My little girl is one year old! I don’t know how this happened so quickly. It seems like just yesterday that we were heading to the hospital and didn’t even know if she was a boy or girl yet! She’s about 3x bigger now, but as happy, charming, and beautiful as the day she was born.
Now, I love to throw a good themed party… I just wish we could have waited a little longer for this particular one! The theme for little Lyla’s birthday party was “on the farm.” I’ve had an affinity for all things farm animal related since we found out we were pregnant. Check out my previous post about designing her nursery to see where it all started! 😊🐮
My first DIY party project was the favors. The contents were very inexpensive; in each bag was a packet of seeds, some handkerchief mints, and a little plastic farm animal. I bought a plastic container full of mini farm critters at Hobby Lobby for about $10. I also bought the paper bags and decor at Hobby Lobby. I holepunched the bag, threaded a cow button and wooden “thank you” tag on a bit of Pom Pom string, and then threaded the string through the hole in the bag. I didn’t even have to tie any knots or bows… which I am horrible at.
My next, and surprisingly most tedious project, was the mini party hats I attached to the farm animal decor. I found similar mini hats for purchase on Etsy but they were like $25 for a set!! I made these with scrap paper I had in the house and left over pom poms. I used less than $1 in materials but I see why the Etsy chick charged so much after I tried to make these myself! They took forever and I hot glued my fingers accidentally several times because the hats were so tiny. But, they turned out so cute! I placed the little party animals randomly around the tables and buffet.
When guests first arrived, these signs greeted them at the door. I made these chalkboards out of scrap wood in the garage. I actually use them several times throughout the year (especially for holidays) as part of my front porch decor. My handwriting isn’t the best just in general but I’ve certainly drawn better chalk lettering before. These were sort of a last minute addition but they got the point across! 🙂 The “party” balloon came from target. They have some really great party decor in the dollar aisles.
I can’t take credit for the cakes; those were created by my sister in law, Kristen Davis. She makes delicious cake and icing! I loved the sweet way she incorporated our theme into these amazingly delicious birthday cakes.
Lyla’s smash cake was strawberry flavored and the larger party cake was Neapolitan. Lyla had THE BEST time digging into her smash cake. She grabbed handful after handful of it. It was so funny to watch!
The rest of the menu consisted of pulled pork, potato salad, green beans, pigs in a blanket, and fresh veggies. I also made salted caramel hay bales (Rice Krispies) and dirt pudding! I really wanted to find edible pigs for the dirt pudding but apparently pigs aren’t super popular haha! Thankfully, with Easter right around the corner, there were plenty of bunny themed items in the bakery aisle > hence our carrot garden pudding!
Another one of my diy projects was this high chair banner. I’d seen several of these for sale on Etsy but wanted to try to pull one off myself. With the help of my Mammaw and her sewing machine, we made our own homemade version. You can also see the big pink barn backdrop I made from a pink trifold board and white duck tape!
I didn’t even realize how many colors you could buy trifold board in but there are A LOT! I’m usually not a pink fan but I love how it turned out. It was a surprisingly simple project!