The air is crisp, the leaves are a vivid green and flower buds are opening into the most vibrantly-coloured blooms – doesn’t it make you feel like you want to celebrate? If any of your children have birthdays that fall during the spring, that’s the perfect excuse to do so, and you can theme the event so that it makes the most of this wonderful season.

You might think that a spring-themed birthday party lends itself more to a little girl’s celebration, but it’s actually possible to make this theme perfectly suitable for young boys too. If your child is an animal lover, why not take some inspiration from the local farmyard – one of the most exciting places to visit during the spring!

First of all, you’ll need to let your guests know about the party, so ask your child to help you make some party invitations in the shapes of fluffy sheep. All you’ll need is some white and black card, and you can write or print all of the party information on the sheep’s ‘woolly coat’, then have lots of fun sticking on the legs and head.

Depending on the age of your child, they might want to incorporate a fancy dress theme into their party too. Birthday parties inspired by spring farmyards offer plenty of great costume ideas, from flowers to friendly cows, plus you could have prizes in the form of personalised gifts from Hallmark to hand out to the children with the best outfits. Hire a face painter for the afternoon to add the perfect finishing touch to their costumes.

Farmyard Fun

Here in the UK, we all know that spring showers can crop up at the most inappropriate times, so if you’re planning to hold a garden party it might be a good idea to put up a gazebo or two. Decorate the trees with bright, stripy streamers that will float in the breeze, or for indoor parties, bring the outdoors, indoors by making ‘grass’ and ‘flowers’ from colourful tissue paper, then sticking them up on the walls around the room. Plus if you fancy having a go at balloon modelling, you could try making balloon flowers and animals as unique party decorations. Compile a mix CD of animal-themed songs to play in the background.

For the party food, think fresh seasonal flavours, and set out platters of vegetables with tasty dips for healthy snacks that the kids will love. Set up a smoothie bar with bowls of fresh fruit that allows the party guests to pick their own ingredients, but make sure you have a responsible adult to blend it all together!

Biscuits in the shapes of tractors, flowers and animals will bring the theme together, especially if you get the kids to decorate the cookies themselves as a fun party activity. Don’t forget to plan some fun animal-themed party games too, like Animal Charades, Pin the Tail On the Donkey, an Animal Safari in which the guests hunt for farmyard animal toys hidden around the party area or even, everyone’s favourite, a piñata!

Disclosure : This guest post is provided courtesy of Hallmark.

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