Last month, I held a birthday party for my daughter, Emily, at Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon, Virginia.
If you've been reading this blog, then you know that Emily was a micro-preemie. Although she was born in January, her actual due date was in April. So, we decided to hold her birthday party in April. This allowed us to take advantage of warmer weather, and hold her party outside at our favorite farm.
Frying Pan Farm Park offers birthday party packages for a fee; however, the majority of party-goers have to be at least four-years-old. Since Emily is just two, we planned and implemented her birthday party completely on our own.
It was the very first "kid party" that I have held. Overall, I am pleased with how well it turned out.
My biggest concern was getting to the park in time to stake out picnic tables for the party, as seating areas are available on a first-come first-serve basis. We arrived at the Frying Pan Farm Park super early, so claiming our tables was no problem at all.
My other concern was weather-related. I was worried about rain, but prepared to move the party to our home, if necessary. The weather ended up being perfect, except for the wind.
I had farm-related tchotchkes, crafts, and games prepared for the big day. Below is a list of my farm party favorites:
Five Farm Party Favorites for Toddlers
1. Animal Visors
When party guests arrived, I let them select a visor to wear. I had cow, horse, duck, and pig visors available. The visors, purchased from Oriental Trading Company, looked cute on kids, and even adults!
2. Duck Hunt Sensory Bin
I created a duck hunt sensory bin by filling a storage container with green shredded paper and plastic ducks from Oriental Trading Company.This simple game was a huge hit. Children really seemed to enjoy sifting through torn up paper in search for rubber duckies.
3. Clothespin Horses
Although Emily's party was held on a beautiful day, it was really windy. We had a difficult time keeping tablecloths taped down. A bag of potato chips even got caught in the wind and managed to find its way into one of the barns.
Although I planned for multiple craft projects, the big ticket item was a clothespin horse. I assembled bags of supplies in advance for each child. The bag consisted of a pre-cut horse body, brown yarn for the tail, one googly eye, a mane, and two clothespins for legs.
Children were able to decorate their horses using "BINGO" dot markers and crayons. Glue was also provided for the googly eye, horse tail, and mane. Some of the finished products resembled horses, others looked more like dinosaurs!
4. Pig Chase
Due to the wind, the pig round-up ended up turning into a pig chase. Watching children and adults chase pigs around Frying Pan Farm Park was a complete hoot!
5. Party Animal Bingo
I created a scavenger hunt with a twist, called "Party Animal BINGO." Children were asked to spot the farm animals on the card and cross them off. Once they completed the scavenger hunt, they could declare BINGO and receive their party favor.
What's your farm party favorite? Please take a second to comment, and let me know!
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