Throw a Puppy Picnic
Show your furry friends some love with a festive outdoor party, complete with homemade dog treats and plenty of playtime. Plus, get DIY decor ideas and easy party recipes. It's time to celebrate man's best friend.
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Wipe Your Paws Rug
Create a puppy-ready splash pad with this adorable outdoor rug.
To make, lay out letter stencils on an outdoor rug. Tape the first letter to rug with painters tape. Use a stipple brush to dab paint onto rug. Repeat with remaining letters; remove stencils and let dry according to manufacturer's instructions. Touch up any letters with paint and stipple brush; let dry.
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Fill your backyard with pooch-approved activities. A few musts: a puppy pool, watering hole, and toys.
Create the watering hole by covering a low table or fire pit with a tabletop and oilcloth.
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Bestie Photo Booth
Inexpensive burlap makes a neutral photo booth backdrop, perfect for showcasing furry friends. Create a simple showcase box with decorative molding cut and glued into a 3-foot box.
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Photo Booth Props
Sit and smile! A basket of photo-ready props is the perfect way to start pet-owner glamour shots. Try handwritten notes attached to paint sticks, bandannas, hats, and sunglasses.
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Donate for Dogs
Party for a cause. Have guests bring donations for your local animal shelter. Most animal shelter websites list helpful donation items, but pet food, old towels and blankets, paper towels, and toys are always welcome.
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A kid-size pool is the perfect centerpiece for your pet party. Toss in a few toys and prepare for a parade of happy dogs.
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Create a colorful backdrop with leftover fabric and our free puppy pattern.
To make, cut twine to desired banner length. Cut a triangle template from cardboard (ours is 8x8x5 inches.) Trace template onto fabric, folding, if desired, to cut more than one triangle at a time; repeat for desired number of triangles. Use shears to cut out fabric triangles. Spray triangles with quilters starch; iron flat, folding and pressing 1/2- to 1-inch flap across 5-inch side of each triangle (to make them easier to attach to twine). Use a hot-glue gun to adhere 5-inch side of triangle to twine, folding flap over twine. Press to seal and repeat. Add dog silhouettes between triangles. Get the pattern here.
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Doggone Cute Bandannas
Party time calls for a special outfit. Dress up your dog in our adorable bandanna.
To make, cut triangles from cotton jersey fabric or an old T-shirt. You'll need a variety of sizes, depending on the sizes of the dogs. Use fabric paint markers to decorate bandannas with party guest's names, bone silhouettes, etc.
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Transform a picnic table into a treat buffet. Divide the table into human and pet treats by simply drawing a line on kraft paper. Include a centerpiece of tennis balls and take-home treat bags.
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Your dog deserves a cookie. Peanut butter and butternut squash mean they're healthy-ish.
Tip: Turn these into a people-pleasing treat! Top each with peanut butter and a drizzle of honey, or try slathering them with chocolate-hazelnut spread.
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- 1 hr 15 mins
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Invite your friends, neighbors, and dog park pals -- just make sure owners are available for wrangling any potential pup squabbles.