DIY Harry Potter Dog Birthday Party
Easy DIYs for a magical Harry Pawter barkday party.
Our little Lizzie turned one this week (!) and we celebrated the best way we could imagine—with a very Harry Pawter birthday party.
I’d been dreaming of throwing one of the pups a Harry Potter party since last spring, but Lizzie’s October birthday seemed like the perfect time. I mean, doesn’t fall just make you want to drink cider and re-watch all the Harry Potter movies?
Plus, I’m planning to reuse our DIY-ed Harry Potter costumes for Halloween—Corgi Potter and Doxie Malfoy. Get it?
In case you were wondering, Dave is definitely a Slytherin. 👇🏻
And there’s no question that Lizzie’s a Gryffindor. 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻
We went all-out with the decor—papering a wall with temporary brick wallpaper, hanging LED candles from the ceiling, and creating a Dogwarts banner. I’ve included our DIYs here for Dog-Friendly “Butter Beer,” Not-Chocolate Frog Dog Treats, Hogwarts Cloaks, and Slytherin and Gryffindor Scarves, and a Azkaban photo booth.
I might be biased, but I think it all turned out pretty magical.
I have to give a special shout-out, too, to our amazing friend Jen at Spotted Dog Bakery who worked with me to create Lizzie’s Harry Pawter birthday cake. Jen is one of those incredible people who you can go to and say, “I have a crazy idea, but I don’t know how it could possibly be a cake, and definitely not a dog-cake.” And then she pulls the perfect cake out of thin air that not only looks beautiful, but is made with healthy ingredients our dogs love. I think she knocked it out of the park with Lizzie’s minimalist Harry Potter cake.
One final exciting piece of news is that we’re doing a giveaway of a bunch of fun and silly Harry Pawter gear tomorrow—featuring items for both dogs and humans! Check back on our Instagram tomorrow for a chance to win a very-Harry set of gifts for you and your dog.
Recipes and DIYS
Dog-Friendly Butter Beer Recipe
1/3 Cup Nonfat Unsweetened Greek Yogurt
1/3 Cup Water
1 Cup Pumpkin Puree (Unsweetened)
Handful of Ice Cubes
Blend ingredients and serve immediately. Mini tavern glasses available here.
DIY Not-Chocolate Frog Dog Treat Recipe
1 Cup Carob Chips (Dogs can eat carob chips, which look similar to chocolate chips, but please make sure you’re not using chocolate chips)
3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Chocolate Frog Mold Tray (available here)
Place carob chips and olive oil in microwave safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds then stir. Repeat until chips have fully melted. Pour mixture into tray molds and scrape away any excess with a knife. Place tray in freezer for one hour to allow frogs to harden. Keep in refrigerator.
DIY Dogwarts Banner
1 eight-inch roll of white paper (we used this one)
Cut a segment of an eight-inch white paper roll and soak in black tea for 20 minutes. Gently remove and hang the paper to dry. Generate your Harry Potter message using a free font generator like this one. Outline message on banner in pencil, then fill in with permanent marker.
DIY Gryffindor Scarf for Dogs
2 Sheets of Burgundy Felt (we used the felt from this pack)
1 Sheet Yellow Self-Adhesive Felt (we used one from this pack)
Cut three strips of burgundy felt, roughly three inches wide. Cut two strips of the same width from the yellow felt and then segment into two-inch sections. Remove paper back on felt and evenly place on red felt, sticky side down. Sew three sections together and then iron for a smoother texture. Trim the sides of your scarf to even any imperfections. Finally, add a fringe at the bottom.
DIY Harry Potter Cloak for Dogs
Black felt (available here)
To create a corgi-size cloak, use a piece of black felt that is 17” x 20.” Fold back the top edge of the cloak to create a hood effect and then iron it down to make it stay. Since all dogs vary in size, try your cloak on your dog to measure the exact placement of the button. The cloak should button on your dog’s chest directly under their chin. Sew the button onto the front chest of the cloak and create a matching button-hole.
DIY Prisoner of Azkaban Photo Booth
1 20” x 28” Foam Board (we used this one)
Tan Paint (we used this one)
Cut a 14” x 13” rectangle out of the center of a 20” x 28” foam board. You’ll want the square to be centered and sit about 10 inches above the bottom of the board. Sponge paint your tan paint onto the surface of the foam board for a rough, vintage appearance. Allow to dry. Using a pencil and straight edge, add a border around the frame and then fill in with permanent marker. Copy text from a Harry Potter font generator like this one and pencil the letters onto the board. Fill in with permanent marker
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