Dog Birthday Party Ideas
So, you want to plan the best dog birthday known to man. Just like with any other party, there’s a lot to consider and prepare. But it’ll be so worth it when you get to give your dog an extra-special day of fun with all her favorite people and fellow fur-babies.
Milk-Bone® is here to help you make it happen! We have all sorts of ideas that will help you create a dog birthday party that canine guests are sure to appreciate. Consider us your puppy party planners! Without further ado, scroll on to check out all of our DIY dog birthday party ideas.
Consider Your Pup’s Personality
Your dog is the birthday girl or boy, so the party obviously has to suit their personality. Is your dog the type that loves being carried in your purse and would prefer beauty sleep over tromping around outdoors? Then your pampered pal needs a dog birthday party on par with the stars. On the other hand, if you have a puddle-lovin’, mess-makin’ canine, you need to plan a get-together that includes plenty of outdoorsy fun. If their fellow four-legged friends are anything like them, everyone is sure to have an amazing time.
Choose a Theme and Stick to It
If Instagram and Pinterest have taught us anything, it’s that the most memorable (and photo-op-worthy) parties are the ones that have a cohesive theme. Your dog’s birthday party should be no different!
Let’s revisit those personality examples we mentioned above and use them to pick a theme. If your dog is the pampered type who has a taste for luxury, you could choose the theme of “royalty.” Go with décor that has plenty of sparkle and add a throne (or cushion) of honor where your pup and her friends can pose to indulge the “pup”-arazzi. And, of course, you should give your dog a crown or other regalia to set her apart from the crowd (but only if she’s okay with doggie clothes)!
How about an outdoorsy dog? It would be great to hold an outdoor party, if possible. You could also choose camouflage décor for a hunting dog or go for more of a generally rustic theme. And for the treat table, you could include a “log” cabin centerpiece made entirely of treats! Hint hint, Milk-Bone® Original Biscuits make great building blocks for a project like this. (But FYI, calories from treats should make up no more than 10% of your dog’s daily caloric intake.)
Make Your Party a Pup’s Paradise
It’s important to keep the “dog” aspect of your dog birthday party front and center throughout the planning process. Think to yourself: “What would get my tail wagging if I was a dog?” Then, use your answers to craft a party that any pup would do zoomies for.
Unleash the Toys!
No matter your dog’s personality, she and her friends are sure to go wild for some new toys. Whether it’s a tube of new tennis balls or a rope toy for them to tug on, make sure there are plenty of dog toys around to keep your canine guests entertained. And remember to be mindful of your theme! See if tennis balls come in pink for your princess or try a new frisbee for your outdoor athlete.
Having fun is a lot of hard work! Make sure all your doggie guests have access to fresh, cool water to drink throughout the party. Set up a water bowl bar so everyone has plenty of room to squeeze in and lap up the good stuff. You can even incorporate your theme by providing bejeweled bowls for your princess and her guests, and even garnishing the water with dog-friendly flavorings like cucumber slices. Or, in addition to your water bowl bar, you could fill up a kiddie pool for your outdoor-loving dog and his pals to drink from or splash around in at will. A pool will also help the dogs stay cool during a summertime party.
Doggie Bags are a Must
Give your guest pooches a little piece of the party to take home with them by creating treat bags to fit the theme of the party. For your pampered pups treat bags, try filling them with Milk-Bone® Mini’s Flavor Snacks® Biscuits and a cute (but glamorous) toy to start. If you’re feeling crafty, you could use glittery gold paper to create some cute crowns for your guests of honor. Or, if you have an instant camera handy, you could include snapshots of your dog and her pals that you took during the party. Be sure to tie it all together with a beautiful bow!
How about that outdoorsy dog and his friends? They would probably love a treat with a bit of a challenge to it. Try Milk-Bone® Wonder Bones® Paw Rockers® long-lasting chews for a treat that’s as fun to play with as it is to chew. Add a tennis ball and a cute commemorative bandana and you’re all set! You could even package it all in little burlap sacks or bags made of similar material to keep with your rustic theme.
Get Even More Dog Birthday Ideas Here at Milk-Bone® Dog Treats
We still have a couple more ideas for your DIY dog birthday party up our sleeve. With the 36 oz. tin of Milk-Bone® Flavor Snacks® Birthday Dog Treats, you can easily pass out treats to guests while sticking to your fun birthday theme – just remember to save a few for the dog of honor!
Want to show off with a truly unique dog birthday treat? Get your pup a custom Milk-Bone® box! It’s easy: just pick the birthday theme, upload your dog’s most Insta-worthy photo and add a name – try “Lola” or “Lola’s Treats”. If you want to go all-out, you could even create custom boxes for each of your doggie birthday guests! It’s a present their human parents will cherish forever.
Are you throwing a birthday party for your pup? If so, we want to see the results! Tag us in your pictures on social media so we can see your birthday dog’s smiling snoot. Until then, happy planning!