Monday, October 4, 2010

A Farm-tastic Barnyard Party

By the time my son turned two, he was obsessed with farm animals. Here are some photos from "Old MacSohan's Farm". I hired a petting zoo to come to our house, complete with a pony, several goats, sheep, pigs, a turkey, some chickens, some ducks and even a llama!!

If every party needs at least one "wow" factor, then this farm scene was it for this party. I made a red barn and "John Deere" style tractor out of several oversized boxes. The children had a great time playing on the farm and pretending to be farmers. Some hay bales, a wheelbarrow, a picket fence made out of poster board, and a Radio flyer horse completed the scene.


I designed my own cake and had a local bakery make it for me.


The rain forced us to bring the cake inside at the last minute for cake cutting time.


I made yard signs to welcome people to the party, with cute phrases such as "Moo, moo, Happy Birthday to You", "No Horsin' Around", and "Neigh, Neigh, there's a birthday party today".




I glued an old license plate to the front of the tractor and bottle caps painted silver to the wheels to add a nice finishing touch to the tractor.


The rooster is an old halloween hat, which I filled with batting and sewed on the bottom.


I bought mini milk pails and then painted them with cow splotches for the party favors. Each pail contained a farm animal lollipop, plastic farm animals and custom printed pencils saying "Old MacSohan's Farm".


I found a cow pinata online and added some ribbon, a bell and some googly eyes to customize it.


I found some adorable scare "crows" on sale to place around the "farm".


I made several stick horses for the children out of brown socks, ribbon, wool for the mane and felt pieces for the facial features.


I turned my son's horse toy chest into a beverage tub for juice boxes, by adding foam insulation.


The children also really enjoyed the Radio flyer horse. I bought cow print balloons to complete the party scene.


Here's Old MacSohan in his tractor.


I bought cowboy hats and bananas for all of the children to wear at the party and take home as additional party favors. On the invitation, I asked the parents to dress their children in blue denim and white T-shirts, to provide the basis for the "farmer" ensemble.

  

Here is my son petting one of the sheep that came to the party!

4 comments:

  1. This birthday party looks amazing! I cant wait to copy some of the ideas! Thanks for posting!

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  2. I got what you intend, regards for posting .Woh I am thankful to find this website through google.

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  3. Beautiful party. I love all of the diy decor instead of store bought overpriced stuff. It mustve taken forever! My daughters 2nd bday is farm theme. Id thought to make a cardboard barn, but your tractor is too tempting! (Ill have to start with barn and see what time remains, her bday isnt until july fortunately but with 2 babies under 2 yrs craft time is limited.) I also love the sock ponies. Again, its a project dependant on time. Luckily the only kids to attend are 3 cousins and her brother. So ill only have 5 to make, if I include brother who will only be 10 1/2 months. a petting zoo is beyond my budget, but a dream finishing touch im glad your son was able to experience!

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  4. Oh my goodness!!! I bet all of the kids and adults loved this party!! You did so many fun and amazing things! I am just starting to plan my son's 2nd birthday and I love your ideas so much. I will definitely be making a cardboard tractor and barn! Maybe we will borrow some farm animals from our neighbors too :)

    I found your stuff on Pinterest and added it to my board for planning my kiddos party :) (https://www.pinterest.com/jessksmith/jacksons-turning-2/)

    Thanks for sharing!
    Jessica

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