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Moo, Cluck, Ba Birthday

Oink, cluck, moo our little Bridger was turning two! I was looking to harvest up some fun for his birthday party and since he’s a lover of tractors and animals, a barnyard bash seemed to fit the bill.

Many of the images and decorations for this party were made using the Cricut Create a Critter template as well as an instant download I purchased from Stockberry Studios. The birthday boy wore a custom t-shirt similar to the one here.

The smiling two-year-old.

I love handmade invitations. Yes, they take forever to make and they are often tedious to create, but the finished product is more of a keepsake than a notice of the party’s details.

invite supplies
  • Cardstock (black, red, white, yellow, a lighter yellow, orange, green, brown, tan, gray, and pink)
    • you only need one sheet of several of the lesser colors like the yellows, orange, tans and gray. I used scraps I had on hand/left over from other projects.
  • Red and white gingham paper
  • Twine
  • New Cricut blade-this invite requires A LOT of cuts (optional)
The backside of the invite was a simple white sheet of paper that was glued to the invite. It included date, time, place and other party details.

When guests arrived at the party, there was no mistaking they were at Bridger’s Barnyard Bash. On the front door hung a burlap wreath announcing you were about to enter the party and the terrible two’s. The party was in the fall, so festive seasonal decorations did double duty as a place to prop a sign announcing the birthday boy. Instructions on how to make a burlap wreath can found here. The birthday sign was made with three 1x4s cut, painted and attached to a 1×1 stake. The letters on the signs were painted with a stencil I made on the Cricut.

Tablescape

The tablescape and centerpieces for the party were simple and fun to put together. A variety of streamer colors and some cow print balloons were strung above the table. The table was covered in a red plastic table cloth with a cow print table runner down the middle. Place settings consisted of stacking a 12 inch round yellow dinner plate, an 8 inch square red dessert plate and then attaching a 3 inch printable circle, from the Stockberry printable, on top. I folded light green napkins in half and wrapped with a drink wrapper from the same collection. The drink bottles are emptied and washed Starbucks Frappaccino bottles that were covered with a drink wrapper. I added a yellow chevron paper drinking straw and a red and white striped ribbon around the bottle’s neck.

tablescape supplies
  • Red table cloth
  • Cow print table runner
  • 12 inch round dinner plate-yellow
  • 8 inch square desert plate-red
  • 1 package light green napkins
  • set of yellow plastic silverware
  • glass drink bottles
  • yellow chevron paper straws
  • red and white striped ribbon
  • Stockberry Studios printable
Centerpieces

The main dining room table centerpiece was the birthday cake surrounded by a variety of cupcakes on a red cake stand.

To make the sheep cake, I baked a smaller cake and covered it with green frosting. The sheep is a cupcake laid on it’s side with mini marshmallows for wool and a large marshmallow head. The legs are white and black fondant rolled to shape and size.

The second dining table’s centerpiece was a couple of hay bales with animals and a sign made from the printables and Create a Critter Cricut Collection.

From our kitchen island the birthday boys’ favorite meal of hot dogs, mac n’ cheese, fruit and pickles was served. I covered the island with another red plastic table cloth, plopped a balloon bouquet in the middle and strung a handmade garland across the front. The garland was made using a piece of twine that I tied 12 inch strips of various fabrics and ribbons. I chose red gingham, cow print and yellow polka dot fabric as well as red pom pom ribbon and a scalloped yellow ribbon. It was adorable and easy to make.

Our fun loving now two year old kicked off his second year in style and with the biggest cake covered grin.

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