I'm farking farmed out.
Maxi and his band of merry men (and maidens) had a really, truly super awesomey day (except that one kid... there is always one.. who told me constantly that he was bored. I hate that kid.)
The trouble with 'doing' kids' parties is that kids have to come to them. I like kids well enough (I certainly like my own), but they're all just so... needy. The bits of half-eaten food that are plonked in your hand. The constant requests to hold things. The 'where are my?'s and 'where can I?'s and 'I don't eat that's. The 'I'm bored' kid.
Stop pestering me I'm BUSY boring you all, I wanted to shout.
Anyway, needless to say, I won't be adding 'kids' party entertainer' to my list of career prospects any time soon.
But, boy, this was a totally fantastically fun party to put together and, yes, host. Sorry for the ultra-lengthy post, but we all had the best possible time. Except that one kid.
We even got dressed up. Seemingly as cows...
We played games. Lots of really fun games and one or two utter flops.
The 'rescue the goose and duck trapped in the ice' game. One of Aunty C's specialties. The kids always have a blast with this game... especially when no amount of warm water will melt the Titanic-like iceberg and they end up having to smash the darn duck out on the rocks. Good times.
The 'paint a pot and plant a plant' game. The boys were very proud of their little lettuce plants. The pots are peat pots from Bunnings, about $5 for 26, which Cappers and I pre-painted with blackboard paint and each child's name in liquid chalk.
The 'build a scarecrow' game. This one was largely ignored. I thought it would be the hit of the party, which just goes to show you how much I know about kids. In fact, only about five of the kids could actually be bothered. Probably just as well as we don't actually know how to make a scarecrow and no amount of coaxing was going to make that dude stand up without his pants falling down.
The 'horseshoe toss' closely followed by the 'gumboot toss'. I think the kids got a bit bored with this one as well. You can see how riveted they are.
Things really revved up with the 'Scavenger Hunt' (another Aunty C, Queen of the Party Games, special). Two teams, each with the same map marking out six 'checkpoints' where they have to collect a farm animal and take a picture of something specific. In this case, a photo of the 'boy team' (who I think called themselves the 'Ninja Farmers') on the rocks. One team starts at number '1' and the other at '6'. You can see the 'girl team' (Team Cow) in close consultation in the background there. It's a really fun party game that gives the kids a sense of independence, encourages team work and takes up heaps of time. Perfect.
And, of course, good ol' 'Musical Cowpats'... hmmmm... dancing around to 'Thank God I'm a Country Boy' and picking up a scrunched up bit of brown paper when the music stopped and the kids went nuts over it. Go figure.
After all that game playing, a cold drink of milk was in order. Hello milk maid! (Nice 'fresh' face there, huh? Who has time for make-up on party day!?)
By this stage the kids were begging (begging) for food. Oh the food. Such fun to put it all together. I got loads of ideas from Pinterest (check my board for the 'inspiration' for a lot of the stuff you see here).
Carrots in Dirt - thanks to Easter there was no shortage of carrot cookie-cutters around. The 'dirt' is crushed up Arnotts Choc Ripple biscuits.
Haystacks - this one is from over the ditch at GreatFun4Kids (hi Simoney!). A plain lamington sponge, dipped in caramel (easy to make using condensed milk!) and then rolled in toasted coconut.
Pigs in Mud - chocolate mousse in little shot glasses with a lolly pig. We found the pig lollies at Harris Farm, but you can get the Coles Percy Pigs as well.
Fresh Eggs - these were a hit. I covered some egg cartons and then sandwiched two marshmallows together with icing. The 'cheap' marshmallows work best as they are the right sort of shape. I made enough of these so that Maxi could take a few boxes into school the next day to share with his classmates.
Chicken Feed - mini-pretzels and caramel popcorn.
Cake Pops - yes, I went there. I got it oh-so-right this time except... except. I was supposed to make 'watermelon' cake pops. So inside they are strawberry cake with little choc chips. I didn't plan ahead to think how I was going to colour the chocolate so despite many attempts, I didn't get it right. So I kept the chocolate white, painted on a face and called them Scarecrows. Never again. This time I mean it. I'm moving onto Whoopies.
And the fabulous cake, made by Her Gorgeousness Best Aunty in the Whole Wide World, Zia Lucia. (Who, just quietly, also made the piggy-cow-chickadee cupcakes and the carrot bickies!).
A Very Big Day, indeed. And the best bit of all? Why the spontaneous 'thank you for the best party ever' from a very happy birthday boy, of course!
Happiest Birthday Ever, Farmer Max. You're eight and you're great.
If you're keen, here are some other parties I've gone mental over:
Click the image and make a party at your place just like this one!