Yee Haw and welcome to the farm! I am so thrilled that Kara’s Party Ideas featured my farm party this week and would love for you to pop on over and take a peek! Her post includes lots of pictures and if you’re curious about all the behind-the-scenes info and DIY party details, you’ve come to the right place. Here ya go…
When it comes to a casual party full of engaging activities and darling details, it’s hard to beat a party on the farm. My talented and sweet friend Lia Griffith and I teamed up once again to create a party that had a classic feel, with vintage touches and a color palette of teal, orange and grey for a twist on the traditional. We set up the party at my parents’ house near the Columbia River Gorge outside of Portland, Oregon. They have an amazing 7 acres of property, including a (formerly functional) dairy barn and a working horse stable and barn, so it was the perfect setting on a warm summer evening.
My children, their cousins and friends had an absolute blast playing all the games that Lia dreamed up, including riding horses in the corral (well, of the stuffed variety anyways), wagon hayrides, felt horseshoes, pin the tail on the donkey (it was magnetic!!), finger puppets for acting out scenes with the animals, and a haybale stick horse photo booth. After the kids had gotten some energy out (or in my kids’ case, “getting their energy out” just breeds more energy…), they settled in at the dining table we had set up in front of the corral.
The dining table featured snacks to get them started…Lia’s printable bandana paper cones filled with popcorn, ceramic berry baskets of fruit, and mini wooden crates ($1 from Michaels) that I painted teal and filled with raffia “hay nests” and a mini cup of speckled popcorn-flavored jelly beans to resemble chicken eggs. We served the kids almond milk (great option for kids with dairy allergies) in mini Weck juice jars from Crate & Barrel, decorated with a printable label, a paper straw tied on with raffia, and a mini straw hat on top (from Hobby Lobby–you can now order online!).
Since nobody can live on popcorn and jelly beans alone (although my kids would surely try, if given the chance!), I created a food table full of goodies to nourish them. For all of my parties, I try to avoid a desserts-only spread and instead create a balanced menu that includes fruit, vegetables, protein, carbs, and a few sweets. All of the food for this party was either homemade or easily assembled with store-bought ingredients and none if it will break the bank! Since this was a kids party, I got clever with my food displays and names…you know those ideas you have at midnight when you’re lying awake? This time they worked out just like I imagined! The menu included:
- PB & J sandwiches wrapped in brown parchment paper and printable papers
- a “chicken coop” tray for deviled eggs
- an “out to pasture” tray of mini peat pots lined with waxed paper and filled with fresh veggies
- a cutting board with red grapes, colby cheese slices and a celery stalk in the shape of a sunflower
- orange polka dot paper cups filled with pretzel stick “hay”
- a “feed lot” tray with cake haybales (pound cake + vanilla frosting + toasted coconut + Twizzlers licorice strip)
- a “pig sty” tray with dirt pudding cups (store bought chocolate pudding + crushed Oreo cookies)
- “corn on the cob” treats in DIY mini haybales (Follow the Rice Krispies recipe, but substitute Honey Kix cereal and use your hand to mold into a corn cob shape. I lined the back of Lia’s printable corn husk wrapper with clear Contact paper before wrapping it around the cobs so that it wouldn’t get greasy or stick.)
There were so many darling DIY projects in this party, but my favorites included these items I made for the food display table:
- yarn-wrapped giant paper mache letter (from Joann’s) tied with homemade pom poms
- Yee Haw banner: teal burlap bunting with orange felt and gingham fabric letters, hand-stitched with orange embroidery thread
- handpainted orange and grey wooden barn (bought as unfinished wood from Michael’s)
- white picket fence trays ($1 square unfinished wood frames with 29 cent fence pieces from Michael’s hot glued to the perimeter, then lined with felt and/or raffia)
- DIY mini haybales (rectangle blocks of floral foam from the dollar store, wrapped in raffia and tied with jute twine)
- homemade milk bottle sugar cookies with a powdered sugar and milk glaze, displayed in cello bags with Lia’s printable paper wraps and paper, clipped onto a homemade chicken wire and wood frame
- DIY paper flower bouquet: I created flowers using coffee filters, crepe paper streamers, cardstock, tissue paper and yarn for an eclectic and casual feel
Want to see more? Lia featured photos and tutorials on her site that you should definitely check out:
- Free printable farm party invitation and bandana envelope liner
- Free printable farm animal finger puppets
- Tutorial: DIY felt stick horses
- Farm Party: Part 1 (games and favors)
- Farm Party: Part 2 (dining table and food table display)
- Farm Party: Part 3 (dining table and crafts)
Come back and visit this week to see tutorials for DIY gingham woven crepe paper placemats and DIY cupcake liner flowers that I used to decorate the craft table!
I love to share ideas and inspiration, so if you have any questions about sources or DIY projects from this party, please leave me a comment and I’ll get right back to you.
All photos in this post are credited to Lia Griffith and used with written permission.