This past weekend we threw a farm birthday party for our son, Ayden, who turns six this upcoming Wednesday. Ayden loves all things animals, and especially loves everything farm, so this party theme was right up his alley!
We decided to keep it small, to make it a “family party,” involving parents as well, and we decided to keep it casual. As with all kids, you have to plan for the unexpected – like, your guests being interested in jumping on the trampoline, more than in playing your games – which is what happened here for the most part! Luckily for us, the weather mostly held up, and the trampoline was ready and waiting.
Originally, I’d planned to hire a petting zoo for his party, but by the time I figured out the exact theme, when it was going to be, etc., it was too late, and everyone in my area was already booked. It was also going to rain. Enter plan B.
We decorated in a western theme – lots of gingham and western paisley, and a whole lotta burlap (which tied in nicely with my continued obsession with the stuff). I like to use bandanas for decorating! They are inexpensive and always have such great patterns.
The banner was made from cardstock, burlap and jute twine, and printed on my computer. I was lucky enough to find picnic style table clothes and plates at Dollar General.
We served picnic foods – pulled pork sandwiches for grown-ups and corn dogs for the kids, along with potato salad, mac and cheese, coleslaw, and fruit and veggie trays.
For treats, we served chocolate glazed Rice Krispie treats and smores on a stick, both displayed on burlap wrapped Styrofoam blocks.
The cake came in the form of chocolate and double chocolate cupcakes with peanut buttercream. A galvanized pail served as a fun cake platter. I used half the frosting to frost the cupcakes and ate the other half. The cupcake picks were created and printed on my computer using card stock and various paper punches, with an added jute bow as an accent.
For beverages, we served lemonade, iced tea and “moo juice”, aka. Chocolate milk, from mason jars, which was a great thing for the kids! It was decorative, they are reusable, but most importantly, they all had lids!
After eating, we moved on to the fun stuff – games! Our garage was decorated like a barn – it even smelled like one, which was the not so good part – We brought in 4 bales of hay, and added some “animals,” played some country music and we were good!
Bessy and Martha, our milking cows, were very patient in letting the children milk them to their hearts content.
The chickens in our chicken coop were so appreciative to have all of their lost eggs found.
Find the eggs!
We had a hayride courtesy of our radio flyer wagon.
and played a lively game of cow-tipping.
And finally, all the children enjoyed a spirited horseback ride on these super cute hobby horses that I made for each of them, following these directions.
For party favors, each child received a bandanna of their choice, a hobby horse, eggs found in the “hay nest,” a punching balloon, a sidewalk chalk “egg”, and a small assortment of candies, in these rooster themed goodie bags. I made these, but you can order something similar through Etsy here.
Although I wish the petting zoo had been available, I think we filled up the party with a wide assortment of fun activities that the children had fun with. I think Ayden had a great time at his party, and we can’t wait to do it all again next year!