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Wild West Cowboy Birthday Party

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These cowboy-themed boy’s birthday party ideas from Nora, of Sugar and Sparkle, will have your little cowboy waving his hat with joy! Nora and her co-worker, Veronica Mojica, styled this party for Nora’s dad’s birthday, but the ruggedly handsome ideas would work for any age. The dessert table in a bright color scheme of rich blue and golden yellow, with lots of western-themed decorations and custom cookies, cupcakes and treats, will have all your party guests clicking their spurs and saying giddy up!

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Nora thoughtfully set the scene for her western-themed birthday party by using a rustic board backdrop (actually old doors) and hay bales instead of tables.  Bright blue cloth over the hay bales injects color into the party scene and complements the yellow stars.  Saddles, ropes, spurs, and art pieces successfully add a lot of depth to the décor that Nora used to truly represent her dad. She used a number of real-deal props from the ranch too; the wood, metal, leather and authentic cattle skulls added so much interest.

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A beautiful dessert table is wonderful, but it still needs to deliver the goods. Nora’s did with a fabulous array of sweet and salty snacks. Cake pops, cupcakes and sweets such as gummy worms, jelly beans, Twix, Reese’s Pieces and golden Ferrer Rocher pieces tied in beautifully with the blue and gold decorations. Salty cowboy fare included beef jerky, pretzels, a collection of nut varieties, chocolate dipped pretzels and trail mix. Marvelous custom cookies with the birthday guy’s initials and themed elements were created by Angie from ARQ-Sweet Creations.

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The snacks were presented attractively in labeled baskets and glass jars, making it easy to see what was available so guests could help themselves. To carry out the theme, all the snacks had black-board style labels decorated with cowboy boots or hats.  Nora’s sign discreetly let guests know what to expect: “Howdy!  This dessert table will open after we cut the cake. Thank you!”

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The cake at the center of the dessert table was gifted from a family friend. A handsome horse perched on top of a three-tiered circle cake that featured a faux initialed belt buckle and botanical images.  Above the cake, Nora hung cardboard letters wrapped in twine spelling out the guest of honour’s initials.

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On a side table, Nora included small paper bags labelled with “a yummy treat” for guests to take home delicious extras. Rather than just setting the bags out by themselves, Nora included cactus in clay pots which perfectly added to the desert theme.

Live entertainment adds energy and excitement like nothing else. A band serenaded guests and a couple of Cat’s horses went through their paces, much to everyone’s delight.

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Have you ever ridden on a mechanical bull? What fun for a birthday celebration!

I’m sure Nora’s cowboy dad and his guests enjoyed every minute of this party!  Nora’s decorations and snack ideas show how a cowboy-themed party can be customized for cowboys of any age. What a terrific way to celebrate the wild west…and a dad who is the best!

Great job, Nora!

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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it’s okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.