Sunday, June 26, 2016

Turning Four on the Farm

We celebrated my firstborn's 4th birthday on June 5th - even though her actual birthday is in May AND there is no way she's already four.  Nope, she can't be.  Not my baby girl!

Now I love to throw a party of any kind and I was really excited this year for Emma's first real party.  In the past, we kept her birthday celebrations to family only.  But now that she has turned four (I'm still not sure I believe that) it was time to go all out.

I have known since Emma was a baby that when it came time to throw her first 'big-girl' party, we would have it at 1818 Farms in Mooresville.  I absolutely love it there and was sure she would, too.

When we arrived, we were greeted by Natasha (the owner) and Mr. Tony, who gave us the farm rules:

1) Don't chase the chickens.
2) Don't kick the chickens.
3) Stay with our group.

Baby Sage totally broke rules 1 and 3.  I never saw him break rule #2, but it wouldn't surprise me if he did.

As the remaining guests were arriving, Mr. Tony brought some kittens over for the kids to pet.  They loved them!  Of course, they also loved chasing Trouble, the yellow barn cat, around the farm.  Baby Sage got in on that action, too.  I guess you might call that a bit of Double Trouble.  Get it??

Did I mention Baby Sage had the best time at his, I mean Emma's, party??

After all the guests had arrived, it was off to feed the chickens!  Here's a fun fact for you:  Chickens love to eat watermelon!  Who knew??  Everyone was able to pet and feed the chickens, and gather eggs from the coop.  It made me wish we still had our backyard chickens.  (It might be time to think about getting some more!)

In addition to the chickens, we also got to feed and pet the babydoll sheep and the goat - Miss Farrah Fawcett.  I'm pretty sure most of the kids (and probably some of the adults) had no idea who Farrah Fawcett was.  Then we were able to pet the pigs - Cupcake and Mr. Wrigley.  And the kids all petted the Great Pyrenees dogs and the kittens again.

After much feeding and petting of the animals, it was time to retreat to the Garden House for story time and painting led by Mr. Tony.  The parents took this time to venture on a garden tour given by Natasha. (But don't worry, we didn't miss the story time.)  Mr. Tony read a book called "Barnyard Chase."  It seemed appropriate to me given the actions of Baby Sage!

Mr. Tony also led everyone in a rousing rendition of "Old MacDonald."  It was so much fun!  He had a bag of animals, and when it would come time to sing about a new animal in the song, he would pull that animal out of the bag.  By the end of the son, the kids (and maybe a few of the adults) were standing, jumping, and singing with excitement about which animal would be next.  It was seriously the most fun I've ever seen anyone have with that song!

The next activity was painting.  And it was good timing, too, because that was about the time the sky decided to open up.  It sounded so good hearing the pouring rain hitting the Garden House roof.

After painting came... cake!  And boy, what a cake it was!!  Crazy Daisy Cakes in Hartselle made it, and modeled it off the invitations we sent out.  Not only was it gorgeous, but it was mighty tasty, too.

Cake time did not pass without a few tears, though.  Poor Emma is a bit shy around crowds so when everyone started to sing "Happy Birthday" all the attention focused on her proved to be a bit much.  But hey, it's her party and she'll cry if she wants to, right?

She wouldn't blow out the candles either, but like a good brother, Baby Sage jumped right in to help out.  This is about the time I noticed he was drenched -- either in sweat or rain.  The verdict is still out on that.  (Did I mention he had a great time?)

Finally, after Emma opened her gifts it was time to leave.  While we were sad to see all of our friends go, this was also when Emma had one of her favorite moments of the day.  While we were packing up, she got a chance to dance and play in the rain with her baby brother.  Unfortunately we didn't have any rain boots for Sage (that obviously didn't stop him), but we do now!

 Overall, it was a wonderful afternoon spent with family and friends.  I know Emma loved it, too, because she still talks about it and wears the pink cowgirl hat (that the kids got as a party favor) around the house.

Venue:  1818 Farms
Invitations:  Love Lucy
Photographer:  Lauren Tomasella Photography
Cake:  Crazy Daisy Cakes


  1. These pictures are priceless! I know that was a fun fun birthday party!