Our guest blogger, Julie (A Year with Mom and Dad) is a master at hosting themed birthday parties for her kids. So we thought she would be a great person to kick-off our upcoming “Birthdays are a BLAST!” month on the Melissa & Doug blog! Her recent post shares how to host a Farm/Tractor Themed Party – from sweet treats, games, décor and more! Plus, her ideas are so simple, that they can easily be adapted for any themed-party you want to host.
Here are some tips:
1) Try to pick a theme that could work well for boys AND girls (if you are having a co-ed party). Julie states “most kids love animals – and I’ve seen cute pink tractor ideas!”
3) Set the stage with the right décor! From colorful garland, a wooden farm block set, and matching tractor shirts, Julie’s house (and kids!) truly set the stage for the party.
4) Get guests involved…with games! Arts and crafts, games, and other projects can be a great way to entertain kids during a birthday party (without destroying your playroom!) Julie’s guests played with farm animal stamp sets (which they took home with them), a farm floor puzzle, Paint with Water Farm Animals pages, and even our Press & Spin matching game! Plus, with the smaller size of many of the games, you can also offer them up as party favors for your little guests.
Our personal favorite was the creative take on “Pin the Tail on the Donkey” – which you can see here.
5) Last but not least…prepare a FEAST! It’s easy to keep with the theme of your party with a few easy treats. Using themed food label printables, Julie created a truly “down on the farm” feel with her simple Mac n’ Cheese, baked beans and other classic dishes.
The “icing on the cake” was, truly, the CAKE! Cupcakes were used to create a tractor shape, making it an easy treat for guests to pick and enjoy as they pleased.
For a full overview of the menu, decorations, games and more featured in Julie’s post, click here!
What are your favorite themed party ideas? Share your tips in the comments below, or your photos and stories with us on Facebook!
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Julie Kieras mothers two inquisitive boys with the support of her husband in the lovely four seasons of New England. She is often found at home interpreting toddler-speak, elbow-deep in PlayDough, or behind the pages of a book. In her spare time she enjoys organizing, walking, crafting, or baking! She blogs about her family life at A Year With Mom and Dad.