gallamore west: {looking back} Jake's 2nd birthday

Saturday, March 19, 2011

{looking back} Jake's 2nd birthday

Our sweet Jake is going to be four soon... eeek!  Time is flying by!  It's going to be a small family birthday party because it will be just two weeks after we move AND on Mother's Day, but I can't wait to plan some fun little details :)  Here's a look back at Jake's 2nd Birthday, A Barnyard Party.  This was probably my favorite party I've planned so far...

This E-I-E-I-O sign greeted our guests at the front door.

Our front entry way {along with a couple of accent tables in our house} were decorated with farm decor and adorable farm pictures of our birthday boy!


Our loooooong counter in our kitchen serves as the best party/food serving area ever!  It has three windows above the counter, perfect for making a banner in three sections, one to hang above each window.  Here is the "Jake" section of the "Happy Birthday Jake!" banner.


I had fun with my new Cricut cutting out little farm animal accents for the plastic ware that I wrapped in the napkins and tied with raffia.


I made these water bottle labels with scrapbook paper that matched the paper in the birthday banner, favor tags, and other party signs.


For the farm food we served chicken strips, pigs in a blanket, bbq beans, bbq chips, farm fresh watermelon, farm fresh rolls (yes, I baked them myself!) and of course, Farmer Jake had veggies from his garden to eat :)  I made little signs labeling all of the food with scrapbooking paper and attached the signs to kabobs wrapped in raffia.


Jake's cake display was by far my most favorite party detail!  I made this barnyard using cardboard from our new tv and spray painted it white.  I hot-glued craft sticks to make the barn fence and I used hay from the bales we had in the backyard as decoration.  My sister in law and I decorated the barn {I used the big Wilton cupcake for the barn!} and I baked strawberry cupcakes {the pigs}, vanilla almond cupcakes {the ducks}, and chocolate cupcakes {the cows}.  It was so much fun watching the kids {and the parents!} oooh and aaah over the cake display!





For activities to keep the little farmers happy and busy at the party, we had three stations set-up.

The kids made their own paper plate farm animal craft {from Oriental Trading},


they played barnyard bowling,

and they fed the farm animals {the paper bags had duck food in them and the galvanized tin had milk bones for our dog!}


Opening gifts and taking group shots of the party guests worked great with this barn backdrop I painted {don't look closely... I painted it on our driveway on a windy afternoon while hoping Jake would take a long nap}.

And who doesn't love party favors?

For most of the kids, I wrote their name on a cow bell {from the dollar section at Target back in January!} and tied it to a kraft bag that was filled with fun farm stuff,

including one of my special recipe sugar cookies shaped like a sheep.


The babies had their personalized cow bell tied to a farm animal one-sie.

And for the adults I made pig, cow, and roster pops to take home.


We love our little Jakers so much and were thrilled that he enjoyed his 2nd birthday party!  {Mmmm... root beer floats are ready to be made the background!}










3 comments:

Sierra @ Blue Robin Cottage said...

This has to be the sweetest party I have ever seen!! You are so talented!! :) I just love that barn yard theme! So cute! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet compliment! I really appreciate it! :)

Gallamore West said...

Thank you Sierra! I shared your burlap pillows on facebook... they are definitely next up on my "to make" list! :)

Heather said...

Hi I'm Heather! Please email me when you get a chance, I have a question about your blog! LifesABanquet1(at)gmail.com

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