The party was a success! The weather was touch and go up until--and including--that morning, which made me even crazier than I usually am on event days, but it all worked out. No rain!
The birthday boy was ecstatic!
Out a bit in front of the gate, we have utilities, which includes a small concrete block. I didn't want anyone tripping over it upon entering, and, really, it's a bit of an eyesore if your're entering the yard from that side of the house. So...we had some leftover lattice from the deck skirting we replaced (more on that in a separate post) that Vern put together into a U-shaped cover. This was painted white, and I hung little homemade chalkboard signs onto it with jute. On the chalkboards was written: Games, Fun, Food, Ethan's Country Fair, This Way (with an arrow pointing toward the entrance). I forgot to take a picture of this as a finished shot--doh! I did, however, remember to snap a few shots of the chalkboard signs being made.
In the back itself, we had an area set up for games, which included:
Lucky Duck- Duck matching game purchased through Oriental Trading.
Tin Can Alley- Tin can game purchased through Oriental Trading, but I used scrapbook paper to cover the cans in colors and themes that were a better match to the party theme since they came circus themed.
Feed the Pig- I purchased a display board from the dollar store, freehand painted a big pig on it and cut the mouth away to leave a hole for tossing balls.
Ring Toss- I purchased a smallish wood tray, 3 small embroidery hoops and 9 milk bottles from Hobby Lobby. I took the interior section of each of the embroidery hoops and painted them a different color, and I painted the tray white.
Ball Toss- Purchased from Oriental Trading Company
Hot Shot- We used Ethan's mini basket ball goal to create a game station for shooting hoops.
Putt-putt- We happened to have a putter and a return, so it was easy enough to create this station.
Clothespin drop- I set out a step stool and a mason jar on the ground in front of it. 2 tries to drop a clothespin into the jar.
Penny Pitch- I used poster board and printed out red and blue circles in 3 different sizes. I just glued the circles in random places all over the poster board. The varying sized were worth different ticket values.
Knock 'Em Down- I purchased three floral foam blocks, wrapped them in scrapbook paper, stuck golf tees into the foam and placed ping pong balls on the tees. The participant just needed to knock off the ping pong balls to score tickets.
I found a picture of a sign I liked online, so I laid out a template based on this image that I could work from to make up all of my game signs. I printed them on card stock so that they would have a little weight to them. Zack and Ryan did a good job of hanging all of my signs and running the games during the party!
You can download and print the game signs here.
We plopped a couple more bales of hay next to a bench we brought out, stood the boys' lacrosse goal behind the bench, and then clipped a red, white and blue quilt to the goal with clothespins to create a backdrop for photos. It worked out well!
The wooden tags shown below on the beverage dispensers were a quickie copycat project from--my favorite--Ballard Designs. I had spare plywood and jute twine, so I couldn't see spending the $$ to order these from the catalog when I could make them myself. I just used a sharpie and my best effort to write on the tags once they were finished: Under 21, Over 21, Lemonade
Now, on to the fun part: FOOD!
I decided to also do fair themed cupcakes, as everyone's not in to pie. I know, right? Who are these people and what is wrong with them??? And, more importantly, what constitutes a fair themed cupcake? Well, I decided a funnel cake cupcake would definitely work for this theme, and because I just can't stand--or comprehend-- someone rejecting pie, I made banana cream pie cupcakes, too. Both cakes were yummy!
I laid out more signs for my different stations that you can download and print here.
Pennants and balloons were everywhere, and I worked red, aqua and cobalt into the color scheme wherever I could.
There were smiles, balloons, pies, jam, quilts, animals, food on sticks and laughter all around.