Your pet is a part of the family, they deserve a big birthday bash same as anyone else! Here are five creative and fun ideas to better celebrate the occasion!
There’s something about having a pet that brings out the soft hearts in everyone. Whether your pet is furry, scaly, or feathery, they’re an important part of your family!
Just like with your other loved ones, your pet’s birthday is a special occasion, and you want to make it fun for them! Pets are different, though, and what’s safe for a human celebration might not be appropriate for your pet.
Here are five ways you can safely celebrate your pet’s birthday, making it a fun event you’ll always remember!
1. Take Them Out to Dinner
If your pet can safely travel, find an animal-friendly restaurant. Many restaurants have outdoor dining options that allow pets. But the caveat is that they must be well-trained not to bother other guests or steal food.
Your pet may not be able to eat food from the restaurant’s menu, but you can call ahead to see if the kitchen can make a special order.
If not, plan ahead and bring small treats to tide your pet over while you enjoy a dinner in their honor. They might not appreciate it as much as you do, but they’ll enjoy the atmosphere!
There are different rules about which animals can go into public places like stores and restaurants. If your restaurant of choice doesn’t allow pets, you can always get the food to-go. Take the food and your furry friend to the local park for a birthday picnic!
2. Schedule a Photoshoot
What better way to create a permanent memory of your pet’s birthday than to have it immortalized with a photoshoot?
However, not just any photographer can handle an animal in front of the camera. You want to find someone who has a good rapport with your type of pet in particular.
There are lots of amateur and professional animal photographers around. Check online or ask for recommendations from people you trust. A photographer who is uncomfortable with dogs is not going to get you the pictures you want to keep forever!
Once you book the photographer, the location is next. Ask the pro for ideas if you don’t feel strongly about one specific spot or theme. Maybe you can load up and find a unique location or use your backyard.
Accessories are the fun part! There are birthday hats of all sizes for everyone in the photo. Extra props, such as balloons and pet-friendly cake, can make the images really pop.
3. Make it a Spa Day
Everyone loves a good pampering session, including pets.
Celebrate your favorite animal’s special day by indulging them in some spa-like, pet-safe activities.
Pamper your pet with these Spa Day amenities:
- Pedicures, or should we say “paw-dicures?” Many pets, especially dogs and cats, can benefit from regular nail grooming. Even if your pet is hesitant when it comes to the actual clipping, you can still buff and shine their nails!
- Bath with oatmeal shampoo. You know that feeling when you step out of the tub, feeling clean and rejuvenated? Pets like that feeling, too! Oatmeal shampoo soothes your pet’s fur while giving them a fresh, clean scent.
- Brush-out. It’s like a salon blowout, but for pets! An after-bath brushing can help keep your pet’s fur shiny and smooth.
Don’t forget the snazzy birthday bandanna to end your pet’s Spa Day!
4. Host a Party
What’s a birthday without a party?
Invite your family, friends, and your pet’s buddies over for a fiesta. You’ll need all the trappings of a human party — food, decorations, and, of course, presents!
Keep the snacks and meals pet-safe. You can make the party food pet-centric by serving hot dogs and “paw”sta salad. Breadsticks shaped like bones are sure to be a crowd favorite!
For dessert, find cookie cutters in the shape of your type of pet and bake some healthy treats.
You can get creative when it comes to beverages. Whatever your drink of choice is, use alliteration to make names relating to your pet. For instance, if you have a lab, you can serve Labrador Lemonade.
A bakery near you may have ideas to make a small pet-friendly cake for the birthday boy or girl. You can also find recipes online to make a cake that’s safe for pets and humans.
You can’t have a birthday party without presents! Let your pet open their gifts if they can! As an alternative to presents, though, you can ask guests to donate to the local animal shelter in your pet’s name.
5. Have a Movie Night
Pet and Me time! Indulge in a quiet night with your furriest family member to celebrate their birthday.
Pick a movie you know you’ll love and grab some pet-friendly snacks. May we suggest “pup”-corn? (Skip the salt and butter if you plan to share with your pet.)
Parties and dinner aside, most pet owners have pets for companionship. A solo celebration with your pet will only strengthen your bond.
As much as your pet would enjoy the other birthday celebrations, what they really want is time with their favorite human.
Spend the evening cuddling and relaxing with your pet. Their birthdays will go by faster than you realize.
Pet birthday celebrations are more common than you think! Due in part to social media, these types of parties are trendy. A creative one could even make your pet go “viral.”
But planning a pet party does take some consideration. Many pets cannot consume human food, so it takes imagination to cater the party with food all attendees can enjoy.
Your friends and family may be less enthusiastic about a pet birthday party, but ignore the haters! Throw your pet a special birthday party you will always remember — even if they won’t.
Dominique Daniels has five years of Property Management experience working primarily in high-end apartment community living. Her ability to consistently deliver white-glove service to her residents and prospects has propelled her in a successful career that now finds her leading the team at The Cove.