Would it surprise you to learn that my second favorite day of the year, only behind Christmas, is Michael’s birthday? I am willing to bet I get just as excited as he does. No joke.
It gives me all the feels to see him surrounded by most of the people who care about him. That and knowing how much he loves his friends (his fellow little people) and parties.
So, without further ado, here is Michael’s John Deere birthday party!
Psstt… even though I plug Oriental Trading on my own time all day, every day, I should disclose that they sent me supplies for this party.
JOHN DEERE PARTY FAVOR STATION:
One of my blogging besties sent me a fabulous birthday present that included a very special happy birthday banner with matching cupcake wrappers for the party! Seriously, coolest friends ever.
Note- She made it with her fancy schmancy Silhouette. *SWOON*
I wanted to serve chips, salsa, and spinach dip without worrying about grubby little hands digging into the community bowl, so I used these mini yellow popcorn boxes and created pre-made servings. And by grubby, I mean precious, tiny hands that happened to be on the playscape, in the sandbox, and all over the bounce house.
JOHN DEERE THEMED DRINK AND UTENSIL STATION:
Oh, and the fruit infused water was a hit!
You guys already know I buy a lot of clearance(a lot as in a TON) when I know I have a party coming up.
- The good news – I paid less than $2 for each of the coolers pictured above.
- The bad news – Oriental Trading no longer carries these specific inflatable coolers.
JOHN DEERE THEMED FOOD STATION:
I try my hardest to hide our family room during a party. I want the food indoors, but I want a separation between the party and the room itself so people focus on the party, not my messy house. I started by hanging 2 green foil fringe curtains behind the food table. Next, I covered the table with a yellow tablecloth, wrapped a yellow pleated table skirt around it, and placed a green reversible table runner down the middle.
I wanted to spend time enjoying Michael’s party this year so I picked a menu I could set out and not worry about food prep during the party. Unless something needed to be refilled, of course. Trust me when I say this is such an easy party menu that should please multiple dietary restrictions.
JOHN DEERE BIRTHDAY PARTY MENU
- BBQ pulled chicken sandwiches (SO good!)
- Meatballs with dipping sauces
- Vegetable platter
- Mixed fruit
- Chips, salsa, and spinach dip
- German chocolate cupcakes
- Tractor cake
JOHN DEERE DESSERTS:
But Amy’s shout out wasn’t the only one for this party! Nope. My Aunt Kelly has a pretty awesome cake hobby that complements my parties oh so well!
JOHN DEERE PARTY DECOR:
I grabbed a couple yellow tablecloths to start the outdoor tables and…
… finished them off with a tasty centerpieces made out of yellow swirl pops, green swirl pops, white pails, filled with yellow chocolate candies and green gumballs. I was planning on using tractors for the centerpieces until I realized 1- how expensive tractor centerpieces are and 2- I would not be able to reuse them unless I hosted another John Deere birthday party.
And we both know that isn’t happening.
Playing up the colors was the most cost effective way to go since I have color coordinated tubs in my basement waiting to be filled with items I can use again!
I went with the same bounce house as last year because every party needs entertainment. Both the kids and adults love bouncing around! How else do you burn off the 4 cupcakes you just ate?
JOHN DEERE PARTY FAVORS:
Until next time!
The party turned out better than I could have hoped and I even forgot to put out a few items! Who would have thought it would take me 3 years to figure out how to REALLY throw a birthday party.