OMG yes I know my daughter will be 3 in less than a month but better late than never, right?!
Since Gretchen’s birthday is right after the 4th of July I thought this theme would be perfect. With so many toddler friends we wanted to invite we knew there was noooooooo way we could host the party at our house. We decided to do the party at Deanna Rose Farmstead, one of Gretchen’s favorite places. We got there early to set up and when her friends arrived we encouraged them to go explore and play for about an hour and then come back for food and mini pies (Trader Joes FTW!) Deanna Rose gives the birthday kid a cowboy hat, t-shirt, and then each of the guests gets a ticket good for a pony ride, hayride, or mining. It does not have to be used the day of the party. One of the great things about the party corrals at Deanna Rose is that it’s in an extremely shaded part of the park, so even though it was a hot July day, the shade and a breeze kept us mostly cool. We had a great time and hopefully our guests did too!
invitation design by misspokadot on etsy
For food we got sandwich trays from Mr. Goodcents and then had veggies, cheese and crackers, and watermelon to go with it. I cut the watermelon and cheese into star shapes using a mini cookie cutter. For dessert I had star shaped brownies and sugar cookies made by Smart Cookies Bakery. In lieu of cake or cupcakes we served mini pies from Trader Joes. They are in the freezer section and come in cherry, blueberry, and peach. Super yummy!
The red, white, and blue serving platters and decor were from Michaels. Balloons from my friend Adriane’s shop in Shawnee, FUN Party and Wedding Shop.
For favors I bought some blue and red striped bags at Michaels and filled them with stickers, custom cookies, fruit snacks, and red, white, and blue sunglasses from the Target $1 spot.
Gretchen’s dress is from hazelbeebaby but sadly she has closed up shop 😦
Our corral was right next to this big goat’s pen and he got a bath during the party. He wanted to come join the partyThe kids loved it!
I think the sunglasses were a hit!