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by April Evans - Dec 23, 2010 Star_s1,364 views

The New Years Ball Drop/Party Barn 2011 Guide

The New Year is right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate it then with your friends and neighbors in FarmVille? We’re providing you a way to do just that with our New Years Ball Drop and Party Barn. It’s party time in FarmVille and you’re all invited!

The Party Barn is where you’ll be hosting your party—just build it up, then invite your neighbors over for the big party. The more neighbors you invite, the better the prizes you get (there’s no redeeming for this shindig, you automatically get the prize). Then on New Years the ball drops!

Party Prep Work

You’ll get the frame for the Party Barn for free the first time you play FarmVille after the update, and you will immediately be entered into Placement Mode. You can place the Party Barn frame on your farm now, or you can choose to place it in your Gift Box for use later. You can be any level to place the Party Barn.

The New Years Ball Party Barn is a constructible building, so you’ll need a grand total of 24 parts (8 bricks, 8 nails and 8 wooden boards) to finish it:

Like other constructible buildings, you can acquire these parts by:
  • Asking your neighbors for these parts by posting a help request to your feed (click on the “Ask For More” button for each type of part).
  • Give parts to your neighbors via the Free Gifts page or the “Send Gifts” button.
  • Acquire individual parts by spending Farm Cash (click on the “Buy” button for that particular part). Each part is 1 Farm Cash.
  • Acquire all needed parts for the building by spending Farm Cash (click on the “Complete Now” button to purchase parts for the rest of the building). The Cost is X Farm Cash, where X is the amount of parts left needed to finish the building.
  • Parts awarded through Special Delivery Boxes.
  • Using individual parts available in your Gift Box.

When you first place the Party Barn on your farm it’ll look fairly lifeless and boring:

There’s no party. However, once you get it fully constructed you can now see where the party will be doing down:

You can only have one Party Barn on your farm at any one time. If you happen to sell your Party Barn or never got one, you can buy a new Party Barn frame in the Market under the Buildings tab before the end of the promotion (it should be under “New Years Ball”). The cost is 5,000 coins.

Getting the Party Started

Now you really need to invite some neighbors over for a real party. Well, you can invite them over before the Party Barn is fully built as well, but it won’t be as fun. Click on the Party Barn and select “Go to Party!”

With this display you can see how the party is going in the “Progress” tab. Right now, not too well—there’s no one to keep the pig and duck company. You can change that by clicking on the “View Guess List” tab. From here you’ll see all your FarmVille neighbors and friends all lined up, ready to be invited:

Click on the “Share” button under the ones you want to invite, and you’ll be prompted to make a post to their wall. A purple “Invited” label will appear over their profile picture if they’ve been invited, and if they’ve accepted you’ll see a green checkmark and a “Coming” label under their profile picture.

Once they accept, you will see their avatar on your farm, standing next to the Party Barn (this shows they’ve accepted your RSVP—you can click on them and the avatar will go away). When you look in your Party Barn you can see them in all their glory on the party floor! Note that if the people you invite are not your FarmVille neighbors (but friends that play), a default avatar will be shown on the party floor. Now’s a good time to become neighbors!

You will also see a button below your neighbors/friends display asking if you want to make use of extended permissions called “Allow Permissions”. By allowing this setting this will allow you to post feeds on neighbor’s walls without another prompt—it’s automatic as soon as you hit the “Share” button.

As your participants increase, you will unlock the special prizes available for the Ball Drop. No you don’t need to collect items and redeem them for these prizes; you get them automatically as you add partygoers (they’ll get added to your Gift Box).

After the Party Ends

You won’t be able to invite people to your New Years Ball Drop after January 1, though you will still be able to access it, re-watch the Ball Drop, or purchase the prizes in the Market for the month of January (if not longer). You also won’t be able to purchase a Party Barn frame in the Market. It will be storable, however.
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Every time I invite someone it takes a minute or two for the "publish" to show up. Then it does and I click "publish" and within 5 minutes I go out of sync and it looks like I have only invited people from the first day I invited them, the rest are just green as if I never invited them. It seemed to work well before I completed the construction aspect.. My boyfriend got 10 guests right away, then did the construction and it seemed to work fine for him, but now that his construciton is done he is having issues too.

Maybe I would suggest doing all of your invites before adding bricks, boards, and nails.

I'm just frustrated because I want to master these darn baloons before they go away :(


I couldn't figure out why the people I was sending invitations to were not responding then I realized that I was inviting them too quickly and not waiting for the pop up to appear so that I could publish the invitation to their wall...sigh. Once I figured that out my guest list grew to completion very quickly. Gonna be a BLAST!!!!!


@Kerri Flitcroft - While the problem may be that people you invite are deliberately not RSVPing, it may also be that they never see your invite. Think about everything that gets posted to our walls in FarmVille alone. Everything we post for others gets postead, plus all kinds of items that get sent to us directly via our Wall. If you're not at your computer for several hours and come back, not only might you have a long list of items that people have posted to your wall, but you might be too tired to care what has been posted and ignore it all.


My issue is getting those invited to accept the invite. I only need 3 more to complete this thing and cannot seem to get any more people to accept the invite. I have accepted tons of invites myself, why can't people return the favor?


@Bryan Swiger - If you are unable to invite guests to your 2011 Party Barn, then you will need to contact Zynga Support.


I have the party barn built & the ball will drop---But I am unable to invite guests, what gives?


Anyone have a generic link that let's you post them like you do the free gifts?


but there is only one problem some people cant get in,like me.


Thanks for posting this. Very informative. Sounds fun : - ) .

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