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John Deere Birthday Party Ideas: Invitations, Activities, Cake, and More

Updated on September 6, 2012
The birthday boy next to a John Deere tractor.
The birthday boy next to a John Deere tractor.

Planning a John Deere Party

Planning a birthday party can be great fun. When my son told me he wanted a John Deere birthday party for his 3rd birthday, my mind started turning. I love using a theme to create an exciting party. It makes things much easier to guide you and your guests are sure to have a great time. Here are some ideas on how to make your John Deere party a success from start to finish.

John Deere Party Invitation

Children love to receive mail. When I addressed the invitations for our guests, I addressed them to Farmer Abby or Farmer Marco. This gave the guests a clue right from the start what the party theme will be. There are several ways that you can invite your guests. There are the traditional party invitations that are sold on amazon, other birthday supply websites or in your local party supply store. You can simply fill in the information about where and when the party. If you want to get a little more creative, here are a few ideas.

First you could take a picture of your little one on or in front of a tractor. Then turn the photo into a postcard at your local photo shop. On the back, fill out the card with the details of the party. Another idea is to create your own invite using blank cardstock. You can add a picture of a John Deere tractor to it or just use some farm stickers to decorate the front. On the inside you could create a special invite that reads something like this:

Throw on your best pair of overalls, grab your straw hat, and rev up that tractor. It's time to head on over to Farmer Alex's farm to celebrate his 3rd birthday. Be sure to arrive before the rooster crows at 1:00 p.m. There will be plenty of good food and fun. If you cannot make the gathering please call ________________ by July 7th.

This style of invitation is much more exciting to the guest that receives it. From the start, you are already implementing the theme of the party.

Where to Throw a John Deere Party

If you have some sort of farm center near you, it would be a great place to hold the party. After all, if you have farm animals and a barn to make your party more authentic, it would really excite your guests. But don't worry, if you only have your own backyard, you can transform it into an exciting place for a farm party.

If you are a talented artist or want to get your children involved, simply get a large sheet of white paper. You can draw a variety of farm objects (barn, different animals, garden, tractor), have your children color them and then hang them up around the house or yard. If you are not an artist (like me) you can purchase removable decals to put on the walls for the celebration.

John Deere Party Food and Decorations

What's better than all American food for a farm party? Think about the things that you might find on a farm and in a farmer's kitchen. You could serve hamburgers and hot dogs, fried chicken, or even have a pig roast if you want to do it up big! For your sides how about some corn on the cob, watermelon, potato salad, and cake and ice cream for dessert!

For the decorations, keep it simple. You can place a green tablecloth on the table and place different toy tractors and farm animals in the center as center pieces. You can dot the room or outdoors with green and yellow balloons to highlight the green and yellow of John Deere. If you have little snacks like pretzels, nuts or chips set out on the tables for guests to munch on, why not put them in small green and yellow pails?

John Deere Party Games and Activities

So how will you keep those little ones entertained at your party? There are a lot of activities that you can do if you are hosting the party at your own home. Here is a list to get you started.

  • Play pin the tail on the cow.
  • Play find the coins in the haystack (I would use a sandbox at my house for this since I don't have hay to spread around.)
  • Decorate a terra cotta pot and plant a vegetable or strawberry plant in it.
  • Play what animal am I? Put a sticker or name of an animal on the back of each person. Have the children ask yes or no questions to identify what animal they are.
  • There is always the standby of a pinata. In keeping with the theme you can get one that is in the shape of a John Deere tractor.
  • Why not have a farm chore challenge? You can hide those plastic Easter eggs around your home or yard and have kids hunt for the eggs. As they collect the eggs (you can even put candy inside of them) make it a race for who collects the most eggs.

John Deere Party Favors

Your party favors can be as simple as the activities that you do. If you choose to decorate a pot and plant a vegetable, then that becomes part of the party favors. If you choose not to plant, you can add a packet of seeds, some candy, and a couple of plastic farm animals to the favor box. If you would like, you can also purchase pre-boxed favor boxes to hand out at the end.

