Yee Haw! A Cowboy Party!
Easy Party Ideas
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A western, cowgirl or cowboy party was a party I always planned to have for my kids, but somehow we ran out of years to use these ideas before we used all the themes I had thought out!
My loss, however, is your gain!
Round up your friends and head on over to the party corral!
Cowboy Party Invitation Ideas
Make a sheriff's badge with party info on the backMake wanted posters with the party info listed - Wanted: You!!In a hurry? Purchase cute cowboy party invitations online. My friend Christine threw a rodeo party for her daughter. I'll tell you that Christine is the go-to girl for birthday party invitation wording! This is what she put on her birthday party invitations:Howdy y’all!
Round-up for some fun!
We’re having a rodeo with events to be won!
Rop’in, rac’in, paint’in and more,
Balloons, cake, and ice cream galore!
Join the stampede.
Let’s here you cheer!
______'s birthday is finally here!
Western Party Decorations
It is easy to create a fun western atmosphere. Here are some suggestions to set the mood:
Hay Bales Wagon Wheels Western Theme Scene Setters
Wanted posters, with your friends as the “wanted” ones. Make up fun nicknames for these wanted folks. Make "cactus" plants out of green construction paper and place on the wallsRed checked tablecloths Serve drinks out of mason jars Serve food on tin plates (aluminum pie tins work great!)
Cowboy or Cowgirl Party Activities and Ice Breakers
It is always a good idea to have something for everyone to do as they arrive and as you are waiting on the rest of the guests to come. Some theme activities...Play horseshoesDecorate vests made out of paper bagsMake wanted postersDecorate HorseshoesGive everyone a Cowboy Hat and/or Sheriff Badge as they arriveTurn everyone into horses - headbands with pony ears and a tail for everyoneDecorate stick horses made out of yard sticks with poster board heads
The ideas on this page work great for cowgirl parties too!
Cowboy Party Games
Have a rodeo inspired relay races, such as a stick horse raceHave sack racesPan for gold or have a hunt for gold (rocks that you have spray painted gold!)Hit a pinata shaped like a horseshoe, cactus or any other western themed item. Read here for How to Make a Pinata
Make sure you talk like a cowboy at the party. Say things like “howdy pardner”, call the food “chuck”, and the party a “shindig".
Big budget? Hire a pony for pony rides. Drop rubber snakes into a cowboy boot (sort of like the clothespin drop game.)Play a Pin the Badge on the Sheriff Party Game.Try to rope a cow with a hula hoop. Make the cow out of poster board.Try to milk a cow. No, not a real cow (unless you have one!) Attach a latex glove (filled with water) to a poster board drawing of a cow. Put a tiny pin prick in each finger of the glove, then let everyone take a turn "milking" the cow. Fun Idea: You can set up the games as part of a set of tasks with the ultimate prize of earning a sheriff's badge - similar to the "set up" described on the superhero party page.
Cowboy Birthday Party Cakes
Make a cute cowgirl cake (or cowboy cake) with a drawing of the cake being lassoed. Make a rectangular cake and put cowboy and horse figures on top.Make a horse cake.
More cowboy cake ideas
Cowboy Party Favors
Rather than putting your favors in a bag, place them inside a Bandana and tie it into a little sack.Bags of "gold" (spray painted rocks)Sheriff BadgesCowboy Hats
Shopping for your Party!
Western Party Invitations
Red Checkered Tablecloths
Western scene setter
Wagon wheel decoration
little white lights
Western Party Decorations & Favors at Shindigz
Sack Race Bags
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