Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Let's Geaux to the Farm

I'm so excited to finally be able to post these pictures, they are way over due! My dear friend Amelia Chandler (Her Royal Heinous) and I have joined forces to open a local children's event planning company called Let's Geaux Party. For those not familiar with the "Louisiana slang" Geaux is pronounced Go. We held our first party back in August 2011 and we've been on a roll ever since.

The party was for a set of twins turning four and their little sister turning two and held at their grandparents farm in Greenwood, Louisiana. Despite the extreme heat everyone had so much fun and enjoyed the petting zoo that came to visit the kids. The mom wanted a hand drawn illustration of the farm animals with a sort of "story book feel". We took the invitation a step farther by having the barn doors open to revel the invitation wording.


We set the very long dining table and lunch up inside the motor coach "barn". The cake and drinks were set up inside the actual barn complete with a stable right inside and behind the cake. It made for some very amused guests who were greeted by horses whenever they went to get a treat. Amelia scoured the local thrift shops for cowboy boots for centerpieces, some she painted and some were left to their vintage feel (inspired by Orange Blossom and Stephanie Lynn). We set up small hay bales and sunflowers on the table with toppers made in the same style as the party invitation. Horse head bookends were also used to add to the western feel.

Lunch was served out of a "chuck wagon" packaged in kraft gable boxes and topped off with a delicious animal cookie from Frog Prince Cake and Cookie Design. Aly B's Bakery in Shreveport made the delicious farm cake topped off with fondant farm animals from Two Sugar Babies. We also added a hand maid denim, burlap and gingham cake bunting behind the animals. Cupcakes were purchased from Sam's and topped off with cupcake toppers to match the rest of the party collateral. 

Each child received their own western cowboy hat hung on the fence (inspired by Hickey Pickety) and a chance to shop at the "General Store" for fun treats and toys. All the children got to ride on the donkeys and horses, pet goats, sheep and ducks and ride in a special barrel train owned by the grandparents. I think the kids had almost as much fun as Amelia and I had putting this party together. We had a blast down on the farm!






VENDOR CREDITS
Party styling, concept, invitations and collateral: Let's Geaux Party
     Amelia Chandler: Her Royal Heinous / Emily Welch: Magnolia Creative Co.
Cake: Aly B's Bakery, Shreveport, LA
Farm Animal Fondant Toppers: Two Sugar Babies
Party Favors in the General Store: Oriental Trading