (every happening event has one!), so you can see all of the fun in one place.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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The best part of these dog-friendly party games is that they're actually basic training techniques disguised as fun! Make sure you have plenty of toys (and treats) for games like hide-and-seek and fetch, which help dogs practice commands like "sit," "stay," "come," and "fetch."
If you really want to take your puppy party games to the next level, try a round of Snoopy Says. Like the human version, Simon Says, participants listen to commands and make certain movements. The last pupper standing wins!Continue to 10 of 10 below.
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Make Paw-ty Favors for Guests
What's a birthday party without a jam-packed favor bag? Include some small toys, such as a tennis ball or chew toy, a handful of dog bones or jerky sticks, a party hat or bandana and, of course, some on-the-go treats for the humans, too.