Farm parties are a great them for many different ages, and in particular pre-schoolers.
Here are some ideas for a fabulous farm party!
Cut out cardstock into barn, pig, cow or sheep shapes and write the invitation details on the back
Take a picture of the birthday child dressed up as a farmer for the invitation
Include farm shaped confetti in the envelope
Tableware and Food ideas:
A cow tablecloth a fantastic scene setter
Use a hay bale to elevate some platters, and give the party table a farm feel
Use empty egg cartons to serve food - Try sweets, chocolate eggs or crackers in there.
Wrap Cutlery with Raffia ribbon
*BBQ corn on the cob
*Vegetable and fruit patch - Arrange some vegetables - baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, brocoli, etc on a platter like rows in a vegetable garden
*Farm animal shaped cookies - Try Cow, pig, rooster or sheep - You could use these cutters to make sandwiches too.
*Haystacks - Use shoestring fries to make a 'haystack' on a plate
Cake Ideas - Try making a barn (I recently used a gingerbread mould and it worked very well), and decorating with mini animals. There are also some great shaped cake tins to make a cow or pig cake.
Have some animal music playing in the background. Some song ideas are:
Old McDonald has a farm, Three blind mice, Baa baa black sheep, Farmer in the Dell, Mary had a little lamb, Turkey in the straw, Little bo peep, five little ducks, BINGO
Hay bales, wagon wheels and gingham fabric
Hang some barn shutters in the party room, or on a fence outside
If you are feeling very creative, why not make a scarecrow out of some old clothes and hay - This would look very effective as a prop
Make a barn from cardboard boxes, or paint a cardboard playhouse red with white shutters.
If the budget allows, hire a petting zoo to visit the party - The kids will love the animals and it will entertain them for ages.
Games and Crafts
Pin the tail on the Donkey
Herd the Sheep: Blow up some white balloons and have them in one area - The kids need to move the sheep to a sheep 'pen' without using their hands. The farmer who gets the sheep there first wins!
Have a cow pinata
Play Duck Duck Goose
Fill the Barn (barn toss). The kids need to throw bean bags animals into the barn - Whoever gets the most animals into the barn wins this game
Old MacDonald have farm: Sing the song and ask each child to come up with an animal when its their turn.
Animal Hunt - Hide some mini animals in some Hay and ask the children to find the animals. They could either keep them as party favours, or swap them for a prize at the end of the party
Hot 'animal' - Like hot potato but with a bean bag animal - Try a ducky bean bag
Gather the eggs - Hide chocolate or plastic eggs around the yard or room and ask the kids to collect them in egg cartons, or baskets. If you wanted to take a game a bit further, the kids could 'sell' them to the supermarket and get a prize in return
Fishing in the pond game - Weighted ducks are perfect for duck games. Attach magnets to the tops of the ducks and attach magnets to a fishing rod and get the kids to fish for the ducks. Write numbers on the bottom of the ducks. Once all ducks have been 'fished' draw a number out of a hat, and the child with that number wins the prize
If you have a red toy wagon, have 'hay' rides for the kids around the backyard.
Pre-cut animal masks for the kids to decorate.
Milk the cow - Paint a cow on cardboard, or use a large cow balloon, and attach some water filled latex gloves, with holes in the tips of the fingers - The children can 'milk' the cow into a bucket.
Party Favour ideas:
Check out the party favours for sale on this site for inspiration!
Fill some coloured pails with sweets or a small toy
Decorate some animal shaped cookies and put some in cellophane bags with ribbon.
Wrap your favours in a red bandanna and place in a tree - Attach a green cardstock leaf with a thank you message. Ask your guests to pick an apple when they leave for a party bag with a difference!
Fill mini milk cartons with some sweets
If you have downloaded farm songs for the party, burn them onto disks and give away to your guests to listen to at home. Purchase a personalised CD label for your guests to have a lovely party keepsake.
Collect small egg cartons and fill these with treats. Purchase some personalised stickers with a thank you message for your guests.
Hand out red bandannas when the guests arrive for them to wear at the party, and take home.
Have fun at your farm party! I hope you have found some inspiration from these ideas. If you have any other farm party ideas that you don't mind sharing, please contact me! I'd love to include them.