And now on to the events of the day.
First came set-up. It was a total scramble since I had so little time. It was definitely a treat to have the party on a farm, but I will hesitate to have another away from home because it took so much advance planning.
You can see the tent area we had. It was really nice that it was a separate fenced area since the farm was crowded that day.
I mentioned we were so lucky to have a nice sunny day, but, man, it was windy. Everything had to be tightly secured down.
When the guests first arrive the could feed the animals carrots or do some coloring of farm pictures. Guess how much coloring was done?
Next it was time to go peach-picking. While waiting for the hay ride, there was much silliness and some rousing games of ring-around-the-rosy. Then we loaded onto the hay wagon and enjoyed a scenic ride around the farm.
There was a little instruction on which peaches were ripe and we were dropped off in the peach groves and got to roam about filling our little baskets. With a little help from the moms and dads, the kids had a great time.
We had a little wait until the hayride came back to get us, so the kids did a little tree climbing...
The yellow jackets turned out to be a huge problem. They were everywhere. We couldn't put out the food until the last second and they swarmed the sweet stuff. I had planned on peach lemonade in a big punch bowl, but we quickly had to nix that idea because they would go crazy for it for sure. Luckily, I had back-up juice boxes. The idea of the bees eating the food didn't gross me out (you can see the little holes they ate in the candy below) but I was worried one of the kids would get stung because they're so aggressive. We lucked out and no one did. Had I thought of it ahead I would have brought sugar-water traps to put out and lure them away from us...
Candles were hard to keep lit...
But we pretened.
The cupcakes had little versions of cakeballs like the cake pops I made based on Bakerella's apple design. The pops were adorable, but seriously time consuming. Luckily my baking sister was in town to help me out.
The ice cream was another snafu. We rented an ice cream cart and I called ahead to reserve the dry ice and they said don't worry just come by and get it that morning. Well, I went by and they were out! And no on else was open on Sunday. So we had to make do by keeping the ice cream in the farm's freezer then just using regular ice. It was pretty melty. That was me trying to be relaxed about the details and I learned I'm just better off obsessing and forcing them to take a reservation.
After the food, the kids got to enjoy all the activities. The farm was having it's fall festival and we bought wrist bands for all the guests. That meant as much hayriding, tractor "train" riding, pony riding, hay pile climbing, bouncy house jumping, and corn kingdom playing as they wanted. Theo would have ridden around on that "train" all day if we'd let him. And Aurora loved the ponies.
My two kids were totally exhausted but very happy by the time we got home. (So was I, now that I think of it...)
All photos are by Christianne Ebel.