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A Western CowBOY’S Birthday Party

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Yeehaw!  I reckon this western cowBOY’S birthday party may be the cutest cowboy party you’ve ever seen.  When party planning mom, Michelle, of Michelle’s Party Plan-It, bought her son a cowboy costume after Halloween, he became obsessed with cowboys and requested a cowboy party for his 4th birthday. Michelle went crazy (I love it!) over all of the details, recreating a replica Wild West town from cardboard and western themed decorations. A printable invitation and party décor were made to match.  The most delicious looking cake, cupcakes and cowboy confections were on hand for hungry guests.  So grab your hat and giddy-up on over to view the creative details of Liam’s 4th Round-Up!  

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Michelle’s vision for her son’s party was to create a Wild West experience for Liam’s guests to enjoy from start to finish. The unbelievable details of this party began before guests even got through the front door, with the festive printable sign informing guests that “Liam’s Round Up Starts Here.”  The giant wagon wheel and “Howdy Pardner” and the cute “Dust Off Your Boots” signs welcomed guests into the cowboy party theme.  These little décor elements are a small foreshadowing of the amazing details to come.

Boy's Cowboy Birthday Party Decor Ideas

Boy's Cowboy Birthday Party Decor Ideas

Boy's Cowboy Birthday Party Decor Ideas

Michelle created an old western town from rolls of printed paper from Shindigz, sheets of cardboard and her Cricut machine.  The town included awe-inspiring versions of a western bank, sheriff’s office, general store, jail and pony corral.  Just look at all of those details!  The atmosphere was reinforced through a seating area made entirely of bandana covered hay bales, where guests could shoot the breeze around a felt campfire.

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The western town made an incredible backdrop for the party table. Michelle used some of the take home favors to serve as décor.  She decorated chairs with bandanas and cowboy hats from Oriental Trading Company. Atop a rustic burlap runner, Michelle added activity placemats, pie tin “plates”, cookie-filled treat bags and a clever paper cutlery and napkin pocket she made. I love the twine detailing! I also spy really cute milk bottles accessorized with custom wraps, raffia and cow print paper straws from Pretty My Party. Did you notice the personalized “WANTED” posters?  So fun!

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To dress up muslin favor bags, Michelle ironed on custom graphics and attached favor bag tags. Crayon rolls for coloring activity placemats were another DIY.  Guests received fun novelty items like a rubber band gun (Backwoods Toys), a mustache, sheriff badge and cute red and brown cowboy boot soaps from Angelique of Favor Boutique by Angelique.

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Michelle had a Chuck Wagon set up with a feast! Crowd pleasing favorites were served: BBQ chicken and ribs, baked beans, cheese toast and salad.

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Guests could mosey over to the “watering hole” to quench their thirst. Mason jar glasses work perfectly for this theme.

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Boy's Cowboy Birthday Party Cake Ideas

And the main event—the dessert table—Yeehaw!  Michelle created a perfect backdrop for her dessert table by lining a wall with weathered, wood paper and adding a printable custom party sign. A fabulous bandana garland attached it to a table covered in burlap, jute and rope. An array of delectable desserts filled the table.  From Autumn Lynn’s Chocolate Sins there were adorable horse shaped cake pops, candy apples topped with bandanas and chocolate cowboy hats, as well as white chocolate covered cow print Oreos.  A family friend made darling cow print cake pops, S’mores on a stick plus “hay bales” and “hay stacks”. Incredibly detailed fondant toppers, by Sweeten Your Day Cakes, dressed up cupcakes in the cutest bandana print cupcake liners! Don’t you just love the fondant horse and cactus? And how about that amazing cake?  Two tiers of darling paisley and cow print details made this cake a surefire focal point of the dessert table.

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Michelle filled rustic metal buckets with all sorts of themed treats:  Mary Janes, Cow Tales, Hershey Nuggets in Gold Bar boxes, chocolate gold and silver rocks (Candy Nation), bandana mints and chocolate coal, among other snacks. I love how crates were used to add interesting heights and a rustic feel. Mini hay bales, a wagon and laser cut wooden stars (Ten23 Designs) added fun details to the décor, as did the hat and boot serving trays by Country Hands Woodworking.

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Deciding on activities is one of Michelle’s favorite aspects of party planning. She decided on carnival style outdoor activities for this party.  Games included: bottle ring toss, can toss, guitar bean bag toss, target practice, horse shoes, hobby horse races, piñata, potato sack races, “pin the badge on the sheriff” and even a jail photo booth. Of course, each activity station was decked out with the awesome western props and details characteristic of the rest of this party.  Wagon wheels, rustic crates, cow print fabric and barrels are just a small sampling that helped continue that western feel. Michelle even made hobby horses for the horse races! I can’t even imagine all of the fun cowboy chaos they had! Read more about how Michelle executed each of these cowboy activities, on her blog.

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Guests were thanked for saddling up with Liam and wished “happy trails” as they left what was surely one of the most unbelievable cowboy shindigs they had ever attended.
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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.