Farmyard / Barnyard Party
Come on over to our Ranch for a Birthday
Hoe-down for our ranch hand
inside list the Ranch address.
Time, and ask them to
RSVP: To the Ranch Boss Another idea: Use green cardstock (1/4 sheet) with
Text: It's (name) 2nd birthday - down on the farm! Please join us for a
birthday brunch on Date!
Us ranch hands and cowpokes will be all rounded up at (123 Main Street) at
"time" a.m. Come in your cutest farmer duds, rustle up our ponies and have your
picture taken with a (faux) cow!
Barnyard Party theme
Another idea: Cut into shape of a barn and have
the doors open to read all the party information. Would also make great Thank You cards
that open to show a picture of the child and the words "Thank Moo." Use a
Polaroid to take the pictures.
Make a sawhorse cow or horse. Cover a sawhorse
or a suitable bench with material cut to fit...legs can show. Attach posterboard cut out
of the animal head. Add tail. Use for a photo op.
Wagons with straw or raffia, use for a hay wagon
ride. Small packs of real alfalfa can be purchased from pet stores in bags used for rabbit
Decorate in the fall time with cornstalks,
pumpkins, dried corn and gourds. Make a scarecrow.
Red, forest green and
cow balloons, and the centerpiece can be a Fisher-Price barn surrounded by plastic animals
and raffia "hay" For FUN: pony rides. You could also invite someone with a
friendly pig or goat for petting (check out your local 4-H kids!). We also did Polaroid's
of the kids next to a cow cutout.
Cake and food:
Barn Cake: Bake 3 8x8 cakes and one loaf
9x5. Stack the square cakes, frosting between them. Place the loaf cake on top, shaping
roof to look like a barn. Use chocolate graham crackers for the roof. Frost with red
colored frosting. Add white piped frosting for edging on sides, doors, etc. Doors can also
be grahams. Shredded wheat for hay.
Another Cake: Baked in a 9x13 pan, frosted
white with crushed-cookie dirt, topped with a toy tractor, trailer and little animals and
For a quick cake: Use two round cakes and
stack them. Frost white and put on black cow spots. -
Serve a chicken feed mix: pretzels, corn pops,
other grain cereals, etc
Serve punch in a punch bowl packed inside a wash
tub filled with ice. Misty
Use or rent a horse troth to fill with ice and cans of soda.
Serve Fried Chicken, Corn on the Cob, Hotdogs, Hamburgers and other Country Home
Use white lunch bags, paint them with 'cow'
spots using black markers OR tie them up in a
bandana tied with jute
or place in
cowboy hats. Fill with
bandanas, plastic farm animals, other farm, barnyard items, Jolly Rancher candy, cow
balloon, and Cow Tails candy- Nancy Merrill
& Misty Mitchell.
Games and Activities:
Decorate "milk pails." Find small
metal or plastic pails and have barnyard/farm stickers for the kids to decorate them.
Egg hunt: Collect eggs (plastic Easter eggs) that
the farm chickens have laid about the yard. Use the milk pails. Stuff the eggs with yellow
pom-poms (egg yolks) place one or two per egg. The kids open them and count how many yolks
they have. One with the most is the winner.
Egg toss...toss plastic eggs into a basket(s) of
hay. Could set this up like a ball toss with each egg being tossed into the farther
basket. Give points per basket.
Hay wagon races: if you have enough wagons, team up
the kids (or kids and parents) and have a race.
Animal charades: put the name of barnyard animals
in a bowl and let the kids act them out.
Pin the tail on the cow or pig
Pig Races: Blow up large pink
balloons- attach a curly pink ribbon to one end and draw a pig face on the
balloon- use flyswatters to swat at the "pigs" to have "pig races"
Playing pin the tail on the cow
Barrel racing using stick horses
Find the prize in the hay stack
Toss the pig: Similar to a water balloon
toss but use all pink balloons and tie a curly ribbon at the end to resemble a tail.
For an extra touch add a piece of paper cut in the shape of a pigs nose.
More Ideas toddler /
These ideas were chosen
as 'centers' the guests can enjoy at their own pace. In addition
to the centers, you can have a rocking horse, swing set or other
1. Stick ponies-
large drawing of a pony head copied on appropriate colored paper. The party
guest cuts it out and attaches it to a yard stick.
2. Create a "farm" in your back yard. Make a barn out
of a large cardboard box. Paper farm animals can be stapled to the
3. The guests
gather eggs from the chicken coop. Create a chicken coop by cutting
three sides out of a box and paint it brown. Staple chicken wire to
the inside of the box. Put a layer of straw on the
inside of the box and added marshmallow chicken Peeps (only around Easter).
Using an egg carton the guest gather the eggs and put them inside their egg
carton. Cut the egg carton to accommodate only four eggs. Some
of the eggs can hold prizes and others can be empty. All of the quests
should receive two eggs with prizes.
4. The guest could sit around the pond and feed the ducks. A
toddler pool can be filled with rubber ducks. The guest feeds the
rubber ducks corn also known as yellow Styrofoam packing pieces.