Nothing beats showing up to work to play with pets. Looking for a great way to celebrate those puppy peers of yours? An in-office pet party is a great option to bring the whole gang together and get some adorable puppy kisses and photos on the books. To kick off the launch of our new pet party invitation and card collection, we here at Evite decided to do just that. For anyone else who wants to flood the office with fluffy friends (highly recommended), here’s a glimpse of how the best day of work ever came together — and how you and your coworkers can make any Bring Your Dog to Work Day a blowout bash too.
Decorate a Designated Area
Since pets are bound to roam around, focus the decor in a designated area of a larger room. Start with a clean backdrop, then add some spirit with a printable banner, streamers, tissue paper pom poms and balloons.
We created DIY dog balloons by taping our free printables onto white balloons. Mix and match ear shapes and facial expressions to give your balloon animals a little character, and tie on a ribbon “leash.” Then, top your pups off with party hats and names too! Meet Hugo and Lola.
Safety tip: Be sure to keep eyes on the decor, in case any pets attempt to eat any decor or pop a balloon.
Make It Pet-Friendly
This is a party for pets, not humans, so you’ll need miniature furniture for your miniature friends. A kids’ table with matching chairs works perfectly. Don’t forget to set out water bowls to the side to keep the little guys hydrated. And take the dogs out for occasional bathroom breaks, because nobody likes a party pooper.
Encourage Guests to Come in Costume
Help the pets party in style by dressing them up (if they’re willing) with a few accessories — sweaters, ties, scarves and a party hat too. Pawsitively adorable.
Set Up a Photo Booth
Take pics or it didn’t happen — seriously. Capture the cuteness overload by setting up a simple but festive photo booth for guests (pets and people too) to pose around. You can set one up via iPad with the Evite Photobooth app to match your snaps with a themed skin.
Include photo props like party hats and punny catchphrases, like “This party is going to be so FETCH!” or “Raise the Ruff!” You can download our suite of free photo booth printables here. Just print them out and adhere to wooden dowels.
Are your pets bigger party animals than ours? Submit a fun photo to our #PawtyPeople Photo Competition here, or by using #pawtypeople and #contest on your favorite social platform. We’re taking submissions until July 27, and then you can share your entry with friends for votes. The winner whose photo has the most votes will receive a custom pet portrait by an Evite designer and have their photo featured on a future Evite invitation in the pet category.
Are you ready to plan a pet pawty? Follow Brit + Co on Pinterest for more adorable pet ideas and lots of tips and tricks.