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Fun Ideas for Hosting A Barnyard Themed Birthday Party


April 8, 2021

Whether you are bringing the party to the farm or bringing the farm to your backyard or living room, a barnyard birthday is loads of fun! No matter what age you or your loved one are turning, a downhome birthday is a great way to celebrate till the cows come home.

If you want to make your loved one’s next birthday party a hit, our barnyard party planning guide breaks down everything you need to create a memorable experience for all of your party guests.

Red Barn at Sunrise

Barnyard Birthday Party Venue

Let us say you have the date, theme, and budget in place. Do you plan to host the birthday party in your own house or backyard? If your budget and location allows, you may be lucky enough to live near a farm that is open to hosting your small or large birthday bash.

Petting Zoo at Barnyard Birthday

Popular barnyard party packages include:

  • Petting zoo
  • Pony ride
  • Wagon ride
  • And more!

Even if you cannot make it to the farm, there are plenty of ways you can transform your humble abode into an authentic rustic experience!

Send the Invites

With a guest list in hand, it is time to send out birthday invitations that match your barnyard theme. Explore barnyard invitations on Etsy or your local party supply store. Farm animals on the invitations can get your guests excited for the big day.

Or, find printable barn sample templates online, cut them out, and color in your very own traditional red barn. It can even be a fun project for kids to get crafty and help you out with the invites.

Party Supplies and Decor

Farm birthday party supplies and decorations are easy to make or buy. Bright red barns, adorable animal cut-outs, and other party supplies adorned with images of barnyard animals are a must. From the invitations to the decorations and balloons, you can transport your party guests to a picturesque farm on the hillside of paradise.

Here is what you will need to make the farm experience a hit:

  • Tableware
  • Favors
  • Balloons
  • Decorations
  • Piñatas
  • Cake

Barnyard balloon animals are a budget-friendly way to bring the farm to your home. Buy some hay bales to create your very own pen for the kids to enjoy. The bales also act as additional seating for your guests!

Wheat Straw Two-String Bale

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Sunflowers (or even fake flowers) in a steel watering can, egg cartons to store cupcakes or  other treats, small pumpkins for decoration, and other small farm-inspired touches can make the barnyard birthday a success.

Flat Top Egg Carton

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Get small hay bales from your nearest farm store as decoration or a rustic table. Use bits of hay to decorate the food table in the empty space between each drink and food. Use mason jars to make the experience much more real. An unfinished wood slate crate and wicker baskets can add to the rustic appeal. Wooden utensils are sustainable and in line with the theme.

Ball Super Wide-Mouth Decorative Canning Jar, 1 gal.

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Make your barnyard birthday party feel like the real thing with these authentic farm decorations:

Traditional Paisley Bandana, Multiple Colors

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Libbey Mason Jar Drinking Glass, 16.5-oz.

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Food and Drink

Barnyard Birthday Food Spread

The food table will be a big part of the birthday party experience. A colorful backdrop of a red barn with fun-loving animals can truly make all the difference. Top off your food table with red gingham tablecloths and napkins for the full effect.

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Food

  • Crudités platter with hummus (“vegetable garden”)
  • Pigs in a blanket
  • Fresh fruit pie (for the adults)
  • Animal-shaped cake and cupcakes/cake pops
  • Pretzels or trail mix (“chicken feed”)
  • Corn on the cob
  • Hamburgers and hotdogs
  • Potato salad

Drink

  • Freshly-squeezed lemonade
  • Chocolate milk/hot chocolate with marshmallows
  • Strawberries and cream milkshake
  • Apple juice or cider
  • Mango smoothies

Activities/Party Games

Bobbing for Apples at Barn Birthday

It is not a barnyard party without some barnyard fun. Of course, party game ideas vary by ages, but everyone enjoys a good old-fashioned barbecue and bonfire. For the kids, here are a few barnyard birthday party activity ideas to keep the fun rolling along:

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  • Pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey
  • Duck, duck, goose
  • Hire a pony or an entire petting zoo, if you can
  • Chicken/animal hunt: The eggs (plastic) and/or animals (toys) have gone missing, and it is up to everyone to find as many as they can with a final reward (party favors) at the end.
  • Herd the sheep/animals: Fill up a bunch of balloons of several different animals (at least three to four) and decorate them to look like the animals, such as pigs, cows, chickens, sheep. They have escaped from the open gate and it is up to the kids to use their fly swatter (hand) to herd them back into the enclosure. The first person to get all their types of animals back wins!
  • Egg and spoon race: For kids and adults! It is a race to the finish as long as you do not drop the egg. Whoever is the first to cross the finish line with the egg still in their spoon wins!
  • Bobbing for apples: Fill a large bucket full of water and add some apples in. Whoever gets the most apples with their teeth is the winner.

Get the Authentic Barnyard Party Experience

For the best time, make your loved one’s barnyard birthday party one to remember with festive balloons and party decor.

Shop Wilco farm stores to add the farm-friendly finishing touches to your farm-themed birthday party.

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