How to Organise a Pug Birthday Party + Puguccino Recipe

My boy Ref turned 5 this week (August 31st) and I thought what better way to celebrate his birthday than with a pug birthday party with a few of his friends. I spent about a month organising the party and in the end, the time spent organising it was well worth it. Ref had such a great afternoon with his friends celebrating his birthday.

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Now if you are considering hosting a pug birthday party, there are a few things you need to consider from venue to food and games. So today I am going to share with you my top tips for organising a pug birthday party.

Location, Location, Location
Choosing a venue is so important when organising a pug birthday party. It needs to be dog friendly so having plenty of room for them to play and it being secure is very important. Some location ideas include:

  • The local dog park. An off-leash dog park is great so the pugs can run around and have a play. A secured dog park is an even better idea especially if you are having large numbers of dogs coming along. Keep in mind when choosing a dog park that you may get gate crashers to your party since it is a public venue.
  • Hire a dog friendly venue like a local dog bakery or cafe. This would allow you to have the privacy of a secured venue as well as being able to organise pet friendly food with the venue.
  • Your home. This is particarly great if you have a decent sized and secure backyard for the pugs to play in. If you choose to hold it inside your house, be sure to have easy access to outdoors for the pugs to have toilet breaks.

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Food, Food, Food
What’s a party without food? And of course a birthday cake. Make sure you have food for both the pugs and the humans accompaning the pugs. Some ideas include:

  • A bowl of doggie biscuits or liver treats on the table to reward good behaviour at the party.
  • Make your own doggie biscuits. I made some easy and delicious looking Mint Julep Cookies from Pretty Fluffy’s 52 Weeks of Treats eBook, available here. These went down a treat and were the favourite treat of the afternoon.
  • Put on an morning or afternoon tea with a puguccino, pupcakes or donuts & some biscuits. I made the Cinnamon & Honey Donuts from 52 Weeks of Treats eBook but there are also many great cupcake recipes on the internet.
  • Buy a dog friendly cake from your local dog bakery or make your own. Check out this awesome birthday cake recipe from Pretty Fluffy which is also available in the  52 Weeks of Treats eBook.
  • Don’t forget some snacks for the humans too but be sure to keep the human food way out of reach of the pugs as they can’t distinguish between foods they can or cannot have.

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Fun, Fun, Fun
Create lots of fun activities for the pugs to do. It will not only be entertaining for the pugs, but the humans will enjoy it too. Some ideas include:

  • A box of toys is great to have for those who like to play fetch, frisbee or tug-o-war. But if you notice that any pugs start to guard the toys or become obsessive, remove the toys before any problems arise. Some pugs love toys more than others.
  • If it is summer, you may want to have a beach feel to the party and include a pool and sandpit for some great fun.
  • Come up with some fun games like the fastest pug race or musical pugs where you can get the humans involved in a game of musical chairs with their pugs.
  • Set up an agility course for the pugs to explore with their humans.
  • Hold a fashion show with a prize for the best dressed pug.

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Other things to consider 

  • Create fun invitations and decorations that coordinate. You may even like to choose a theme where the pugs can dress up and you can decorate with too. I chose to just go with a colour theme for Ref’s party with blue and white polka dots with splashes of orange for decorations.
  • Have plenty of water bowls around the yard. I had 3 water bowls for just 5 pugs.
  • Have poop bags and baby wipes on hand for clean ups.
  • Create goodie bags for the guests to take home. There are many different things you could do for this. I chose to get some dog bowls and fill it with a soft toy, a tennis ball and some homemade carob pug medals and yogurt drop paws.
  • Feed your pug a smaller dinner after spending time at a birthday party and eating plenty of treats.
  • And remember that each human is responsible for their own pug/s.

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What you will need 

  • A secure venue
  • Poo bags
  • Water bowls
  • Toys & food to keep the pugs and humans entertained
  • A camera to capture the memories created

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Puguccino Recipe
What you’ll need:

  • Puppy Milk (as it is lactose free)
  • Carob
  • Coffee Plunger / Milk Frother

How to make it:

  • Crush up some carob (or use carob powder)
  • Put some puppy milk in a mug and warm up in the microwave
  • Place carob and milk into coffee plunger / milk frother
  • Use coffee plunger / milk frother to create froth in the milk
  • Pour into serving dishes making sure there is froth in each dish
  • Sprinkle more carob on top of puguccino
  • Serve immediately
  • Watch the enjoyment on your pugs face

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Ref’s birthday party was a great afternoon. Definitely something I will do again for my boy. He had a great day and I absolutely loved watching the pugs interact and enjoy their afternoon tea. I recorded some video of the pugs enjoying their afternoon tea. Check it out!

Have you organised a birthday party for your pug? If not, will you be throwing them one for their next birthday? I would love to hear from you in the comments below.

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Kristy Beck

Kristy Beck

Owner & Content Producer at The Pug Diary
Kristy is the founder and editor of The Pug Diary, a photographer and pug mum extraordinaire to Ref + Serina. Kristy has combined her passion for photography with the love of pugs to bring you all of her knowledge of pugs and more to you through The Pug Diary.


  1. Avatar Beth on September 8, 2015 at 10:26 am

    Looks like a great party! It looks like all of them went for the Pugoccino first. So cute!

    • Kristy Beck Kristy Beck on September 8, 2015 at 10:30 am

      Thanks for stopping by Beth! The Puguccino was the big hit followed by the Mint Julep biscuits. Such a great afternoon.

  2. Avatar NOMAD/nester _ Julie Small on September 12, 2015 at 8:58 am

    This is just adorable!!! I remember when I was a kid we gave our dog a birthday party for is first birthday. he sat at the kitchen table with us and ate cake. Probably not good for him but he loved it!!! Thanks for bringing back that lovely memory 🙂

    • Kristy Beck Kristy Beck on September 12, 2015 at 3:40 pm

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your story Julie. I love that this brought back such wonderful memories for you.

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