This is a
perfect party theme to invite Chamberlin Pony Rides to bring a petting zoo and
possibly pony rides for the children to your backyard. Small children will love to pet the animals,
enjoy a hay ride, and run around together.
FARM PARTY INVITATIONS
Make Cute Invitations
Invite friends and
family to your party with this easy-to-make invitation.
How to Make It:
- Start with rectangles of red card stock. Use a straightedge and
crafts knife to cut rectangles of brown crafts paper about 1/4 inch smaller
all around than the red card stock rectangles.
- Glue a die-cut cow and the letters F A R M -- all purchased at a
scrapbooking store -- to each brown paper rectangle.
- Hand-print the party information on the brown paper rectangles,
and attach them to the red card stock with a glue stick.
- Use thematic language: “Y’all come round to the back gate. Fun
to be had, animals to feed, human chow too. For your RSVP, Neighs Only! Don’t
forget to wear your farmer duds, as there may be some mud!
- Put a few straws of hay inside the invitations.”
OTHER INVITATION IDEAS
Animal Cracker Boxes- On large labels print out party
information. Then stick them on the animal cracker boxes.
Barn Cards - Note cards or
invitations with a barn picture - embellish by gluing small bits of raffia
(hay) on the front.
Bandana Style - Send invitations wrapped up in blue or red bandanas and ask
guests to wear them to the party.
We recommend Shindigz for great farm theme party prices and ideas.
* Click on the picture to the left and you may visit them.
- When it comes to the
color scheme, think outdoors, such as green for grass, yellow for hay and
sunshine, and red and brown for barns and fences.
- White vases or milk
bottles filled with large yellow sunflowers - tie a red or blue bandana around
the vase for a bow.
One of our favorite Shindigz items is the Farm Photo Prop for just $6.99
- A fun idea for white
balloons is to draw cow shaped black spots onto white balloons.
- Use red and blue bandanas for placemats.
Shindigz also stocks Farm animal masks for just $4.99 for 12
- Set out a little red
wagon (or several if you can borrow some from friends) and fill it with straw.
Ask a parent or two to pull children around on "hay rides."
- Make pretend fences
using cardboard "planks," scissors, a marker (to draw on knots and
nails), and packing tape.
- Red table cloths with
bunches of yellow and white helium balloons.
Another cute Shindigz item is the Personalized Farm Yard sign for just $9.99
- Ask Chamberlin Pony
Rides to bring bales of straw. We'll even bring a steer head and ropes and teach them to rope a steer (free)
- 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
- Ask your guests to dress
in jeans or overalls, plaid shirts, and other farm gear. Tie red bandanas
around their necks as they arrive.
- Set up a pretend milking
station using a saw horse, a rubber surgeon's glove, string, a low stool,
water, and a bucket. Fill the glove with water and tie off the top. Hang it
underneath the saw horse using the string. Place the bucket beneath the saw
horse and the stool alongside it. Use a pin to prick the tip of each
"udder" and let the children practice squirting water into the bucket
while sitting on the stool.
Cardboard Barn Decoration
Make a barn out of a
large cardboard box that you can ask for at a local appliance store. Paint the
box with red paint .
The barn needs 3 refrigerator boxes and is pretty simple to make.
Cut 2 boxes (the lines don't shave to be perfect). Then made corner brackets (from a smaller box) and put the boxes together with the box rivets.
Paint the barn with house paint. You may use paint pads.
Then cut out the door and windows. Use white duck tape to add the trim around the door and windows.
Lay out the 3rd box across the top as the roof.
- Look for an independent appliance store for the boxes. If they do their own deliveries, they will probably have several boxes every night.
- Get 3 boxes that are all the same size.
- Duck tape is wonderful for adding straight line details.
- Make large farm animals out of poster board and attach to wooden sticks to place in your yard or set up against your fence.
- Create a chicken coop by cutting three sides out of a medium box and painting it brown. Staple chicken wire to the inside of the box and place a layer of hay on the inside of the box.
If you don't have time or patience to make your own barn. You may go online to Shindigz and order one already made.
FARM ANIMAL PARTY HATS
Let kids make their own
party favors with this easy craft.
How to Make It:
- Unroll a standard
cone-shape party hat
- Cut a piece of crafts
foam to fit the hat shape.
- Use a glue stick to
adhere the foam and reassemble the hat.
- Cut shapes from the
crafts foam to make the hats resemble farm animals.
- Attach the shapes using
a glue gun.
- Embellish with small
pom-poms, cotton balls, and tissue paper.
FARM THEMED BIRTHDAY PARTY GAMES
Pony Rides and / or Petting Zoo - Call Chamberlin Pony Rides & Mobile Petting Zoo 745-468-6582. We will make your farm theme party "come alive"
Farm Hayride - Use a wagon that is pulled by your
lawn tractor or make a smaller version with a wheelbarrow or wagon. Fill with
fresh hay kids can have rides two or three at a time.
