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purple

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Dog Birthday Party
« on: April 20, 2014, 06:16:33 PM »
My dogs are turning 2 and next month will be their joint birthday party.  (Yes, I have birthday parties for my dogs – I’m not crazy, I understand that they are dogs and not human children.  The party is more of a nice excuse to get together with a few other dog-owner friends and let our dogs have some time to socialise together and let us eat a cake  :))

Last year, I had the party at a local dog café.  The invitations were taken care of as part of the package and I could only hire the café space for 2 hours.  Everybody who was at the party knew the cafe parties went for 2 hours and that the café closed at 4pm because we are all regular customers there.
Unfortunately the café where I held the party last year has since relocated and their new premises are not as good as the old ones, so this year I plan to host the party at my home.

I plan to hold the party at afternoon tea time (2pm to 4pm) and I will provide savoury appetizers and birthday cake for the humans (drinks also, of course).  I will also provide some dog treats and a birthday cake that is suitable for the dogs to eat (made from either chicken or carrots or something).

I still only want the party to go for about 2 hours because, honestly, I think that’s enough.  The dogs will be tired out by then.

My question is, do I put the finish time on the invitation?

It feels kind of rude, like I’m telling people directly that they are only welcome until 4pm.  Which, I guess is sort of true!  There are a couple of guests who are family (who do not have any dogs) and if they are still here at 6pm or 7pm (which is possible), I’ll cook up a simple pasta and put some dinner on the table – no problem.  But I don’t want a dozen dogs running around in my yard until dark.  I want my dogs to be able to have their regular walk and dinner at their regular time and to be able to rest when they need to in their own bed without a pack of other dogs still here.  For those of you who have dogs, you will understand how important that is  :).

What say you? Especially those who have hosted children’s parties at your home, which I guess is the most comparable event – did you put the finish time on the invitation?

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Re: Dog Birthday Party
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2014, 06:20:11 PM »
I've never been to a dog birthday before :) but all the children's birthday parties I have hosted or attended have had start and end times on the invites, so I think it's totally fine. Personally I like knowing what the time frame is so I know how to plan my day, and what's a good time to bow out.

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Re: Dog Birthday Party
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2014, 07:21:28 PM »
I don't have any experience with animal parties but, yes, the majority of people parties I've attended or hosted include both a start and finish time, particularly those involving children - no matter how many legs they have. :D

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Re: Dog Birthday Party
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2014, 07:31:13 PM »
I went to a wedding with a start and end time, I think it'll be fine, especially given the party-type and the daytime setting.   Thats when I would most expect an end time.

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Re: Dog Birthday Party
« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2014, 07:33:25 PM »
Pretty much every party I've been invited to has had a start and end time unless it was very casual, as in drop in when you can and leave when you feel like it. I think it would be absolutely fine to have an end time, and in fact your guests might appreciate it. When I'm invited to someone's home open-ended I never know where the line is between "You're leaving already?" and "I'm ready for her to go now."

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Re: Dog Birthday Party
« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2014, 07:36:14 PM »
Thanks for your input everyone.

I've only ever hosted parties where it's "come for lunch" or "come for dinner", which is pretty easy to tell when it's over, after dessert and coffee.  :)

Thanks again, I'll send out the invitations today with the 4pm finish time.  :).  I'm excited about the party!!

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Re: Dog Birthday Party
« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2014, 07:42:34 PM »
We've been to and hosted dog parties, all have noted an end time. The family we got our yellow lab from hosts an annual birthday party for all the pups from their one litter. We host another party for our Great Dane's birthday.

BTW, I made some really cute braided fleece tug toys for "favors" at the party. For directions see: http://teamunruly.com/?p=3301 If you've braided one of those square lanyard necklaces, this is the same concept, just w/ fleece strips.

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Re: Dog Birthday Party
« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2014, 11:53:59 PM »
Hi PptC,

So nice to meet someone else who has dog parties  :).  Thanks for the link - those types of toys are very strong, they're good value, I like them.  :).

I'm not sure what I will do for favours this year.  Last year I did "Greenies" and 'my dog breed' keychains.  The cupcake tower (for the humans to eat) featured pink and blue cupcakes with icing photos of my dogs on them.  I will do a pink and blue theme again this year too  :).

We also played games last year - races and sit/stay game, where the dog who is told to stay and does stay in position the longest is the winner  :).

I've just sent out the 'pawty' invitations this morning  ;D

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Re: Dog Birthday Party
« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2014, 10:01:03 AM »
I think it's a cute idea and that putting the ending time on it is fine.
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