If you watched Real Housewives of Melbourne you’ll know that holding a party for your pooch is so hot right now. Rest assured, Time Out has you covered: From where to get pup-corn to finding the perfect puppy party planner, here’s our ultimate guide to hosting a four-legged fiesta in Melbourne.
Tip #1: Look the part
If you've never investigated the world of fur colouring, then you're in for a hilarious treat. Out in Mulgrave, the Divine Dog Grooming team uses semi-permanent colours that last up to ten washes. Imagine the possibilities: your poodle could have pink ears at her party, or your golden retriever could impress his buddies with a green mohawk.
8 Duncoon Ct, Mulgrave. 03 850 7345.
Tip #2: Bring the treats
How can you hold a puppy party without dog-friendly snacks? Thankfully, Dog House in Collingwood has it all worked out for you. Sweet-toothed pups will love the dog-friendly ice cream, while savoury fans can tuck into turkey, chicken, beef and roo muffins. There are plenty of treats for sale, so you could even make some lolly bags for four-legged guests. Some humans might call you ridiculous, but to dogs, you’ll be the best thing in the world. 195 Johnston St, Collingwood. 03 9417 4253. doghouseaustralia.com.au
Tip #3: Leave it to the professionals
If you’re worried that your puppy party is going to turn into a particularly hectic version of a Hairy Maclary story, then why not hire a function room? Diggiddy Doggy in South Melbourne has a dedicated space for puppy parties that includes an indoor playground for dogs and catering packages. 41 Brady St, South Melbourne. 03 9676 2000. digdog.com.au.
Tip #4: Hired Help
If you prefer to have your party at home, the Doggy Party Planner is the way to go. For $350, they’ll travel to your home, where they’ll cater to up to ten dogs with everything from treats served in silver dishes to four-legged friendly games. They’ll even throw in a birthday cake! They travel to Melbourne Metro, Geelong and Country Victoria. www.doggypartyplan.com.au.
Tip #5: Go Solo
No canine friends? No need! Gourmet Pawprints offer winery tours, where you can take in the sights and tastes of Victoria’s great wine regions with other like-minded people and their fur children. The day includes wine tasting, lunch and some off-leash doggy time. 0408 577 140. gourmetpawprints.com.au.