The brief: to create an farmyard themed party for a little boy who was turning three and loved animals and trucks. The request was for a vintage feel and because of the time of year, the party needed to be held indoors.
Given Jack's love of trucks, when Elise (Sweet Scarlet Designs) and I first started to chat about the printables for this party we felt strongly that we wanted to play up the working and planting aspects of a farm rather than focusing on the animals. I wanted to do a very non-traditional colour palette to give the vintage styling a lighter, airy feel and so chose a pale blue, yellow and a soft orange. Elise created a gorgeous vintage tractor graphic as the centerpiece of her design suite and the rest unfolded naturally from there.
Because it wasn't practical to have a live petting zoo indoors, I created this planting station. This was a great way for the kids to 'get their hands dirty,' and have a farm-like experience in inner city Melbourne! Their newly planted seeds also made a great addition to their take home gifts. You can read more about how to create your own party planting station in an upcoming post.
Food and Decoration
There are so many great ideas for theming food for a farm party- it was hard not to want to do them all. In the end, Miss Ladybird Cakes created these gorgeous 'fruit' cupcakes that looked like oranges and lemons straight out of the orchard!
Not to mention these gorgeous seedling cupcakes
Popcorn was packaged up in printable cartons to look like 'farm fresh milk!'
And I couldn't resist doing some lolly 'garden worms' in edible, biscuit soil. These remind me of when I was a child and would grab an empty jar and search the garden for insects and snails to catch!
I am always on the lookout for healthier options to include in the kids parties I plan, and making fruit jelly that looked like preserved jams was such a fun way to do this. You can find the recipe I use here.
These gorgeous little farm animals were made by The Iced Biscuit. Each child received one as a place setting and take home gift.
This beautiful ombre fudge was made by Once Upon a Pie.
And even though I wanted to play up the vehicular aspects of this farm, it wouldn't be a farm without a few animals, would it now?
Favours/Take home gifts
As well as their potted seedling-to-be, guests took home a milk carton that contained a couple of (edible) garden worms, a sweet farm animal biscuit and one of these cute little farm animal figurines.
One of the most common questions mums ask me when I am planning a party for them is, "what healthy food can we serve?" I've tried enough different things to know what healthy foods children are likely to eat when surrounded by cupcakes and desserts! I have a few go-to foods and the jelly you saw earlier is definitely one I include in almost every party because it is so easy to theme it in different ways. If you'd like to try it at your next party, I am making the gorgeous, printable jam jar labels I used for this party available for FREE as well as the recipe.
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