If you’re throwing a kids barnyard birthday party and need ideas, look no further! We’re sharing all of the details from my son’s Charming Barnyard Birthday Party that was a total hit!
I couldn’t wait to celebrate Monroe’s second birthday with a barnyard themed party! I asked you all via Instagram what party you would like to see and the barnyard birthday party was the winner! I started pulling together a mood board for the party with brighter and modern in mind. I didn’t want a traditional black and red party so I chose lighter blues, turquoise, light peach and brown. I adore how it turned out!
The desserts were my favorite part of the party! I hired my friend Michael from Super Baked Goods to make barnyard cookies, cake pops and a cow cake! I gave her all of my inspiration and the colors and told her I wanted lighter colors and browns and she made the most beautiful desserts!!!
I still can’t get over how adorable the cookies are! The kids loved them so much and I loved how much charm they added to the dessert table!
The cake pop stand was perfect! You can buy them here.
Instead of cake stands to display the desserts I bought these wooden crates from Michaels Arts and Crafts. You can buy them at most craft stores and they are inexpensive. They have all different sizes and I stacked a few to make them taller and give the table height.
I also love celebrating birthdays with sparkles! They’re fun and really get the celebration started! I buy them from Tops Malibu.
Adding a little classic charm with COW Tales vanilla, chewy candy!
Of course, we had to have some cow bells at the party!! I bought them from Amazon and they’re great quality! They were loud, but fun and the kids got to take them home if they wanted. Not sure the parents loved that idea!
Erin from White Fig Designs did the flowers for me. I do splurge on flowers, but if you want to keep it cheaper and make your own you can! We used inexpensive galvanized buckets and she made pretty wild flower arrangements. Erin shares some tips for creating your own flower arrangements here.
For the food I ordered dishes from Heirloom LA and we also made baked macaroni, hot dogs and a giant fall salad. For the adults I served red and white wine and hard cider and also made an apple cider punch. The kids got apple juice and water.
Almost every party I host I use Harlow & Grey. They are truly my favorite disposable line of party plates, cups, napkins and wooden utensils. I ADORE all of their collections and love how it adds class to a party as well as easy clean up! You can see their entire collection here. It’s actually where I got the color scheme for the party, from these plates!
I kept the activities pretty simple as our yard already has a trampoline and a fort with swings. I did set up an area for an outdoor movie and we played Pig in the City on the side of the house. You can see more about our outdoor movies here and what projector we use.
My main goal when putting this party together was to keep it affordable and achievable for anyone to replicate or get ideas from. To hire real barnyard animals for the party wasn’t in the budget and to be honest I felt a little extravagant for a two year old, so I went with the next best option…
We used barnyard balloon animals! These were a hit! The children absolutely loved them, ran all over the yard, made them fly and enjoyed playing with them all evening. I think it was the better option as it was endless play. The picture above is Monroe feeding his horse hay!
I bought the barnyard animal balloons on Etsy and Amazon and I also purchased a helium tank to blow them up at home. A little tip – make sure you have a few extra on hand incase any of them pop. It happened only once for us, but I was happy I could provide another mini pig.
We ordered some hay bails and made a little pen for the balloons so they would stay in one place before everyone got to the party.
For instant party decor we lined our market lights with lanterns. They looked so charming we still have them up!! They’re all from the Paper Lantern Store and I purchased the 12″ round ones.
These ciders were too cute and went with the theme, so I bought them for the adults!
The party was fun and went later into the night. We had a campfire with s’mores and enjoyed everyones company!