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A Kickin’ Cowboy Birthday Party

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This incredible cowboy birthday party by Katherine Shorter, of Creating Awesomenessity, proves that you’re never too old for a themed party. Planned for her father’s 65th birthday, the ideas are perfect for young boys or older gentlemen!  From DIY saloon doors, to a covered wagon dessert table complete with an impressive birthday cake, to fun games and party favors, we are confident you’ll be shouting “yee haw” as you gallop with us through the party pictures!  This is one cowboy birthday party you won’t want to miss.


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Western Themed Cowboy Birthday Party Invitation

The inspiration for this cowboy themed birthday party came from the love Katherine’s father has for western themed movies and television shows.  An avid John Wayne fan, he has near perfect recall of every show and is often found watching and quoting his favorites.  Katherine played up his love for cowboys by sending out creative “Wanted” style invitations. I love how jute was used to give that lasso feel and bring in texture.

Western Themed Cowboy Birthday Party Decoration Ideas

Western Themed Cowboy Party Saloon Door

The event was held at a local restaurant, which provided the perfect backdrop for the party theme.  The existing vintage decorations, old-fashioned lamps and wood-detailing made it easy for Katherine to transform the space into a pseudo saloon.  Guests entered through cool saloon doors Katherine made herself!

Western Themed Cowboy Birthday Party Dessert Table Ideas

A welcome area set the mood with a bandana bunting, a printable wood plank inspired “happy birthday” sign and a fun “65” made from rope for the backdrop.  A collection of cowboy themed decorations filled the surrounding desk and shelves and provided a great focal point for the party space.

Western Themed Cowboy Party Table Decoration Ideas

Cowboy Themed Centerpiece

Dining tables were covered in checked tablecloths and topped with rustic decorations.  Especially appropriate were DIY succulent planter boxes that served as centerpieces for the tabletop.  Simple Mason jar arrangements also paired nicely with bandana covered bales of hay.

Cowboy Themed Western Birthday Party Snack Ideas

While guests were arriving and waiting for the “main event”, they were treated to a small snack bar decked out in paper rosettes and adorable cow print and bandana inspired plates and napkins.  Snacks included sugar straws, s’mores on a stick, peanuts and mixed candy.  Nothing like a little sugar to gear up for a night of celebrating!

Cowboy Themed Western Birthday Party Bingo Game Idea

Playing “Cowboy Bingo” proved to be a great time filler while waiting for all of the guests to arrive.  Katherine added a fun twist, requiring guests to shout “Yeeee-haaaw” in addition to “Bingo!”  Hilarity ensued!  To further reinforce the theme, a cowboy fashion show was included in the festivities and featured everyone who dressed up for the occasion.

Western Themed Cowboy Party Ideas

The hit of the party was the handmade covered wagon dessert display—such a creative take on a dessert table and so fitting of a cowboy theme!  Katherine’s styling was amazing with food served on a bed of hay and bandanas used as tray liners.

Cowboy Themed Western Cookie Cow Pie Party Food Ideas

Cowboy Western Themed Birthday Party Food Donuts

Bandana inspired food labels were printed with clever names like “moo donuts” and “cow pies”.

Cowboy Western Themed Birthday Party Food Oreo Idea

Western Themed Party Food Oreos

Another fun addition was the “slow poke” chocolate covered Oreos (Morsels Party) with molded chocolate cowboy hats and boot toppers.

Western Themed Cowboy Cupcake Party Food Ideas

Cupcakes were embellished with cow and paisley print detailing or cactus and boot cutouts.

Cowboy Themed Western Cake Pop Party Food ideas

Cowboy Themed Western Party Cookie Food Ideas

Horse cake pops (Sparkling Sweets Boutique) and incredibly decorated cowboy cookies were some of my favorite dessert options.

Western Themed Cake Party Food Ideas

And what is a birthday party without a cake?  A two-tiered cake with cow print and paisley decorated layers was highlighted with fondant rope detailing.  What a great cake for tying in the theme!

Cowboy Themed Party Favor Ideas

TNT favor boxes filled with sweets were displayed in “dynamite” crates.  “Hope y’all had a blast” was a clever way of thanking guests for celebrating!

What a way to lasso up a lot of birthday fun!

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Jennifer Carver

As the mother of 4 children, 3 of whom are busy boys, much of Jen's free time is spent at the ball field, brushing up on video game terminology and building Lego towers. Jen is the owner and creative mind behind Banner Events. With a passion for event planning & party styling and an obsession with the little details that take an event from ordinary to extraordinary, Jen wakes up every morning excited to get to work.