Has your child requested a farm-themed birthday party? Are you dreaming of all things cowboy or cowgirl for your baby’s 1st birthday? Planning a farm-themed birthday party doesn’t have to be stressful, especially when you implement these 30 great ideas!
1. Send Out Cute Farm-Themed Invitations
Every great birthday party begins with an invitation! Head over to Minted to pick out and personalize your favorite farm-themed party invite. We love this “Big Red Barn” invite, as well as this “Barnyard Crew” invitation that’s perfect for a younger child. Don’t forget to send your invites 3-4 weeks before your party, so all of your guests have time to plan and RSVP.
2. Decorate with Farm Animal Balloons
Welcome your guests to your party venue with farm animal balloons! Wholesale Party Supply sells this jumbo balloon bouquet, while Amazon offers this adorable set. If you want to get creative, you can even make your own balloon animals!
3. Decorate with Pony Tracks
Etsy vendor Peach State Creative sells packs of these pony horseshoe tracks that are perfect for decorating your party venue. Place the pony tracks so they are leading from your parking area to where the party is, or have them lead the way to the restroom or food table.
4. Serve Water in These Farm Tractor Cups
Etsy vendor A Dose of Whimsy sells these adorable tractor cups complete with straws. The cups are just perfect for keeping your party guests well hydrated throughout the festivities.
5. Or Stick With Themed Bottled Water
Even bottled waters can fit the farm theme of your party! After purchasing your desired bottled waters, wrap each bottle with these customizable bottle labels. Set one bottle at each place setting, or put them into a basket or cooler for guests to grab.
6. Set the Table with Party Hats
Set the main table with farm-themed tableware, then place a party hat on each plate for guests to put on as they arrive. We love this set from Oriental Trading!
7. Invite Party Guests to Wear Farm Animal Hats
Put a twist on the traditional birthday hat by offering these animal headbands instead. Oriental Trading offers these six packs of hats. Each pack includes a dog, owl, goat, horse, and lamb.
8. Set Up a Puppy Adoption Station!
Every farmer needs a good farm dog! A fun activity at any farm-themed party is a puppy adoption station. Party guests can choose their puppy and fill out their own adoption certificate.
9. Serve Lunch or Snacks on Farm-Themed Plates
Have fun picking out plates, cups, and napkins for your guests to enjoy their lunch or snacks. Options for cute farm-themed tableware are practically endless. We love the selection at Oriental Trading, but you can also use solid color plates to put together a farm-themed color palette. For example, stick with black-and-white tableware to remind your guests of cows. A red-and-white set up will look like a traditional red barn.
10. Display Take-Away Snacks in Farm-Themed Containers
Offer easy takeaway snacks like granola bars, apples, or candy in containers like those you would find around a farm. These hand-painted Mason jars are perfect for longer things like licorice (or even straws and utensils), while these berry baskets from Etsy can hold easy-to-grab snacks.
11. Serve hamburgers and hot dogs for lunch!
Hot dogs and hamburgers are always a hit for kids, and they’re never more appropriate than at a farm-themed birthday party.
12. And Don’t Forget the Fruit!
Since fruit goes on farms, be sure to offer your guests a wide selection of delicious fruit. Put together a fruit platter, or separate each fruit into its own container like the back of a plastic tractor. You can even carve a watermelon to resemble a farm animal like a pig, then use the carved-out watermelon body to hold the fruit.
13. Have a petting zoo!
No farm-themed birthday party is complete without some farm animals! Google “mobile petting zoos” to find local businesses who specialize in bringing animals like rabbits, chickens, ducks, goats, and miniature horses to children’s birthday parties.
14. Invite a Pony or Two!
The same company offering petting zoos may also offer pony rides. Ponies are always a big hit, especially for older children. Be sure to communicate to the pony ride company about what type of space at which your party is being held: will there be room to lead the pony rides? Are there stairs the ponies will need to walk up and down? If your child has any favorite colors, be sure to communicate those details as well.
15. Play “Pin the Tail on the Cow!”
…Or “Pin the Tail on the Pony,” or “Pin the Wheel on the Tractor.” Etsy is full of great twists on the classic “Pin the Tail” game, and many can be customized to feature your child’s name.
16. Play Bingo!
Kids love BINGO, and these digital downloads from Song in My Heart are just perfect to keep your little party guests occupied.
17. Have a Photo Station
Have a designated photo spot to capture all of your guests, and the fun they’re having at your farm-themed birthday party. Your photo spot can be anything from a simple backdrop with these fun farm animals on a stick, or a couple of hay bales with a saddle on top.
18. Get Creative With Farm-Themed Cupcakes
Get creative with this favorite kid dessert by decorating each cupcake with the face of a traditional farm animal. Want something a little easier? How about these cute toppers from Pretty Little Creations?
19. Top the Cake with a Farm-Themed Cake Topper
Choose the perfect farm-themed cake topper for the big birthday cake, or for the birthday child’s personal cake. Etsy is chock full of cute, creative options offered my multiple vendors.
20. Dress the Birthday Boy or Girl in a Personalized T-Shirt
Every birthday child needs a special outfit to wear on their big day. Etsy is full of fun customizable options like this one by Blu Magnolia Co.
21. Decorate With Banners
Banners make great decor additions to any party venue. For a first birthday party, drape a special banner over the high chair like this one. A personalized name banner like this one or this one is another great option, as is this garland from Oriental Trading.
22. Play With a Cow Pinata
Party goers love pinatas, especially when they’re shaped like cute cows like this one from Oriental Trading. Fill the pinata with candy or small gifts like pencils, erasers, stickers, or temporary tattoos.
23. Have an Interactive Tablecloth
We love this farm-themed coloring page table runner from Melinda Bryant Party. Drape it across the table and set a small pack of crayons at each child’s place setting, then invite them to help decorate the table!
24. Have a Painting Station
Younger guests will love a painting activity like the ones offered by Etsy vendor Preschooler PLAY Plus. Each child receives a small packet including a paint crush, a small tray of paints, and a wooden cow or tractor to paint as they wish.
25. Decorate With Centerpieces That Will Make Anyone Smile
For easy centerpieces at your main table, gift table, and food table, purchase a few inexpensive farm animal figurines and place them on the tables in groups of three. Add a fun touch by making little party hats for the animals using construction paper and mini craft poms.
26. Confetti Makes Another Great Table Decoration
Sprinkle a little of this farm animal confetti from Good and Plenty Crafts to brighten up any table or surface area.
27. Put Together Farm-Themed Party Favors
Before your guests leave the party, have them choose a party favor bag filled with fun, farm-themed treats from places like Party City, Target, WalMart, Etsy, or Oriental Trading. Some of our favorite ideas for farm-themed party favor bags include: animal crackers, horse-shaped lollipops, farm animal crayons, and this “pet pony!”
28. Pack Party Favors in Farm-Themed Packages
Whatever you choose to include in your party favors, pack it all up in a cute farm-themed package. We love these farm animal sacks from Hello Charleys, as well as these barnyard boxes from Our Sweet Party Shoppe.
29. Attach Farm-Themed Tags to Your Party Favors
Farm-themed tags make for the perfect final touch to your party favor bags. Favor tags from Minted can be personalized and designed to match your original party invitation, and adds a nice, custom touch to your child’s gift to their friends.
30. Send Farm-Themed Thank You Notes
Finally, don’t forget to have your child send thank you notes to their guests. Thanks to Minted, your party invitation, party favor tags, and thank you notes can all match your farm party theme.