Party Supplies: balloons, favor boxes/straws, and cookie cutters
I know some of you might be thinking… “You seriously threw a birthday party for your dog!?”
Yes. Yes we did.
And you know what? I’m so glad we did. We had such a great time, that we might make it a yearly tradition!
When Nathan & I first talked about the idea it was mostly with laughing and comments like, “wouldn’t it be so funny if…” but as we got closer to his birthday the more we decided to just have fun with it. Since we don’t have kids of our own yet we decided to spoil our dog for his birthday, and it was awesome.
A few weeks before the event we spread the word to a few close friends who also have dogs. Then I did a little “pinteresting” (that’s a word right?) to get some ideas, and a few weeks later it was his birthday. Which just so happened to fall on a Saturday- I love when that happens!
We woke him up with breakfast in bed and sang him happy birthday. Aside from his normal breakfast, he also got to lick the empty yogurt container clean as a treat.
At noon, our friends & their dogs started to arrive. We put all the dogs in the backyard with plenty of water & tennis balls while we ooohed and ahhhhed about how cute they all were.
After that it was really just time spent with friends. Eating good food, great conversations and showing those around who hadn’t seen our new house yet. It was so much fun.
I found these cute little cookie cutters & used them to cut out some Coconut Oil Rice Crispy Treats (recipe at the end) into shapes.
When it was time for dessert we all made our way outside. I made a Dog-friendly cake for George (recipe at the bottom as well) and we gave the other dogs some Peanut Butter Dog Ice Cream. It was so sweet to watch them all enjoy their dog friendly desserts in the sun.
And to all of our amazement, the dogs even wore their party hats!
Every great party has favors, in my opinion, so why not give away some favors to George’s Dog friends?
I got some treats from Trader Joe’s & Whole Foods to place in these cute little takeout boxes. The dogs each got to take home a tennis ball too.
We had such a great time, and all the doggies slept for the rest of the day after playing so hard! I really wouldn’t be surprised if we decide to have a party for him every year… why not? Dogs are part of the family too, so why not celebrate them at least once a year!?
**You can find the recipes below for the Coconut Oil Rice Crispy Treats as well as the Dog Cake Recipe… enjoy!
Coconut Oil Rice Crispy Treats
-5 cups Trader Joes Crispy Rice Cereal
-1/4 cup Coconut Oil
-1 Bag Trader Joes Marshmallows (they’re vegan!)
Combine Marshmallows & Coconut Oil in a pot on medium heat. Heat, stirring constantly until the marshmallows have melted & mixed together. Then turn off the heat & stir in the Crispy Rice Cereal until well combined. Pour mixture into a parchment paper lined 9×12 baking dish, pressing gently until the treats are relatively flat. Let cool. Once they are completely cooled you can cut them into whatever shapes you like with cookie cutters like I did, or simply cut them into squares. Since we replaced the butter with Coconut Oil, these treats are Dairy Free. They can also easily be made Gluten Free by using Gluten Free cereal. They are so soft, gooey, and delicious that you won’t even be able to tell the difference!
Dog Cake Recipe
-3 tbsp creamy unsweetened peanut butter
-1/2 Apple, finely diced
-1/2 tsp Baking Powder
Combine all ingredients & scoop into a ramekin (I greased mine with coconut oil) and bake in the oven at 350 for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
1:1 ratio of peanut butter & plain unsweetened yogurt.
Stir until well mixed & spread on top of the cake once it’s completely cooled.