John Deere Party Ideas and Indian Corn Popcorn Balls

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John Deere party ideas are just the thing for a good ole country party.  Here in Vermont, we have a lot of farms and a lot of corn fields. Of course, you cannot have a farm without a John Deere tractor. You just can’t. I love themed party foods but I get tired of the typical cakes and cupcakes sometimes.  I want something a little bit lighter but still fun to make and serve. Since I am part of the Good Cook Blogger Program, I got a box full of Good Cook products and popcorn so that I could share a popcorn ball creation with you all using the Good Cook products.

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John Deere Party Ideas

There are so many different reasons you might want to have a John Deere party. You could use that as a theme for any summer picnic or family get together. Or, you can throw one of the kids or your husband a John Deere party for their birthday. It’s a great choice for anyone that loves tractors, farm life or country living.

John Deere Party Ideas Color Theme

Of course, John Deere tractors are green with yellow and black so you’ll want to get tablecloths, napkins, flatware, and decorations in that color theme. You can go with solid colors or you can purchase tableware with a John Deere design.

John Deere Party Ideas Decorations

What better as a party decoration than miniature John Deere tractors and farm animals? You can also add a few hay bales around your party area provided it’s being held outside. Remember that a few Mason jars full of sunflowers will work wonderfully as a centerpiece. You could always suggest everyone dress up in overalls if you think they’d go for it.

John Deere Party Food Ideas

Nothing says country to me like ice cold lemonade in a Mason jar drinking glass. You can also do a barbecue and offer guests steaks, grilled chicken, kebabs and farm fresh roasted vegetables. Don’t forget the corn on the cob. These Paleo Honey Grilled Chicken Tenders would be perfect. We used green paper cups as the “stalk” to hold our homemade popcorn balls. Using a popcorn ball maker makes the process much simpler.

Yields 6

Indian Corn Popcorn Balls

These Indian corn popcorn balls are just the thing for anyone looking for John Deere party ideas!

15 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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  • 12 cups JOLLY TIME Pop Corn
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 bag (10 oz) marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries or raisins
  • non-stick spray


  1. Pop the popcorn in a large pan. Remove any unpopped kernals and set aside.
  2. In a heavy saucepan, heat butter and marshmallows on low heat, stirring constantly, until melted and smooth.
  3. Pour the mixture over popcorn and mix carefully until popcorn is well coated.
  4. Stir in the dried cranberries or raisins.
  5. Spray Good Cook Popcorn Footballer with non-stick cooking spray. Press into balls using the Good Cook Popcorn Footballer.
  6. Spray tin foil with non stick spray. Wrap the "ears" and place in the refrigerator for an hour so they can set. Place them in a green cup to be an ear of Indian corn or just enjoy.
  7. Makes 6 footballs.



3009 cal


71 g


595 g


59 g
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John Deere Party Games

Of course, any party needs a few good games to get people in the mood.  If your party is for younger children, why not collect cardboard boxes before the party and provide green, yellow, and black paint for them to make their own tractors. Children of all ages can enjoy a bean bag toss. Just make a green cardboard tractor or red barn and cut holes for people to toss bean bags through.

What other John Deere party ideas can you think of?

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  1.  My sister's baby shower was john deere themed - would have been a perfect snack for it!
  2. MryJhnsn (@mryjhnsn) says
    that looks fantastic!  Can't wait to try this recipe - pinned :)  
  3. How absolutely adorable! My dad actually sells John Deere Equipment so I am no stranger to the theme =)
  4. Kathleen Kennedy-Leon says
    what a great idea--never heard of or thought of a John Deere themed party--not many of them around New York City / Long Island--but love the idea :)
  5. We've never made popcorn balls but these sound tasty.
  6. I love the theme and how you incorporated popcorn balls.  This recipe sounds delish, I need to try this and hopefully sneak some cranberries and raisins into my boys diet.
  7. Kristin Wheeler (@MamaLuvsBooks) says
    I love these!! So creative and a great snack!!! Pinning!
  8. I've never made popcorn balls, but I'd like to try this recipe!
  9. that's a cute idea! My kids were very big into farm stuff when they were little!
  10. SHELLEY R ZUREK says
    This so adorable!  It made me laugh.  I love the way you featured the "Ears" in the top post too!  
  11. Liza @ Views From the 'Ville says
    These are really cute! I have some cousins back in Maine with little ones that would absolutely love these.

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