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Everything You Need to Throw a Dog Birthday Party (Except for a Dog)

They are serious business.

Rubie's Cake Hat
Rubie’s

Dog birthday parties are serious business. The hashtag #dogbirthday has more than 350,000 posts on Instagram alone; a casual scroll through them shows that the affairs can be just as elaborate as the parties one might plan for a two-legged pal, and anyone who has explored the cottage industry that is doggy party supplies knows there is lots of stuff to choose from. Whether you’re grooming your pup to be a dogfluencer or just want your special pooch to have its day, we’ve combed through Amazon to find some of the best dog-birthday things — including décor, party favors, and cake mix — to help make the soirée as celebratory, and stress-free, as possible (this is a birthday party for an animal after all). Read on for everything you need to give your best furry friend the birthday blowout of its dreams — and if you’re a cat person, well, just pray your benevolent dog-owning pal sends you an invite.

Invitations

m&h Invites Puppy Dog Birthday Party Invitations
m&h invites

m&h Invites Puppy Dog Birthday Party Invitations With Envelopes, 20 Count

The first way to ruin a dog birthday party is to take it too seriously! These punny, illustrated invites will set the perfect tone before the first guest even arrives.

Clothes

Tail Trends Formal Dog Tuxedo Dog
Tall Trends

Tail Trends Formal Dog Tuxedo Dog

If it’s a more formal affair, this tux — which comfortably slips over your dog’s collar — is sure to impress.

Fitwarm Cute Polka Dot Ribbon Dog Dress
Fitwarm

Fitwarm Cute Polka Dot Ribbon Dog Dress

And if you’re celebrating a birthday girl, this supercute polka-dotted number looks just as put together.

hecho Dog Birthday Girl Bandana
hecho
hecho Dog Birthday Boy Bandana
hecho

For a more casual bash, or for larger dogs who want to dress up for their special day, you can’t go wrong with these playful bandannas.

UEETEK Pet Birthday Party Cone Paper Hats
UEETEK

UEETEK Pet Birthday Party Cone Paper Hats, 11 Count

A set of inexpensive birthday hats will ensure that your pup’s party guests don’t feel left out.

Freewindo Dog Bow Ties
Freewindo

Freewindo Dog Bow Ties, 9 Pieces

But why stop with hats? This affordable set of dapper-looking bow ties would make guests look even more put together (think of the group-photo ops!).

Rubies Costume Company Birthday Cake Hat for Pet
Rubie’s

Rubies Costume Company Birthday Cake Hat for Pet

The dog of honor, though, probably deserves something a little more unique, like this birthday-cake hat.

Décor

FATPET Dog Birthday Decorations Party Supplies
Fatpet

FATPET Dog Birthday Decorations Party Supplies

This all-in-one décor kit offers a lot of bang for your buck: It includes 30 latex balloons, 33 feet of gold ribbon, and four 16-inch foil balloons that spell out “woof.”

BirthdayExpress Paw Print Balloons
BirthdayExpress

BirthdayExpress Paw Print Balloons, 6 Count

If the above isn’t enough décor, supplement it with a pack or two of these graphic, paw-print balloons.

JURUOXIN Dog Paws Vinyl Wall Decals, 49 Pieces
JURUOXIN

JURUOXIN Dog Paws Vinyl Wall Decals, 49 Pieces

And if you really want to go paws to the wall with décor, here are some removable paw-print vinyl decals (which can be stuck just about anywhere) to jazz up your party space even more.

R and T Creations Dog Bone Pinata
R And T Creations LTD

R and T Creations Dog Bone 18” Pinata

No great party is complete without a piñata (to really wow your guests — both canine and human alike — stuff this with your dog’s favorite treats).

Cutie Green Palm Leaf Plates
Cutie Green

Cutie Green Palm Leaf Plates, Pack of 10

These eco-friendly plates — made from compostable green palm leaf — feel unexpectedly sophisticated.

Ambesonne Dog Lover Outdoor Tablecloth
Ambesonne

Ambesonne Dog Lover Outdoor Tablecloth

For a truly un-fur-gettable tablescape, pair the above plates with this tablecloth. It’s made from durable (read: spill-proof) polyester, making it great for either an indoor or outdoor celebration.

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Outside the Box Papers

Dog Theme Bone and Paw Print Paper Drinking Straws, 100 Pack

Some on-theme drinking straws that you can whip out as a treat for the humans in attendance.

Dessert

Puppy Cake Wheat-Free Peanut Butter Cake Mix and Frosting
Puppy Cake

Puppy Cake Wheat-Free Peanut Butter Cake Mix and Frosting

This wheat-free, peanut-butter cake mix promises to be dog-safe (although human guests might want to bring their own desserts). Just add an egg, oil, and water to the mix, pop it in the microwave or oven, and voilà!

K9Cakery Silicone Cake Pan
K9Cakery

K9Cakery Silicone Cake Pan

A dog-bone–shaped, silicone cake pan that seems ideal for baking the above mix in — not only for its design, but also because it has received high praise from reviewers.

White Dog Bone Shape Birthday Candles
Pawsome Doggie

White Dog Bone Shape Birthday Candles, 4 Pack

Because no birthday cake is complete without candles.

GYBest GGT01 Food Grade Silicone Baking Molds
GYBest

GYBest GGT01 Food Grade Silicone Baking Molds, 2 Pack

If one big cake is not enough to feed your guests, consider these molds, which can also be filled with the above mix to make the perfect pupcakes.

Fun Express Fire Hydrant Cupcake Holder Stand
Fun Express

Fun Express Fire Hydrant Cupcake Holder Stand

And if you’re going through the trouble to make all those pupcakes, it would be a shame to display them on anything other than this delightful fire hydrant stand.

iMagitek Dog Cupcake Toppers
iMagitek

iMagitek Dog Cupcake Toppers, 24 Pieces

This set of festive toppers are the perfect way to dress up whatever dessert you choose to make (just be sure to remove them before serving to Fido).

Party Favors

Puppy Dog Party Paper Favor Bags
Puppy Dog

Puppy Dog Party Paper Favor Bags, 16 Pack

Some adorable doggy bags you can fill with takeaway treats (for both dogs and humans in attendance).

Claudia's Canine Bakery Gourmet Dog Treats, Vanilla
Claudia’s Canine Bakery

Claudia’s Canine Bakery Gourmet Dog Treats, Vanilla

Fancy-looking dog treats to put in the doggy bags — just make sure your human guests don’t accidentally mistake them for real baked goods.

Otterly Pets Rope Toys
Otterly Pets

Otterly Pets Rope Toys

These rope toys would also make great party favors.

LEGEND SANDY Squeaky Plush Dog Toy Pack
Legend Sandy

LEGEND SANDY Squeaky Plush Dog Toy Pack

As would these sweet-looking, squeaky plushies.

Zippypaws Dog Birthday Toy Squeaky Chew
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Zippypaws Dog Birthday Toy Squeaky Chew

And no party would be complete without a sweet surprise gift — like this set of plushies — for your good boy or girl to remember her special day.