I love hosting parties but sometimes find it more frantic than fun. That’s where Puppy Parties NYC steps in — and what makes it even more pawesome is that this service specializes in full-service party planning for dogs and their owners. Wouldn’t we all love that job?!
I asked founder and owner Hayley Mehalco how the business started. “I have a background in event planning and threw a 2nd birthday party for my dog, Bailey,” Hayley says. “Everyone loved the party, so I knew other dog parents would, too!”
Puppy Parties NYC specializes in birthdays and “bark-mitzvahs” to large-scale fundraisers and events. And what about for the holidays? “We throw an annual Ugly Sweater Pawty,” Hayley says. “Last year the event included photos with Santa, doggie eggnog, a costume contest and paw print ornament making.”
What are Hayley’s tips for someone planning their own dog party? “My advice to someone planning their own party is to give yourself enough time to organize it, and just have fun!” she says.
It’s not all just a good time, either. Giving back is important to Hayley, so a portion of proceeds from public events the company organizes are donated to dog charities and rescues. That’s not all. If you aren’t in NYC, that’s OK, too. You can buy a Barkday Box for your dog and have it shipped to your home. It includes a dog-friendly cake, balloon dog treat, party hat, bandanna, festive banner and tennis ball toy. Too cute!
What’s next for Puppy Parties NYC? “My ultimate dream would be to expand beyond NYC,” Hayley says. “In terms of events, we would love to plan an elaborate dog wedding!”