Help us create the ultimate Western-themed birthday party! Please share an idea for a game, recipe, party favor, decoration, etc. that's perfect for a Cowboy/Cowgirl party. Include a link to a photo if you have one!
Here's an easy sweet treat to make with old west/cowboy/gold rush flare: edible golden nuggets! Inspired by the gold mining history of the Superstition Mountains for the Gold Rush BBQ party, these edible golden nuggets were the hit of the dessert table. Serve them in a battered old pie tin for the perfect panning-for-gold touch.
As far as recipes, I have some suggestions that any kid or adult cowboy/cowgirl would love!
Sweet & Spicy Root Beer BBQ Pork - This is an easy make ahead dish so you can spend more time with your guests. Both the pork and Root Beer BBQ sauce can be made ahead and both reheat very well! The pork is gerat on its own or in mini or regular buns with a little premade coleslaw!
Stuffed BBQ Cupcakes - a fun savory twist on cupcakes with pork stuffed in a corn muffing and topped with pimento cheese. Perfect in mini size too!
Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad - One of my most popular recipes! This past salad is great to make ahead of time. It's also great hot or cold, with or without the chicken, and perfect for a side or main dish! It's a very versatile dish!
I recently designed some ideas for a cowboy themed party with "cowboy" root beer bottles, "gold nugget" cupcakes, a diy Rope frame, and a "Panning for Gold" activity. I also added "happy trails to you" trail mix, and tin pan "plates" for a home-on-the-range meal. Photos are here:
You could rope a hay bale or have "horse" races with stick horses. If you're looking for any party decor ~ we create custom party decor and have a Hoe Down Collection! Take a look at the photo attached!
I created a County Fair cowgirl party for my daughter and niece a few years ago and used brightly colored bandanas throughout the decor: quilted into tablecloths and lining kraft paper bags for favors and even to create an outfit for a younger sister. The bandana colors were the same I used on the invitations, the dessert table candy, and the cowgirl birthday outfits so it created a saturated and fun party atmosphere.
Stick Horses! We have everyone a custom made (and named) stick horse to take home from the party and a cowboy hat of course! They were a hit! Below is a link to the whole party.
We held a cowboy themed birthday party for my son in May. It was a great outdoor party - the kids loved dressing up in cowboy hats and bandanas which they could take home as favors. Both kids and adults loved the fake mustaches!!! We served taquitos, chips and salsa, and goldfish crackers. I topped the cupcakes with sheriff's badges which the kids really enjoyed! Since my son is...well, a boy... I have started a tradition of getting him a special shirt for his birthday. I had this year's custom made by a local embroidery company - so cute!!
You can always buy the foam cowboy hats at Michaels or Dollar Tree and decorate them. DLTK-Kids has some great crafts you could use for decorations or activities. http://www.dltk-kids.com/crafts/miscellaneous/wildwest.htm. Another activity would be square dancing.
When we do our Western theme in the classroom, one of my students' favorite things is to saddle up and pretend they are cowboys! I buy a bale of hay and borrow a saddle from a friend. Put the saddle over the bale and have the children put on a fun cowboy hat and climb aboard their "trusty steed" for a rousing ride!
If you're feeling crafty, how about having all of the children make their own stick horses? Some dowels, socks, stuffing, yarn and decorations like large googly eyes and you have a great activity during the party, plus a toy that the children can use for a great game of pretend!
Now here is an oldie but a goodie done way back in my first year of blogging. Ours is an adult Western Party that could easily be transformed into a kiddie rodeo minus the ax tossing of course. My favorite decoration was cutting the back pockets out of my boys' very old, torn, ripped up jeans and using them for the flatware and napkins. I got this idea from a western shop in Wyoming. We had steak and taters, salad with cowboy croutons, and some nice peach cobbler for dessert with ice cream. Kids always love a good Western Party.
As an aside- if you click on the link to Wyoming Home from my post, you will see the store front and in the upper window that juts out you will see the room where my great, great, great, great Uncle Tom Horn was framed for the murder of a young boy. Tom Horn's a famous western outlaw.
A few years ago, I created a Down On The Farm Party and we had a few ideas that would translate well for a Western party, like the barn photo backdrop with a hobby horse prop, and wearing bandannas with paper vests the guests decorated themselves.
Have a petting zoo and have party favors be cowboy hats and bandanas :)