My little Eva turned 5 over the weekend and had a birthday party at Bocketts Farm in Surrey. I thought I would share little snippets of the food and decorations. Obviously I don’t know if most parents would be happy with photos of their children on the internet so decided to leave out all but a few party pics.
Eva loves going to the farm and is obsessed with the movie Barnyard at the moment so I hit Pinterest to curate Farm party theme ideas. Food was included in the price for each guest so I only really needed to do a small buffet for adults and siblings. I loved the labelling ideas such as snack bars for Haystacks, Oreos for tractor wheels and mixed popcorn and pretzels as chicken feed.
I ordered these walking animal balloons and a disposable helium cannister. They were a big, BIG hit with the kids! Only problem was I only ordered enough for guests and people were taking some for siblings. I had to nervously ask if they could ask the siblings to share. Not something I had thought about before.
We have all seen the pigs on mud cake doing the rounds on the internet. It looked pretty simple to make so I thought I would give it a go. I have never ever baked a full cake before so feel flat on my face and managed to bake 5 cakes before I got it sort of right. I tried 3 different recipes and the winner was the Mary Berry chocolate sponge. I just upped the recipe by 20% to fit in my 9 inch cake tins and I felt the recipe needed a little more to rise.
Bocketts is a brilliant place for a kids party. There is so much indoors so is a fail-safe venue in case of rain. The party room is lovely and the party planners are great. My only suggestions would be that they had a dedicated ‘meet zone’ for guests when they arrive as the place is quite large and guests can get mixed up with visitors. It took 20 minutes to gather everyone from playing to go to the animal handling. Which was then a knock on effect for the tractor ride and then eating in the party room. Also I felt come 5:30 we were getting pushed out a bit, for the price (29 children party came to £370)…maybe 20/30 minutes play time after the farm closes would make you feel like you have value for money. Also include the tractor ride in the price.