Monday, July 25, 2011

Cowboy Birthday Party!

Here are some highlights from my daughter's birthday party!

Invitations: I made them out of old jean pockets. My mom is making a bluejean quilt, so they were readily available. I used cardstock and added a "hankie", just a cut piece of fabric, for color. I hand delivered as many as possible to cut back on postage.
Main Street: I used cardboard boxes from Lowes (they'll give them to you for free, just ask) and made a Main Street. My husband thought I was crazy, but the kids loved it. All it took was paint, an exacto knife & a little imagination. The kids ran in & out of the General Store & pretended like they were in jail.

Stick Horses: I was set on having stick horses (which doubled as party favors), but I could not find any ANYWHERE that we're under $20 a pop. So I made my own. To see how I made them, click HERE. I set up an obstacle course (really just 2 hay-bails) and the kids had horse races.
Firepit: With a few more hay-bails, I set up a firepit, which we used to grill Smores after the sun went down.

Pinata: As a finishing touch, I hung a cowboy hat pinata in the barn doorway.


I know I'm biased, but it was a fun party. And with so much of the work done beforehand, getting everything ready the day of the party was a cinch. We relaxed, ate hotdogs & let the kids run wild.






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13 comments:

  1. That is the cutest party ever!! I found your link from Keeping it Simple party :)
    Moore Babies

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  2. This is the greatest idea ever, I will do the same for my daughter's birthday party.She has like 1000 horses, no real one yet lol. She will love having a party like yours. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

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  3. Such a cute setup. I love the invitations, the town and especially the stick horses. I am sure the children loved it. A cake from a horseshoe cake pan turned upside down and decorated as a pair of blue jeans would have gone great with the theme. I linked from Frugal Girls.

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  4. How did you make the stick horses? They are adorable!

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  5. You didn't include the link as to how you made the stick horses! Also, if anyone else is looking for them: I found some at a Dollar Store. Thanks for the great ideas! My 4.5 yr old wants a Jessie/Bullseye Cake for her birthday and I'm thinking a cowboy themed party would be right up her ally!

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  6. To see how I made the stick horses: In the verbiage above the stick horses picture above, it says "click HERE". Click there with your curser and it should take you to that post :)

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  7. I love the idea of the invitations where can i get the jean pockets for the invitations I need about 50 email me to matildehinojosa@sbcglobal.net

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  8. Super Party!!!! It gave me a lot of inspiration, thank you for sharing! Your invitations are so clever, and the stick horses are just too cute! What a great job you did!!

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  9. i am planning a horse/ western themed party and stumbled upon your stick horses on pinterest. this whole party looks like a blast- I wish it wasn't January so I could use more of your ideas. This party looks like it was a lot of fun and so creative!!!

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  10. I have been trying to make some stick horses for my daughter's birthday party and I can not get the shape of the horses head right for nothing. You don't happen to have the pattern you used for yours do you??
    Thank you!!!

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  11. Hi Tiffany, love all of your ideas! I was wondering if you just used wardrobe boxes for your country town or if you were able to obtain bigger boxes somewhere, if so where? All I can find are wardrobe boxes...

    Thanks!
    Katy

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