I cannot even count all of the parties I have been to over the years, and for all of the parties I have been to, I have met so many nice and very clever Moms and Dads!!! If you are looking for ways to enhance your celebration (besides choosing our ponies and petting zoo, of course) here are a few ideas...all of them borrowed from very creative folk!!!
Many of you ask about “hay” bales for party decoration and additional party seating. Because we come to your party with our trucks and trailers full of animals, and some of us are getting old and have very bad backs (like me), we are not able to bring straw to your party. You are looking for bales of straw. You town or a town close to you should have a feed store that would sell bales of straw-you can also search for them on craigslist-you should expect to pay $5.00-$10.00 a bale.
ORDER A UNICORN!!!
We happen to own a UNICORN!!! Tiffany, Napoleon and Bernie are a very special, and rare breed of pony!! Order our Unicorn to make a childhood fantasy come alive. Please be sure to make a note of this special order on your reservation form. There is an additional $35.00 charge.
Kudos go to Jennifer Livermore of Discovery Bay who hosted an adorable petting zoo party for her daughter in the fall of 2006. At a local park she decorated each table with table clothes and homemade cakes. Each table had a different farm animal, pig, sheep, cow, pony. They were adorable center pieces and yummy for the guests. She baked and decorated farm animal cut out sugar cookies, put them on a skewer and filled flower pots with Styrofoam, (cover the Styrofoam with peanuts to hide) stuck in the cookies and they were gone before I could get a picture, but so cute!!!! Fill theme colored $1 store little tiin buckets with peanuts as balloon weights. She had a cute fabric lined basket filled with jars of baby food for the young guests, as this was a celebration for her daughters 1st birthday) She created a carmel apple buffet….oh yummy!!! Have an adult of two to supervise this…melt carmel in crock pot, or something that will keep it warm and dippable. Place apples on sticks, dip in carmel, then roll in your choice of goodies from dipping trays full of nuts, chocolate chips, coconut, butterscotch chips, min marshmallows, candy sprinkles……have sliced apples for quick dips as well….make a farm animal cut out for ‘photo ops’, farm decorated bags full of popcorn looked cute at each place setting……
PLAY HOT POTATO
Another creative Mom made hand painted wooden signs to mark games and snacks and other party highlights, built a “corral” out of rough rope for the ponies to walk in……so easy and soooooo cute!!!!!
A Christmas Party in Martinez in ‘06 had our petting zoo for their Winter Wonderland themed event and we brought all white animals…..beautiful!!!!
At another home in Discovery Bay we “tied” the ponies with pastel ribbons to a maypole and lead them and the children around and around at this Mary Poppins themed party. Children played to the soundtrack, had a spoonful of sugar race and decorated paper kites among other amazing ideas……
You are all so creative, and each party is a new adventure…..always remember that the children don’t care what you do, just that you spend their special day with them!!!!!
Invite our pigs, goats, sheep, geese, all the barn critters for your Charolette’s Web themed party!!! We can bring the pigs to schools for pictures with the kid’s as they enjoy the story!
More fun party ideas…….
Paper Bag Sheriff Vests:
If you have a specific theme, tell us and we can try to dress up our ponies to match. We can easily do holidays themes, Hawaiian themes, Western themes and whatever else creative.
Check out these Web sites to find a great selection of party goods and party favors:
If you have any great ideas, let us know so we can share them with others!!!