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County Fair Birthday (37 photos)


I designed the invitations to look like a fair advertisement and attached a ticket with twine to create excitement for the party. And for the purpose of the party, we pretended the whole county was named after my daughter. Nothing like keeping her humble.

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My daughter has a love for pigs so was super-excited when I suggested the County Fair theme for her 5th party. Despite my plans, we didn't end up with a real pig at the party, but we did end up with a lot of old-fashioned fun for the birthday girl and all of her guest!

I wanted the guests to feel like they were actually going to a county fair in a rural county and maybe many years back. I was really fortunate to be able to call on the resources of many friends to be able to pull off this larger scale party on the cheap.

Our friends' back yard in a rural part of town provided the perfect venue for this party. They have lots of open space to play and a large tent and some pop-up tents we were able to use to create the fair atmosphere. I designed signs to display throughout the party to give it an authentic/vintage feel. Another good friend and retired printing teacher printed them all for me!

The food was divided in two areas, The Concession Stand, for the typical fair foods like popcorn and cotton candy, and the Prize-winners table for the old-fashioned baked goods, which doubled as the birthday cake and snack-sized pies. 

The fair games were very home spun. We made everything out of old cans and bottles. We had a ring toss, dart game, ball toss, ladder throw, and anything else my 11-year-old came up with as I designated her as the head of that part of the party. The kids could also get their face-painted, get to know a couple of goats, and ride on the water barrel train.

Other activities, included a pinata, painting canvases for the art exhibit, and a little bit of square dancing. It was a fun party for all who attended.

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