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Searching for a birthday party theme? Head to the farm! Our farm-theme birthday party for kids is fun and easy to put together -- no real farm necessary. From birthday cake to party favors, we have ideas for throwing a fun party until the cows come home.
Your rowdy little party animals will love this farm animal-inspired birthday party theme. Depending on the age and size of the group, a petting zoo, local farm, or the backyard are all perfect spots to host this bash.
Party Tip: Make sure you're aware of any animal allergies in the group.
Invite friends and family to your party with this easy-to-make party invitation.
How to Make the Party Invitations:
Start with rectangles of red cardstock. Then cut pieces of beige crafts paper so they're 1/4 inch smaller than the red paper on all sides. Glue a die-cut cow and the letters F A R M -- all available at scrapbooking stores -- to each brown paper rectangle. Hand-print the party information on the bottom portion of the invitation, and attach the brown crafts paper to the red with a glue stick.
Feed your little farmers this crunchy party snack. Kids will rave over the candy-coated peanuts and coconut, and you can be glad that they're eating rolled oats and sunflower seeds. Make this snack mix a few days in advance, and toss it in a galvanized bucket at party time.
Chopped veggies, cheese, and sliced meat make these fun wraps a nutritious and easy party food.
This cute table runner does double duty as a party decoration and part of the buffet line.
How to Make It:
Add some country flair to a plain white table runner by cutting 2-inch-wide strips of red Western-style fabric and sewing them along the border. Cut out back pockets from old pairs of blue jeans. Attach pockets to the table runner with a hot-glue gun to create pouches that can hold straws, plastic tableware, and napkins.
Let kids make their own party favors with this easy craft.
How to Make the Party Hats: Start white, pink, and yellow party hats for cows, pigs, and ducks. Then cut pieces of crafts foam in eye, ear, beak, and nose shapes. Glue the shapes onto the hats, and embellish with small pom-poms, cotton balls, and tissue paper.
Fun party games don't have to be complicated or expensive. 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.