Freebie Friday! Charity Favor for Dog Lovers

Charity dog treat wedding favor

I am SO excited about today’s post because I absolutely LOVE charity wedding favors … when they are done correctly. Don’t get me wrong, donating to charity on behalf of your guests is an absolutely WONDERFUL idea that I am in full support of, but let’s keep it real — a charity favor presented in the wrong way can be tacky (and annoying for your guests) EVEN if it’s for a good cause. (Scroll to the bottom of this post for some guidelines to keep your charity wedding favors in check.)

While I love the idea of a donation to charity in lieu of favors, my stomach churns a little when I think about sending my family and friends home empty handed. So our new “Charity Favor” series provides the best of both worlds! We find cute, matching (and inexpensive) favors that your guests can take home and that ALSO benefits charity.

First up are these adorable sugar cookie and dog treat wedding favors to be accompanied by a donation to your local humane society. I LOVE this favor! By pairing a decorated bone-shaped sugar cookie with a homemade peanut butter dog treat — this favor will appeal to your peeps and your pooch. Read on for the how-to.

Charity dog treat wedding favor

Dog Lovers Charity Favors

What you need:

  • Colored card stock (I used natural-colored recycled card stock)
  • Stapler
  • Bone-shaped cookie cutter
  • 9″ cellophane treat bags (each favor uses 2 bags)
  • Pre-baked and decorated bone-shaped sugar cookies
  • Pre-baked Peanut Butter Bites dog treats

1. Download your free, customizable “Doggy Bag” charity tag printable. Cut out each tag and set aside (do not fold yet). Never used our printables before? Visit our printing FAQ page to learn how to customize your printables in Adobe Reader (it’s easy!).

2.  Place one dog treat in the bottom of a cellophane bag. I used this wonderful homemade Peanut Butter Bites dog treat recipe from The Bark Spot.

3. Place one bone-shaped sugar cookie  in the bottom of another cellophane bag (you don’t want to mix the human treats with dog treats). I used a basic sugar cookie recipe from AllRecipes. Once your cookies are cooled, dip them in chocolate flavored candy melts and add sprinkles – OR – feel free to decorate however you like. It is very important to decorate the cookies so it is obvious which cookie is for a human, and which is for the dog.

Charity dog treat wedding favor

4. Place your two cookie-stuffed cellophane bags on top of each other. Place one bag higher than the other so your treats aren’t lying on top of each other (see photo).

5. Fold over the tops of the cellophane bags together, leaving enough room for the tag.

6. Pre-fold your cut “Doggy Bag” tags and place it on top of your folded treat bags. Secure the tag to the bags with a single staple.


  • Consider matching these treats to your wedding colors! Dye your sugar cookies with food coloring or print the tags on a matching colored card stock.
  • Add fun ribbons or buttons to dress up the final product!
Charity dog treat wedding favor

We know that each bride’s intentions are good, but a poorly thought out charity favor could make your guests feel under-appreciated.

Here are a few guidelines to keep your charity wedding favors in check:

  • ALWAYS list the charity you donated to. A card that simply reads “In lieu of a traditional wedding favor, a donation has been made in your name to charity.,” is too vague. And if we’re being real here, it just sounds like you cheapened out and didn’t want to spend any money on favors. Of COURSE, this isn’t the truth, but you don’t want to give any of your guests the opportunity to misunderstand.
  • ALWAYS donate to a charity that is widely accepted by your friends and family. I don’t think your Limbaugh-loving uncle would appreciate it if you donated to the Obama 2012 campaign on his behalf. You can’t go wrong with a charity that supports animals, youth programs, or organizations like
    Make-A-Wish or the American Cancer Society.
  • ALWAYS donate to a charity you have a personal connection to. Your guests should be able to understand why you chose the specific charity you did.
With all this said, remember to have a little fun with your favors. After all, giving should make the giver feel good, too. 🙂 For those of you who are giving charity favors, or have in the past: Thank YOU for your generous effort to make our world a better place. The world could use more brides like you.
Allison is the owner and editor of MarryThis! With a love of weddings and a flair for budget-friendly ideas, she feels that gorgeous weddings don't have to cost an arm and a leg. A graphic designer by day (Allison Doty Graphic Design -, Allison also creates the visual presence of MarryThis!

10 Comments on "Freebie Friday! Charity Favor for Dog Lovers"

  1. Karl Baker says:

    haha!! great idea… cute!

  2. Jill H. says:

    I loved this idea. Thank you for sharing.

    I just finished these favors for my sister’s bridal shower. We are huge dog lovers, so I chose an animal shelter that we’re affiliated with. I didn’t do the dog treat, I just did 2 sugar cookies per guest. They turned out so cute. I have pictures. Where should I post them?

  3. Rose says:

    We decided to do these favors for our June wedding. We donated to a local fund (rose’s fund) which helps cover medical expenses for pet owners and Good Samaritans that require financial aid.

    • Allison Allison says:

      That is so wonderful Rose! I’m so glad we could help 🙂 We would LOVE to see photos! Looks like the big day is coming up soon! Congratulations!

  4. Christina says:

    this is very cute! Just please remember to never ever give your fur babies chocolate!! There’s an ingredient in it that is very bad for them!<3

  5. Erin says:

    I love it!

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