12 Doggie Gotcha Day Party Goodies You Gotta Have

Your pooch’s party won’t be complete without party hats, adorable gifts and a doggy birthday cake. Check out our pup party picks.

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It’s a Bowl! It’s A Cake! No, It’s a Bowl Cake

And the cake is filled with gourmet biscuits, so every bit of this yummy dessert is edible. The cake’s packed with nutritious ingredients like carrots, broccoli, rosemary, and the meat of your choice: beef, pork, chicken or lamb. The frosting is made of potatoes or sweet potatoes and colored with mashed fruit. Serves six to eight little dogs, or two to four big ones. BUY IT: Barking Good, $91.50

Put On The Puppy Party Clothes

Dress your sweetie for his big day in a gotcha day shirt customized with his name. It’s available in 14 colors and sizes ranging from XS to 6XL. This also makes a great gift if you’ve been invited to a gotcha party. The shirt’s made of stretchy cotton, and you can put any message you want on it. BUY IT: Whiskers World, $16.95 to $18.95

Tie One On

If your pup’s not into wearing clothes, but you still want him looking festive for his big day, dress him in this custom bandana. It’s available in eight colors and a range of sizes that will fit any dog from teacup poodle to Great Dane. It’s also a great gotcha party gift. BUY IT: Jannie Mae Creations, $22.99 to $28.99

Bake a Cake

For a more affordable alternative to custom doggy cakes from a bakery, make your own with Pooch Cake mix for dogs. Pick from peanut butter, banana and pumpkin spice. There’s even a packet of frosting mix included. BUY IT: Chewy.com, $5.99

Pick a Pack of Party Favors

Give your pup’s pals some goodies to take home from the bash. Fill these handmade paper boxes with treats to hand out to guests. They’ll keep the tails wagging long after the pawty's over. BUY IT: The Rescue Mama, $13.99 for six

Put Your Pup on a People Cookie

You need to feed the humans at the party, too, so serve them a batch of Kritter Portrait Kookies with your dog’s face on them. Send a photo, and the bakers will paint your fur kid on each one. Talk about personalized pup party food. You can choose from vanilla sugar cookies, chocolate sugar cookies, gingerbread or gluten-free sugar cookies. BUY IT: Odd One Out Kookie, $100 for a batch of 24

Royal for a Day

Make your fur kid king or queen of the party with a glittery gotcha day crown. It’s custom made to fit your dog with an elastic strap to hold it on her head long enough for you to get a photo. Because a dog in a crown = Too cute! BUY IT: Perfect Dog Bows, $12.99 to $14.99

Gotcha Day Greetings

Take the guest of honor a handmade gotcha day card. It’s made of recycled paper, and the inside is blank so you can write a personal message to the dog of the day. No worries, his human can read it to him. BUY IT: Wiggle Pug, $4.31

A Slice of Toy Cake

Every dog at the party can take the cake with the Major Rager Party Cake. There are seven slices of squeaky toy fun, so each guest can take one home. Plus, it comes packaged in cake box — totally adorable. BUY IT: BarkShop, $36

A Sign Your Fur Kid Is Family

Commemorate the day your fur kid joined your family with a custom sign showing their name and gotcha day. Each sign is custom made, with room for up to five dogs, so it’s a fab gotcha gift for a serial dog rescuer. BUY IT: Moose Oliver Designs, $60

Put a Party Hat on Your Pup

It’s his big day, so don’t settle for a paper hat. Go with this handmade, crocheted one that’s soft on his head and absolutely adorbs. It’s made with vegan, cruelty-free yarn which will not impress your dog, a carnivore who never met a strip of bacon he wouldn’t eat, but it's something you can feel good about. BUY IT: Hello Stubby Lou, $17.95

Make It a Banner Day

Decorate for your hound’s gotcha day gala with this handmade banner. Each pennant has handcut letters and shapes adhered to kraft paper and strung on jute twine. You can customize it however you like. Use it for a photo backdrop so your fur kid can pose for photos with her pals. BUY IT: Pointing Dog Paper, $11.50

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