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    Madelyn’s Barnyard Birthday

    I was so excited to put together this farm-themed birthday party for my friend, Lauren, and her daughter, Madelyn. I grew up on a farm, so it took me back to all the time spent in the barn with my dad milking cows and feeding the pigs. Maddie is just the cutest little girl and she couldn’t wait to gather around the barn with all her friends for her barnyard bash. There isn’t a huge surplus of barns around our home, so I had to improvise. And that’s where Shindigz came in! Their Big Red Barn Standee was perfect for this celebration. I used the barn as a photo backdrop and gathered the Barnyard Buddies Standee Set around it. With a Mega Straw Bale for the littles to sit on, the scene made the perfect backdrop. If you’re going to have a farm party, you need red and white gingham and sunflowers! It goes perfectly together with the country setting. For the kids table, I used a gingham tablecloth with a light pink runner paired with sunflower orbs made from styrofoam and faux sunflowers. I also incorporated a 3D Barn and Farm Animal Centerpiece with a few Mini Straw Bales and Grass Mats to complete the look. I set each place setting with personalized place mats to add a personal touch. One thing I love about Shindigz - you can personalize most of their party plates! I always order one personalized plate set and one regular set so that I can alternate each place setting. I also alternated where the plates and napkins sat on the actual table to give it a more playful feel. I used Cow Print Luncheon Napkins and wooden cutlery to add to the farm feel. The main table featured a lattice backdrop and a reusable vinyl banner. Cowhide Latex Balloons filled the corners and a burlap tablecloth gave it some more of that country feel. I used a Mega Straw Bale to sprinkle straw all over the ground. It was just another fun touch to make it feel like you were down on the farm. The kids drank pink piggie punch from pink cups and chocolate milk from their cow cups. Lunch was farm fresh veggies and fruit from the local farmers market. Sandwiches were served up in individual patterned bags with cute "chow time" labels. "Chicken Feed" snack mix in personalized favor bags was another adorable touch paired with pretzel sticks doubling as hay stacks. After chow time, we rode our horses over to the Big Red Barn Pinata and whacked it until the cows came home. The kids went crazy when it finally busted open by the birthday girl herself. I used the personalized favor boxes that matched the theme as their goodie boxes to take home all their loot. We headed back to the kids' table to sing happy birthday, enjoy some cupcakes and play in the corral. I filled the rest of their favor boxes with farm animal finger puppets, pig snouts and "pig out" chocolate bars. Each guest also got to wrangle their own farm animal and head home with either a horse, pig or mini cow of their own. Cluck, Oink, Moo! Thank you for coming to the farm!