As an animal fanatic with an affinity for the outdoors, Gracie Yow could hardly wait to spend her second birthday party on the farm with family and friends. Her mom Heather had settled on a cowgirl-chic theme but wanted to keep the party low-key with an emphasis on fun. When she discovered Owens Spring Creek Farm, she knew she’d found the perfect venue and got to work fine-tuning the details.
Heather spent four months scouring the Internet and superstore shelves for pieces that fit her “girly-cowgirl” vision. Pink bandannas and burlap accents were a must, along with apothecary jars for the candy buffet she planned to set up.
When the big day arrived, guests were greeted by a wash of pink, brown and paisley. The birthday girl donned a frilly pink dress but kept her look a little bit country by accessorizing with pint-size cowgirl boots and pigtails. Even Gracie’s three brothers got in on the action by pulling out their best plaid pearl-snaps and red bandannas.
To keep the kids sated, Heather provided simple but substantial snacks. Partygoers munched on hot dogs, potato chips and fruit kabobs before digging into the good stuff: custom-made sugar cookies and strawberry and vanilla-crème birthday cake. The two-layer cake decorated in paisleys and fondant fringe was a hit, but the animals and activities of Owens Spring Creek Farm stole the show.
When guests weren’t working on their sugar buzzes, they explored the farm and had their faces painted, which Heather says provided ample entertainment. A hayride and barrel ride were favorites with the tots, but for Gracie nothing beat visiting with the farm animals. Spring Creek Farm is home to horses, chickens and nearly every farm animal in between. Heather says Gracie was beside herself with excitement while peeking in on the pigs and sharing feed with the goats – her favorite part of the whole day. “That was a big deal to her,” she says. “She just went crazy.”
Before heading home, painted partygoers filled brown paper bags with parting gifts from the candy buffet. In addition to their choice of sweets (Pixy Stix, Starburst and Ring Pops – just to name a few), guests walked away with pretend mustaches and sheriff badges so they could keep the fun going at home.
Heather says the party was a hit. She encourages other do-it-yourselfers to pick a theme and budget and stick to your plan. “Get an idea of what you want and do as much as you can on your own,” she says. “You can get a lot of ideas from Internet searches.”