John Deere Cake

Cupcakes are very trendy right now. Kids love to eat them and they are very easy to make with little effort in decorating. If you choose to make cupcakes, you can make any kind of cake according to the package directions and then top them with alternating yellow and green frosting. When they are complete, place one of the cap picks to decorate the top.

If you choose to make a cake, there are a lot of ways that you can make the cake. You can get a tractor cake pan and bake the cake in that. Then simply decorate the cake according to what a tractor looks like. If you want to get a little more involved, you could create a scene on a farm with a tractor planting crops, a little field on the side with a barn and some animals. You can top the cake with a tractor and plastic barnyard animals to make the scene more complete. You will need to use a variety of colored frosting to make each part of the cake look realistic. Use your imagination and have fun!

When you are throwing a children's birthday party, one of the things that you need to keep in mind is that no matter what you do, the kids are going to have a great time. So no matter how much work and preparation that you have put in, remember that it is a party and have fun!


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    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks LauraGT. It was great fun! Glad you stopped by to read and comment.

    • LauraGT profile image


      7 years ago from MA

      Looks like an amazing party and your hub is packed with great ideas. Well done!

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Michigan

      How cool HBN!!! I bet those kids will always remember that birthday party, especially the birthday boy. I find that using a theme to guide the party really does make it more successful. Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      7 years ago from South Carolina

      Sounds like your son's party should be a blast.

      One of my friends hosted a construction party for her 3 year old grandson. She set up a 12' by 12' gravel pit with sit on construction cranes and bulldozers that she purchased at garage sales and gave each kid a plastic hard hat and plastic lunch box. The kids were having such a ball in the gravel pit that they didn't even want to take time out to eat the adorable birthday cake she'd made.

      I think you're right when you say that the key to a great kid's party is having a theme. It stimulates their own creativity and fosters role play.

      Am voting this hub up across the board.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Michigan

      LOL, oh Simone, I agree with Ashlea, you are too funny! Yes, welcome to the Midwest. If you have ever seen the show The Middle, we really are a lot like that!

      Ashlea, the cake you described is pretty much exactly what I am doing for my son's cake. It will be interesting and hopefully it will turn out well.

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      Ashlea B 

      7 years ago

      Haha. Simone's comment cracks me up. Welcome to the Mid-west. :o) You are from California, right Simone? I'm in the middle of farm central. In fact, my Mom had a cake made for my Dad once with the whole field and John Deere tractor as he is a farmer.

      cardelean... hope the party is great. Fun ideas.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      This is blowing my mind. I had no idea that people actually had John Deere-themed parties! This actually sounds a lot of fun, and I know a lot of kids who would LOVE a John Deere birthday party! I'll have to share this Hub with some mothers I know :D

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks. He's very excited for his party. We will take lots of pictures and video!

    • Danette Watt profile image

      Danette Watt 

      7 years ago from Illinois

      Definitely a cute little farmer there! Voted up and I wish I could be there for it.

    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Cool-can't wait to see it.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Michigan

      Agreed that music should be involved as well! Once I make the cake I'll post pics or make another hub about the cake.

    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Holy Cow! Farmer Cara! Now that's what I call a fantastic HUB. No wonder you wanted to get Alex to agree with the theme, LOL it IS so much fun just reading about it. How creative is that!

      Gee, and I recall a time when you told me you were not creative...that is funny. (that was ages ago when you were in elem. school I think). Just look at you now. You must be inspired. LOL

      So, the only thing I would add to the shindig is party music: square dance stuff, unless they are too young, and songs like Old MacDonald of course. Oh, and don't forget--as a standby if it is (god forbid) a rainy day: play that barnyard or chicken movie.

      Rated it across the board and up-what an adorable photo of Alex and the other kids in the animal standups.


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