Once I decided on a theme for Desmond's party, I found an awesome invitation on Etsy (Credit to Jen Arnold of MommiesInk). From this provider I also got favor tags, water bottle labels, return address labels, and thank you cards.
Once I had the invitation, I was able to bring the animals and barn forward into other event assets.
No barnyard bash is complete without cowboy hats and bandanas.
I found a local baker who was able to replicate our barn and animals in chocolate. Not only did the cake and cupcakes match our party assets, but they tasted great!
We had a 6" round cake and a variety of cupcakes. We had chocolate/Oreo and vanilla/strawberry flavors, but the best part was the custom 2D animals made from chocolate.
Because we have a large family and different groups of friends, the age range of kids in attendance was quite large. I got favors for the younger crowd (aged 1-3) and the older kids (4+). I wrapped them all in red bandanas, tied them with burlap string, and attached the favor tag from the invitation suite. Adults got Cowtails with a favor tag.
These barn and animal centerpieces were all made with love. The animals match those on the invitation, were all cut out by hand, and arranged perfectly.
What kind of Barnyard Bash doesn't have animals? I brought in a mini-petting zoo for the kids and it was awesome.
The best part of planning the party, was actually having the party. It was a great day and my vision truly came to life. Desmond won't remember it, but I will always cherish having this memory of friends and family celebrating together.