Best Kids' Parties: Barnyard

My Party

Children: Ages 5 and 7
Location: France

I love thinking of fun, unique ideas and twists on popular birthday themes, and it was no different for my children this year. We always have a joint party as they were born on the same day but two years part, and a barnyard theme was a perfect solution for their 5th and 7th birthday celebrations.

As we live in the country near lots of farms, I relished the chance to incorporate some of the familiar farmhouse details in the decor like hay bales, gingham, burlap and grass. I used my own printable Barnyard Printable Party Collection and party invitation based around that and the farm animals. The desserts table backdrop was made to match the printable designs on a large white paint canvas, and I decorated it with construction paper, real straw and synthetic grass - All using hot glue. And also incorporated some sunflowers in old milk churns from the farm, and red gingham rosette bunting.

For the main desserts table itself I used an old wooden table and simply covered it with AstroTurf that I purchased at my local fabric store. The white picket fence from a garden center helped complete the look and frame the top of the table. It was then filled with farmhouse or homemade produce: a homemade, rustic apple and berry pie instead of a cake with a personalized birthday banner, homemade "Pigs in Mud" chocolate pots with "Made on the Farm" labels, a large wooden bucket filled with apples, "Hatching Chicks" cake pops displayed in empty egg cartons labelled with "Free Range Eggs" printable egg box labels, candy eggs inside egg shell plastic containers, as well as the farm animals decorated cookies, which were displayed onto a square bale of hay.

Thanks, Bird! Readers, visit Bird at her party blog.

(Images: Bird)

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