I was lucky enough to attend not one, but two tractor themed birthday parties this summer. It just so happens that my nephews three-year-old Tyson and two-year-old Nolan both love tractors!
I’m just guessing, but I bet the majority of those reading this blog also love tractors.
Here are a few highlights of the parties that will give you some ideas to create your own tractor themed party. First off are things you can make yourself.
There is nothing more refreshing than watermelon in the summer. To create these tractor watermelon I simply cut an oval watermelon into slices and punched out the tractor shapes with my tractor cookie cutter. You could also do this for cantaloupe and if you had a smaller cookie cutter the same method could be used to create tractor cheeses out of cheese slices.
Using a tractor mold equipped with room for a stick I melted Wilton chocolate melts to make arrangements out of these tractor chocolates. There is also a mold without a stick, which make cute chocolates to set around.
Tyson’s party was a red, green and blue tractor theme, and the Wilton chocolate comes in red, green and light blue. A quick sidenote on that…
My dad helped me make these for this party. The CASE IH and John Deere ones went well, but ole Grandpa thought he could make New Holland blue with the coloring he bought. Needless to say when he added the coloring it hardened the chocolate, then he added milk to try to redeem himself making it worse. A quick check of the Wilton website says to never use the icing coloring (which was exactly what he used). He went back to Walmart and got the light blue and we got over the fact they weren’t the exact match to the paint color of New Holland.
I took the same mold used to create the chocolates to make these tractor shaped crayons. To create them I removed the paper from the crayons and put like colored crayons together in empty green beans can that were placed in an electric skillet on low with a little water in it. Once completely melted I poured it into the molds and popped them in the freezer for a few minutes. These were put in the goodie boxes at Nolan’s party.
Now, the fact that they looked just like the chocolates was cause for concern at Nolan’s party. Since all the chocolates were green we put them into a little baggie together and the children were given crayons in every color but green so they didn’t try to eat the crayons.
Nolan’s grandma Kim, is a very talented baker. She made these cupcakes with green and yellow icing and then created these John Deere pics herself by copy and pasting the design off the plates used for the party and printing them out. She then cut out the circles and used a craft glue stick and glued them on a larger cut out circle using card stock paper. Those were just hot glued a tooth pick to the back so they could be stuck into the cupcake.
Kim also created this cake for Nolan. I loved that the topping appeared so realistic to dirt. She told me she used crushed chocolate graham crackers. Super cool looking and delicious!
Tyson’s mom Emily created these adorable tractor cookies (with the same cookie cutter used to make the watermelons) to go along with his cake. I loved how the muted icing color and decoration made them look very toy tractor like. She also included matching cookies in the shape of his age. So cute!
For super cheap decor for a tractor party visit your local implement dealer. My dad and husband went a little overboard to make sure all of Tyson’s favorite equipment was on display. Dad visited the local dealers to get old banners and signs they weren’t using anymore to hang up and my husband obtained some posters so that all Tyson’s favorite farm equipment manufactures were represented.
To go along with Tyson’s New Holland, John Deere and CASE IH tractor party his mom, Emily had a row of tables to go with each color. In the center of each was a tractor representing that brand with a handkerchief of the corresponding color underneath. She attached balloons to the tractor and alongside it sat a mini straw bale and mason jar filled with corn with foam letters spelling out Tyson inside it.
Nolan’s mom Ashley ordered these handy little goodie boxes that matched the plates, cups and napkins off of Rungreen.com. They also have this John Deere popcorn that is quite unique.
A tractor party wouldn’t be complete without some underwear to go with the theme! Yep, Tyson didn’t want to admit it, but he even received tractor underwear as a birthday gift. These were a part of Gymboree’s tractor line this summer and are still available. Nolan doesn’t know it, but he’s getting the exact same ones for Christmas.