I helped a good friend of mine plan her daughter’s 5th birthday party and since her daughter wanted a farm animal petting zoo and pony rides, this cottage theme would work perfectly! I just love the mix of shabby gingham with the roses and the western mix of fonts! I didn’t want to do a pony party, barnyard party or a cowgirl party because I’ve seen it done so many times. This theme would also be great for a bridal shower, baby shower, tea party, etc. I can customize the candy labels to your specific needs and the birthday banner can be downloaded for free in my shop!
Shabby chic, cottage things, farmhouse or tea party items
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The chicken egg crates that my husband made out of an old fence with the egg cartons.
When you’re planning a party, try and pick theme that is related any holidays that occur around the same time of year, and pick a party date AFTER the holiday (even if that means having the birthday a couple of weeks early or even late). For example, for this Shabby Cottage theme, the party date was a week after Easter. I was able to pick up Peeps Chicks and crates of chocolate marshmallow eggs (in the cute Styrofoam egg containers) from Wal-Mart for 75% off the original price. This was a big money saver because bulk candy can be so expensive! I probably would have had a tough time trying to find Peeps any other time of the year. Also, check the expiration date when you purchase clearance candy. Most candy, when stored properly, will last over a year!