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How to Throw Your Pet a Green Birthday

Another year has passed, and you know what that means – it’s time to celebrate the furriest members of your family! Dogs, cats, and other pets are just that — family members who deserve to be celebrated in the best way possible. That’s why throwing a birthday or “gotchaday” party for a family pet or rescue animal is a great way to celebrate your non-human family
members.

No matter how many parties you’ve had for your pet, it’s important to make each one special. But it’s equally important to make sure you’re not harming the environment with your celebrations.

Thankfully, there are plenty of things you can do to throw a green birthday party for your pet that won’t break the bank and won’t be detrimental to the environment. With a little bit of ingenuity and outside-the-box thinking, you can throw a “green” party for your pet that all of your guests (with two legs and four!) will enjoy.

Choose the Right Location

Throwing a party that is better for the environment starts with choosing the best location. It doesn’t get much more eco-friendly than a party outside. Plus, it’s perfect for pets! Dogs especially will love being outside, and you can plan a lot of environmentally-friendly games,  activities, and more for the animals and people attending the party.

Your backyard is one of the best places for a pet party. It’s inexpensive, and you don’t have to rent out an event space that utilizes harmful lights, excess water, heat, electricity, and other utilities. Renting a venue for a party can cost anywhere from $50-$1,000 an hour, depending on how much space you need, your location, etc. Your own backyard? Well, you can’t beat the price.

Want to “go green” before the party even starts? Once you know the location for the event, send out your invites via email, instead of sending out actual postcards or paper events in the mail.

Once the party is in full swing, you can plan games that utilize recycled items or ones that don’t cause any waste, including having people come up with their best new creation or invention strictly from recycled materials. That’s another great thing about hosting the party in your own backyard – you have all the control!

If you do choose to have your party in your yard or anywhere outside, make sure you keep your four-legged friends safe by checking for any flea activity, or other bugs that could be harmful to your pet’s health.

Food for Fido

Food is a major part of any celebration – including one for animals! One of the best ways to make the food for your pet party more eco-friendly is to make it yourself and to buy fresh ingredients instead of pre-packaged items.

Instead of buying frozen meat or veggies, buy as fresh as possible from your local farmers market or butcher. Not only does this reduce waste, but it can cut down on CO2 emissions that occur from trucks having to travel across the country to transport food. You can opt to use recyclable dishes, serving ware, and cutlery for the party, and have separate recycling bins for your guests to use so there isn’t an excessive amount of trash being thrown away. If you want to have the party at a local park (or even a dog park), talk to your local government about recycling bins for the event. Some communities even have their own compost programs for dog parks to help eliminate waste. Do your research on what your community has to offer.

Of course, no party for man or beast is complete without cake! Again, you can cut down on environmental damage by making a pet-friendly cake yourself. There are plenty of doggie cake recipes out there using natural, fresh ingredients that are good for your pup. You can also make a cake for humans instead of buying one from your local bakery.

Decor and More

One of the biggest areas of waste at a party is often the decor. It’s understandable to want streamers, balloons, and other decorative materials that usually aren’t recyclable. Instead of going that route, try to get creative with your pet’s party. Did you know you can make decorations out of things you might already have around the house? It’s the perfect way to upcycle items you’re not using elsewhere.

Make cute DIY tassels from old pieces of yarn. Or if you’ve had balloons and plastic flatware for a previous party, repurpose them with a bit of paint for a fresh new look!  Don’t forget lighting to keep your party illuminated. If it runs into nighttime, or if you want to take quality pictures of your pet’s special day, you’ll have to have the right lighting. LED lights are great for taking photos and don’t use as much electricity or give off as much heat as traditional bulbs. There are myths suggesting LED bulbs are more expensive, but the proof is in the pudding — they are the most cost-effective because they last longer and are better for the environment!

In lieu of having your guests bring gifts, why not ask them in your invitation to donate to a pet-friendly charity or a group dedicated to helping the environment? It’s a great way to turn your pet’s party into a way to give back to them or to the earth! You can still throw an incredible party for your furry friend while helping the planet along the way.

Noah Yarnol Rue is always looking where his next trip will take him . When he’s not traveling the world, he’s writing articles on the new things he learns. Noah also enjoys a good meme from time to time. You can find Noah on LinkedIn.