Last year, my daughter Brynn asked me if she could have a petting zoo at her 4th birthday party. We had already done a barnyard party for her 1st birthday, so I decided to make the theme of this one a county fair! And I’m so glad I did, because this ended up being one of my most favorite parties ever! As a kid, I always looked forward to our little county fair each summer. From all the 4H farm animals, to the midway games, fun rides, art shows and bad carnival food, I just loved the feeling of being there. So I hoped to find a way to bring a little of that same nostalgia to Brynn’s party!
There were a few things that I knew we had to have right away… games, cotton candy, a craft station, hay bales, and really fun deserts!
For my craft station, I decided to have the kids decorate tiny barns with stickers, moss, rocks, and flowers. This was so much fun and a great take home item as well! I found the wood barns at Beverly’s along with all of the other decorating items. I painted the barns prior to the party so that all the kids had to do was decorate them, less mess!
Brynn found some pretty amazing cupcakes in one of my magazines, and both of us agreed that we had to try these for her party! I am by no means a baker, so these little beauties definitely challenged what baking skills I do have. I would say that the outcome was definitely worth the effort…
One of my best childhood friends Katinka, happens to be an excellent baker and party designer! When I told her what I was up to, she offered to make me fresh organic mini lemon meringue and strawberry pies. Not only did they taste amazing, but she wrapped them up cuter than I could ever imagine!
Any good midway includes games and ours was no different! We had a few different tossing games, and we were able to to track down a real horse saddle from my mom’s collection, so the little cowboys and cowgirls could try it out.
And yes, there were animals, some of the cutest I’ve ever seen…
We did a prize table that included popcorn and cotton candy. And I used our old lemonade stand from the basement for a kids refreshment area. I knew there was a reason I didn’t get rid of it!
Last but not least, we also had a little potting station for kids to plant flower seeds to take home. I doubt that any of the kids had much success growing their flowers, but they sure had fun planting!
Well, it’s probably obvious by now why this was one of my most favorite parties to put together. So many fun activities for young kids at a county fair which translates well into a party theme. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments section below and thanks again for stopping by my blog!