Food Ideas for a Puppy Partyby Denise Bertacchi
No party would be complete with out delicious food for the guests, even if it is a party for puppies. Provide dog friendly treats for your party goers, not people food. Remember that many human treats---especially chocolate---are harmful to pets. You can bake homemade snacks for your canine guests, purchase them from a specialty pet baker, or shop your local pet store for pre-made interesting treats.
If you're feeling adventurous, try baking your own puppy treats. Cookies for dogs can be baked just like human desserts, but are less sweet and contain no real chocolate. Use puppy-themed cookie cutters: bones, dog shapes or even plain circles decorated to look like balls. Try this simple recipe for puppy friendly peanut butter cookies: 2 cups whole wheat flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 cup peanut butter 1 cup milk Mix together in a large bowl and roll out like sugar cookies on a lightly floured surface. Cut into shapes and place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Frost the puppy cookies with a simple yogurt or carob chip icing--remember, not to use real chocolate for dogs. Mix 2 cups of yogurt chips with 1 tablespoon of butter over low heat in a small pan. Spread or drizzle over cookies while frosting is warm.
Bone Shaped Cakes
Get a bone shaped cake for your puppy party. If you don't have a local pet bakery, try My Best Friend Pet Baker, who will ship a personally decorated cake anywhere in the U.S. The cakes are hand painted and they can even work from your photo. Cakes come in peanut butter and carbo-fudge flavors for dogs (and chicken flavored for cats) with yogurt icing. See resources below.
Party Favor Bags
No party would be complete without a party favor bag to send home with all the guests. You can make your own party favors by filling colorful favor bags with an assortment of Milk Bones, Pup-peronis, Beggin' Strips, raw hide treats and a fresh tennis ball. If your canine guest are of different breeds you may want to customize each bag according to their size. Large dogs could choke on raw hide treats that are too small for their mouth, while small dogs could be frustrated by treats that are too large.