We celebrated Walt’s second birthday two weekends ago with a John Deere theme in the lovely yard of some good friends. In all, it was a fun afternoon. Lots of parents left saying that they loved having so many activities for their kids to do; the adults were able to socialize and enjoy themselves as much as the kids!
The cake and cupcakes were purchased from Wal-Mart. My mom and I made the cupcake picks, which I added just before putting them out. The images were scanned from some John Deere fabric that my mom used to make a banner (I forgot to photograph!) and a runner to go under the cake.
Favors for the kids were pretty typical — bubbles, candy, and John Deere fruit treats found at the grocery store. Grown-ups received fresh strawberry-scented Yankee Candle votives, wrapped in the same ribbon found on the cupcake holders, cupcake picks, and kids’ favors. The kids’ favors sat in a John Deere wheel barrow that my parents got for Walt for his birthday.
Judy from the farm 🙂 created this gorgeous fruit basket, complete with a John Deere tractor. The food sat under a white tent decorated with hanging “whirly” tractors and the John Deere fabric “Happy Birthday” banner.
Table decorations were simple and user-friendly. I gathered all of my kids’ tractors, Little People farm toys, farm puzzles, and farm related books and placed them in the middle of the tables. The centerpieces were immediately destroyed, but that was the point!
Dick of “Old McDonald’s Farm” put out a row of tractors for the kids to climb on and get photos with.
Another favorite activity was getting to feed the fish in the beautiful pond.
We put out lots of ride-on toys so that the kids could have fun roaming around the yard. They were also able to play in the sandbox or on the swing set.
Perhaps the biggest highlight of the day was the hayride. My kids rode every round, and I had to peel them off kicking and screaming when it was over. (Truth be told, I think the grown-ups enjoyed the activity just as much, but they controlled their dismay at having to get off much better!)
The kids also enjoyed getting candy out of the tractor pinata.
Walt is still singing “Happy Birthday” as he remembers his special moment!
The finale included opening up some fun gifts, including this set of “doctor” pajamas and a red metal tractor.
Thanks so much to Dick and Judy for their efforts to make Walt’s day so special. We will all remember our adventure on the farm for years to come!