How To Throw A Farm Themed Party (When You Don’t Have A Farm)

Posted in KIDS PARTIES, PARTIES
on April 30, 2013

If you’re looking for birthday party ideas for an upcoming farm themed party you’ve come to the right place! I’ve ideas for making your own “milking cow” and “find-the-egg” chicken coop games, as well as oodles of ideas for goody bags that all little ones will love. You’ll forget all about not being at an actual farm!

Farm Birthday Party Ideas

This past weekend we threw a farm birthday party for our son, Ayden, who turns six this upcoming Wednesday. Ayden loves all things animals, and especially loves everything farm, so this party theme was right up his alley!

We decided to keep it small, to make it a “family party,” involving parents as well, and we decided to keep it casual.  As with all kids, you have to plan for the unexpected – like your guests are more interested in jumping on the trampoline than in playing your games – which is what happened here for the most part! Luckily for us, the weather mostly held up, and the trampoline was ready and waiting.

Originally, I’d planned to hire a petting zoo for his party, but by the time I figured out the details,  it was too late anyone in my area. It was also going to rain. Enter plan B.

Farm Birthday Party Ideas - Bandanas as party favors stored in a basket
Farm Birthday Party Ideas - Cupcake Toppers

We decorated in a western theme – lots of gingham and western paisley, and a whole lotta burlap (which tied in nicely with my continued obsession with the stuff). I like to use bandanas for decorating! They are inexpensive and always have such great patterns.

Farm Birthday Party Ideas - Homemade Bandanas

The banner was made from cardstock, burlap and jute twine, and printed on my computer. I was lucky enough to find picnic style table clothes and plates at Dollar General.

Farm Birthday Party Ideas - Birthday banner from butcher wrap and rope

We served picnic foods – pulled pork sandwiches for grown-ups and corn dogs for the kids, along with potato salad, mac and cheese, coleslaw, and fruit and veggie trays.

Farm Birthday Party Ideas - Food and Drink Ideas

For treats, we served chocolate glazed Rice Krispie treats and smores on a stick, both displayed on burlap wrapped Styrofoam blocks.

Farm Birthday Party Ideas - Dessert Ideas

The cake came in the form of chocolate and double chocolate cupcakes with peanut buttercream. A galvanized pail served as a fun cake platter. I used half the frosting to frost the cupcakes and ate the other half. The cupcake picks were created and printed on my computer using card stock and various paper punches, with an added jute bow as an accent.

Farm Birthday Party Ideas - Cake Display
Farm Birthday Party Ideas - Cupcake topper
For beverages, we served lemonade, iced tea and “moo juice,” aka. Chocolate milk, from mason jars, which was a great thing for the kids! It was decorative, they are reusable, but most importantly, they were all spill-proof!
Farm Birthday Party Ideas - Moo Juice
After eating, we moved on to the fun stuff – games! Our garage was decorated like a barn – it even smelled like one, which was the not so good part –  We brought in 4 bales of hay, and added some “animals,” played some country music and we were good!
Bessy and Martha, our “milking cows”, were very patient in letting the children milk them to their heart’s content.
Farm Birthday Party Ideas - Milking Cow Game
The chickens in our chicken coop were so appreciative to have all of their lost eggs found.
Farm Birthday Party Ideas - look for eggs
Find the eggs!

We had a hayride courtesy of our radio flyer wagon.

Farm Birthday Party Ideas - mini hayride
and played a lively game of cow-tipping.
Farm Birthday Party Ideas - cow tipping bowling game
Farm Birthday Party Ideas - cow bowling game
And finally, all the children enjoyed a spirited horseback ride on these super cute hobby horses that I made for each of them, following these directions.
Farm Birthday Party Ideas - DIY Hobby Horses
Farm Birthday Party Ideas - DIY Red Hobby Horse
Farm Birthday Party Ideas - Hobby Horse Group
For party favors, each child received a rooster themed goodie bag full of:
  • the bandanna of their choice
  • a hobby horse
  • eggs found in the “hay nest.”
  • a punching balloon
  • a sidewalk chalk “egg.”
  • a small assortment of candies
I made these bags, but you can order something similar on Etsy.
Farm Birthday Party Ideas - Rooster Goody Bags
Although I wish the petting zoo had been available, I think we filled up the party with a wide assortment of fun activities everyone enjoyed. Ayden, especially, had a great time at his party.
For more party fun, be sure to follow along with me!
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2 Comments

  • Aprilrutherford

    It was so fun, you did an AWESOME job, as usual! Thanks!

    May 1, 2013 at 1:21 am Reply
  • Carissa Roe

    Holy Moly! Those are the cutest games EVER! Can you please (PLEASE?!?) give me the idiot's guide to making those milking cows? I can't figure it out from the pics and they are amazing!!!

    September 30, 2013 at 9:15 pm Reply
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