Move On Over to A Farm Costume Party

All you need is a few hay bales, bandannas and burlap bags. Let your guests know about the party well in advance so they have plenty of time to come up with cute costume ideas.

Costumes

Let the kids decide how they want to dress for the farm party and you're likely to see a variety of cute animals and farmers. Cowboys and cowgirls are also likely to be in the mix. Grab a few hats and bandannas to have on hand in case the kids change their minds on their costumes or just want some dress up fun. Costume ideas include horse, chicken, pig, goat and farmer. Most of these costumes are easy to make using plain-colored sweat suits and simple accessories like plastic noses and headbands with ears attached. Encourage kids to think outside the box and you may end up with some flower, fruit or vegetable costumes.

Invitations and Decorations

One of the most fun parts of preparing for a farm party is the decorations. Use coordinating farm theme invitations and place mats to add flair to your party. You can keep the decorations simple by having the kids sit on hay bales and using burlap for the tablecloths. Setting up a picnic on the ground with a big checkered tablecloth is another option. This is especially helpful if the kids attending the party are old enough to hold their plates on their laps.

If you're feeling creative, try making your own barn decorations for the walls using large pieces of construction paper. You can also make animals with construction paper to decorate your barn. Place pumpkins and other gourds around the room to add to the decor. Getting your kids involved with the decorating is a great way to get them excited about the party. 

Farm Food

Making food for the party the day before is a huge time-saver. It also helps you to relax during the party because you don't have to rush to make sure that everything is ready at the right time. A vegetable tray with hummus is a fun party snack. You can also make granola or cereal mix and label it "chicken feed". Pigs-in-a-blanket is another make-ahead snack that is easy to make and serve. It's best to avoid any foods that need to be eaten with a fork or spoon, especially if you have little animals in your barnyard that want to eat like real animals. Milk is a great drink option for a farm party, as is fresh apple cider.

Cupcakes

No birthday party for a kid is complete without some form of cake. Cupcakes are much easier to eat than regular cake, plus you can let the kids decorate their own cupcakes for a fun activity. It's best to have a variety of cupcake toppers available so the kids have plenty of options. Start by giving each child a cupcake that is frosted with plain white or brown frosting. Then allow them to decorate their own tasty treat using green-dyed coconut (grass) and decorative picks in a variety of designs. These picks may include farm animals, tractors, barns and vegetables. 

Bringing the farm to your home doesn't have to be complicated. Just have fun and make sure to get as many of the party preparations done the day before as you can. Remember to take plenty of pictures at the party to remind you of how much fun you had at the farm.

 

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