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How to Throw a Puptastic Birthday Pawty

How to Throw a Puptastic Birthday Pawty

Nine out of ten pet owners surveyed say they consider their pet a member of the family* and we think that’s cause for celebration.  Another survey revealed that 36% of dog owners give their pets presents on their birthday.*  We think if there are going to be presents, there ought to be a party and for pets that means it’s PAWTY time!

Let’s get this party started

Choose the date. If you know your dog’s birthday, try to have it on or around that time.  If you adopted your dog and don’t know the exact birth date, ask your vet to help you identify an approximate birthdate or plan to celebrate your pup’s adoption day.


Next up is guests: What’s your dog’s personality?  Is he social with his fellow four legged friends or does he prefer two legged humans?  If your pup is the most popular pooch at the park, then select a few friends to join the celebration.  It’s best to include friends who your dog is already familiar with.  You can use an edible Crunch Card® invitation or send a paper invite attached to a bone or treat.


A fenced or enclosed backyard is an ideal spot.  Make sure there is adequate shade for the pups to relax.  You can also host at a public area, but make sure to check your state/county/city regulations for leash and permit laws before making too many plans—nothing dampers a party like a ticket and fine.  Some pet stores and boarding facilities even have birthday party packages. 


Like human parties, a theme for pet parties helps tie things together and gives framework to the celebration.  We recently held a “Super Dawg” party for Auggie, a super dachshund with capes and decorations to match.

Pawty Decorations

If you have a Beagle, you may want to go with a Snoopy themed party or base your theme on your pup’s favorite toy or age.  Pinterest is a great resource for ideas.


The spotlight should be on the guest of honor and his/her four-legged friends at a dog birthday party.  Homemade treats like pupsicles and biscuits are always hits and easy to make.  You want to have enough for each dog plus a few extras in case someone gets greedy.  Here’s a quick recipe for a peanut butter & yogurt popsicle.

1 large container of plain or vanilla organic yogurt (32 oz)

1 cup of creamy peanut butter

12 rawhide twists or beef sticks

Melt the peanut butter on the stove or in the microwave (approximately 45 seconds on high) and mix with the yogurt. 


Spoon the mixture into a cupcake/muffin pan and place in the freezer for 15-20 minutes

Pupsicles in Freezer

After the mix has a chance to set a bit, insert your rawhide twists or beef sticks and place back in the freezer for an hour or two until frozen

Food display

Serve on a platter for the pups to grab or place on a biodegradable plate.

For humans, Puppy chow, hot dogs, etc. are fun food items or make something tied to the theme. Just make sure everything is safe for pets (i.e., no chocolate) in case someone drops food and a canine scoops it up.


Create custom water bowls or provide water in plastic bowls for each pup.  Water works well for humans too or if you want to serve adult beverages, a Salty Dog is purrfect. Just don’t imbibe too much because you need to pay attention to your pup.


Allow plenty of time for the dogs to play and have toys like tennis balls and bones available. Don’t forget to allow time for singing happy birthday!


Pawty Favors

 Small favors are appreciated by two legged and four legged friends alike. They can include an edible greeting, Crunch Card® tied to your theme, a toy, or a bone, etc.

We hope these tips help your dog have a puptastic celebration. We’d love to see photos from your pawty. Email us at news@crunchkins.com or share photos/tales on our Facebook page

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