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John Deere
Birthday Party Planning Guide

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BirthdayExpress.com is every host's secret for making birthday wishes come true! Our John Deere party planning guide offers step-by-step instruction to help you plan, prepare and execute a memorable day for the birthday guest of honor. The helpful checklist ensures that no detail is forgotten, while the themed games and recipes take the guesswork out of finding treats and activities that complement your décor. And we know you're busy, so the entire guide is printable – keeping you organized on the fly, from balloon blow-up to confetti clean-up!

Party Checklist

4-6 Weeks Before the Party

  • Select Date:



    Plan a safe, inviting place for kids to have fun. Set time to 2-3 hours for young children, and 3-4 hours for older kids.

  • Create Guest List

    Just fill out the handy list in this guide!

  • Order John Deere Party Supplies, 
John Deere Favors

    BirthdayExpress.com is the place! You’ll find over 150 party themes, with party pack options for all of them. Expecting more guests? Choose our Pack Add-On option

  • Order Birthday Costume/Outfit & Gifts

    BirthdayExpress.com has lots of fun choices. Look for our costumes, T-shirts, hats and special birthday gifts designed to match our party themes.

  • Book Entertainment (optional)

2 Weeks Before the Party

  • Order Cake

    Schedule to pick it up one day before the party.

  • Mail John Deere Birthday Invitations

    Let the birthday child help by adhering the stamps and putting the invitations in the mailbox.

  • Create List of Parent Phone Numbers

    Keep on hand in case of emergency.

  • Plan Party Menu

    Check out the recipes in this guide. Ask parents if kids have any food allergies.

  • Choose Party Games & Collect Party Supplies

    This guide has ideas that match your party theme!

2-3 Days Before the Party

  • Prepare Cameras

    Check batteries. Charge video camera. Buy film or video cards. Get Birthday Message Cameras for the kids to use.

1 Day Before the Party

  • Make Food & Drinks, Bake/Get Cake, Buy Ice

    Set out chilled/heated foods just before kids eat.

  • Childproof & Decorate Party Area

    Remove breakable items and objects that could prevent guests from moving freely. Decorate with balloons, crepe paper, and other items included in your party pack.

  • Set Up Party Games, Fill Favor Boxes & Piñatas

    Invite your party child to help!

Party Day!

  • Fill Birthday Balloons with Helium

After the Party


Farmers for a Day


As your guests arrive, transform all the kids into little farmers! Tie bandanas around their necks, and give them John Deere hats to wear. Hand them their "livestock", too (boxes of animal cookies)!



Take the kids on a tractor-spotting adventure. Be sure to look for potential locations ahead of time. You can even include a visit to a farm or petting zoo. Find out if the kids can go on a pony ride, learn how to milk a cow, feed chickens, gather eggs, etc.

Barnyard Surprise

  • plastic eggs that open (1 per child)
  • farm animal stickers
  • a large container filled with straw or raffia

Gather your little chicks for a special egg hunt. Before kids arrive, place a sticker or drawing of a different farm animal inside each egg. Hide the eggs in the straw-filled container, and invite kids to find an egg, open it, and see what their surprise animal is. When everyone has opened an egg, form a circle and make sure kids know their animals. Then, sing "Old MacDonald Had a Farm," and invite kids to take turns acting and sounding like their surprise animals.

Little Piggies

  • bowls of chocolate pudding (1 per child)
  • hair ties for longer hair
  • tablecover

Kids love playing this messy game. Line up the bowls of muddy-looking pudding along the ground (whether indoors or outdoors, place a tablecover under the bowls for easier cleanup). Tie back hair that might get in the way. Then ask all the kids to place hands on the ground, beside their bowls, and keep them there throughout the game. When you shout, "Suey!" kids dive into their pudding bowls, and eat with no hands! If you wish, give prizes to the players with the cleanest bowls and the messiest faces. You'll get hilarious pictures, too!


Fantastic Farmer's Cake

Estimated Total Time: 45 minutes

  • large sheet cake (homemade or from a bakery)
  • green and golden-yellow frosting
  • cocoa powder
  • colorful candies (except for very young children)

This cake is perfect for birthday kids to help decorate. Frost the cake golden-yellow, with green frosting around the outside. Then add our John Deere molded candle in the middle

Brown Cow Milk Shakes

Estimated Total Time: 15 minutes

  • 6 cups milk
  • 6 tbsp. cocoa mix
  • 3 ripe bananas (sliced)
  • 4 scoops of vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt
  • blender

A yummy birthday beverage! Divide first row of ingredients in half. Blend. Then add 2 scoops of ice cream, and whirl away some more. Next do the second batch. Serve in our exclusive John Deere tumblers or John Deere tire cups.

Hoppin' Haystacks

Estimated Total Time: 25 minutes

  • 1 cup natural nut butter (check with parents first about nut allergies)
  • 2 cans (5-oz.) chow mein noodles
  • 1 cup cornflakes
  • 1 bag (12-oz.) butterscotch chips
  • wooden spoon
  • large bowl
  • saucepan
  • waxed paper

Hay! Kids will plow right through these yummy snacks. Using a wooden spoon, stir the 4 ingredients together in bowl. Melt chips in saucepan on low heat, and then mix into the bowl with the other ingredients. Spoon out small mounds (haystacks) onto waxed paper. Then cool, and serve.

Farmer John's Veggie Tray

Estimated Total Time: 20 minutes

  • 1 cup baby carrots
  • 1 cup baby corn
  • 1 cup broccoli, chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup cucumbers, sliced thin
  • 1 cup spinach
  • fresh dill
  • veggie dip (homemade or packaged)
  • sunflower seeds
  • serving tray

Bring the farm to your party table! First, add a layer of veggie dip to your tray. Top with a layer of spinach and a layer of cucumbers. Next, sprinkle a heavy layer of sunflower seeds (this will make your appetizer look like a "field"). Add the remaining veggies in rows over the top and finish with the dill. Refrigerate for 2 hours and serve.

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