Earlier this year, Fisher-Price asked me to design a Farm First Birthday Party inspired by their much-beloved Little People® Farm toys, and I’m so excited to finally be able to share it with you today. :) This is Part 1… stay tuned for the dessert table details in Part 2, which will be posted soon.
The Design Challenge
Farm themed birthday parties usually lean very rustic, but the Little People Farm toys feature bright colors and more of a clean & modern style that’s geared towards very young children. So for this project, my goal was to come up with a look that remained true to the style of the toys, while also incorporating a touch of that typical farm style that we all know and love. I was very inspired by the Little People Fun Sounds Farm toy in particular… which is why farm animal sounds played a key role in this design. ;)
From a homemade Hay Bale Smash Cake and DIY Canvas Barn Doors to the graphic designs, I really had fun with this one and hope you enjoy it too! Scroll down for a peek at the styled kids table, “barn” lunch boxes, drink station, and smash cake, and look for full details & matching DIY tutorials right here on Fisher-Price.com.
(Is our little guest of honor the CUTEST, or what? Thanks again to Sabrina for bringing him over!)
I loved the idea of turning red gable boxes into “barns”. You can download this LUNCH printable over on the FP site:
Blue & red bandanas were a super easy & effective way to deck out the folding chairs.
Apple juice boxes also felt like a natural fit for this party… I designed a printable juice box wrapper inspired by the look of one of the trees in the farm toy collection:
It’s always hard to get a good centerpiece design to fit on a standard 6-ft banquet table because they’re surprisingly narrow, but I love how this one turned out! It’s made from embellished tin cans topped with moss and farm toy figurines, and is “skinny” enough to not get in the way of the little diners, but still made a big impact on the table.
The drink station (or “Watering Trough”) was simple, but cute! Of course every good farm party needs fresh lemonade and dairy milk, right?! And see those “barn doors” in the background? I was determined to find an easy way to make nice looking barn doors, and blank artist canvases + painters tape + spray paint was the perfect solution. See my DIY tutorial here.
For the kids table place settings, paper placemats (in 2 colorways) created an instant burst of color, and wooden spoons were embellished with patterned paper to match.
This party also gave me a great excuse to re-use the DIY crepe paper carrots from my youngest daughter’s Snow Bunny First Birthday! ;)
Below: Tolsby frames with cute signs are always a go-to party staple, of course. ;)
The smash cake photos are one of my favorite things about first birthday parties, and a decking out the area where the messy fun takes place always makes the photos that much cuter…
(You can download printable templates of the DIY birthday hat and smash cake topper over at FP too.)
Have questions about this party?
Feel free to ask me about this party in the comments section below, and don’t forget to check out the full album (with helpful captions) + 6 corresponding DIY tutorials on the Fisher-Price website. Just click on the “Fun on the Farm” tab in the Party Ideas section to see them (see screenshot below).
You can also download the printables from this party in a zip file right here. Enjoy!