Use a wagon that is pulled by tractor or horse or make your own
hayride from a large wagon or wheelbarrow filled with hay and give the guests
rides one or two at a time.
Create a unique ring toss by setting bottles of colorful soda on an overturned
galvanized bucket. No need for prizes -- kids get to keep and drink what their
ring lands on.
Farmer Dress Up
This is a fun relay race. Children race
against another team to see who can dress like a farmer first.
party gather these items - two of each:
2 large size overalls2 work or cowboy
2 cowboy hat
2 work gloves.
At the Party:
Divide the children into
Give the first player on
each team a spoon and a raw egg.
At the start of the
game, the two children at the front of each line walk or run to the goal line,
turn around, and walk or run back to their teams—all while carrying the egg on
their spoon. They then hand their eggs off to the next two players in line.
If a child drops an egg,
he or she must stop and pick it up. If the egg breaks when it falls, the child
must wait to be handed a new egg.
The first team to
successfully complete the relay is the winner.
Egg Toss Game
Note: Older children may
enjoy a good, old-fashioned egg toss, but this game is not as suitable for
What You'll Need: - An Egg for Every Pair of
At the Party:
- Divide the children into teams of two. Have
the teammates stand across from each other, forming two lines with a space of
two or three feet in between. Hand an egg to all of the players along one of
- At the start of the game, the players holding
the eggs toss them gently to their teammates. The teammates on the receiving
side must catch the eggs, take one step backwards, then toss the eggs back to
- Play continues with the teammates stepping further and further
away from each other with every toss. As this space widens, some of the teams
will drop their eggs; if their eggs break, they are immediately out of the
As in classic tag, everyone runs around avoiding "It." When a player is tagged, "It" assigns them an animal. For example, "You’re a monkey," or a camel or an elephant or a parrot. The tagged person must stand where he is and act like that animal until another player tags (frees) him or the game ends. The game is over when everyone has been tagged.
Rope a Steer
Chamberlin will bring a straw bale, plastic steer head and ropes and teach your little buckaroos to "rope a steer". FREE
Pinata in the shape of a farm animal
You will need:
- place from where to hang the pinata (such as a tree branch, a basketball hoop, two adults holding ends of a rope with a pinata hanging in middle, etc
- Pinata candy and or toy stuffers (can include large confetti)
- Pinata buster stick
Prepare your pinata
- Fill the pinata with the goodies before guests arrive at the party, so that they won't know what surprises are inside. This gives the kids an element of surprise for the game ahead.
- Before the party game begins, you may use the pinata as a festive centerpiece. When you’re ready to begin playing, take the pinata and hang it from the designated place in the party game area.
- Organize the kids in a line, starting with the smallest one all the way to the tallest one. If the boy or girl is very young, they won't require a blindfold. Traditionally, children over 3 years old are blindfolded, then spun around a few times, provided with the pinata buster stick and let loose to play the party game by hitting the pinata.
- For safety's sake, while a child is hitting the pinata during the game, all other children must be kept away (a minimum 15' radius is recommended) from the hitter. Furthermore, the child should have completely ceased to hit the pinata before you allow the other children to go grab the goodies spilled on floor. This safety instruction is of utmost importance and cannot be emphasized enough.
- Allow each child to hit the pinata at least a couple of times before you move on to the next child.
- To make the pinata party game even more fun, the pinata must be swung up and down, and guests must be encouraged to misdirect the pinata hitter (if the pinata is down, tell the hitter the pinata is up, etc).
- You may also want to throw candy with your hands while the pinata is being hit. To make sure that all kids have fun, make sure that all children have gotten some candy at the end of the game.
Have each party guest
take a turn being a particular animal. Other kids must guess the sound as soon
as they hear and know it. Give everyone multiple chances to make the sounds.
Fill a small plastic pool with water and small rubber duckies.
Write numbers on the bottoms of the ducks and when the kids pick out their
ducks, provide a prize that corresponds to the number.
FARM CRAFT IDEAS
Make Mop Ponies
Fun craft for children that they can take home as a party favor. You will need new string mops from the dollar store, a package of men's tube socks, yarn in black, brown and tan, felt and buttons, rope or twine.
Instructions: You can make fabric strip bridles and large wiggly eyes, but you can get creative and customize your mop pony in countless ways.
- Mop - Look for the green handled mops at local dollar stores. They are inexpensive and make the best ponies.
- 4 strong rubber bands
- fabric strips, or yarn for bridle and reins
- Wiggle eyes
- Hot glue gun
- Gather up mop strings in your hand.
- The first 1/3 of the mop head will be folded under and rubber banded close to the stick (throat area of the of the horse) to make the length of the head.
- A second rubber band will be wrapped around the nose.To make ears, pull up three mop strings for each ear, braid or twist, fold over, and rubber band close to the head.Use yarn, twine, or fabric strips to create a bridle.
- An adult can hot glue this in place.
- Hot glue wiggle eyes into place.
