Everyone loves Superbowl Sunday. You get to hang with loved ones, eat tons of junk food, and watch the big game. However, if I’m honest with y’all, most of my joy has disappeared by the time the football game even starts. My excitement comes earlier in the day when the Puppy Bowl is on TV. For those of you who don’t know, the Puppy Bowl is a TV special that airs on Animal Planet before the Superbowl every year. Essentially, shelter puppies and kittens “play a game of football” in the hopes that someone watching will adopt them. It’s as amazing as it sounds. Read this guide if you want to know how to throw a Puppy Bowl party, so all your loved ones can share in your enthusiasm.
Create the Perfect Guest List
If you’re wondering how to throw a Puppy Bowl party, you must start by creating the perfect guest list. Make sure everyone knows you want humans and pups at your event. Don’t only invite your friends and have them leave their dogs all alone. Make sure your canine best friend’s mates are there, as well. Invite friends who know how to have a good time and will help make light of the situation. It’s probably not the best idea to include your boss and his dog to your Puppy Bowl shindig. It’s also vital that you have enough room for everyone you invite. Don’t be like me and try to cram twenty people and eight dogs into a tiny living room. Finally, set up “doggy cleaning stations” in different areas of your house, so you can prevent pups from tracking mud throughout your home. I learned this lesson the hard way after last year’s event.
A Puppy Bowl party isn’t the same without dazzling decorations. Try and stay as true to the theme as possible. Buy football-shaped balloons and get napkins with paw prints on them. Guests will admire your efforts and will be talking about the soiree long after it’s over. If you really want to go the extra mile, have every dog at the party wear a football jersey. I swear I got a tough workout in trying to squeeze my pup into a jersey last year. However, the pictures made everything worth it. If you’re feeling extra ambitious, recreate the Puppy Bowl yourself. Set up a tiny football field where pups can run around and burn off some of their energy. You’ll get so many adorable pictures for your social media profiles.
Every great Puppy Bowl party needs tasty snacks. For human guests, serve appetizing chili and mouthwatering chips and dips. Don’t forget about your furry visitors, as well. Make sure every doggo at your event has ample treats while they watch the special. Buy lots of dog treats! After all, this is the most important pop culture event of the year for pups, and you can acknowledge that by giving them everything they want. My friends were so mad at me last year because their dogs went home with tummy aches. But I knew in my heart, the pups appreciated it. I thought to myself, “if humans can eat tons of junk food on Superbowl Sunday, why can’t dogs, too?”