Have I mentioned that I have joined forces with Magnolia Creative to create a children's event planning service called Let's Geaux Party? We started with a joint birthday party for my God-Children Elizabeth and Blanton, and their little sister Catherine (or Catty as we call her)
This was our first joint party and I feel so proud of it. The party was at their Grandparents house in Greenwood, LA. There was a petting zoo with chickens, goats and rabbits - and of course - PONIES.
The mom wanted a hand drawn illustration of the farm animals with a sort of "story book feel". We took the invitation a step farther by having the barn doors open to revel the invitation wording.
We set the very long dining table and lunch up inside the motor coach "barn". The cake and drinks were set up inside the actual barn complete with a stable right inside and behind the cake. It made for some very amused guests who were greeted by horses whenever they went to get a treat. I scoured the local thrift shops for cowboy boots for centerpieces, some I painted and some were left to their vintage feel (inspired by Orange Blossom and Stephanie Lynn). We set up small hay bales and sunflowers on the table with toppers made in the same style as the party invitation. Horse head bookends were also used to add to the western feel.
Lunch was served out of a "chuck wagon" packaged in kraft gable boxes and topped off with a delicious animal cookie from Frog Prince Cake and Cookie Design. Aly B's Bakery in Shreveport made the delicious farm cake topped off with fondant farm animals from Two Sugar Babies. We also added a hand maid denim, burlap and gingham cake bunting behind the animals. Cupcakes were purchased from Sam's and topped off with cupcake toppers to match the rest of the party collateral.
Each child received their own western cowboy hat hung on the fence (inspired by Hickey Pickety) and a chance to shop at the "General Store" for fun treats and toys. All the children got to ride on the donkeys and horses, pet goats, sheep and ducks and ride in a special barrel train owned by the grandparents. I think the kids had almost as much fun as we had putting this party together. We had a blast down on the farm!
Party styling, concept, invitations and collateral: Let's Geaux Party
Cake: Aly B's Bakery, Shreveport, LA
Farm Animal Fondant Toppers: Two Sugar Babies
Cookies: Frog Prince Cake and Cookie Design
Party Favors in the General Store: Oriental Trading