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A County Fair Birthday Party Comes to Town

A County Fair Birthday Party Comes to Town

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!

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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…

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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!

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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.

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And yes, there were animals, some of the cutest I’ve ever seen…IMG_2162 (1)

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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!

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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!

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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!

 

 

 

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