How to Throw the Perfect Birthday Party for Your Good Dog

Your dog is a very good dog; shouldn’t their birthday or “gotcha day” celebration be just as amazing? Making personalized dog party supplies is the perfect way to personalize your best friend’s big day. Luckily, Avery printable labels, tags, and fabric transfers paired with our free templates and free online software make it easy.

In fact, you can create every project in this article right from your desktop, and with Avery WePrint® services, professionally printed labels and tags are more affordable than you think. Get started now for a party that’s sure to get two paws up from your fur baby. Of course, the templates and ideas in this article are great for doggo-themed human birthday parties too!

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Make your own best-in-show accessories

Dog birthdays and parties are perfect occasions to give your furry friend a new accessory to show off. Simple hats from your local party store can easily be made into personalized dog party hats by adding custom stickers and labels.

For the more fashion-forward dog, custom dog bandanas are a cute way to dress up the birthday pooch. They also make great favors for all the doggy guests. All you need are cotton dog bandanas, Avery fabric transfers, and an iron.

Print this design on Avery 3279 Dark Fabric Transfers. These transfers are designed to be printed with inkjet printers and work best on dark-colored 100% cotton or cotton blends with minimal stretch.

Set up a mouthwatering treat station

Add a personal touch to your dog’s party decorations with a fully decked-out treat station as the centerpiece of your party space. Cover a table with a festive tablecloth to display treats and toys for doggy guests to enjoy.

Clear jars with fun dog-themed labels let your guests browse the table and “choose their own adventure.” Tennis balls, bones, and the other supplies your doggy guests will love to play with are perfect dog party decorations.

Fill some jars with tennis balls and other supplies for dog party games. Fill other jars with bones and dog biscuits for your furry guests. Avery round labels are perfect for labeling jars and containers.

Print this design on 3-1/2″ round labels sold by the sheet. These labels can be printed with laser or inkjet printers. Or, choose “Let Us Print for You” after designing to order custom-printed round labels.

Why does the type of printer matter? We explain it all in detail here, but the key point is to always match the type of labels you buy to the type of printer you will be using.

Print your own personalized bowl stickers

Every dog party menu should have tasty treat options for doggy guests. Pooches love to play together, so plenty of extra water to keep them hydrated is also a must-have menu item.

Whether you’re just providing water and treats or also serving more nourishing dog food, personalized dog bowls add an extra special touch to your party. Simple plastic dog bowls dressed up with personalized bone stickers double as party favors your guests’ human companions will love too.

Print this design on 8-1/2″ x 11″ sticker project paper using an inkjet printer, then cut out the individual bone stickers.

Love making stickers? Check out this article full of free, printable sticker templates.

Create special doggy bag party favors

Party favors that guests can use at once are fantastic because they get the fun started, but you can’t have a party for pooches without a doggy bag! Use printable tags and sticker paper to turn simple paper bags into standout party favors.

To make your own doggy bags, add personalized bone stickers to a paper bag, then fill it with assorted treats and dog toys for later. Fold over the top of the bag and use a clothespin to attach DIY tags and clip the bag closed.

Print this paw print design on Avery 22802 tags designed to work with laser or inkjet printers.

Or, choose “Let Us Print for You” after designing to order custom-printed tags.

Helpful hints for putting on a delightful dog party

Delight your guests (both canine and human) with a few personalized DIY elements. Even though it’s your pooch’s big day, remember you should have fun too! You can use our dog-themed templates for fabric transfers, stickers, labels, and tags to personalize pretty much anything—let your imagination run wild and free.

For more party ideas and inspiration, check out our Party Ideas board on Pinterest and follow us on Instagram.

Author: JoJo Mrgich

JoAnn (JoJo) Mrgich is a copywriter and SEO content writer who began her copywriting career in 2011. A musical theater major at the time, JoJo began writing blog articles, product descriptions, and other online content for a dancewear brand. Since then, she has gone on to write in a variety of fields, from essential oils and natural beauty to fashion and swimwear, finally landing at Avery, which she affectionately calls her "forever home." At Avery, JoJo writes content for the Avery blog, covering everything from organization to party planning, as well as contributing to other online content for She is also a technical and content writer for Avery Industrial, where she writes in-depth articles that span a wide variety of topics, from safety compliance to 5S lean practices. In her personal life, JoJo is a big fan of fantasy and science-fiction works such as Lord of the Rings and Star Trek (especially the original series). She also loves going to Disneyland and runs a non-profit social organization of 600 members that brings fans of "nerd culture" together for meet-ups and events in Southern California.