John Deere Birthday Party

The charm of farm life comes to life with our colorful take on a John Deere birthday party. Most importantly, this celebration was designed with busy parents in mind. The majority of party supplies are just a click away, and the elements mixed in are easy to buy, borrow, or rent. We included tutorials for DIY projects, and outlined a party menu that’s a cinch to put together. Take a look at the photos and get inspired to create an amazing birthday party.

John Deere Birthday Party

The green-and-yellow color scheme of John Deere birthday party supplies fits right in with our outdoor setting, and a few red accents brighten things up. A mix of materials and fabrics add texture and depth.

Party Decorations

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We covered the dining table in crisp, white linen with an overlay created from affordable kraft paper. Rented hay bales with bright bandanas (to soften the surface) served as seating.

Place settings combined John Deere dinner plates with fun activity place mats. Green utensils were placed out of order for a casual feel, and yellow cups and napkins tied the color scheme together.

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Alternative place setting: Solid black plates topped with John Deere dinner napkins and cow figurines get a lift from flat shirt boxes covered in John Deere gift wrap. Striped straws in black and white tie patterned cups to the plates, and green utensils placed out of order encourage kids to tackle their ice cream first.

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A pair of faux-grass wooden planter boxes tucked with seed packets and a vintage lantern painted red make the centerpieces theme appropriate.

Menus and Recipes

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A John Deere tractor flag banner ties together this down-home style “Grazing Station” where our three-step party menu is displayed. The key to stepping up store-bought items is creative presentation and a few unique twists. Bunches of dried wheat were placed in glass vases and tied with bows for a farm-like floral arrangement. Baskets lined with red, country-style bandanas offer up lunch, and rustic risers give some lift to drink options, snacks, and desserts.

CAKE + ICE CREAM + DRINK

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If time is limited and the party isn’t at lunchtime, feel free to stick to a menu of birthday cake, ice cream, and drinks. Simple touches such as the addition of a toy tractor and farm-animal figurines can make a store-bought cake fit the John Deere theme perfectly!

John Deere Cupcakes

Plain vanilla ice cream? Not a chance. Just line plastic cups with John Deere cupcake wrappers, scoop in the ice cream, and freeze until ready to serve. Shake some yellow and green jimmies on top before adding John Deere tractor picks, and you’re all set.

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Cold milk in drink dispensers look decorative atop wooden crates — and even better in jam jars rimmed in candy sprinkles and accented with striped straws.

+ LUNCH

Fried chicken

An easy lunch option is cold fried chicken from the deli paired with corn on the cob (boil for two minutes in salted water before serving). Baskets or cast-iron skillets lined with red bandanas emphasize the food’s country appeal.

+ SNACKS

John Deere snacks

Supplementing lunch with a few extra snacks is an opportunity to add to the decor as well as the menu. Our picks:

  • A blend of Chex mix and pretzels with green and yellow Sixlets served in a clear container labeled “Chicken Feed.”
  • Chocolate sandwich cookies with candies attached with frosting and gathered in a basket labeled “Tractor Wheels.”
  • Rice-cereal treats arranged on a footed server labeled “Hay Stacks” and lined with crumbled chocolate cookies and green sprinkles.

Activities

Johnny Tractor Bust

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Kids take turns getting blindfolded and going to bat with a wooden buster to break the Johnny Tractor piñata.

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Piñata filler of mixed candy and other treats pour to the ground after the big break.

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Mini “Feed Bags” made from kraft-paper sacks are great for collecting treats!

 

Down-on-the Farm Photo Op

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Kids will love posing for photos at a station set up with a tractor theme. We included a John Deere stand-up, bales of hay, and a sign we framed to personalize the display.

Favors

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We paired John Deere caps with gumball jars as favors at each place setting.

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A battered ladder serves as a rustic display for favor boxes, while a bandana-lined basket and toy dump truck offer individual toy farm animals and water squirters shaped like ears of corn, respectively.

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Pre-filled favor boxes get a personal touch with a free printable. John Deere notepads, sticker sheets,  squirters, and blowouts are packed inside.

Invitations

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We updated standard John Deere invitations with gift wrap and stickers.

If you prefer to go the electronic route, Evite has two options, including the Johnny Tractor invitation below.

John Deere Evite

View the entire line of John Deere products by clicking here.

Shane Smith

Shane Smith

Building, for me, gets to the root of creativity and problem solving. I love combining a variety of mediums to create unique art pieces.

3 Comments

  • Reply June 26, 2014

    Tashaa

    Adorable John Deere party! The link above for the Printables links only to the Food Tent Cards. Where can I find the download link for all of the other Printables shown above, such as the framed “Welcome to the ___ Family Farm” print and the “Grazing Station” print? Thank you!

  • Reply July 9, 2014

    Tashaa

    Angela, I can’t thank you enough! The link works perfectly now!

    Thank you so much, Tashaa

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