Real Party: Little Lucas Had a Farm

Lucas’ mama Jamie is one of those people who can plan a party with her eyes closed! I am always so inspired by all of the ideas she comes up with and have even used an idea or two of hers myself.

What inspired the theme of your child’s party?

Honestly, it was the location! The farm theme was never a top contender for us, but we knew it was going to be big, we wanted it to be fun and there was no way we could have a party like that at our place.

Zoomar’s is a local petting zoo we visit frequently with Lucas; it’s always been a special place for us. It is very laid back, family-friendly for all ages and hands-on. Once we discovered you could have parties there, we knew it would be perfect! My mind almost literally exploded with ideas and the planning fun began.

What is one element of the party that you are particularly proud of?

One thing I am proud of is all of our DIY projects and that it was a huge collaboration.

I sat down and brainstormed all of my ideas and drew up some plans. Once we got going (I say WE because my awesome husband can rock the Cricut and a hot glue gun) everything started to come together!

The ideas were endless, so I kept at our to-do list and we had a few (alright… many) late nights working on projects after Lucas went to bed. We worked on centerpieces, table runners, favors, signs, tags, banners and the adorable cupcakes; we created it.

I couldn’t do it without help of course; my wonderful family was by our side. I look back and can remember my dad grilling on the BBQ, my sister helping me create the most adorable cupcakes, and my husband gluing googly eyes on the animals. It was a lot of fun bringing it all together with everyone!

Did you work with any vendors? If so, who? And what did you like or dislike about them?

We only had a few vendors since we did almost everything ourselves. Everything was done beautifully and I couldn’t think of one complaint.

Zoomar’s Petting Zoo was so easy to work with and always so kind. They have such a great team!

Donna B’s is a delicious local bakery; we have used them for many events. Our idea was to have them create Lucas’ cake to be “the barn” since my sister and I were making all of the animal cupcakes and fenced coral to finish the scene. It turned out adorable!

I had a few custom things made by Etsy sellers, holy moly do I love that site!

Last, but not least, my talented husband is a photographer, so it worked out perfectly! He was able to grab some awesome detail pictures before our friends and family arrived. Obviously not everyone has a photographer in the family, but I highly suggest you (or someone you trust) go around and grab some pictures before the madness begins. Get one of the birthday boy or girl too! It only takes a few minutes, and you’ll be thankful later.

That was it, we did everything else!

What was your favorite moment/part of the party?

My favorite moment of the party was looking around at all our friends and family right before we sang Happy Birthday, you could feel all the love for Lucas. He has a very special place in all of our hearts, and everyone has their own unique bond with him. It’s such a blessing!

What was your birthday boy’s favorite part?

Lucas’ favorite part (just like any other day at Zoomar’s) was the train ride, playground and all the interaction with the animals! He loves playing with the bunnies, feeding the animals and taking pony rides. This day was just extra special because we were all there to play too!

Can you give any advice to mamas that are planning a party for their little one?

My one and only piece of advice — do whatever you want! Party planning is not for everyone, or maybe you’re not a fan of DIY; some want huge parties, others small. Just have fun and do what works for you!

After all, it’s just about your baby! I don’t put pressure on myself for everything, I just do what I can.

I absolutely LOVE party planning and creating things. That being said, I’m always excited to start early.

Here is how my brain works: I like to have figured out the who, what, when and where to begin. Once that’s done I figure out the vendors and always do the invitations (which I like for people to receive one month prior to the date). During that time I’m collecting the paper goods and other items for my projects.

The month of the party is when the magic happens and I work on all the DIY projects. I try to break them up so I’m not scrambling too much last minute.

I keep everything very organized, I will have a large box or two of all my things for the party, and one long to-do list, which I may continue to add to, but I still like having it all on one list.

Lastly, I draw little sketches of how I want things set up when I plan parties. For Lucas’ birthday, I drew everything out and where it would go since I knew we had a few tables and a designated area.

Yes, it’s a little much sometimes. But for the record, I don’t do all of our parties like this. Last year, we had a small family gathering during the week for Lucas’ second birthday. Completely different, but it was still perfect!

Vendors:

Location: Zoomars

Lucas’ Cake: Donna B’s Bakery

Invites: Kim Nelson Creative

Custom Stickers: Simply Sweetness

Custom Address Labels: Kottage on 5th

I think we can all agree Lucas’ first birthday was one of the most creative we have seen and can certainly be used for inspiration!

6 Responses to Real Party: Little Lucas Had a Farm

  1. Such amazing details!!! Great job mama!

  2. OMG want to come plans James birthday!

  3. This is such a great theme and you did an excellent job- it’s super cute!

  4. where did you find the hay bale center pieces?

    • Hi Sheila! This mama made the centerpieces with her Cricut machine and purchased the little hay bales at her local craft store. I’ve seen them at Hobby Lobby, some Michael’s stores and sometimes at JoAnn’s.

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