Plan a barnyard bash for your little cowpokes with our Farm Party Ideas! We offer general party planning tips as well as great farm-inspired decorating, food, game, and activity suggestions that are sure to delight the birthday child and all their guests!
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What Do I Need For the Party?
In addition to basic Farm Party Supplies, like plates, cups, napkins, and decorations, you may want to consider purchasing, borrowing or renting the following items for your Farm party:
- Corn stalks
- Bales of hay for decoration and extra seating
- Costume items such as straw cowboy hats and bandanas for each guest
- Disposable Cameras
- Consider hiring a petting zoo to make an appearance at your party. Your guests will love interacting with real farm animals!
Creative invitations build excitement and can increase attendance at your child’s party. If you have time to make your own, here are some ideas to get you started:
- Seal your farm invitations with a Personalized Farm Sticker printed with a fun message or party details.
- Cut a barn from red cardstock, with double doors in the middle. Then make a small cut between the doors so they open, and attach the barn to another page. Print the party details on the page underneath, so they are revealed when the barn doors are opened. Draw white trim on the barn doors with a correction fluid pen, and add farm animal stickers to create the look of a barnyard.
- Cut the shape of a pig out of pink construction paper (make sure to include a curly pink tail!). Write the party details on the body of the pig.
- Attach a card-style invitation to a cowboy hat or personalized farm favor and hand deliver the invitations to your guests. Ask your guests to wear the hats to the party!
- Use creative wording for your invitation, such as:
Mosey down to our farm and see a display,
Of chickens and cows and horses that neigh.
Mitch’s birthday is here, it’s gonna be fun,
You’ll be humming a tune before the day’s done!
- Pressed for time but still want a personalized touch? Try our personalized Farm party invitations, which will include your child’s name and all of the party details.
Choose from our list of decorating ideas to create a farm atmosphere for your party! Try just a few, or go all out!
- Cover your tables with red-checkered tablecloths, and use small terra cotta plant pots lined with a bandana to hold the cutlery.
- For napkins, roll bandanas and tie the middle of each with a piece of twine.
- If your child has a toy red barn, use it as the table centerpiece.
- If they’re available, decorate with cornstalks or bales of hay. Use bales of hay for extra seating as well.
- Make a banner that says “Welcome to the (your last name) Barnyard” and hang it near the party entrance. See our selection of Farm Banners and let us do the work for you!
- Tie red bandanas around each guest’s neck as they arrive.
- Draw large pigs, sheep, and cows onto poster board, and attach to wooden stakes. Press the stakes into the ground, or attach them to the walls around the party space.
- Set out a little red wagon (or several if you can borrow some from friends) and fill it with hay. Ask a parent or two to pull the children around on hay rides.
- Stuff an old pair of overalls or jeans and a flannel shirt with newspaper. Tie off the ends of the legs and shirt sleeves with twine or rope. Set a hat down over the collar to make a scarecrow. You can stand him in the front yard by placing a shovel firmly in the ground and running the handle through the back of the pants and shirt.
- Make a barn from a large cardboard box by painting it red and putting stuffed animals inside. If you have stick ponies or a rocking horse, set them outside the barn. This may become a popular play area during the party, especially for the younger guests.
- Create a Pig Pen using pink balloons. Draw faces for the pigs using a black marker, and attach pink curly ribbon for the tails. Place the balloon pigs inside a playpen and let your guests play freely with them during the party.
- Hire a small petting zoo or pony ride to come to the party. Or create your own petting zoo by asking friends and neighbors to bring their pets to the party. If you prefer not to deal with live animals, you can create a pretend petting zoo using a variety of stuffed animals.
- Ask an older child or adult to dress as a farmer and make balloon animals for the children. Use our easy Balloon Animal Kit which includes an instruction book, balloons, and balloon inflator.
- Make individual animal headbands for your guests using wide construction paper strips. Decorate the strips to resemble difference animals. For instance, you could cut out and attach a red “comb” to create a rooster, attach brown faux fur or frayed brown construction paper to create a horse or donkey, and white ears with black magic-marker spots for a cow. Be creative!
When it comes to food, partygoers are usually perfectly content to eat pizza or hotdogs, which is certainly much easier on the hosts! However, if you have the time and would like to serve some farm-themed treats, consider these ideas:
- Serve the party food in wicker baskets and clean metal buckets.
- Barbeque style food is a good fit with this party theme. Try hamburgers, chicken drumsticks, and hot dogs. Or, plan a picnic lunch and serve the food on metal pie plates. Include sandwiches, watermelon slices, potato salad, and chips.
- Turn hotdogs into Pigs in a Blanket. Simply bake hotdogs in crescent roll dough (found in tubes in the refrigerator section of your local grocery store).
- Serve thin french fries and call them “Straw”.
- Turn your vegetable platter into a Vegetable Patch by arranging the cut vegetables in little rows. Add a small metal pail of dip in the corner.
- Prepare chocolate pudding in clear plastic cups, and place a toy pig on top. Call it Pigs Stuck in the Mud, and sprinkle crushed chocolate cookies around the pig as dirt.
- Create a lollipop flower garden using sheets of colored foam from the craft store, and wrapped lollipops. Cut flower shapes out of the foam and poke a hole through the middle. Slide the foam flower onto the lollipop stick to create a flower, and add a green leaf, if desired. Push all the lollipops into the ground and label the area (your child’s name)’s Flower Patch. Let the children pick and eat the flowers.
- Make animal cookies using animal-shaped cookie cutters and our Sugar Cookies recipe, or use ready-made cookie dough from the grocery store.
Farm Party Cake Idea
Create a Barnyard Birthday Cake that will delight your child! Use our directions below as your guide.
- Bake or purchase a 9″ x 13″ cake and a loaf shaped cake, in any flavor.
- Cut a barn shape out of the 9″ x 13″ cake and place on a cake plate with the loaf cake next to it as the silo.
- Trim the top end of the silo into a curve.
- Cover both cakes in red frosting, with white trim on the barn and silo.
- Decorate the barn using rectangle crackers for the doors, yellow coconut as hay, and a square wheat cracker as the door in the hayloft.
- Place some crispy rice cereal squares next to the barn as hay bales, along with plastic farm animals to complete the scene!
Party Favor Ideas
Thank your guests with a barnful of party favors! To find a large variety of farm party favors, visit our Farm Animals party page and click the “Party Favors” tab or the “More Fun Stuff” tab. Some of the favors we have include:
- Cowboy hats
- Sticker activity books and games
- Farm animal squirts
- Fun shaped candy and lollipops
- Farm lunch boxes
- Shaped rubber bands
- Animal shaped straws
Also check out our complete favor sets and personalized products such as zipper pulls, placemats, and stickers.
Party Planning Toolbox
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- Birthday Party Decorating Ideas: This guide will tell you how to decorate for your party theme, what to do with balloons and streamers, how to decorate with food, how to set the table, and how to make your own party decorations.
- Parties Under $100: Use this guide to celebrate in style without breaking the bank!
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Games and Activities
Use this template to make a cake that looks like a pig.
Turn your guests into little piggies with this fun party craft.
In this farm version of “Simon Says,” everyone has to follow Old MacDonald’s instructions.
Get ready to win with the cutest game of bingo you’ve ever seen!
All your guests will love this farm version of the traditional game.
Your guests will love decorating our printable Farm coloring page.
Send your little farmers out to round up the farm animals hidden in the hay.
Put your dancing shoes on and take a twirl through the barn!
Last one to complete this egg-toting relay race is a “rotten egg”.
Which child will be the first to herd his balloon cow into the corral?
Which little piggy can make the funniest snort? Find out with a Snorting Contest!