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Invite the Neighbors, Friends, and their Pets over for a fun Pet Lovers Party!

Die-hard pet lovers are a breed unto themselves and often start at a young age.  If your son or daughter is bringing home every wounded bird or abandoned bunny in the neighborhood, chances are you’ve got a lifelong pet lover in the making on your hands!  So when little Suzy or Sammy asks to have a pet party for the rest of the neighborhood pets, why not be the coolest mom on the block and say yes? 

Invite the other pet lovers on the block to your pet party with fun pups paw prints invitations, or, for an inexpensive option that the kids can get involved in, pull out the craft supplies and make your own invitations!  Cut out dog bone shaped pieces of construction paper and print all the party info on them.  Tie a dog treat to the invitation as a tasty treat for Fido and have the kids hand deliver them to their favorite friends and all their pets!  Be sure your party is all-inclusive and invite the neighborhood cats, dogs, guinea pigs, and other furry friends, just make sure all the four-legged guests are friendly and play well with others.

For obvious reasons, having your pet party outside is a good idea.  Not only will it make clean up a lot easier, but it will give the animals plenty of room to roam around in, no one will feel crowded and you won’t have to worry about Aunt Millie’s antique vase being knocked over by a wildly swinging tail.  Prep your party space with festive balloons and streamers in your child’s favorite colors and add some extra doggy-inspired touches with Party Pup centerpieces for your tables, along with coordinating plastic tablecloths for easy cleanup!  Or, for simple centerpieces that can be used as door prizes, fill glass jars with doggie treats and tie colorful bows around them. 

You’ll need to plan some tasty treats for both the four-legged guests and their human counterparts, so setting up two buffet tables is a smart choice.  Stock up on Party Pup plates for everyone to load their food on and be sure to have plenty of napkins ready to wipe up any spills!  Have plenty of pet treats to pass out to the pets.  Stock up at the local pet store, many of which will have bulk bins where you can buy a variety of snacks at a low cost.  In addition to store bought treats, you can also stock your buffet table with food that will appeal to both your human and furry friends! 

- Fresh veggies, including green beans, cucumbers, lettuce, and carrots make a tasty salad everyone—human and hairy—can enjoy.

- Hot dogs are a hit with the kids as well as the dogs.

- Sweet potato fries are a healthy alternative to potato chips or French fries and are a huge hit with many pets.

- Fruit salads with strawberries, watermelon, applies, raspberries, and blueberries will be a hit with everyone—just be sure not to include any grapes or raisins, which are toxic to dogs, as is chocolate.

Once everyone’s eaten their fill, it will be time to expend some of that extra energy, for the kids and the pets alike, so have some fun activities planned!  A good old fashioned pet parade will delight the neighbors and be the hit of the party!  Have everyone bring a pet costume to dress their four-legged friend in and be sure you have trophies ready for the Best Dressed, Funniest Costume, Most Original, and Scariest Costume.   Another fun activity is to set up an agility course for the kids to run with their pets using game field cones, posts, and other obstacles. And, if all else fails, a good old fashioned game of Frisbee will keep everyone happy and amused! 

Throwing the perfect pet party can be lots of fun for you, your child, and your four-legged friends, and as long as you’re not intimidated by the inevitable yard clean up that will follow, your pet party will be the hit of the summer! 

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