Take a look and get inspired by these adorable DIY farm birthday party ideas. Which is your favorite: the rustic banner or the kid-friendly cake topper?
Have you ever had to travel with all your birthday party decorations? It’s…well…it’s interesting.
I actually pulled together this farm birthday party about ten years ago for my niece – who lived 150 miles away from us.
Yep, we brought the party all the way from Maryland to Petersburg Virginia. It was quite the trek.
But it was fun because their family’s style is almost completely different from my own. While I like bright bold and modern colors, they lived in a historic home and preferred a more vintage style.
So, when they requested a barnyard theme for my niece’s second birthday, I knew it needed to be full of vintage touches as well.
About the Party:
- What Was the Occasion? a little girls’ 2nd birthday
- How Many Guests Did You Have? About 20, mostly adults
- Where Was the Party Held? The family’s historic townhome
Farm Birthday Party Decorations
While the party theme was ‘vintage barnyard’, the parents didn’t want it to be girly. So we focused on using red gingham, vintage graphics, and lots of burlap to add color and texture everywhere possible.
The party buffet was anchored with a handmade “Happy Birthday” banner that used layers of tea-stained cardstock, red gingham fabric, and letters cut on my cutting machine.
We also brought in a ton of vintage finds from thrift stores – and even a few discarded items from a different historic home (don’t worry, we had permission.), like:
- Vintage frames,
- Custom stamped bottle labels,
- Old mason and jelly jars,
- Weathered wood boxes,
- Old wood shutters,
- Painted tin can flower vases, and
- Fabric that looks like it’s straight out of granny’s quilting stash
A little note:
This party was 10 years ago – back when I still tried to transform the entire home for a single event. And, well, I don’t recommend doing that. Instead, I should have followed principles 4 and 5 when it comes to plannning a birthday party)
Oh well, live and learn.
Farm Birthday Party Food
While I consulted with the parents on what to serve, they actually made most of the food for the party…which made things much easier.
All I had to make were the cake pops, the whoopie pies, and the labels for the buffet.
And in the vein of keeping things simple, we served easy-to-make foods, all renamed in ‘farm’ terms:
- The Orchard: Wood baskets filled with fresh fruit
- Vegetable Patch: Mason jars filled with sliced vegetable strips
- Animal Feed: Chex mix and Annie’s bunny crackers in paper cones
- Pig Pen: Pigs in a blanket
- Haystacks: Macaroni and cheese muffins
- Hatchlings: Deviled Eggs
- Livestock: Farm animal ‘cake pops’
The Party Cake
The birthday girl’s mom made a coconut cake from scratch, which was completely delicious.
To top it off, I made this cute felt farm animal cake bunting. (aren’t those faces just adorable?)
Barnyard Party Favors
We were lucky enough to find these felt barnyard boxes in the Target One Spot. They were the perfect size for party favors.
Obviously Target doesn’t still have them ten years later, but these ready-made boxes, and these printable boxes are great alternatives that are just as cute.
Inside the felt barn boxes, guests each received a half egg carton filled with red velvet whoopie pies and farm animal ‘cake pops’.
What is the one part of the party setup that you loved the most, and why?
Well, I love the cake topper, but a close runner up is the felt barn backdrop on the drink buffet.
It took some time to pull together, even though it was just a 16×20 foam core board with felt shapes glued on top.
More Party Ideas You’ll Love:
- Popcorn Corn on the Cob Favor Bags – These little DIY bags of popcorn are wrapped up to look just like an ear of corn! They’re a perfect choice when you’re on a budget.
- Barnyard Donut Pops (A cake pop alternative!) – When you don’t have time to bake a cake, then roll it up into cake pops, donut holes are the perfect substitute. And with this post, you’ll get all the tips you need to make them look fantastic.
- Red Velvet Whoopie Pies with Swiss Meringue Buttercream – One word: yum.
- 25 Easy First Birthday Party Foods to Serve – Make sure you keep your littlest ones safe at their party with these foods that everyone can enjoy.
- Party games for Toddlers – You’ve invited a bunch of little ones to your home for a celebration. Now what are you going to do to keep them entertained? Here are 20 fun ideas for you all in a simple 3-step framework.
Where can I find the same supplies you used?
Many of the original vendors are no longer in business, but here are either the original vendors, or similar:
- Buffet, Drink & Favor tags (text added after purchase) – Lazy Day Cottage
- Brown Tulip Baking Cups – The Birthday House (similar)
- Paper Straws – Thinkgarnish.com (similar)
- Wood Berry Baskets – Thinkgarnish.com (similar)
- Pig & Rooster Images – The Graphics Fairy
Now It’s Your Turn
There are so many different ways to decorate for a farm birthday party. I love that this party took me out of my typical style and comfort zone and into a world of vintage-inspired rustic goodness.
Which is your favorite part of this barnyard party?
Would you like to see a tutorial or printable version of one of my DIY projects? Let me know in the comments below.
Note: This post was originally published February 16, 2011
I love the favor bags!!! Great job!!!
What a darling party! You are very creative! I love how you used the mason jars!
This was one of the best parties we've ever had thanks to you! You're an awesome planner with amazingly creative ideas. (Geez, I could gush for a long time.) Plus you're a lovely sis-in-law. Thanks for everything!
[email protected] Sort Of Fairytale says
are you kidding me!? this is amazing!! i love, love, it ALL. i am bookmarking this for my kiddo's b-day parties to come…she's 7 months now. great job, so fun!
REALLY cute! Love the red & white and all the little touches that made this party adorable!!
insanely cute! You did a great job! Love it all!
Brittany @GreyGreyDesigns says
sooooo cute! love the burlap and gingham and the mason jars. It's nice to see a kid-friendly party that's stylish too.
Such a fun party! I've been thinking of doing a barn themed party for my son's 2nd birthday. I'd love to feature this on my new blog – https://www.everyday-is-a-celebration.blogspot.com/
Please email me if your interested! [email protected]
JC's Loft says
Oh my goodenss you did such a good job! I love the rag garland and all the touches of burlap. The "orchard" is such an adorable touch. Love that cake to!
So glad I caught this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Setting the Mood says
Beautiful job! I know packing and lugging your party items hours away has its own challenges. You did an amazing job! I love the egg crates full of goodies.
I am seriously amazed. Seriously. Wowza.
Thanks everyone for all your kind words. It was a lot of fun to pull together a party that's very different from my own style. I will miss them and am glad I got to be there for a big sendoff!
~The Bargain Babe says
love love love. all of it. 🙂
Kim @ Party Frosting! says
just GENIUS! I don't know what my fav part is! Buffet tags, favor bags, individual lunches – ugh! Just beautiful! great detail!
hugs! Kim @ Party Frosting!
That looks like it was fun. My niece just celebrated her 1st birthday. We got one of those dry erase game wheels for the adults. In the end everyone had fun.
Bonnie Ferrell says
glad i stumbled upon your blog on SITS. I'm planning a double barnyard party for my kids turning 1 and 3 within weeks of each other. Totally going to use some of your ideas.
Awww… this is so lovely!
Awww… this is so lovely!