Party Idea: A Barnyard Birthday Party

Every little boy needs to feel special on his birthday, and with the help of May Arts Ribbon and Stampendous products, you can turn a regular birthday party into a full out fantastic barnyard picnic! My little nephew turns one shortly and my sister has enlisted my help with decorations for the big day. I’ll show you a few quick and inexpensive projects that will really bring the barnyard theme together.

To make the majority of the projects today, you just need a few supplies! Grab the uber cute Cowlik Birthday stamp set from Stampendous, May Arts wide Wired Burlap Ribbon and paper Natural Raffia, a circle punch, ink and cardstock.

Help your guests feel welcome and special with custom place cards!

After stamping the fun greeting and the guests’ names onto cardstock, I punched each into a circle and then cut burlap into 4 inch sections.

Finally, I threaded about a five inch length of raffia through the cardstock and burlap and tied it off. Since the burlap is pre-wired, I simply folded them in half to stand upright.

Another cute and quick idea to carry out the barnyard theme was to create these adorable cupcake toppers with the help of a few toothpicks.

I stamped and colored the cute sheep (and mice images, too, not pictured!) included in the stamp set and then punched each into a circle. I also punched enough matching blank circles as well.

I then ran glue on the perimeter of the backside circles, leaving about a 1/8 inch area without glue. I adhered a stamped circle and a blank circle together and inserted the toothpick in between. After allowing them to dry, I tied a short piece of raffia to each and they were ready to stick into each frosted cupcake.

For a touch of color and whimsy, I decorated a mason jar with wrapped raffia and a stamped and colored cupcake tag. A number of jars will be filled with daisies and used as a tabletop centerpiece and a few placed throughout the venue.

I created a cute little card for the birthday boy himself that coordinated with the décor and theme of the party too!

I started with a trimmed piece of chipboard (aka-cereal box) and wrapped it with the raffia.

Then I stamped the cutie pie cow image with permanent ink onto the front and also stamped, colored and fussy cut one from cardstock. I adhered the cut cow onto the raffia and then finished the card with some coordinating patterned  paper.

The possibilities to carry out this theme, with only a few select May Arts Ribbon and Stampendous, products are endless! I think the guests to the party will feel welcome and be ready for a hayride! It was super fun to pair the two and to know that May Arts Store has such a wide variety of ribbon products to work with any kind of stamp set is really fantastic. The possibilities are endless!

Blog post by: Karen Baker


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  1. jen shears

    You really rocked the barnyard with this one! Lots of fun ideas!!!

  2. Jen W.

    So much cuteness going on here, Karen!  I especially love the raffia on the card.

  3. Trinh

    Fantastic party set, Karen!  All of the details are superb but my favorite would have to be the raffia-wrapped panel on the card.  Genius!

  4. erin

    These are fun, what a great way to celebrate a birthday.

  5. Taerie

    Love the idea of stamping on the raffia. What fun!!!

  6. Jenny M

    Hay Karen, your projects are brilliant, a dream party for any youngster!
    My fave has to be the card…love the raffia wrapped card :0)
    Jenny x

  7. Rose

    Karen these are all so fun!!! 
    they are sure to be a big hit at the party 🙂

  8. Barb

    Wow, Karen, you've created some wonderful projects for your nephew's party! Just love each one – so cute!

  9. Carole

    Great party ideas, and a fabulously fun card. I herd about your blog from Karen Baker

  10. Kristie Maynard

    So cute.   love the stamping on the raffia, I've stamped on ribbon, but never thought of raffia.  Great idea!

  11. Rebecca W

    Adorable birthday party set- hope the birthday child loves the party!

  12. Amanda Coleman

    I love the little cow riding on the tractor!

  13. Sue D

    Love the barnyard theme–great ideas!

  14. Pendra

    How adorable each and every one of these projects are!  I love that stamp and all the cute things you did with it!  Very creative!

  15. Cyndi Stephenson

    Fun party theme.  Thanks for sharing.

  16. sue wisniewski

    what a fun birthday!  stamping sue

  17. Pam

    What a great party! Super ideas!

  18. Indy

    These farm stamps just make me smile!  Thanks for the great projects!

  19. ava

    kool work

  20. Ruby C

    These are some really fun ideas.

  21. Amy Jones

    Awesome again as usual…..I love the cow.  I need to try this myself.  and the flowers all stamped up….Loving them too.

  22. Bethany Becker

    Great ideas!  I love the look of natural products in creative pieces.

  23. Lynda

    You're a sweet aunt to spend all that time making decorations for your nephew (or should I say sister?)!

  24. Laura Cox

    Very cute!!  Love the burlap ribbon!!

  25. Stampendous Graphics

    What a delightful idea to do a whole birthday party using the Cowlik Perfectly Clear Stamps set! Love the stamping on raffia…sooo creative! Great job!

  26. Micah G.

    Really cute stamps—-I also like how you ever so subtly colored the lambs. Good job decorating everything.

  27. B. Poteraj

    What a cute theme. There are so many possibilities for a farm theme.

  28. Sharon Gullikson

    I like the flowers. I could have my craft class (kiddos) make those…

  29. Miriam Prantner

    Great stuff, I especially like the stamping on raffia – that looks so cool!

  30. natasha g.p.

    I really like the burlap place card.

  31. Ange

    Adorable! Love the card!!

  32. LinhC

    Lucky birthday boy!

  33. Karen aka Soccerboyzmom

    Very cute and love the use of burlap.

  34. NWFlamingo

    I love the raffia on the cereal box idea.  I'm going to have to borrow that idea!  Very cute.

  35. Chris R

    Wow….that is one super darling party.  Love the details. 

  36. Trudi Wilbur

    Those barn animals are so cute!  Love all the textures you've used.


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