Saturday, November 5, 2011

It’s an Old McDonald Farm Birthday Party!

Blair loves Old McDonald, so this year we had an EIEIO birthday party. We turned our yard into a great setting for a barnyard party and had a blast.

Brad worked so hard on my yard; it looked great! And we had rain for the first time in many months, so my grass was actually green!

My friend gave me the idea on how to use the hay bales to make kid-sized tables. They were perfect. The table cloths are pieces of fabric I borrowed from a friend.

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I had every intention of making the invitations and table decorations like I did last year for Blair’s owl party, but I ran out of time. I still used the crate baskets I used last year, and I ordered the table decorations and birthday banner from 62Cards on Etsy. She was fabulous to work with, and the pieces were precious! She also has a website.

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Brad’s mom did the barn and animals for a photo op. Aren’t they cute?!

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On each table I had foam farm animal magnet kits I got from Amazon. Once everyone settled down towards the end of the party, they loved playing with these – even the adults got into making them! I got the glue tape in the craft section at Walmart which worked perfectly for these.

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My sweet sister Molly was the real Old McDonald. She brought her steer Opie, one of her horses Sobe, her donkey Jenny, and some baby goats she borrowed. Her animals with my chickens made up quite the petting zoo!

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I set up a feeding table with sweet feed, apple treats, carrots, and chicken scratch. I got the pails at Home Depot in the paint section. There were little cups there for the kids to put food in. They loved it.

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We had farm themed snacks with the birthday cake. Pigs in a blanket, haystacks, Blair’s garden, horse treats, and “chicken scratch” made up the menu. For the garden I took the easy way out and bought precut vegetables. I also used precut apples for the “horse treats” with Paula Deen’s brickle dip recipe. The chicken scratch was chex mix mixed with candy corn. For parties during other seasons when candy corn isn’t available, M&Ms would work too.

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My mom made the awesome cake. I wanted it to be different and to be Blair. She loves chickens and roosters, (Old McDonald usually has multiple roosters on his farm in her version.) so I decided to do a rooster on the top. She wanted baby chickens on there and our dogs, so they’re there too. It was perfect and precious – as always.

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My sister Linsey made cookies again this year. We ate them during the party and sent them as favors.

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I also got farm themed books as favors for the kids. Click Clack Moo: Cows that Type, Giggle Giggle Quack, and the Little Blue Truck were the three books I ordered -- all from the 4 for 3 store. I figured I would spend just as much at the dollar store for junk as I would these books. Since Blair had never been to a birthday party and this was her first time inviting kids to her party, I wanted to do something special.

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And special it was. Everyone had a great time – especially my sweet birthday girl!

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Amy said...

WOW!! this is amazing. love all the details. it's funny, because i found your blog last year from blair's owl party. and now this one is added to my list of favorites, too! :) and my word, how talented is your mom with those cakes?! that cake is PRECIOUS! blair looks adorable and i love the last picture of her with the cake - sweet, sweet girl. i'm sure i'll be seeing some of these images on pinterest before too long :)

Unknown said...

You are so talented Ash! This is so creative and adorable. What a perfect birthday party!

Lauren said...

WOW! What an awesome birthday party! Good work Ashlee!

The Lucy Family said...

Adorable party!!! Looks like such a good time and all your special touches made it so so cute! Happy Birthday, Blair!

mountain mama said...

it looks awesome! everyone did a great job!! {i can't believe she just had another birthday!}

Lynn @whispersfromwildwood said...

You are so talented! And your mom and sister make cakes and cookies too cute to even eat!

Very inspiring...makes me want to have another baby just so I can decorate for birthday parties - lol!

Candi James said...

Loved this! What a fun theme and so appropriate from a "Farming Family"...very original too. So many memories to keep! Blair was adorable as always.....and I finally got to meet that sweetie yesterday! Yay Me!

Unknown said...

cool party Ash!