Best Kids Parties: Favorite Things

My Party

Name: Wylie (2)
Location: Oakland, CA

It all started off as a party at Little Farm in Tilden Park. Wylie, turning two, was so into farm animals that we thought the adjacent picnic grounds and barnyard animal farm where kids could feed animals would be perfect. Then he started talking about dinosaurs, and trains and lions. The invitations were already sent out so I decided to tweek it a little and we arrived at a "Favorite Things" party.I covered picnic tables in kraft paper and used only natural and wooden serving pieces. The colors were a riff on red and white picnic, but kept very neutral. The kids' table featured a hand drawn track with wooden trains, large dinosaurs and a bag of costumes (Wylie's favorite thing is his cape).

I decorated vanilla cupcakes with plastic figurines (dinosaurs, farm and zoo animals). The adults were treated to a picnic lunch of fried chicken, potato salad, coleslaw and biscuits, while the kids ate prepacked lunches in "W" paper bags featuring a peanut butter-honey sandwich with the crusts cut off, wrapped in wax paper and hand decorated masking tape. The favors were animal crackers (a weekly treat for Wylie) in hand stamped mill cloth sacks.

Kids played in the meadow and then filled hand-stamped paper bags with lettuce and celery to feed the animals which included cows, chickens, goats and sheep.

Thanks Heather! Readers, see more of Wylie's party at Poppy Haus.

(Images: Poppy Haus)

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.

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