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My best doggie friend, Max, turned three years old right smack dab in the middle of the holidays. We were busy with holiday festivities and didn’t properly celebrate Max’s special day.
Now that things have slowed down a bit, I’m throwing Max a surprise birthday party and sharing 5 Tips for Hosting Your Dog’s Surprise Birthday Party. I also have the cutest puppy face cupcakes for the humans. They made the cut in my 17 Best Cupcake Recipes.
Hosting a Surprise Birthday Party for Your Dog is Easy!
Hosting a Dog’s Surprise Birthday Party is super easy! We can talk openly in front of Max and he has no clue that we’re planning a surprise party for him. Tegan, my youngest grandson, and designated dog whisperer can tell Max all about the party and Max has no clue.
Planning a surprise party for your best doggie friend is much easier than planning one for your toddler. You don’t have to spell words like birthday, surprise, treats, etc. And Max has never asked me that age-old question, “How many days until my birthday party?”
We’ve been having much warmer weather than usual here in the southeast, so I decided we’d have Max’s party outside. Then I grabbed paper and pen and began planning the party.
5 Tips on Hosting A Surprise Birthday Party for Your Dog
Let the kids help plan the party.
Your kids will come up with fun ideas that you would never think of in a million years. I’m always impressed with the suggestions the grandkids make. Sometimes I think they’re a lot smarter than I am.
Send out invites.
You don’t need to spend a lot of money on fancy invites. I created my own invitations and I’m sharing them with you. Print them out on cardstock and fill in the blanks.
Print the invites by clicking here >>> FREE Printable Doggie Birthday Party Invitation
Plan fun activities.
No one likes to just sit around at a birthday party. Plan a doggie scavenger hunt, frisbee toss, or have fun playing with bubbles. Kids love bubbles. Guess what? Dogs love bubbles too.
They love to jump up and try to catch them. Be sure your bubbles are pet safe and non-toxic.
Have your dog’s favorite treats on hand.
Max’s Surprise Birthday Party calls for his very favorite treats. Max loves the taste of Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® Deli Cuts. I love that there are no artificial flavors or meat by-products. Real US-farm raised beef or chicken is always the number one ingredient and there’s no corn or wheat. Be sure and look for Deli Cuts at your favorite grocery store or online at Chewy.com.
I also keep Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® Meatloaf and Savory Roasters on hand. All of these dog treats are safely made in the USA and cooked with the world’s best ingredients. My Max deserves the best!
Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® Treats are intended for intermittent or supplemental feeding only. Please watch your dog to ensure Nutrish treats are thoroughly chewed before swallowing. Break into small pieces for smaller dogs.
Don’t Forget Treats for the Humans
I made the cutest Puppy Face Chocolate Cupcakes for the human guests. Be sure and keep the food for your guests away from your pets. These cupcakes are for humans only.
This was my first time using fondant and I realized it’s like playing with play dough. I’m not ready to bake a wedding cake, but the kids love my Puppy Face Chocolate Cupcakes.
I used a boxed mix for the cake. My secret to using boxed mixes is to always add a teaspoon of vanilla. It tastes homemade! Use a premade chocolate frosting to make things even easier.
For these cupcakes, my main focus was the fondant part. Feel free to use your favorite chocolate cupcake recipe.
For the puppy faces, I found a small box of fondant that includes all the colors I need.
Let’s make Puppy Face Chocolate Cupcakes.
Dust your workstation with cornstarch or powdered sugar and knead the dark brown fondant a few times until it’s soft and pliable. Roll out to 1/8″ thick and punch out 3″ rounds using a cookie cutter. A canning jar lid can be used if you don’t have a round cookie cutter.
Place the dark brown fondant circles on top of the cupcakes.
Lightly smooth out the circles and repeat step 1 using the light brown fondant and a 1-1/2″ cookie cutter.
For the ears, I use a small heart cookie cutter and the black fondant. Cut the heart down the middle to make two ears. You may need to shape them a little bit to look more like doggie ears. Brush one side of each ear with water and attach the ears to the cupcakes, water side down.
Make the eyes and nose by rolling small pieces of black fondant between the palms of your hands.
Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 106Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 8mgSodium 175mgCarbohydrates 21gFiber 0gSugar 12gProtein 1g
I printed them on cardstock, cut them out and added ribbon for hanging. I’ve provided a free printable for you in case you want to make one for your dog’s birthday party.
Print the Bones Garland by clicking here >>> Bones – Garland
My Surprise Birthday Party for Max is a big hit with Max and the kids. I have a few bags of Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® Dog Treats stashed away for Max because he deserves a treat once a day, not just during his birthday party.
Have you ever hosted a birthday party for your pet?