I love planning parties, maybe even more than actually throwing them. Over the last few years, I've been working on not stressing myself out so much and just enjoying the party when it arrives, and I am making progress. One thing that I'm hoping will make it even easier for Liam's birthday this year is to have the party somewhere other than our home. When a party is at our house, it consumes our life - cleaning before and after, fixing little things around the house, cooking, etc. By changing the location, I'm hoping we'll all be able to relax and have fun without all the stress (or at least less of it).
Liam LOVES going to his grandparents' ranch. They have a horse and tractors and a big vegetable garden and he has a blast every time we visit. He talks about Papa's digger and horse constantly, so I decided that I wanted to go with a farm/cowboy theme for his birthday this year. There is a farm that isn't too far from us that has a ton of fun activities for kids - pony rides, petting zoo, hay rides, a playground, and more - and they also host birthday parties. It's a little pricey, but with all that they offer, I think it's worth it and I know that everyone will have a great time.
Once I had a location, I starting pinning away! Here are some of my favorite inspirational pictures that I'm keeping in mind as we plan.
The location provides red and white checked tablecloths like these and I think they fit the theme perfectly!
The party will be in the late afternoon, so we are planning on serving snacks instead of a big meal. I love the idea of using berry baskets for fresh fruits and veggies.
I love this bunting made from tying bandanas together. I plan on ordering a bunch from Oriental Trading Company.
Oriental Trading also has cowboy hats (I like the ones without the stars better), so those will be favors along with more bandanas. I hope the kids will want to wear them during the party!
Last year, I made a banner for Liam's party, so I'd like to make that a tradition and make one like this for his party this year.
Inspired by these invitations from Tiny Prints, I asked my mother in law, who is a talented artist, to draw a picture of Liam with a bunch of farm animals. She sent me a sneak peak of the rough draft and it is so cute! I can't wait to create the final product.
I still haven't decided what to do about gifts this year. Last year I asked for donations for Children's Hospital Los Angeles and it worked out really well, but I'm not sure if it's rude to do that again (essentially the same people are being invited). I might just say no gifts necessary instead, or just not say anything about gifts. What do you think?