Barnyard Extravaganza

Marci of Entwined Design Event and Florals: When our assistant Jennifer’s son was about to turn 1, she told us in a meeting that she wanted it to be special. We immediately sat down and started throwing out concepts of all different kinds of party themes. To our surprise, Jennifer decided Barnyard Extravaganza was the overall concept and asked us to fill in the details. We live about 5 miles south of the beach and as much as we would like, there are no barns to be found out by the water. Hurdle number one was that if you can’t find a barn, build one of course! The Entwined Design crew headed to Lowes and purchased MDF to build the facade of the structure. No need to buy gallons of paint. Simple paint samples will cover about a 10ft. structure and serve well at coating the MDF. A shadow box was created at the back of the structure to give dimension to the barn’s window frame. We then headed to our local Pet and Feed store to purchase straw bales for seating and covered them with bandannas for comfort. Being that Jennifer works for a florist, she wanted just as many flowers as we did. Two large urns were filled to the brim with more than 300 Teddy Bear Sunflowers and mixed with Seeded Eucalyptus and Smilax. Lining the center of the tables were wooden boxes filled with Daisy Pom Poms and Crespedia (Billy Balls). 

The banners constructed above the cake table “Yee Haw” and the “Gulp N Grub” were made by April of Events Inspired by Love. April also handmade the custom cupcake toppers which consisted of ducks, horses, sheep and pigs. What party wouldn’t be complete without an adorable open barn invite and rope menu for your guests? Jennifer’s amazing mother Laurie Hocker created all the fixins for a delightful grub fest, including cupcakes, handmade piggy pops, cow pops, ducky pops and the beyond fun fondant cake. They also had amazing cookies, handmade apple butter and Rice Krispie treats wrapped with red licorice. Nothing better than eating hot dogs, baked beans, veggies and potato salad while dining in front of a barn. Jennifer’s guests wrapped up the day with a game of water balloon piggy toss and pin the tail on the cow. We hope that Jennifer and her family had an amazing day celebrating the first year of life with her amazing son Joseph. To all the guests that enjoyed the day, I think the surprise shirt her son wore that read “Only child, expires Feb. 2013” was the icing on the cake!

Credits & Resources

Event Design, Florals & Photography: Entwined Design Event and Florals // Hay Bales: Bellflower Pet and Feed // Paper Goods: Events Inspired by Love // Cow Straws: Le Goods on Etsy | Cake & Cake Pops: Laurie Hocker // Cow Plates & Cups: Oriental Trading Company

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