Adam turned 2! And I thought, since we pretty much already have a petting zoo and Adam is my little farmhand around here, —>
what better way to celebrate my little guy than by giving him a barnyard bash.
The Invite: A friend of mine took some adorable pictures of Adam and our chicks, and they were the perfect fit for a barnyard party invite. (Invitation design by Little Prints Parties on Esty)
Decorations: I ended up going with a playful vintage look for the decorations. I LOVE Hobby Lobby – found some super cute farm animal decor on clearance there. Isn’t this cow chalkboard sign too cute?! Add that to the buckets and baskets that I already had lying around here, and I ended up with the perfect vintage farm look that I was going for. I also made some fabric bunting using leftover fabric from other parties. They were kind of a crazy mix of colors (all gingham and plaid) but they turned out so cute when all put together. I strung the bunting through the apple trees and hung some strands on wooden dowels around the picnic blankets.
Food: Because I squeezed his party in the middle of two busy weeks, I didn’t want to do much with food. So, I declared this a “bring your own picnic” party and then all I had to provide were the desserts. It actually turned out idyllic – enjoying dinner on colorful picnic blankets under the apple trees on a beautiful June evening. I went all farm-themed for the desserts: Alfalfa grasses (green licorice), U-pick Apples (cherry sours), Caramel-Peach hand pies (recipe here), Barnyard Animal Crackers, Mini Cherry Pies, Little Lamb Cake Pops (my favorite! How adorable are they?!), Cupcakes and Birthday Cake. For the cake, I ordered a round cake from Kroger and simply asked for light blue icing all over. I brought the cake home and added pasture and farm fencing using gum paste.
Activities: We live on a farm so it was easy to come up with some activities appropriate for the theme. 🙂 First we visited “Adam’s Petting Zoo” where each family got a small bag of treats to feed the goats.
Then we had a couple of relays, the first of which was a potato sack race of kids vs. parents. Next, we brought out the chickens for a Rooster Race. I divided the kids into two teams. Each team was assigned a rooster and they had to corral the rooster to the other side of the yard and across the finish line. Hilarious!
We ended the evening with some fun at the creek. Our creek changes every time we get heavy rain, and right now the water is dammed up pretty high right by the entrance from our property. The kids had such a good time taking a dip in the ol’ swimmin’ hole.
Happy Birthday to my little miracle!