So you thought only humans should celebrate a birthday, huh? Wrong! Show your pet how much you love them by celebrating your pet’s birthday!
Pets bring so much happiness and love to our lives… what better way to give back some of that happiness than by hosting a birthday party for your dog or cat!
If you’re worried about planning a pet-party, remember, the thumb rule is to relax. Here are some tips to help make your ‘pawty’ a super success!
1) Pet party or pet-friendly party? Make it both!
A pet party is when you invite four-legged guests that your pet likes to hang around with. These could be pets in your extended family, friend circle or local pet day care. Of course your guests will be accompanied by adult minders / pet parents. You could also invite people who may not have pets, but who love your pet and enjoy spending time with him / her. And while parties are a great way to socialize, avoid calling people with/without pets that your pet is unfamiliar with, or who are likely to be uncomfortable around animals. As a thumb rule, if you’re throwing a party for your dog, don’t include cats in the guest-list and vice-versa.
2) Venue matters
The most important aspect of a pet-party is the venue. Pets need space to run around and feel happy. If you have a backyard / garden, that would be the ideal location. If not, you could look at leash-free areas in public gardens, or if you have the budget, rent out space at the local animal day care center. Depending on weather conditions, rooftop terraces or basements without carpeting can also be adapted and made pet-friendly. Remember to clear away any breakable items and have lots of pet poop bags handy. Setting aside a quiet space for a pet to calm down or rest is also a good idea.
3) Put together a pet-friendly menu
Homemade goodies are a fantastic option for pet-friendly menu, but remember that pets can’t eat many of the ingredients that people can. There are lots of pet-friendly recipes available online if you’re looking at making stuff at home, and you can always mix it up with favorites available at the pet-store. Just go low on the sugar and salt, and have plenty of fresh water available in several bowls around the space. Make sure to ask pet minders / parents about any allergies or special dietary requirements. And yes, keep a separate menu for the two-legged guests to dig in too!
4) Party activities and goody bags
Although most pets love to play with each other and run around in open space, you could include some activities to keep them busy. Try rope toys for tug of war, a simple obstacle course, or balls for playing fetch. You could also get the adults to participate by getting each pet to demonstrate a ‘trick’, and give away treats for each pet. For party favors, try goody bags filled with custom food treats or wearable favors such as personalized collars, fancy leashes and clip-on bow ties / hair bands, grooming products and toys.
We hope you do plan a special party for the special four-legged friend in your life! If you’ve hosted a pet party, we’d love to hear your experience! Till then, have an awesome pawty!
We also have some great cards for pets. Go here.