Keiko’s 3rd Birthday Extravaganza

Have you ever thought about throwing a birthday party for your dog but weren’t sure where to start or who to invite? Today Kerry from Akemi photography is sharing some of her tips and fabulous images from Keiko’s (her furkid’s) 3rd birthday party. Prepare for cuteness and fun!

Keiko is a Japanese Spitz born on the 18th of December 2010. Kerry decided even though his birthday was in the Christmas rush, it was about time he have his first birthday party and invite some of his doggie pals! Inspired by party themes on Pinterest Kerry set about planning the big day.

From Kerry:

I started planning about one month in advance as his birthday falls in the crazy Christmas period so I had to get a date booked in. The party loosely had a ‘blue theme’ just because Keiko is a boy! He frequently gets called ‘her’ or ‘she’ because he is so pretty, hence a simple blue and white theme was the go. Invitations were then mailed to our favourite people and pooches.

Keioko the Japanese SpitzKeiko’s invitation

We invited quite a few more people and pooches than came because we knew that many wouldn’t be able to make it during the Christmas period! All of the dogs we invited Keiko had met before and so we knew they would get on.

We had decided on one of our favourite parks — it’s a beautiful spot and dogs are permitted there on leads. We decided that having our furry guests on leads would help to ensure that a group of dogs could all share the same area. However, on the morning of the party we realised that it was going to be a very hot day and the pavements in the park (that the dogs would have to spend time on) would likely be too hot for doggie paws. So we changed the party location to our home. It was not as pretty or green as a gorgeous park, but it meant that we could have plenty of ice and cool drinks for all the guests and a doggy swimming pool!

Keioko the Japanese SpitzKeiko’s invitation photo shoot

In terms of food we had a dog-friendly giant Pupcake for the furkids from Mz Cupcakes. They are giant cupcakes that you get to pick the flavour, size, colour and message of! We didn’t forget the humans at the party who had super yummy white choc and blueberry cupcakes from Mz Cupcakes (in matching colours, adorned with dog bones and related flags) and other yummy snacks. We made a giant pitcher of strawberry flavoured ice tea that was perfect for a summer’s afternoon.

We did have some games planned but in the heat everyone — humans and dogs alike — were happy to just sit around. We will have to use them for the next party now! Some of the dogs played in the backyard as the temperature cooled. Small numbers and dogs that got along meant that they could be off lead in the backyard (although they weren’t left unattended). Keiko received unexpected gifts (which some of his guests loved for the afternoon!), we sang him happy birthday and he shared his cake with all of his guests. I think watching the dogs enjoy the giant cupcake was the highlight for everyone there! I don’t think any had had a birthday cake before and certainly found it enticing. And perhaps surprisingly, they were all quite well behaved when taking it in turns!

My main tip for anyone planning their own dog’s birthday party is HAVE FUN! Above all else it’s just for fun and should be especially fun for the dogs attending. Also be prepared for people that don’t quite understand the bond you have with your furkid. They might think you’re a somewhat ‘crazy dog person’ and roll their eyes at what you’re up to!!

Keioko the Japanese SpitzKeiko’s Birthday Party

Lisa Miller

Lisa Miller is a blogger, digital strategist, business coach, zoologist and crazy dog-lady! Lisa lives in Sydney, Australia with her husband, two kids, two dogs and two cats. That equates to a lot of fun and vacuuming. Her dog’s names are Cresswell and Edwina (or Cress and Eddie).

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