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On The Farm: Cow Themed 1st Birthday Party

On the Farm: Cow Themed 1st Birthday Party

The little man recently turned a year old (!!!), so of course, we had to celebrate. Always itching for an opportunity to design and be crafty, I dove in head first and let everything else go while I was in party planning mode. I then remembered that I have a blog and that I should probably blog about it, so I had to remember to take good pictures, too! #bloggerproblems

Since I did actually think ahead this time, almost everything you see in this post is available either for purchase or as a free printable (yay!). You can find a list of products and links to their source at the bottom of this post! On the Farm: Cow BirthdayI chose a farm theme for Vaughn – his Grandpa is a strawberry farmer, and Vaughn seems to have an affinity for one of his cow toys, so I thought it would be a really cute party and super fun to plan for if we held it at Grandma & Grandpa’s house.

On the Farm: Cow Party - First Birthday

It all started with the invites. I started playing with the cow idea and drew up this cutie. The whole theme unfolded from there with the red font and cow splotches all over the place. ๐Ÿ™‚

I loved the tag shaped invite option on Zazzle, so I used that as my canvas, and opted for the natural colored paper instead of white. Much more farm-y, don’t you think?

On the Farm: Cow Party Invite

The back side of the invite has all the details for the party.

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When you purchase the invites, they come with plain-jane envelopes. I considered making some cute labels or something, but why go through all that effort when I can design custom envelopes! Right?

On the Farm: Cow Party Envelopes

They even have cow splotches on the inside. Hello Cuteness!

On the Farm: Cow Invite Envelopes

Once I dropped the invites in the mail I started working on all of the fun for the big day. Utilizing Zazzle’s crazy huge selection of customizable goodies, I started adding the party’s mascot to favor boxes, favor tags, paper plates, and a onesie for the birthday boy!

On the Farm: Cow Birthday Favor Boxes

How cute are these little guys?

On the Farm: Cow Birthday Favor Boxes

I really love the tags, and they come with the twine!

On the Farm: Cow Birthday Favor Tags

So my next mission was to figure out what to put in these little boxes for the kiddos that were coming to the party. Amazon to the rescue! Farm themed rubber duckies….

On the Farm: Cow Birthday Favors

…cow tales…

On the Farm: Cow Birthday Favors

…farm animal STICKERS!

On the Farm: Cow Birthday Favors

I wanted a banner or bunting with Vaughn’s name on it, and decided to just make my own printable bunting, punch some holes in the triangles and string some twine through.

On the Farm: Cow Party BannerWhile I was at it, I made a couple of flags for cake toppers, and some water bottle labels (seriously, I can’t stop once I’m on a roll). All of these are available to print below!

On the Farm: Cow Party Printables

I couldn’t wait for the big day!

On the Farm: Cow Party Display

This display was inside, and Grandma and Grandpa’s house tends to be pretty dark so it was very hard to take decent pictures. The close-ups are better!

On the Farm: Cow Party - Cow CakeGood old Albertsons did an amazing job yet again with the cake! I used bamboo skewers for the cake topper flags (taped them on). I purchased a package of the red bandanas on Amazon to use for decoration and handed them out to the kids as well.

On the Farm: Cow Party - Cow Smash CakeVaughn got his own cake to dive into. And he totally did!

On the Farm: Cow Party - Water BottlesThe printed water bottle labels – they fit on both the mini and regular size Arrowhead water bottles.

On the Farm: Cow Party - Cake PlateseCake Plates!

On the Farm: Cow Party - Milk BottlesI found these milk bottles at Target in the party section, and filled them with jelly bellies (french vanilla and chocolate pudding to be exact).

On the Farm: Cow Party - Favor BoxesMilk BottlesThe favor boxes, all packaged up and ready to go!

On the Farm: Cow Party - Name BannerThe printable name banner with red and white twine. The secondary banner is from Target!

On the Farm: Cow Party - HighChair BannerI found this great chalkboard banner at Target too, along with some chalkboard pens (my new favorite). I wrote the letters and used two types of twine to string through the banner and tape on to the highchair. The highchair is very special – it’s an antique my Mom purchased years ago, and every grandchild has spent ample time in it during their baby days. Vaughn is probably the last one. Certainly from me. LOL

On the Farm: Cow Party Birthday BoyMe and the Birthday Boy! Notice his onesie? ๐Ÿ™‚

On the Farm: Cow Party Grandpa’s wagon made a great place to put the presents!

On the Farm: Cow Party Veggies first, then Cake!

On the Farm: Cow Party - Smash CakeYep. I think he likes it.

