Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Down at The Farm

The birthday boy getting ready for his first taste of sugar!

For my son's first birthday I did a "Down at the Farm" theme. The colors were red, blue and white. His birthday is in late June, so we did a full-on summer BBQ. We had hot dogs, corn on the cob and potato salad, with a green bean salad and watermelon. My mother-in-law brought a beautiful fruit bouquet that she made. The food table was covered with a red and white checked tablecloth and I used wicker baskets and buckets for the food. We served lemonade from a jar.

I had a lot of help from my sisters both ahead of time and on the day of the party. We covered the large gate to their backyard with a cardboard sheet painted to look like a large farm gate and put a sign on it that said "Welcome to The Farm". I did not get a picture of that, unfortunately!

We made a horse corral out of cardboard boxes and put our "wild horses" in it, which I gave to all the children as take home gifts.

Here is a closer picture of the fruit bouquet made by my mother in law. It was beautiful and practical--everyone grabbed a skewer and voila! They had their own fruit salad!

I also strung a clothesline and hung small denim clothing. Between each item of clothing I put bandana pouches filled with goodies for each child to take home as a favor. My niece gave "hay rides" in a wheelbarrow around the yard. I went to a local feed store and got free hay to scatter around the yard and in the horse corral and barn.
Love this picture!

I think he likes the cake! What do you think?

The cake was a farm scene with a barn, pond, tilled up "earth", horse corral and pig mud hole. I used colored coconut for grass, a pond with real water in it, pudding for the pig's mud hole and shredded wheat for hay. I couldn't find ducks small enough, so I had giant ducks on the cake! Oh well! My son didn't mind!

We painted a box to look like a barn for the kids to play in. The younger kids had a good time with that!

It was so hot that day so we also put water on their slide with a tarp at the bottom so the kids (and adults) could cool off. Everyone had a great time with that!

It was a fun party, although a lot of work to set up and take down because it was at my sister's house. I decided to try to do simple parties after that, but my daughter's tea party was after this one. I just can't seem to keep it simple! I love decorating parties and setting stages for fun!

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  1. Thank you for visiting my blog!

    I used a special Lasertran product on these. It's almost like a model decal. Everything that would print white, is clear and you see whatever you put it on. In this case, the actual tile. But you could easily print out onto regular paper and decoupage on.

    I took them to a craft fair and they cleared out fast!! Should have made more! LOL!

  2. Oh My goodness the farm gate and horses are super cute! Love the details that went into them! You did great job - looks like a fantastic party! Thanks for joining the Celebration Party!

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  4. Hi, I just found your blog today. I love your sons party. Im having a western themed party for my sons first birthday next weekend and I havent been able to find horses or a corral like the ones you used on the cake. Where did you find them? Thank you so much.