Having a birthday party with a theme is always fun, and guests may be talking about it for years to come. If the birthday girl is fan of country and western music, or likes the old spaghetti western movies, a country/western theme may be the ideal choice for their party. Guests can dress in cowboy and cowgirl garb, and you can play country music to set the mood. Apply the theme throughout--from the invitations to the "grub" you'll be serving.
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Cowboy western-themed invitations can be a hoot to make as well as receive. Create a wanted poster for the front of the invitation with the birthday girl depicted as an outlaw. Photocopy the poster and shrink to fit the invite. Another idea is to send horseshoe, 10-gallon hat, or cowboy boot shaped invites. Include a plastic sheriff star pin in each card, or make them out of foil and cardboard. Make sure you use western slang in your invitation, such as "mosey on over," "have a stompin' good time," or "give us a holler if you can come."
Decorating for a western themed party just takes a few props and some imagination. Plastering the walls with wanted posters, and stacking a few bales of hay are a good start. If you can get a horse saddle to straddle a bale of hay, that makes a fun decoration that the party goers can ride as well. Create some cacti from sheets of construction paper and attach them to the walls for some desert charm. Western signs such as "No spittin', hittin' or drinkin', " or "No guns allowed" are easy to make and hang on the walls. Add "Cowgirls" and "Cowboys" sign to the bathroom door.
Games and Activities
Keeping your cowgirls happy means having some fun and games on hand. Depending on the age group, you may need to tailor some of the activities for a younger or older crowd. Try having a roping contest, with loops of rope and a target of some kind such as a rocking horse. A water pistol shoot out with tin cans or other targets can be a lot of fun. Of course, an old-fashion game of horseshoes is a western must for an older crowd. A scavenger hunt in a large pile of hay, for small objects like pennies or wrapped candy, can be fun for the youngsters.
What's a western party without grub? Consider an authentic barbecue. Serve up some burgers and hot dogs on the grill, or make it steak and potatoes for the older crowd. Don't forget plenty of barbecue sauce. Corn on the cob, or corn bread, add a nice western flare. If it's too cold to cook outside, consider a large pot of chilli. Serve root beer or regular beer, depending on the age of the guests. Of course, a large cake is a must, and can be decorated in a number of cowgirl themes such as a horse, western town, or a moo cow.
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