On the Farm: Cow Party Do you see the remote control in his hand? He wouldn’t put it down… and since it was his birthday, I wasn’t about to take it away from him. Sorry Mom. ๐Ÿ™‚

On the Farm: Cow Party - First Birthday

Where to Find All the STUFF:

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@Amazon

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*The above links are affiliate links. I will be paid an itsy bitsy amount of commission if you click through and make a purchase. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

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Crayola Birthday Party

A World of Color

Crayola Party for Logan’s Birthday: An Easy and Fun Birthday Theme Idea

It didn’t take me long to come up with a theme for my little guy’s birthday this year. I’ve always wanted to do a rainbow party, but I needed an idea that was more Logan appropriate… after all it’s his party, not mine. He LOVES to color (aka scribble) and has an expansive collection of crayons to choose from when creating his masterpieces. We color with him, and if he doesn’t like the color we are using, he will promptly place a new color in our hands. He knows what he wants!

I thought an invitation that looked like a box of crayons would be cool. I looked around online and couldn’t find what I was looking for. Last year, for his Carnival themed birthday party, I procrastinated and waited until the last minute so I had to scramble to get it together. I found a great designer through Etsy (Check her out! Frosting & Ink ) who customized the invites and other printables.

I thought maybe this year I would try to do them myself. We were also only inviting family, so even if they didn’t come out all that great, I would only be slightly embarrassed. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Crayola Party Invite Front

Crayola Party Invite Front

Crayola Party Invite Back

Crayola Party Invite Back

I found an image of a crayon box online (Thanks, Google Images!) and played with it – a little tweak here and there, and voila! Logan had his own personalized crayon box. For the back, I used the same image but removed all of the content in the center so I could add in the invite details.

I made some wrap around address labels for the envelopes to match, and printed them on sticker paper.

Wrap Around Address Labels

Wrap Around Address Labels

Once those were all printed and mailed, I got to work on a few other things for the party. I needed some basic decor – not too much since the party was going to be at a restaurant – and I needed to make treat bags for the little ones. I also needed something for the kids to do at the party (only 2 hours), and since it was going to be a Crayola party, I thought maybe it would make sense to have them color? With crayons?

For decor, I decided on a bunch of colorful balloons (every color of the rainbow!), some rainbow streamers, and a rainbow table cloth. I also got some colorful party hats and a fun cake hat for Logan (which he did NOT want to wear, btw). We put several tables together in the center of the room to make the coloring station, and the table cloth wasn’t long enough so I put a red one on one end and a blue one on the other, and put the rainbow table cloth on top. All were disposable!

IMG_6489I provided an assortment of coloring tools: crayons, markers, colored pencils, plain white paper, and some of those velvet coloring posters. The posters were a hit with both the girls and boys! For fun I added some jars of Play Dough, and in the center of the table, a tub of wet wipes to clean up messy little hands!

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The posters were a hit!

 

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Coloring station with crayons, markers, colored pencils, paper and posters. Play Dough for fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I wanted to make a bunting or banner that said “Happy Birthday Logan” so I used the same theme as the address labels to make individual triangles (1 per letter) and printed them out.

Happy Birthday Bunting

Happy Birthday Bunting

I used simple red curling ribbon to string all of the letters together. We didn’t have a great place to hang it up, but we ended up settling on an open window that was inside the restaurant.

Hanging Happy Birthday Bunting

Hanging Happy Birthday Bunting

The treat bags are always fun to put together for a party. I ended up getting almost everything online, except the bags which I scored at Target for really cheap (I think the pack of 10 bags was less than $4).

In the bags: Crayon bubbles, a giant inflatable crayon, a tub of play dough, a rainbow lollipop, and a red crayon in the shape of the first letter of the child’s name. Everything but the letter crayons was purchased from Amazon!

Treat Bags

Treat Bag Contents

Aren’t the letter crayons great?! I have to give a shout out to Posh Paper Creations on Etsy for whipping these out (10 of them) super fast and shipping them to me in time for the party. They are adorable and come individually wrapped, ready to drop in the bag!

Crayons

Personalized letter shaped crayons for the party guests

I wanted to make some matching tags for the outside of the bags with the guests names on them, so I used the same theme as the address labels and bunting.

Gift Bag Tags

Treat Bag Tags

Here are the bags!

Treat Bags for the Party Guests

Treat Bags for the Party Guests

Last but certainly not least was the cake. Now, I like to bake – I REALLY like to bake – but I will admit when my skills will fail me, and that is decorating a cake that I want to look like a box of crayons. I found a great cake idea on Pinterest and took it to my local Albertsons (they have a fabulous team in the bakery!), and they were able to make it exactly how I wanted it. Very affordable as well, I might add.

Crayon Box Birthday Cake

Crayon Box Birthday Cake

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The party went very well – it was nice and short (just 2 hours), everyone got to eat great food since we were at a local burger eatery, the kids all had something fun to keep them occupied, and Logan had a really fun day. Since I designed and printed a lot of the materials myself, the investment (other than time) wasn’t as hefty as it could have been. In total, it was less than we would have spent going to a bounce warehouse or other indoor party venue, where the kids run around like maniacs, the adults are pulling their hair trying to keep them safe, and everyone eats less than appetizing pizza for lunch.

Here’s my happy guy enjoying his very special day!

Birthday Boy

Birthday Boy

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