What’s more fun than a regular birthday party with your friends? A dog birthday party with all of your friends and their dogs!
It just so happens that we have two scorpios dogs in this household. Archie officially turned 1 on the 6th and Cali turned 5 on the 8th of November.
I can’t believe how time flies!
I remember when I met Cali for the first time 5 years ago, as a small puppy as my husband plopped her into the bed in the middle of the night to wake me up with puppy kisses.
Archie was my Christmas present last year and was a huge personality from the beginning at 8 weeks old.
Since I have no human children, I consider my dogs to be my babies and absolutely love spoiling them.
That’s why this year I decided it would be fun to put together a legitimate birthday party for my dogs just like you would for any toddler.
That meant setting up decorations, wrapping gifts, and making them their own dog-friendly cake!
The best part is I did it all for under $150 bucks!
Total Decoration Cost: $30
Many people don’t know, but I have my bachelor’s degree in Arts & Entertainment Business Management from Pace University. (Humble brag)
This means that I am all of my friend’s go-to for putting together events, especially on a budget.
Since I knew the dog’s weren’t going to judge my decorating skills, I decided not to go too crazy.
I got a great deal on this Dog Birthday Party Decor Pack (affiliate link) from Amazon. It comes with a huge balloon banner that says “Let’s Pawty”, multiple matching decor banners, 9 pawprint balloons, a balloon pump, and 2 dog birthday party hats, all for just $14 bucks!
You can choose between either the rose gold set or the regular gold set depending on what you like.
Everything is super easy to set up and I feel this really added to the aesthetic of the party.
In addition to this, I also swung by the local Dollar Tree to pick up other party decor like tablecloths, paper plates, and some adorable paw print wrapping paper.
I also picked up some black and white streamers and some other cute little party decor. This all added up to a whopping $15.
Total Dessert Cost: $30
Usually for cakes I make all of my own but since I had to bake different things for both dogs and humans, I decided to check Amazon for a quick solution.
I found this Puppy Cake Kit (affiliate link) for just under $20. It comes with the wheat free cake mix and frosting, a silicone cake mold that’s oven, freezer, and dishwasher safe, and birthday candles.
It was super easy to make and only took about 30 mins from start to finish.
After I added the frosting I stuck the cake in the fridge overnight to let the frosting harden.
For the humans, I decided to make homemade cupcakes for everyone to enjoy.
I like making cupcakes instead of cakes because people can just grab one throughout the party instead of waiting for the cake to be served.
Since this was a dog party, I only made vanilla cupcakes just in case someone at the party fell for Archie and Cali’s puppy dog eyes and slipped them a bite.
Sure enough in the middle of the party I saw one of the giggling kids sharing his cupcake with Archie.
Even though dogs aren’t supposed to eat human cupcakes I still felt much better about him eating vanilla instead of chocolate.
This is something to definitely keep in mind when throwing your own dog birthday party!
Total Gift Cost: $75
I felt a little too extra asking people to bring gifts for my dogs, (especially with such tough economic times) so I took a different route.
The day before the party I took a trip to Target and picked out the toys that I knew would make 2 pitbulls very happy.
This meant searching for the toughest possible chew toys they had available.
Since the dogs needed new toys anyway, I decided to buy about 5-6 different toys that I know will last a long time.
If you have tough chewers like my dogs, you know you’re spending roughly $10-$15 on each toy, so this was what took up most of my party budget.
The night before when Lazer was out for a walk with the dogs I took all of the toys and individually wrapped them with the paw print wrapping paper I got from the Dollar Tree.
I also made sure to hide them in the closet until the next day because Cali always knows when there are new toys in the house.
When it was time for presents at the party, I gave each couple a wrapped gift to give to Archie and Cali.
Why I Picked All the Gifts
I wanted to do my own gifts for 2 reasons. The 1st reason was so that I knew there were enough presents for everyone to give and feel included without feeling obligated to buy something.
The second reason is that my dogs aren’t allowed to have any rawhide bones or squeaker toys.
Rawhide is dangerous and shouldn’t be given to any dogs. And when I was younger my dog died from eating the squeakers out of toys when we weren’t home.
So none of my future dogs will be playing with squeaker toys (unless I cut out the squeaker first).
As each person gave their gift, Cali and Archie sniffed each toy and tore it open with eager excitement.
Since I was the only one who knew what the toys were, it was sort of a surprise for everyone as each one was opened.
The little kids at the party were a big help unwrapping the gifts with the dogs and they loved every second of it!
And the best part for me is that I know my dogs will have great enrichment toys for the next few months to keep them busy for the winter.
The End of The Party
Towards the end of the party, we lit up the fire pit in the backyard for the adults to sit around while the kids and dogs played with each other and their new toys.
All of the used wrapping paper, paper plates, and pizza boxes were tossed into the fire for easy cleanup.
Everyone said they had the best time, and I think the dogs had a blast too!
I believe it’s important to celebrate your dog’s birthday or gotcha day because our time with them is so short and so precious.
Our dogs are just a short part of our lives but to them we are their whole life.
So the next time your dog’s birthday roles around, make sure to do something special for them. After all, they have been waiting a whole 7 dog years to celebrate! 🙂
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