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Farm Theme Party

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

  1. 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.
  2. Glue a die-cut cow and the letters F A R M -- all purchased at a scrapbooking store -- to each brown paper rectangle.
  3. Hand-print the party information on the brown paper rectangles, and attach them to the red card stock with a glue stick.
  4. 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! 
  5. 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. 

PARTY DECORATIONS

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  • 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.


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  • A fun idea for white balloons is to draw cow shaped black spots onto white balloons. 

  • Use red and blue bandanas for placemats.




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  • 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 shirt.

  • 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.  







TIPS:

  • 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. 



TIP:  
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:

  1. Unroll a standard cone-shape party hat
  2. Cut a piece of crafts foam to fit the hat shape.
  3. Use a glue stick to adhere the foam and reassemble the hat. 
  4. Cut shapes from the crafts foam to make the hats resemble farm animals.
  5.  Attach the shapes using a glue gun.
  6. 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. 
    

Ring Toss 

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. 

Before the party gather these items - two of each: 
2 large size overalls
2 work or cowboy boots
2 cowboy hat
2 sunglasses
2 bandana
2 work gloves.  

At the Party:
1     Divide the children into two teams
3     Give the first player on each team a spoon and a raw egg. 
5     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. 5 6     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. 7     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 younger children.    

What You'll Need:  - An Egg for Every Pair of Children Playing At the Party:
   
  1. 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 the lines.   
  2. 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 their teammates. 
  3. 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 competition.

Animal Tag 

 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:

  1. Rope
  2. 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
  3. Pinata candy and or toy stuffers (can include large confetti)
  4. Pinata buster stick
  5. blindfolds

Prepare your pinata
  1. 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. 
  2. 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. 
  3. 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. 
  4. 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. 
  5. Allow each child to hit the pinata at least a couple of times before you move on to the next child. 
  6. 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). 
  7. 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. 

Animal Sounds  

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. 
Duck Feeding

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. 
Materials:
  • Mop  -  Look for the green handled mops at local dollar stores. They are inexpensive and make the best ponies.
  • 4 strong rubber bands 
  • Twine
  •  fabric strips, or yarn for bridle and reins
  • Wiggle eyes
  • Hot glue gun

Directions:

  1. Gather up mop strings in your hand. 
  2. 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.
  3. 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. 
  4. An adult can hot glue this in place. 
  5. 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 "Straw." 

Brown Cows - Serve chocolate milk, and call them "Brown Cows." You can give your cows "spots" by throwing a few mini-marshmallows into each glass.

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).


"Moo Drinks"

Makes: 14 servings ·         Serving size: 4 ounce ·         Prep 10 mins
Ingredients:
  • 1/2  gallon vanilla ice cream 
  • 2   cups strawberry-flavored, vanilla-flavored, or chocolate-flavored milk 
Directions
  1. Place the ice cream and milk, half at a time, in a blender
  2. Cover and blend on high speed until smooth, stopping to stir down several times with a rubber spatula, if necessary.
  3. Repeat with remaining ice cream and milk. Makes 14 (4-ounce) servings.
Chicken Feed

Serving size: 5 cups · *     Prep 12 mins · *    Bake 325°F  20 mins to 25 mins ·  









Ingredients

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. 
  2. Place jelly, sugar, butter or margarine, and cinnamon in a medium saucepan. Cook and stir over low heat until butter is melted and sugar dissolved. 
  3. Stir in the oats, peanuts or almonds, sunflower seeds, and coconut until combined. 
  4. Pour the mixture into an ungreased baking pan.
  5. Spread the mixture in an even layer.
  6.  Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring once or twice.
  7. Transfer mixture to a large piece of foil to cool.
  8. Store in a covered container in a cool, dry place up to 2 weeks. 
  9. 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)

PARTY FAVORS

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 ideas

Shindigz has some great farm theme party favor packets already prepared. 
$3.99 pack






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. 

To learn more about how you may help them, please visit:   www.voiceforhorses.org 

We look forward to making your Farm Theme party a HUGE success!

Call today for reservations:  734-368-6582