I love clever people! And I love this cowboy party by Meredith Eisele! Check out her blog for a few more photos. Meredith shares some details of her party, “My favorite part of the party was the cardboard box western town. I had my in-laws save me large boxes from their furniture store, and I stayed up nights painting them. I painted cowboy and cowgirl photo ops, a sheriff’s office/jail, “best western” hotel, and a “soda saloon” complete with swinging doors. The kids had the best time going in and out of the buildings. It’s amazing how much fun some cardboard boxes can be!
There was a seating area made of hay bales around a campfire made of real logs and cellophane paper. And of course, tons of balloons. I made two cakes for this party. One was a cowboy boot, which I had seen in one of the Parents magazine. The other was a tiered white cake with chocolate icing cow spots. They both surprisingly turned out really cute. For the invitation, I took a picture of Graham in a pair of overalls and some cowboy boots out in a field, printed it in sepia and sponged the edges to look burned. I used red card stock invites, threaded with twine. The inside held the party information, distressed the same as the picture on front.
Games were: pin the badge on the sheriff ( I painted a poster board of a sheriff), drop the snake in the boot (plastic snakes from the toy section), and pop the pigs (kids had to sit on pink balloons that I added curly tails and drawn on faces) Of course, the kids never really got around to playing the games. They were too busy playing in the western town.
For favors I made each child a stick horse out of felt, yarn and dowel rods. I also made them individual paper bag coloring books with a picture of Graham in his cowboy boots that said “It was mighty fine of ya to come to my party. Hope ya had a rootin’ tootin’ good time!” Each child was given a cowboy hat, bandanna and sheriff’s badge (purchased from Oriental Trading).
We set up a “chuck wagon” for the food. Typical picnic food: hot dogs, hamburgers, baked beans, etc. And we had a “waterin’ hole” set up for the drinks. I made individual labels out of wooden star shapes strung around the beverage dispensers.
“This was a really fun party to plan. It was easy to find decorations, and a classic theme that kids will always love.” Thank you Meredith!
More clever party ideas:
Another clever gal is Cher from Love Actually-Blog. She came up with the terrific “Wild West Shooting Range” game using empty cans and a rubber band shooter! If you would like a free download of the bottle label, click here.
Cher created this party for a date night for her hubby – complete with poker chips. Click here for a free download for her poker chip label. Check out her site for creative romantic ideas on a budget – she is very resourceful!