For Your Puppy's Next Birthday Throw a Pawty

Americans will spend an estimated $62.75 billion on their pets this year and part of that spending is driven by the latest trend of pet parties.

Party Puppies NYC owner Hayley Ramunno says she has seen a big boost in her business.

“Yes, about 50% year-to-date we’ve gone up since last year,” Ramunno told the FOX Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo.

“A puppy party is throwing a party for your dog.  So everything involved you would do for your children, it’s the party favors, game and activities,” said Ramunno.

Nikki Cole, who held a party for her dog, says the parties can be used to raise money and awareness for good causes.

“In our case, we threw a charity event.  We decided to donate money to Animal Haven.   And our friends that don’t have dogs or just love dogs came.  We also had some friends that have dogs,” said Cole.

Ramunno explained what happens at typical puppy party.

“Dogs running around, games, activities, eating pupcakes and dogcakes and singing happy birthday, so it’s a lot of fun,” Ramunno said.

When Bartiromo asked why people spend so much money on their dogs, Ramunno said “You know what it is, I think dogs are part of the family.  So if you’re going to throw a party for your child, why wouldn’t you throw one for your dog.  You love them just as much as you do your children.”