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15 Paw-some Dog Birthday Party Ideas

Is your dog turning another year older? Gather your two- and four-legged friends and celebrate with these fun dog birthday party ideas. It's paw-ty time!

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We love any excuse for a party and your precious pup’s birthday is no exception. Whether you throw a dog park birthday bash or host it in your backyard, planning a dog birthday party requires treats and games for human and canine party animals alike. To get you started, we found the most fun dog birthday party ideas. Don’t forget to get a gift!

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Personalized Face Photo Banner

It’s hard to find a cuter dog birthday party decoration than a banner with your dog’s face on it. This pick uses a photo of the dog of honor to create a celebratory banner. Just send a picture of your dog’s face (chances are you have a few thousand), and the result is a handmade photo banner featuring your pooch in a birthday hat.

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Dog-Friendly Ice Cream

I scream, you scream—even dogs scream for ice cream. This pet-friendly ice cream comes in individually portioned flavors like banana, bacon and peanut butter. Just blend the powder with water and freeze for a few hours, and the treat is ready for all the four-legged guests to enjoy. This is an especially fun dog birthday party idea in the summer.

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Birthday Cake Dog Hat

We can’t promise your dog will want to wear a birthday cake hat, but just one picture of him in it is priceless. It comes in two sizes and has an adjustable toggle to secure it in place. If your dog just isn’t in to wearing anything on his head, go for a birthday bandana instead. Get ready for Instagram likes!

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Personalized Party Invitations

Set the tone and save the date of your dog birthday party with customized paper invitations. Fill out your party invitations and dog’s details, then mail the invites to Fido and Rover for an RSVP. Adorable!

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Bone-Shaped Birthday Candle

Add a bone-shaped birthday candle to the birthday dog’s kibble or cake to make the party extra special. Customize it with your dogs age and select from four color choices. You’ll have to help them blow it out. Make a wish!

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Dog Birthday Napkins

Human birthday party guests will ooh and ahh over these fun black and white cocktail napkins adorned with, “Sit. Stay. Drink.” Pair them with these birthday cocktails and stick with clean water as refreshments for the dogs.

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Natural Dog Birthday Treats

If we were planning a party for humans, appetizers would absolutely be on the menu. The same can be said for a dog birthday party, where this gift set of hand decorated birthday-themed dog biscuits shaped like bones, cones and crowns will be a sure hit. There’ll be no fighting over this tasty treat when the pup and all his friends are getting their own. And yes, the “icing” is safe for dogs. Try your hand at homemade dog treats, too.

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BBQ Party Dog Shirt

Make sure your birthday pooch looks the party part with this adorable party dog shirt. The tropical color and pattern are perfect attire for a backyard birthday gathering. Yep, the buttons are shaped like little coconuts. It’s available for dogs sized between five and 110 pounds.

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Plush Birthday Cupcake Dog Toy

If it’s a dog birthday party, there have to be pet presents. Here’s one that’s perfect for the occasion. This plush dog toy is the shape of a festive birthday cupcake with colorful sprinkles and a candle. He’ll enjoy playing with it at his party and it’ll provide fun long after the bash ends.

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Personalized Party Paper Plates

Let the human revelers in on the dog birthday party fun with these personalized party paper plates. Customize with a birthday message to your pooch and the shape you want. Each order comes in a set of eight.

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Dog Birthday Chalkboard

A dog birthday party is, of course, about celebrating our wonderful pet. This chalkboard is a really cool way to do just that. It serves as a bit of a billboard about your dog, letting guests know their favorite toys, nicknames and treats. It’s the perfect party photo op.

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Dog Birthday Party Game

Party games are an important part of any birthday party, and this fun game is a hit for dog owners. Print out this digital download and pass it around to attendees. Pups earn points for tricks and owners check boxes on their furry friends’ experience. It’s sure to get guests mixing and mingling. Don’t forget to have a prize for the winner!

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Birthday Cake Mix

What’s a birthday party without a birthday cake (or pupcake?) This microwavable mix quickly creates a pet-friendly festive birthday cake that all the dog attendees are sure to enjoy. Made with dog safe carob, it’s easy to make and promises delicious results. Plus, you can re-use the bone-shaped pan for birthdays to come. Yep, the kit includes a birthday candle.

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Paw Print Balloons

Sure you could decorate with plain balloons, but this dog birthday party idea adds flair to your theme. Dog paw print balloons in black and white make a fun backdrop and pretty much scream, “dog birthday.”

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Thank You Party Favor Box

Sending the pups and their humans home with a goodie bag is the perfect finishing touch. These favor boxes are decorated with a party dog and a customizable thank you message. They come in a 10-pack and can be filled with anything from pet toys and treats to dog poop bags. Pick up some party favors for the adults, too.

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Aly Walansky
Aly Walansky is a lifestyles writer with over a decade of experience covering beauty, health, and travel for various esteemed publications. Her blog, A Little Alytude (www.alytude.com) was launched in 2006 and continues to be a strong voice in the lifestyles arena. Based in the ever-trendy Park Slope area of Brooklyn, she divides her time between her shih tsu Lily, her soap opera addiction, and scouting out fun new martini bars.
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