Alice In Wonderland Inspired Baby Shower

The Barn is known for its stunning, over-the-top, all-inclusive weddings and elopements, but did y'all know we do all kinds of other events, too? We've hosted holiday parties (Christmas, Halloween, New Years Eve, etc.), birthday parties, Banquet at The Barn, and several other great events. A couple years ago, we were asked by one of our former brides (y'all probably remember Ashley from this elegant, gorgeous wedding!) to host the absolute sweetest baby shower ever. I’ve shared this post before, but I wanted to share it again to remind y'all of the wonderful, non-wedding events that our team does! Whitney Phillips from WDPhotography photographed the event, and her pictures are so lovely! 

Ashley hosted the shower for her younger sister, Melissa, and sweet baby Charlotte Marie. Ashley has impeccable style and creative ideas, and she and our team were able to create a beautiful, elegant shower with the most beautiful details! Ashley's inspiration for the theme started with a photo Melissa showed her of umbrellas hanging over a set table. "As always, I shared the image with Lesleigh and her wheels started turning," Ashley said. "I'm not a big fan of traditional baby showers. Plastic tablecloths and a sign that says baby girl or boy on it with giraffes or sail boats. I wanted to stay as far away from the 'typical' as possible." We don't do anything "typical" at The Barn, so of course we stayed far away from traditional, boring baby shower decor. ;)

Melissa also loves Alice in Wonderland, so Ashley wanted vintage-inspired details from the story incorporated into the decor. She called it more of an Alice in Wonderland "feeling" than a theme... It wasn't over-the-top, but there were enough Alice details throughout to tie it all together! There were tea cups filled with pink and white florals, feminine ruffled tablecloths and sequined chevron runners, pink and gold place settings, and vintage-inspired umbrellas over the tables, with strings of pearls "raining" down. 

TheCakePlace made the most gorgeous, detailed vintage Alice in Wonderland-inspired cake, as well as "eat me" and "drink me" cookies. Adorable! The gold watch and teacup on the cake are killing me!

The shower took place mid-afternoon, so instead of providing a full meal, there were finger foods and a really fun cravings station!  "The craving table was inspired by my sister's pregnancy cravings, which included glazed donuts, Carmelos and Hershey's cookies and cream candy bars!" 

All good baby showers involve games, but we all know how cheesy and not fun they can be. Ashley chose fun, tasteful games and activities, including a "What's in your purse?" game and another game in which guests tried to name the Disney movie that goes to the Disney song. Fun and not at all tacky! :)

We were honored to plan this baby shower for Melissa and baby Charlotte, and I loved Ashley's reason for asking The Barn to help her out with this event! "I have six children, two of which are 1 year old twin girls, so I have zero time to plan large events!" Ashley said. "Being able to call Lesleigh and plan a beautiful event over the phone and through emails is absolutely amazing! I loved everything about the shower and wouldn't have changed anything!" 

Equestrian Zone's Banquet at The Barn

Have you ever wanted to attend an event at The Barn AND support an amazing organization all at the same time?! Now's your chance! It's not often that you can attend an event at The Barn, so if you've always wanted to, come on out on Saturday, April 7! The 10th Annual Boots and Benefactors Banquet at The Barn will include a rider demo, a delicious chuckwagon dinner, a silent auction, and so much more. This is our third year to host Banquet at The Barn, and we're thrilled! You can get a glimpse into all the fun from the last two years here and here

Banquet at The Barn is a charity event for a deserving non-profit organization whose mission we love. Equestrian Zone: Riding For A Reason provides therapeutic riding and hippotherapy to individuals with disabilities, and we're so excited to partner with them again for a night of fun and fundraising! 

Here is what the folks at Equestrian Zone said about their 10th anniversary: "We are so proud to be hitting this milestone of our 10 year anniversary and knowing how many special needs children we are helping. Just last week, we had a mother tell us how she hasn't slept in 10 years, but after her son has been receiving equine assisted therapy at Equestrian Zone, she is now getting to sleep through the night because it is her son's first time to sleep through the night. Isn't it awesome to be a part of something that isn't just changing the child's life, but also helping the parents! We truly appreciate you all for this wonderful place to have our banquet to help these children have just a sliver of hope, for so many things that many of us take for granted. They are learning how to take their first steps, dress themselves and many other skills. What a blessing... thank you!"

THIS is why we love teaming up with this organization... we are not only able to have a night of fun, but we also are helping to change the lives of many, many children in our area! 

Equestrian Zone: Riding For A Reason is a non-profit organization in Russellville, Arkansas, whose mission is “both to improve the lives of persons with special needs/disabilities and to facilitate functional independence with increased self-confidence and improved skills of daily living through the use of safe and enjoyable therapeutic equine-assisted activities,” according to Jodi Kusturin, Equestrian Zone's Executive Director and Physical Therapist.

The organization serves both children and adults who have a wide range of physical, mental, cognitive and emotional disabilities. Anyone between the ages of 3 and 70 with a disability can apply to be a part of the program. Jodi said individuals with the following disabilities benefit from equine-assisted therapy: Amputees, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, Blindness, Cerebral Palsy, Deafness/Hearing Impairment, Developmental Delay, Emotional Disabilities, Genetic Syndromes, Learning Disabilities, Multiple Sclerosis, Sensory Integration Disorders, Speech-Language Disorders, Spina Bifida, Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury/Stroke, and Visual Impairment.

“Therapy using equine movement differs from traditional therapy in that it provides multidimensional movement that is variable, rhythmic, and repetitive,” Jodi said. “It is therapy allowing functional progress in neuro-muscular development to be achieved effectively, as backed by research from the medical community.”

Equestrian Zone provides two programs: Hippotherapy and Therapeutic Riding. Hippotherapy, which is derived from the Greek word for horse, is an “integrated treatment strategy lead by licensed health care professionals for physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy utilizing equine movements,” Jodi said. Therapeutic Riding is a variety of equine activities that put an emphasis on riding skills development.

“Any therapy which improves a disabled person’s ability to perform activities of daily living is therapy which promotes greater independence and quality of life,” Jodi said. “Supporting our fundraiser for Equestrian Zone’s Hippotherapy and Therapeutic Riding programs will help our disabled children gain greater independence and self-confidence, which also will help their families. In addition, successful clients are more inclined to experience job integration with transition to adulthood.”

“A disabled person who can use the bathroom independently, walk without assistance, prepare his or her own meals, and communicate his or her needs, is a person who can dare to dream of an alternative future because of Equestrian Zone’s programs,” she said. “Equestrian Zone provides a treatment tool that has proven itself with many firsts:  an 8-year-old boy’s first words, a little girl’s first time writing her name, and walking for the very first time.  Equestrian Zone partners in miracles through our 4-legged gentle giants.  Equestrian Zone provides the client with an environment where possibility replaces limitation, where children and adults believe in themselves and learn the unbridled power of the words ‘I CAN.’”

We love Equestrian Zone’s mission, and we are so excited to host such a great fundraiser event for them! As I mentioned, there will be so many great things to look forward to at this event! It will feature a gorgeous venue, a delicious chuckwagon dinner, a rider exhibition, dancing, a silent auction, and an unforgettable night of fun at The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch! 

Tickets for the event are $40 prior to the event or $50 at the door. Tickets can be purchased on Equestrian Zone’s website or at Recovery Zone Pediatric Therapy. Put on your favorite glam Western wear and join us on April 7, from 5 to 9 pm, for a fabulous time that will benefit a worthy organization! For more information, check out the event’s Facebook page or Equestrian Zone’s website.