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?