How to Plan a Pumpkin Patch Birthday Party

If your little one is celebrating a birthday in October, consider hosting her party at a local pumpkin patch. Not only will the patch provide a festive backdrop to pictures, it will also keep children entertained throughout the party, especially if it offers entertainment such as hayrides and corn mazes.

Prior to planning the celebration, contact the pumpkin patch to work out the event logistics. Determine whether they provide seating and tables or if you need to bring them in yourself. Also ask about whether music is allowed if that's important to you.

Another important thing to consider is weather, since you'll be hosting the birthday party outdoors. Find out if pumpkin patches like Fun Farm Pumpkin Patch offer any indoor or covered facilities, such as a gazebo, in case of inclement weather. You may also be able to erect a small tent onsite if you suspect the weather may be less-than-favorable on the day of the event.

Here are some tops for planning a child's pumpkin patch birthday party:

1. Sent out themed invitations. 

Get the guests excited about the party by sending out fall-themed invitations featuring designs such as pumpkins, scarecrows, sunflowers and witches. You can either make them yourself if you're crafty, or have them specially made. 

Provide directions to the pumpkin patch along with your contact information. You can also request that attendees wear Halloween costumes as a fun, festive touch.

2. Plan the decorations. 

A pumpkin patch will already provide a fun backdrop for the party, but a few extra decorations will give the celebration space a personalized flair. For table centerpieces, draw black jack-o-lantern faces on orange balloons, tie long ribbons to them, and secure them to the table with mini pumpkins. Kids can take the balloons home with them at the end of the party.

Other whimsical decor ideas include Halloween-themed paper banner featuring the child's name and age, orange, yellow and red real or faux flower bouquets, and scarecrows. 

3. Pick a menu.

Since you'll be holding the party in a rustic, outdoor location, keep the menu simple and kid-friendly. Some appetizer and main course ideas include corn dogs and ranch dip in a hallowed out pumpkin "bowl," along with a selection of fresh vegetables. 

For sweet treats, provide pumpkin-shaped cookies with orange sugar sprinkles, cupcakes with orange frosting and Halloween-inspired decor, such as plastic spider rings, and homemade caramel apples. 

As an interactive idea, allow the young guests to decorate their own desserts with sprinkles, icing and small candy pieces.