I am a Dog Mom who is bursting with pride about my Westie, Beckham – he is so adorable and cool and lovable and pawsome. That’s why I take him everywhere with me and talk about him to everyone who will listen and post pictures of him on social media. And maybe just a little bit of the reason I have a company called Properly Posh Pets that has one very important mission – sharing ideas about how to celebrate dogs and their Dog Moms with fabulous parties!
Beckham and I decided we feel like throwing a party for all the amazing Dog Moms we know. We are planning an elegantly simple menu so our Dog Mom Guests and their pups can spend all of their time gossiping.
Charcuterie boards are a popular trend and are perfect for party prep before the party guests arrive. And since this is a party for Pups, we plan to serve Barkuterie Boards with special treats for your furry guests. Mimosas are a perfect complement to this menu with our idea for creating mimosa flights to give your party some extra glam.
Dog Moms love to pamper their Pups, and what better way to treat them to something for this party than to create a Dog version of a Charcuterie Board – the Barkuterie Board?
It’s fun for the Pups and special fun for you the Party Dog Mom to create this extravagant treat for your Pup Guests. The good news is that you can create this fabulous Pup Party Treat easily with dog treats you have on hand and healthy foods you are likely to have in your fridge.
Here are some quick, easy ideas for creating a Barkuterie Board. We’ll share more ideas for creating a Barkuterie Board masterpiece in an upcoming blog!
What is a Barkuterie Board? A combination of dog-safe veggies, fruits, dried snacks, and cheeses that you can feed to your Pup as a special treat. Barkuterie is a wordplay on charcuterie, which is the culinary art of preparing and assembling dried meats and cheeses on a board.
To create your Barkuterie Board, you will need a plate, platter, or board. Be very careful that you don’t include any foods, such as nuts and chocolate, that can be toxic to dogs.
Vegetables are a perfect addition to your Barkuterie Board as they are fresh, crunchy, and colorful. Use vegetables that are dog-friendly and good for your pup such as cucumbers, carrots, and bell peppers.
Fruits are also fun, but since they may contain high amounts of sugar, it’s best to feed fruit in small amounts. Make sure you remove seeds and pits from fruit options. Which fruits should you include? Berries, bananas, watermelon, and apples are perfect. No grapes!
Some of the other dog-friendly treats you can include are cheese, jerky or freeze-dried meats (low-sodium), peanut butter spreads, pupsicles, and eggs. And of course, dog treats and cookies.
When my pup and I started to work on ideas for the signature cocktail for this party, I already knew that I loved mimosas – what is brunch without one? What’s even more fun is a flight of mimosas with a variety of citrus juices.
The combinations are endless so include your favorite juices – our suggestions are classic orange juice, ruby red grapefruit juice, and pineapple juice. You can also add fresh fruit to your mimosas to create “Mimosa Sangria”!
To serve a flight, you will need a long, narrow board for your three mimosa glasses, either flute style or coupe style. No need for your board to have indentations for the glasses, but make sure you have a board for each guest.
For mimosas, you do not need to purchase the most expensive champagne, so just look for a moderately priced brand or you can use any kind of sparkling wine, such as prosecco. For a special taste, use freshly squeezed juices.
Make sure the champagne and juices are well chilled.
The ratio for the cocktail is 3 parts champagne and 1 part juice, but feel free to adjust the ratio to suit your preference. Or you can set up a mimosa bar so your Dog Moms can fix their own flights.
Your Dog Mom Guests will not be able to resist your artfully arranged spread of meat, cheese, crackers and condiments. Although a traditional charcuterie board might not include fruits and vegetables, they will add color and sparkle to your board. Of course, you can always just share with your Pups from their Barkuterie Board!
Here are some ideas for the various categories of your charcuterie board:
Cheese: Herbed boursin, smoked gouda, Havarti, blue cheese, and cheddar.
Meats: Prosciutto, soppressata, calabrese, and mortadella
Crackers: Sea salt crackers, rye crackers, baguette slices
Condiments: stone ground mustard, honey
Other options: You can also include pickles, olives, and nuts, but be very careful if you serve these as dogs cannot eat nuts and should only eat olives in very small quantities.
Dog Moms and their Pups LOVE a good Party!
Days spent with my dog are the best days of my life. The bond we share is unbreakable.
Parties shared with my Dog Mom friends and their pups are the best kind of parties.
Making memories with my friends – one dog party at a time!