For Adam’s second birthday we had a farmyard theme party. Take a look at our Farmyard Themed Party Food:
Adam loves watermelon. On holiday last year it was the food he lived off for a week! I didn’t think we could get a watermelon involved in a farmyard theme party but came across a pig watermelon on the ‘What About Watermelon’ website. Nana followed the great instructions on What About Watermelon, although substituted the buttons used for eyes with small pink marshmallows. Our watermelon sat on green jelly grass.
Pork pie pigs
Nana was in her creative element by designing and making her own pork pie pigs. A pork pie formed the pigs body, a cocktail sausage was used for its snout, bits of liquorice for eyes and pink paper for its ears and tail. Cocktail sticks were used for the pigs legs and to hold everything in place. The pigs were displayed on a roof tile which was placed outside Adams toy farm.
Pigs in mud
Having been inspired by the amazing farm birthday party at Maxabella Loves. I wanted to recreate the pigs in mud. In Morrisons we found Chocolate Flavour Delight to use as mud. A trip to Marks and Spencers was required for their Percy Pig sweets and we added small wooden spoons to scoop up the mud.
Rabbit cupcakes (milk free)
As Adam is milk intolerant he can only eat dairy free food. Luckily with the help of soya butter he can still enjoy most cakes. I had previously purchased the rabbit cupcake holders from Tesco in their reduced Easter range which were perfect to make dairy free rabbit cupcakes.
Terracotta cupcakes (milk free)
Having seen the flower pot cupcakes on The Imagination Tree we wanted to use the idea for the party. Finding small terracotta pots proved difficult. We found several types of plastic pots in the half a dozen garden centres we visited and large teracotta pots but nothing small enough. We had to opt for slightly larger pots in the end – but then it provided more cake! We used lavender and forget-me-knots from Nana’s garden and didn’t add chocolate to represent the mud to keep it dairy free for Adam to enjoy.
Carrot cake cows and tractors (milk free)
Nana made carrot cake as the base for the cows and tractors. As the recipe uses oil it was milk free. Nana mixed sugar, flour, bicarbonate of soda, mixed spice and orange zest with eggs, oil and grated carrot. The mixture was divided into small cake loaf tins and cooked in the oven for 20 minutes at gas mark 4.
To make the cows Nana used white and black icing. The cows were placed on a slate board and milk bottle top sweets were added.
Nana made three types of tractors – John Deere, Massey Ferguson and New Holland for each of the children.
Adam and his cousin have a thing about tractors! Oreo biscuits were used for the large tractor wheels, liquorice disks for the smaller wheels and liquorice the other parts.
The fruit basket
Whilst shopping at Morrisons we discovered a delicious looking box of strawberries. Not only were the strawberries the same price as a traditional punnet, the box would also look great as part of the display. To the fruit garden we added rows of red and green grapes.
Hard boiled egg Chicks
Having seen a photograph of hardboiled egg chicks around Facebook I managed to track down instructions at Victoria Twead. Nana altered the instructions and used coriander seeds for their eyes. She made a hole with a cocktail stick and pushed the coriander seed carefully in. The chicks were placed on top of spinach and radishes.
During the Morrisons shop we thought of using milk chocolate teacakes and marshmallows to create sheep. Nana used a teacake as the sheeps body and covered it in vanilla icing. She added small white mashmallows around the body. A liqorice disk was used for the sheeps head and liquorice for the feet. Cress was added to the tray to represent grass.
Despite loving sweet things even I had to admit defeat and couldn’t finish it all. Uncle Ben attempted a whole one but felt sick afterwards
With Adams love of ducks (link to duck posts) I knew we had to feature a duck pond, but what liquid could we use? We couldn’t use just tap water- that would have been too easy! The decision was made for us though when Uncle Ben put in a order for cider.
We poured cider into a decorative glass bowl, placed it onto a mirror and added a variety of toy ducks. It appeared as if the ducks had drunk the cider though as they wouldn’t float!
How did Adam react to his farmyard theme party?
We had expected Adam not to take any notice of the party food. He isn’t a huge fan of food and is particular about what he eats. However, his reaction to the farmyard party theme food was priceless. He loved it!
Several times during the day he asked to go to the table and look at the food.
Adam would spent time looking at one item and then excitedly point at something else. He signed ‘cow’ several times!
Adam had a wonderful second birthday party with his family.
Would we do it again? Although it was fun designing and creating the farmyard items it was a lot of effort. I’d never say never but I think we will return to our easy family birthday BBQ’s in the future!