We recently celebrated K turning the treacherous three! With a little boy in love with anything that does work but at the top of his list is always DOZERS! We had to branch out a little this birthday as we had a construction party last year which was a blast. So in keeping with trucks per say I suggested we have a John Deere Party! He was all about it…All I need is the go ahead and its off to the races or in this case off to the local tractor supply store!
Invites were my first task and I am a huge fan of Etsy for all my party printing needs! Well and gifts, and well pretty much its a great site for just about anything! Anyway, I love to include a picture of the year prior in my invites so I went with the following!
Now it’s on to decorations, clothes, favors, food, entertainment! Last year I made a hard hat piñata and the kids loved it! Being March and still chilly I asked K if he wanted to have another. I couldn’t just do a piñata but again due to theme and weather its a bit hard to do something fun as last year it was colder for his birthday so we had a digger brought over for the kids to get rides and dig up all the snow around and do pictures. This year my same great friend who is a collector of CAT and John Deere anything suggested I used some of his kids riding Deere’s! I loved it as K could participate and the kids were all going to be in the range of eleven and under! So we borrowed three riders! For food I did fried chicken (free range chicken), deviled eggs (fresh laid eggs), chex mix (chicken feed), chips (farm fresh potatoes), vegetable tray (farm fresh veggies), I attempted to make a John Deere cake (2nd fondant cake) and I surrounded the cake with mini chocolate cupcakes as mud! For our favors I reached out to the internet; what did we do before?! I ordered plastic John Deere cups, John Deere popcorn, John Deere gum, John Deere suckers, I put all of the goodies in a John Deere bag! I loved how these came together! John Deere has seriously so much cute stuff out there for parties! Since we didn’t splurge on entertainment I thought everyone in John Deere gear was a must! The site I found them on had a huge clearance event going on-SCORE!! For decorations I’m kind of believe less is more I mean why spend a fortune on decorations? Kids come to the party for the fun and parents and family come for the food and company; right?! So I always keep it pretty simple. My friend again who is a collector borrowed me three large signs to place around the house, he also borrowed me a collectors little trailer which I used for the favors. I purchased John Deere balloons, plates, napkins. I simple made my place cards by saving images off the net and typing up my own. I love burlap and we have a ton of it around the house in all forms sacks, large pieces from fabric store, on a reel…you name I probable have it! This is the perfect table covering for this theme I thought! So again nothing crazy heck barely anything now that I am saying it! LOL! Yes, I do count my tableware as decorations as it had John Deere all over it! You should too!
It’s time to say “Thank you!” For this I too went to the internet and found a great site with free printable! They had a blank John Deere invite but being blank it worked perfect for my thank you cards!
Since we were in Disney for S’s fourth birthday we wanted to something of a WOW factor for K! So with help from friends and family we were able to get a CAT dozer for him! A friend drove two hours to pick it up then my dad picked it up from them and charged it overnight so it was all set for the big day! I truly appreciate those that help me on these days or to make these days happen as they are so important! I can honestly say this party was the one I didn’t find myself feeling like crazy town the day of. I think I could have done a bit more but you know what my three-year old had a great day with friends and family and that is all that mattered!
I hope your next little ones party is a blast and remember it’s not about how much you spend its about how much fun your kids have! Have a great day!
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http://www.wegotgreen.com (favors, tableware, clothing)
https://www.greenfunstore.com (favors, tableware, clothing, candle)