I’ve mentioned over and over again how I was planning a birthday party for my now 2-year old niece. Well, last weekend I packed up my car and the family and we made the 3+ hour trek to finally put together this long-awaited event.
I could credit the Little Bear as the original inspiration that resulted in this blog! You see, she is only six months older than my daughter. It was her first birthday party that got me thinking about T’s birthday party and then everything snowballed into what is now Pampers, Play Dates & Parties! So it seemed only fitting that I offer up my efforts for the Bear’s birthday party this year.
As you saw in the Inspiration Board post last Thursday, Amy had requested a Barnyard theme for the party. Being familiar with the family’s style and home, I decided to add a vintage twist to the mix. In addition, the whole party was created to make it as eco-friendly as possible (details coming soon!).
We used a traditional red and neutral color scheme. I used touches of red gingham, red raffia and lots of different types of burlap. I also found a very pretty red fabric with a small print that just felt like it could have come right from Grandma farmer’s fabric stash. Amy offered to make the bulk of the food with her mother; which added a very special, home-crafted touch. That also afforded me the time to create barnyard animal pops, whoopie pies and gobs of custom decor projects!
|Deviled eggs served in egg cartons, vegetables in mason jars, mac & cheese in tulip baking cups, and chex mix in paper cones.|
|Fruit served in wood berry baskets from ThinkGarnish.com – lined with soft burlap|
The menu was kept fairly simple with deviled eggs (Hatchlings), macaroni & cheese (Haystacks), pigs in a blanket (Pig Pen), sliced fruit baskets (The Orchard), cruditee (The Vegetable Patch), bunny crackers, animal crackers and chex mix (Animal Feed).
|Mason jars for cups tied with strips of red gingham and served with paper straws from ThinkGarnish.com|
|All the incredible tags for the party were made by Lazy Day Cottage|
We also kept drinks simple with sweet tea, unsweetened tea, lemonade and water. Since Amy keeps an abundant stash of mason jars for canning; we used them as cups, serving vessels, and flatware containers. I also used a lot of thrifted items – such as the wood crate holding two of the drink bottles and most of the frames shown throughout the party.
|Amy’s delectable coconut cake.|
Amy made an incredible coconut cake (details here) and I added a little felt animal bunting for fun. All I had to do was add a picture of Little Bear, some farm animal toys and several other vintage-style props to fill out the display.
|Favor Bags for the guests.|
|Rooster saying “Thanks”|
Favors were displayed right next to the front door so guests could grab a bag before leaving. The felt barn bags were actually a lucky find from the Target dollar spot. Inside them I placed half a decorated egg carton that was filled with three mini red velvet whoopie pies and three barn animal ‘faux’ cake pops (What’s the ‘faux’ for? Come back Friday to find out!) I have to tell you, the little rag garland swag was one of those last-minute ‘make-it-work’ moments. The display desperately needed color and interst, and I had recently seen a tutorial for this style of garland. So I quickly took a few scraps of fabric, cut a few more and made a mini version. I actually really like it miniaturized and think I might use the technique again sometime.
|Inside the felt barns|
|Treats inside the felt barns|
In the end, the party was a lot of fun. I think that the pictures below say it all:
|Little Bear enjoying her meal.|
|Watch out for the running bear! Even the dog knows to stay out of the way!|
|Singing Happy Birthday.|
|Of course I had to include a picture of my two favorite people!|
Barnyard Party Inspiration
Barnyard Donut Pops (A cake pop alternative!)
Red Velvet Whoopie Pies with Swiss Meringue Buttercream
Eco-Friendly Party Tips
The Alternative Theme
Buffet, Drink & Favor tags (text added after purchase) – Lazy Day Cottage
Mini Baking Cups – The Birthday House
Paper Straws, Fruit Baskets, Fruit Dip Cups – ThinkGarnish.com
Pig & Rooster Images – The Graphics Fairy