Fall is absolutely my favorite time of the year. The leaves turning colors, a sunny start to the day ending with crisp evening air, and thoughts of the upcoming holidays always get my tail wagging. Truth be told, I was not a fan of Halloween until I had dogs. I love, love, LOVE looking at dogs in costumes on Facebook, Instagram and especially Pinterest. There seem to be more pet events during this time of year which means more opportunities to show off your fur babies.
However, these events can be very stressful for your canine kids, so why not host your own costume party this year with a few BFF's and their best furry friends? Hosting your Howl-O-Ween pet party will be super easy with these pet party tips and, of course, a few treats for tricks!
Keep It Simple is the number one rule. You will thank me later because this means less mess and stress for you and your pups.
Invite a few friends and their four legged kids (or less, depending on the size of your home) only IF they have already met before and get along. Do NOT use this time to introduce new four legged friends. Use an Evite or cute paper invitation so everyone is on the same page with the details.
Create a small menu for both two and four legged guests. Obviously, we will focus on the fur babies and yes, of course, I have a few healthy and fun menu items at the end of the article for you to make.
Entertainment and games that keep the dogs busy are always a must! My top favorite for Halloween are a costume contest with "Best Duo" and "Most Original" as top prizes and a few games like "Sniff It to Win It" and "Dunking for Dogs" are always fun. "Sniff It to Win It" is my version of the shell game in which you have 3 fake pumpkin heads and hide a dog treat inside of one of them.
Finally, create doggy gift bags ahead of time for all your guests because all of our canine kids are winners. Decorate a brown paper bag and fill it with dog treats and a toy. Present them on a tray as all the guests leave.
Take lots of pictures and remember to share them with all of your guests.
By the way, we would LOVE to see your photos too! Tag us on Facebook and Instagram with your Pet Party Pictures: @iLovePetCakes or #iLovePetCakes.
Gluten- Free Iced Howl-O-Ween Cookies
(makes 13-16 small/medium cookies)
2 cups Quaker Gluten Free Instant Oats (if you use regular oatmeal you will need to blend it into flour first using a blender)
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons canned pumpkin
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
Pumpkin Icing Ingredients
2 tablespoons cream cheese
1 tablespoon canned pumpkin
You Will Need
Seasonal or dog related cookie cutters
Small zip-lock plastic bag
Pumpkin Icing Instructions
Thoroughly blend 2 tablespoons of cream cheese with 1 tablespoon of canned pumpkin and place in a small plastic zip-lock bag.
Preheat over to 350 degrees
Blend all cookie ingredients using your mixer and form the dough into 2 balls.
Place one of the balls in between parchment paper. Using rolling pin, roll the dough flat.
Use cookie cutters to press out shapes.
Place cookies on parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
Repeat steps 2-4 with second dough ball.
Bake for 15 minutes.
Let cool, then ice the cookies by snipping a tiny corner off the end of the icing filled bag and spread with a frosting knife. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Chilly Canine Candy Corn
(makes about 8 frozen mini-treats)
7 tablespoons cream cheese
1 tablespoon canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons mashed banana
1 dash turmeric
You Will Need
Freezer molds (I use pawprints and pumpkins but standard ice cube trays will do just fine)
3 small bowls and 3 spoons for mixing
Small zip-lock plastic bags
Create the three different colors of candy corn by blending the following in separate bowls: white - 3 tablespoons cream cheese, orange - 2 tablespoons cream cheese and 1 tablespoon of canned pumpkin, yellow - 2 tablespoons cream cheese with 1 tablespoon mashed banana and turmeric.
Separate each color into 3 different zip-lock bags and close.
Snip the corner end of each sealed bag and squeeze each mixture into the molds. Be sure to leave enough room for all of the colors. I start with white, then orange and finally yellow.
Place the filled molds in a freezer safe container and freeze overnight or at least 3 hours.
Pop out and place in snack sized bags to give to guests as they arrive. Serve them frozen and outside or in a dish.