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7 easy steps to throwing your pooch the perfect party

Some people might say that throwing a birthday party for your dog is silly, those people are wrong. Our four legged friends are part of the family and we should celebrate their special events like we would any other family member. Here are seven simple steps to planning the pawfect party for your pooch

1. Theme

 

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The first step to planning any great party is deciding on the theme, this shouldn’t be any different for our fur babies’ special day. The theme could be almost anything from your dog’s breed, a special interest of theirs, a colour scheme, or something completely unrelated and over the top. Have fun with it. Apply the theme to all aspects of the party; the food, the decorations, your outfit, and even the birthday pups’ outfit. You are – after all – throwing a party for your dog so go overboard!

2. Invite all your pups pals

A party is no fun if you have no-one to celebrate with, invite all the pups you know. Family, friends, pals from the park, or doggy day care. The more the merrier. Ideally, the pawfect party would include every single dog you have ever met. However, take into consideration the amount of space you have available. You don’t want to have fifteen dogs in a level three apartment. If your dog has too many puppy friends for your house, consider moving the party to the local dog park.

3. The Pupcake

 

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Arguably the most important element of the party is the cake, there a few options for dog friendly cakes.

  1. The premix: Cake mix packs can be bought from most pet shops such as this one from Petstock.
  2. Meat cakes: Perfect for the carnivore this cake recipe from 17Apart is made with human grade meat and iced with mash potato, an absolute doggy delight.
  3. Meat free options: If you would prefer a meatless cake for your pup, this recipe is flavoured with applesauce and pumpkin. Pawfect for the pup with a sweet tooth.

4. Other snacks

 

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This is where you can really get creative. Almost every party food can be given a make-over to within your puppy theme. Decorate cupcakes to look like your favourite breed. Change pastries into bone shaped delights like these bread stick bones. Or make bone shaped pasta for a pawsta salad. Grab a bone shaped cookie cutter and make a cheese platter. Cut your fruit into the shape of bones. The possibilities are endless!

5. Outfit

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Everyone knows the star of the party has to look amazing, this is no different for your pooch. All pet shops just coats for dogs some will also carry costumes as do shops like Kmart. If you are dressing your pooch in children’s clothing, be sure to allow extra room for their chest.

6. Activities

You may not be able to get all the pups to engage in a classic party game like ‘Simon Says’ or ‘Pin the Tail on the Donkey’. It is important to provide them with some kind of stimulation because if dogs get bored you can say ‘goodbye’ to your beautiful backyard. There are a number of fun activities you can provide for the pups including bubbles, ball launchers (to save your arm from getting tired), sand pits and pools.

7. Party favours

 

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Once the pawty has been enjoyed by all, it is good manners to thank your guests for taking the time to celebrate with you. The best way to do this is with a small party favour. You can decorate brown paper bags for each guest (bonus points if the bag look’s like its recipient). Inside the bags be sure to include a tasty treat like these gluten-free doggy cupcake, a healthy simple snack like these doggy breath mints and the favourite party favour – a tennis ball!

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