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A few months ago, when my mom and I realized that we’d be in Colorado over Kade’s birthday, she volunteered to host his party.  Kade has a huge collection of John Deere tractors, just like Grandpa Dan’s; and so we thought a John Deere Tractor Party would be a great idea, especially Kade.  In fact, after we talked about it, the only thing this boy wanted to do for his birthday was drive a tractor and eat a tractor cake – so I started planning…


The first thing I did, of course, was head straight over to Pinterest and search for “tractor party”.  So many fun ideas!  Kyle helped me pick a cake to try and we eventually realized that we must have expensive taste because our two favorites were done by professionals, something I am not.  But I gave it my best shot.

I baked 2 box cakes in 4 loaf pans, layered 2 of them for the bottom of the tractor and cut 1 in half and stacked it for the tractor cab.  (We just snacked on the remaining loaf.)  After crumb coating the cake with buttercream frosting, I covered it in fondant and used royal icing to hold the different fondant pieces together.  This was my first time ever using fondant, so I had no idea what I was doing but it worked OK, thanks to lots of YouTube instructions.  The tires were chocolate donuts that I covered in fondant and I cut out chevrons and attached them to the tires for tread.  The “field” was made of Oreo crumbs and my dearest sister had the patience to cut out the words and the deer.  (Thank you, Sister!  They truly “made” the cake!)

Once I knew what I wanted to do with the cake, I started thinking about the invitations, decorations and setting the scene for the party.  The invite idea was also from Pinterest.  I combined a few things from the ones I liked and then designed my own on the Silhouette.

Then I repeated the tractor shape for the birthday pennant banner and food labels, all made out of scrapbook paper.


For the menu, we served Sloppy Joes, Chips & Guacamole (yellow & green), hay bales (rice krispy cookies), sunflower seeds and the best Sweet & Salty Popcorn Balls you will eat in your entire life.  The “fuel” sign for the lemonade and “implement” sign for the silverware was another Pinterest idea.


We ended up bringing Kade’s tractor collection to Colorado and Kyle and I gave him the barn as his gift.  It’s a Schleich Big Red Barn and we’re super impressed with how well made and sturdy it is. Kade loves it.

After the feast, it was finally time for Tractor Cake and Ice Cream.

To top off the evening, Grandpa Dan and Marmie took him out for the long awaited tractor ride.  He was ecstatic!


This was the first birthday party with cousins!  We were so thankful to spend the day surrounded my so much family.  Not only did family attend and celebrate with us, but many of them worked their tails off helping me get ready for the party, doing the decorations and prepping/making the food.  They even tolerated my obsession with a 3D tractor cake!!  I could not have done this party without them!  Thank you so much, to everyone that came.  It made our day!

It was a wonderful day, celebrating a wonderful boy.  My very own expressive, opinionated, passionate, out-going four-year-old!

Thank you, God, for giving me this amazing little person, thank you for four incredible years and thank you for tractors.


  • Comment by Bree — July 5, 2012 @ 10:52 PM

    Looks like amazing fun for a little boy! Noah’s eyes are so huge with wonder looking at these pictures! Another Awesome Party Lucretia!

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  • Comment by Mary — May 13, 2014 @ 9:13 PM

    Really great ideas for a birthday. My son likes &
    collects john deere tractors. Starting from his first
    Agritrade show at nine months to now at 12yrs.

  • Comment by liz — August 2, 2014 @ 8:31 AM

    Thanks for the great idea and how to do it. Thanks for the cut picture because my husband complained about me making another cake with fondant – thinking he can’t eat it if I do. I did it last year and it was edible and I’m gonna give it a try this year for my son’s 2nd birthday. It took me 21 hours and 4 batches of icing to get his 1st birthday cake right – humidity was not my friend that day, so I’m ready for a 2nd year challenge. Can’t wait!!!

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