Vera’s 1st Farmer’s Market Birthday

Vera’s birthday is in February — prime strawberry picking season, but rather than the traditional strawberry birthday party theme, I took that idea and ran with it…and the result was a full on Farmer’s Market theme complete with real produce, a petting zoo, pony rides and a “U-Pick” Favor Stand. Parties for us are a “family” affair and thankfully whenever I come up with all of these crazy ideas, I also have our family squad out there to help me with all of the setup.

For the main cake table I wanted to create a faux Farmer’s Market storefront. I styled it with loads of Michael’s wood crates, a vintage food scale, galvanized pitchers and galvanized watering tins filled with roses, daisy’s, and sunflowers, wood pieces, little boots I had bought for her and red picnic table covers throughout.

I had taken floral monthly pictures for Vera’s Watch Me Grow first year, so I tied those in with a Flower Harvest Chart I created displaying her pictures and a Flower cart where guests could “shop” for their own custom floral arrangements.

The U-Pick favor stand was a hit with the kids. I got this adorable Magnolia Kid’s Market Cart and we added some additional display space for the U-Pick area from an old bookshelf that we made look like a stand by hammering 2×4 boards to the back of it and sticking a foam board sign we printed across.

We had bins of different items for tiny “shoppers” to fill their picking baskets. I had these carrot bags leftover from Easter the year before so we stuffed those with cheese balls to look like carrots in one bin. We made popcorn “ears” out of these treat bags and wrapped them up in green tissue paper to make them look real in another bin. We had an “Apples” bin stuffed with some strawberry candies in addition to a “free for all” bin, with different veggie and fruit puzzles and favor toys.

A small kid’s picnic activity table was setup for them to decorate some planters and plant some of their own “produce” to take home.

A special appearance from Farmer’s Minnie and Mickey Mouse made her birthday extra special. Enchanted Fairytale Parties did an awesome job at making them their custom outfits to fit our theme.

Photos: by Silvana González Photography

Finally, I wanted to wear something as a family for her big day. So, I took to my Cricut and DIYed Daddy a “Proud Farmer” Cap, a “Support Local Farmers” shirt with her farm logo for her big brother and created “Mommy and me” jean jackets for the cooler weather that was expected.

A little more on that in my next post, where I will walk you through some of the steps to make these super easy and on trend “Mommy and Me” jean jackets.