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For her son’s first birthday celebration, Tori of Tori Johnson PR hosted a Vintage County Fair Party that – as she describes it – “transported all attendees back a couple decades to the good ol’ blue ribbon bake sale days“. After checking out these pics, I’m so ready for a flashback too! This party just looks like loads of fun for everyone… who’s ready for some fresh squeezed lemonade and a game of ring toss? ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Clever themed food & drink stations: Farmer’s Market, Bake Sale, Lemonade Stand & more!
  • Gingham check table linens, napkins, mason jar covers, and buntings
  • Classic fair games like Coke bottle ring toss, tin-can throw, & a petting zoo!
  • Hand painted scrap wood signs for each station & welcome signs

vintage county fair party lemonade

vintage county fair party quilt backdrop and pie eating contest

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vintage county fair party centerpieces

vintage county fair party animal crackers in mason jars

vintage county fair party peanuts and popcorn

vintage county fair party dairy bar with peanuts

vintage county fair party candy cart

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vintage county fair party goldfish game

vintage county fair party cake bunting

vintage county fair party cotton candy


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Tori

I love all things vintage and being that both my husband and I are from “Small-Town Texas” I knew a Vintage County Fair Birthday Party would be perfect for our son’s first birthday party. We transported all attendees back a couple decades to the good ol’ blue ribbon bake sale days filled with home cooked BBQ, cotton candy and a wide variety of fair activities.


  • Bake Sale
  • Pie Eating Contest
  • Dairy Bar
  • Peanut Bar
  • Farmer’s Market
  • Hooch Table (for adults only)

I created a variety of handmade items to add small details to the event including the below. I also utilized many odds and ends borrowed from family such as old quilts made by my grandmother that hung behind the bake sale table.

  • Wooden Signs
  • Gingham Triangle Pennants on Twine
  • Vintage Church Fans
  • Gingham Table Cloths / Burlap Runners
  • Flower Arrangements (Formula cans covered in butcher paper made by MaMaw (my mother)
  • Cloth Cake Toppers
  • Mini Milk Bottles (Starbucks Frappuccino Bottles)


  • Candy Cart (Spray painted wine display Daddy Russ got at work)
  • Cotton Candy
  • Peanuts (In brown paper bags with custom stamp)
  • Vintage Popcorn Machine (J’s Party Rentals and Supplies)
  • Homemade Cakes
  • Fruit Pies (HEB)
  • BBQ (Chef Daddy Russ)


  • Petting Zoo (MorningStar Ranch)
  • Ring Toss Game
  • Ping-Pong Goldfish Bowl Game
  • Bean Bag Toss
  • Tin-Can Throw
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