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How to Throw a Pooch Party

Victoria Elena Nones, founder of Sit Social: A Dog Lounge, which hosts canine soirees in Lake View, shares her secrets.

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TOAST YOUR PUP (1)

“Dogs are interested in everything humans have, so why not have a little fun and incorporate some pet-friendly virgin cocktails? Like a ‘chicken-tini’ made with chicken broth.” Dogs also love desserts. SIT Social’s specialty is “pupcakes” made with honey and flour that are decorated to look like Chicago flags.

SET UP A SELFIE STATION (2)

“Create a backdrop with a tinsel waterfall you can find at any party store and offer easy-to-handle props to put around pets’ necks. Neckties and feather boas are a safe bet, but you can take it to the next level with funny collars.”

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INVOLVE HUMANS IN THE FUN

“Have a social scavenger hunt for the owners. Create a list of dog-related questions like ‘Find a person who lets their dog sleep in the bed’ or ‘Find someone whose dog was a rescue.’ ”

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