During your childhood you probably participated in a game of cowboys and Indians at some point, and your kids probably do the same thing now. It's one of the best parts of childhood, the ability to turn on your imagination and imagine you are dressed in chaps, boots, a cowboy hat and the biggest belt buckle in town, all at a moments notice. If you are the parent of cowboy-loving kids you might consider throwing your child's next birthday party with a western theme, complete with hats, belt buckles and horses.
Items you will need
- Construction paper
- Hay bales
- Cowboy hats
- Water guns
- Baked beans
- Bean bags
- Horse photo
- Cowboy theme cake pan
- Goody bags
- Sheriff badges
- Cowboy stickers
- Cowboy action figures
Make your own party invitations by using construction paper and glue. Cut out cowboy hats, horses and boots and paste them to your homemade invitations. Request the presence of your guests in the Wild West for the day by including the date, time and purpose of the event. Ask your guests to dress up as a cowboy for the party.
Find bales of hay at the local tractor/farm supply store and use them to decorate your yard. Place them strategically in your yard to create a western look.
Cover tables with red-and-white checkered tablecloths or find fabric with horses, cowboy boots or cowboy hats printed on it at the local craft store.
Decorate tables with horseshoes and place cowboy hats filled with peanuts on every table for your guests to enjoy. Since toy guns are not something every parent is comfortable allowing their children to play with, opt for water guns instead. The kids at the party can have a water gun fight with one another; this is especially useful in the warmer months.
Play country western music on the radio to listen to while your guests interact and dine.
Make a country western-style feast for your guests. Let kids eat hotdogs, burgers and baked beans. If your party is held during a cooler month or in the evening you can even have a real campfire -- closely monitored at all times by a responsible adult -- and let the kids roast s'mores over the campfire.
Create horses out of yardsticks and construction paper. Draw and cut out horse heads and glue them to yardsticks. Provide each child with a "horse" and let kids participate in a horse race across the yard.
Place a western spin on the classic party game, pin the tail on the donkey, by playing pin the tail on the horse. The game is played exactly the same as pin the tail on the donkey; all you have to do is replace the photo of the donkey with a photo of a horse.
Place cowboy hats upside down in your yard and have a contest to see who can throw the most beanbags into the cowboy hats in a set amount of time. The winner of each game gets to be the "Sheriff" of your country western town until a new winner is declared.
Bake a cake fit for a western party by placing horse and cowboy action figures on the top or by finding a pan shaped like a boot, horseshoe or cowboy hat at any craft store and using it to bake a cake in that shape.
Fill goody bags with cowboy stamps and sheriff badges for kids to wear. Both are found in party supply stores or you can make your own badges on your computer or as a craft project with your kids. Cowboy action figures are also easy to place in goody bags.
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