Name your pony
Now that you have your mop pony, what will you name it?A good name for a good horse is very important. You want to make sure it’s something the other mop ponies in the corral won’t make fun of and a name that you’ll be excited to hear announced after you win your first mock race.
FARM THEMED PARTY FOOD
Pigs in a Blanket - Take hot dogs to the farm by turning them into
Pigs in a Blanket. Simply bake hotdogs in crescent roll dough (found in tubes
in the refrigerator section of your local grocery store).
Straw- Serve piles of thinly-cut French fries, and call them
Brown Cows - Serve chocolate milk, and call them "Brown Cows." You
can give your cows "spots" by throwing a few mini-marshmallows into
Mud Puddles - Brownies cut into circles and topped with hot fudge
"mud." If you want to go all out, add a marzipan cow or pig (found at
specialty and gourmet stores) to each.
"Pig-Out Contest." - Children
must hold their hands behind their backs and eat cubes of Jell-O piggy-style
from "troughs" (i.e. small bowls). This activity might require
putting on paper napkin bibs!
Sandwiches Make them shaped as animals (you can be creative with what you put in the sandwiches; try ham and Swiss cheese with a bit of mustard, peanut butter and banana slices; wrap and refrigerate the sandwiches - before you serve, remove from the fridge, trim off the crusts and cut out shapes with cookie cutters).
Makes: 14 servings
Serving size: 4 ounce
Prep 10 mins
gallon vanilla ice cream
- 2 cups strawberry-flavored, vanilla-flavored,
or chocolate-flavored milk
- Place the ice cream and
milk, half at a time, in a blender
- Cover and blend on high
speed until smooth, stopping to stir down several times with a rubber spatula,
- Repeat with remaining
ice cream and milk.
Makes 14 (4-ounce)
Serving size: 5 cups
· * Prep 12 mins
· * Bake 325°F 20 mins to 25 mins
- Preheat oven to 325
- Place jelly, sugar, butter or margarine, and cinnamon in a medium
saucepan. Cook and stir over low heat until butter is melted and sugar
- Stir in the oats, peanuts or almonds, sunflower seeds, and coconut
- Pour the mixture into
an ungreased baking pan.
- Spread the mixture in an even layer.
- Bake for 20 to 25
minutes or until lightly browned, stirring once or twice.
- Transfer mixture to a
large piece of foil to cool.
- Store in a covered container in a cool, dry place
up to 2 weeks.
- Just before serving, stir in candy-coated peanuts. Makes 5 cups.
MORE GREAT SNACK IDEAS
- Gummy worms
- Animal crackers
- Animal fruit snacks
- Any kind of animal-shaped foods
- Chick feed - Chex-Mex and Candy corn. Put in low places for the youngin's to reach (put signs on them saying "chicken feed").
- Pig muck - (chocolate pudding)
- Bugs - (chocolate-covered raisins)
- Candy Apples
- Moo Cream (Ice Cream)
- Smores (marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers)
- Cow Tails (beef-jerky sticks)
- Jell-O Jigglers (cut with animal-shaped cookie cutters)
- Apples with worms - A fun idea is to take gummy worms, cut each in half, then put a toothpick into each half and the other side of the toothpick stick into an apple... it gives the illusion of a worm coming out of the apple! (just remember to tell everyone to take out the toothpick before eating the apple and gummy worm)
ANIMAL COOKIES Let the kids decorate animal cookies. Set out cookies (that are already cut in animal shapes - cow, duck, pig, chicken, etc.), bowls of icing, sprinkles, and other creative toppings on the table and let the kids loose to decorate their very own animal cookies.
Other Farm party favor
Shindigz has some great farm theme party favor packets already prepared.
Everyone will get an "Animal Balloon" from Chamberlin Pony Rides
SAMPLE FARM PARTY AGENDA
It's a good idea to plan on about 3 hours for your party if the children are 5 or over. Any more and they will begin to lose interest in your party, no matter how much fun you have planned.
If your party lasts from 1:00 - 4:00 this would be a sample timing:
1:00 - 1:30 As guests arrive have them select there "Farm Garb". It's a good idea to order bandannas and animal hats (or make them).
1:30 - 2:30 CHAMBERLIN PONY RIDES AND PETTING ZOO Were all set up and ready to entertain the children. Let the party begin!
2:30 - 3:00 You can pull the children away with a few of the game ideas above
3:00-3:30 Cake, ice cream, and cowboy food time.
3:30- 4:00 Open presents and distribute party favors
Special Animal Gift Ideas
In Lieu of Presents – Have just too many presents each year? How about asking your guests to forego another toy purchase – You may ask your guests to donate to a "horsey" charity.
- Chamberlin Pony Rides supports Voice For Horses Rescue Network - A non profit horse rescue organization - 501 (C) (3). 10% of your deposit is donated in your name to this organization.
We look forward to making your Farm Theme party a HUGE success!
Call today for reservations: 734-368-6582