Barn Yard Party Themes

by Audrey Farley
Barnyard parties are best held outdoors, especially if decorated with hay.

Barnyard parties are best held outdoors, especially if decorated with hay.

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Whether you are hosting a birthday party or a summer get together, or celebrating a school unit on farming or agriculture, a barnyard-themed party may be the way to go. Host a barnyard party on a farm, in your backyard or at a playground or park. There are various themes for a barnyard party, which children are sure to love.

Old McDonald

Host an Old McDonald-themed barnyard party. Decorate a garage, pavilion or other outdoor building with straw and hats. Fill a wheelbarrow or red wagon with straw and place it at the entrance for guests to deposit gifts if the event is a birthday party. Ask guests to appear in costume, wearing overalls and boots. Distribute cowboy hats for party favors. For a young children's party, sit in a circle and sing "Old McDonald" and other barnyard songs.

Charlotte's Web

Host a "Charlotte's Web"-inspired barnyard party. Use polyester filling to hang webs from corners and doorways. Invite guests to appear in costume as characters in the book. Award a prize for the best costume for each character. For a fun, book-inspired activity, have guests decorate a cupcake with the words of the spider's webs, such as "Terrific!" or "Some pig!" In addition, fill the bed of a truck with hay, like the character Avery's truck, and take kids for a hay ride.

Square Dance

Host a square dance for a barnyard-themed party. Decorate with straw and colorful balloons. Invite guests to come in costume with flannel shirts, denim and cowboy boots. Distribute bandanas to guests as they arrive. Teach a group square dance or invite party-goers to choreograph a square dance to perform in a competition. Award the winning couple or group a prize, such as a cowbell or other farm-themed gift.

Horse Rides or Petting Zoo

For a fun barnyard-themed party with real animals, host a horseback or pony riding party. Take guests to a stable or farm with horses. Invite a local equestrian to give a short presentation about horses and then take the children on horseback or pony rides. Alternatively, take guests to a petting zoo or host a petting zoo by hiring a company that brings farm animals to birthday parties. Some companies bring goats, sheep, pigs, rabbits and ponies for kids to pet and feed. All you need is a field big enough to accommodate the animals. Make balloon animals such as cows, horses, sheep and geese. Play other barnyard-themed games, such as Pin the Tail on the Donkey.

About the Author

Audrey Farley began writing professionally in 2007. She has been featured in various issues of "The Mountain Echo" and "The Messenger." Farley has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Richmond and a Master of Arts in English literature from Virginia Commonwealth University. She teaches English composition at a community college.

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