The moment I have dying to share with you is FINALLY here! Noah's 3rd birthday was a "tractor" themed party! So there was mainly farm themed stuff BUT I tried to incorporate tractors as well! I am very picky when it comes to parties! I don't want them to be too commercialized or look like I stepped outta Party Depot! I also love the WOW factor of my kids, family and friends and to be honest I have SO much fun seeing how much I can do for as little cost possible!
Are you ready?! Here we go!
You read the post about the whole cake debacle right? The one where the cake crumbled? Well...the cake on the plate (top right of the collage) is the top part of the original cake! We slid it off and placed on a platter we have and figured heck...we can still use that at least! My cake decorators are FAN-freaking-tastic! Oh yes...I love Ryan and Gus! They take my vision and make it real! They pay close attention to detail and always incorporate just a little bit more into my vision! ...now PLEASE ignore the fact the cake on the log is missing a "Y"!! This was the cake Ryan made for me in an hour...yes I said it...an HOUR! (Read Big Birthday Oops!) I borrowed the red Melissa & Doug barn from a friend! The straw bale I purchased (with a coupon!) at Michael's for $6. The log is from my dear friend Brittanie at Cupcakes Kisses n Crumbs as well as the moss roll (see her Lumberjack party! Oh my ADORABLE!). The cupcake stand I purchased at Target years ago...but they still have the same one! Cupcakes were made at Beaverton Bakery in Lake Oswego and Brittanie helped me make the cupcake sticks! One of my favorite decorations I did was the pickle jars I filled with dirt, planted wheat germ inside and then grew my own "grass"! It has been fun for the kids to watch it grow (you can see the roots through the glass!) and when you water it overnight and wake up in the morning there is actually dew drops on the tips of the grass! I kid you not, it is so much fun!
I used my counter top in the kitchen for all the goodies! First we laid down a plastic red tablecloth and then used astro turf (again borrowed from a friend!) to put under the big drink jug that was filled with apple juice! The random jars I called pig pens (see the pigs around the jars!) and inside was chocolate pudding, crushed up thin mints (thank you Girl Scouts!) and a gummy worm! The little cups with celery and carrots have ranch dressing at the bottom this way you can walk and eat! The glass pumpkin dish I got at Target last year and I filled it with the little candy corn type pumpkins! All the farm animals that were placed in between were borrowed from my friend Michelle of Casual Camera. The little scarecrow I found at Target in the Dollar Spot up front as well as the brown metal bins that held the paper plates and the "chicken feed" (which was circus animal cookies, mini marshmallows, pretzels & teddy grahams!) The little fruit basket with the green insert was also found at Target and I made Chocolate Zucchini muffins! (Recipes will be on tomorrows post!) The crock pot had my famous meatballs (super easy and oh so good! We have dairy and soy allergies so most of my recipes do not contain these items...like the pudding was actually made with Lactaid a lactose free milk!) And finally the cow cookies I had made at Beaverton Bakery!
The wood boxes I just had made for my Bliss Baby displays (for upcoming bazaars!) Inside I made homemade caramel corn (yummy!) 3 batches! That we handed out as people left. Tied them off with wiry rope I found at Craft warehouse. The little chalk board sign was made with products at Joannes. We covered the coffee table with burlap (1 yard) purchased at Joannes Fabrics as well! And the cowboy hats are from the $1 store (bandanna's from our dress up bins!)
The best part...instead of a pinata. We took a bale of hay (cost us $6 at a pumpkin farm) spread out a layer...tossed in bubbles, balls & candy. Then took another layer of hay and repeated until all items used. The kids used paper bags that I decorated with the Tractor I designed to collect their loot!
The kids had a fantastic time and so did us moms! Picture at bottom right is Michelle of Casual Camera, Brittanie of Cupcakes, Kisses n Crumbs, myself and my friend Kara of Bananafana Baby.
I hope you enjoyed the party as much as we did!