Her first request was a wubba party but after our Halloween costumes, I figure I needed to draw a line somewhere, lol! I’ve hosted and helped plan a lot of parties over the years but I have to say this one is my favorite yet! It was the first birthday celebration in our new home and knowing how much she loves farm animals made it a lot of fun.
Someone on Instagram asked me to share my inspiration and thought process behind the party so here goes! I struggled to figure out how to put my colorful spin on a more rustic theme but after spending some time browsing Spoonflower, I found this pink and red plaid fabric and fell in love! I loved the various shades of pink and the poppy red. Then I ordered a few other fabrics from the same designer and my amazing mom stitched the table runners and pillows. She’s always super helpful with craft projects and I love how the fabric details tie the whole theme together. I always like to pull together an inspiration board based on things I’ve purchased as well as the overall look I’m going for.
I’ve linked the sources on my inspiration board if you’re considering a farm animal birthday party for your little one!
Once I nailed down the color scheme, everything else started to fall into place. I found a few cute farm inspired games for young kids on Pinterest and put my own spin on them! We had a “fishing hole”, basically a ball pit with magnetic fish and poles. I purchased cow and pig Animal Hoppers and pink tractors on Amazon – everything is linked below!
I purchased acrylic (plexiglass) sheets from Lowe’s and had Letters by E work her magic! Erika recently launched her hand-lettering business and she’s super talented! When she was done I painted the backside of the acrylic with paint to add a pop of color.
I borrowed the whitewashed barn from my friend and photographer, Paige Beitler. Then I used strips of plastic tablecloths from Arne’s (local party store) to create a colorful photo opp! If you’re interested in the DIY streamer backdrop, here’s a helpful tutorial!
I did the balloons garlands myself with the help of my mom. You can find all the supplies and tutorial here! We secured the balloon garlands to the fence using twine and a nail. We tried to use command hooks but we were dealing with 20 mph winds before the party. Not ideal!
The party was at 3 pm so we served light snacks, sweet treats, and drinks for the adults and kiddos! I gave all the food cute name: tractor tires (mini oreos), chicken feed (chex mix), hay bales (rice crispy treats), and fence posts (veggie straws).
I wouldn’t be a farm animal party without a petting zoo! We chose the mini zoo option with three bunnies, two chickens, two ducks, a small goat, and a pony. They came for two hours and cleaned up any mess the animals made. It was a huge hit!
Photos: Paige Beitler Photography
Cookies: The Bearded Baker
Table runners & Pillows: Fabric from Spoonflower
Cake: HEB and decorated by me
Signage: Letters by E
Petting Zoo: Sweetie Pie’s Petting Zoo
Cupcakes: Crave Cupcakes
Piper’s Dress: Cuteheads
Whitewashed Barn: Borrowed from Paige Beitler Photography
White kids tables: IKEA Lack Coffee Tables
Animal Figurines: Michael’s & Amazon
Brush Tufted Pool: Minnidip
Fish & Fishing Poles: Made by my mom
Pink cake stand: Amazon
Animal Hoppers: Amazon
Pink Tractors: Amazon
Stuffed Animals: Aurora from Amazon