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Barnyard Birthday Party! Farm Themed Party on a Budget!

I calculated the amount of birthdays parties I have thrown with four kids, and sit down … the answer is fifty-four.  Some have been winners and some not so much so needless to say, I’m running out of ideas.

So when my tiniest one’s 8th birthday rolled around I decided to throw her a surprise “Barnyard Birthday Party. ” Fitting I thought because we had recently moved homes to what I appropriately call “the sticks.” 

Having thrown so many birthday parties, I never know when my inner Martha is going to creep out but she always seems to find her way out no matter how much wine and Wellbutrin is consumed during said birthday month.  The problem though is, I’m not the slightest bit crafty and I tend to procrastinate (the perfect storm.)  So inevitably, I end up “Pinterest-ing” the crap out of it and “shortcutting” every chance I get until the perfect “hail mary play” and nervous breakdown occur. 

Fortunately for all that were involved especially birthday girl, the party was a success complete with petting zoo courtesy of my past PTA connections. 

Moooola (get it)

The Barnyard Birthday Party ended up costing about $400 (audible gasp) but that was for about 20 guests including the petting zoo.  The budget buster was the petting zoo,  but I think I stretched my dollars as far as I could. 

As you can see from the photos below of my Barnyard Birthday food and favors everything is easy, prepare ahead of time, and no utensils or heating needed.  The kids just came up and “grabbed and went,” Easy Peasy! 

Barnyard Birthday party
“Hay Bales” – Rice Krispies

For the most part, I bought at the majority of food at wally world (Walmart) and dollar tree.  I did reuse baskets, buckets and some other containers I had laying around the house.

Barnyard Birthday Party!
“Duck Pond”

I had a snack table and a favor table and didn’t need any games hallelujah! The animals and pony rides were all the entertainment we needed.  It ended up being one of the easiest parties I’ve ever thrown! The kiddos had a blast! 

Barnyard Birthday
“Cow Patties” Chocolate Wafer Cookies “Carrots” – Orange Bubbles with Green Ribbons

I ended up buying some face paint on my favorite online shopping site but ended up forgetting about it until we were opening gifts and hastily putting it on the kids resulting in a bunch of kids looking like rabid zombies running around on too much sugar. 

Barnyard Birthday Party
“Farm Babies” Party Favors

I ended up buying some face paint on my favorite online shopping site but ended up forgetting about it until we were opening gifts and hastily putting it on the kids resulting in a bunch of kids looking like rabid zombies running around on too much sugar. 

To save some more money I had my daughter make the cow cupcake cake (super easy) that we found the recipe for online and tweaked a bit, and we served sandwiches and snacks since it was a 2-4pm party.

Here is the breakdown of costs:

Dollar Tree-

  • Table clothes x4
  •  Spool of Green Ribbon X1
  •   Plastic Farm Animals-table decorations/favors
  • Twizzlers

Amazon-

  • Carrot bubbles $14
  • Plush farm babies $12
  • Face Paint kit-returned $14
  • Ducks $9

Wally World-Rice Crispys-

  • Marshmallows
  • Cookies-Bread-Lunchmeat-cheese-Bread
  • Animal Crackers

Petting Zoo-

These are EP Prices which tend to be lower than rest of the nation-

$280 for 2 hours of 2 ponies a snake, 4 pigs, 2 ducks, 2 chickens, 2 rabbits and a partridge in a pear tree.

What was your most fun and creative Birthday party you threw your kids? I would love to know in comments!

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