{From the Archives} Fireworks Teeshirt Tutorial

I thought I’d share a project that we did three years ago for the 4th of July.  It was featured over on Cheerios and Lattes that year, but I don’t think I ever shared the entire tutorial with y’all.  It’s a super simple Fireworks Teeshirt and Bunting tutorial, in case you need some last minute patriotic decor!!

Simple Fireworks Teeshirt Tutorial

Materials Needed:

  • blank tee shirt or white sheet {for bunting}
  • red, white, and blue fabric or tempera paint
  • 9 pipe cleaners
  • 3 plates or something to pour paint on
  • patriotic ribbon {for bunting}

Step By Step Simple Fireworks Teeshirt Tutorial

1. You may want to put some cardboard or newspaper inside your shirt and under your sheet to prevent the paint from bleeding through.  Put 3 pipe cleaners together and fold them in half.

2. Starting at the bended part, twist all three pipe cleaners at the same time…

3. Stop when you are about halfway down.

4.  Spread out the pipe cleaners until they all lay flat, with the twisted part becoming the handle for your stamp.

5. Put some paint on a paper plate and dip your fireworks stamp in it, making sure all of your pipe cleaners are evenly coated with paint.  Then stamp various areas of your shirt or sheet.

Simple Fireworks Bunting Tutorial

 I did one color at a time, repeating with a different color and moving the “stamp” a little so that the paint did not overlap {other than in the middle of the firework}.

Simple Fireworks Bunting Tutorial

This is the perfect project for little helpers because it’s pretty hard to mess up!
Simple Fireworks Bunting Tutorial

After your paint is completely dry, cut out your flags.  To do this, I measured, marked and cut parallel lines on my sheet that were 12 inches apart {or however long you want each triangle to be}.

Then, on each strip, make marks for how wide you want each triangle to be on either side {mine were 8 inches wide}, drawing diagonal lines to connect your marks.  Use pinking shears to cut out your triangles to discourage fraying.

Simple Fireworks Bunting Tutorial

Then sew or hot glue your triangles to your patriotic ribbon to create the bunting.  I sewed mine with a simple straight stitch.

Simple Fireworks Bunting Tutorial

Simple Fireworks Bunting Tutorial

Follow me on Instagram to see what our weekend festivities include.  Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

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July 2015 Cleaning Calendar

Happy July!

I’m posting today’s cleaning calendar from the porch of my parents’ condo in St. Augustine.  Not a fantastic view, but the weather is mild with a slight breeze.  But the most important thing is….I’m alone!  Lincoln is asleep and the girls are at the beach with their grandparents.  So.  I’m gonna have another cup of coffee and leave the cleaning to you!

Every month, Palmettos and Pigtails publishes a daily cleaning calendar.  One little chore a day to get your household in order!

Remember, you can download your printable June 2015 Cleaning Calendar here!

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{Guest Post} Summer Water Safety Tips

Hi there!  Guess what?  We are on vacation this week in Florida!  The girls and I took a last minute trip down to see my parents and grandparents for a few days, since we are in between camps and vacation Bible school weeks.

So we are laying low, hanging out at the beach, and visiting family.  So I’ve asked my friend Stephanie from Bellies, Babies and Beyond to do a guest post for me today.  Bellies, Babies and Beyond is based in Charleston, South Carolina, but is an invaluable online resource for parents in general.  They cover pregnancy, childhood and family issues and events; from product recalls to “what to expect” lists to crafts and local events.  Stephanie was kind enough to compile a list of reminders to keep our families safe around water this summer.

Keep your kids safe this summer with Summer Water Safety Tips

Water Safety

Drowning is a leading cause of accidental death in children, water safety should be something on every Charleston parent’s mind. With the abundance of beaches, rivers and pools there are plenty of options for children to get into trouble on the water. You should begin explaining water safety to your children early, so they too know the importance of being safe when they are around water.

Some things to remember about water safety:

  • Even if your child knows how to swim, they still can drown
  • Be aware of smaller bodies of water like buckets, ditches, ponds, etc
  • Limit distractions while watching a child swim
  • The AAP recently revised their recommendations about formal swimming lessons, {small studies now show swimming lessons for children 1 to 4 can reduce the risk of drowning}
  • Inflatable toys are not to be used as life saving devices

Keep your kids safe this summer with Summer Water Safety Tips

Boating Safety

Did you know by law children under the age of 12 are suppose to wear a life jacket or PDF at all times while the boat is moving? This surprises most parents, even if your child is a great swimmer, the life jacket is there to protect them. You never know when you might be in a boating accident or if your child looses their balance and falls off the boat. It is not recommended for babies under 18 pounds to be on a boat because there is not a life jacket that can properly fit them. Car seats are not a safe place to keep your baby while on a boat, they are not designed to float and will sink very quickly. Remember to be smart on the water if you have a child of any age on board, the speed should be kept to a minimum and the driver should not drink at anytime.

Keep your kids safe this summer with Summer Water Safety Tips

Beach Safety

Most people who go to the beach worry about shark attacks or jellyfish stings, while those things do happen they are far less common than drowning at the beach. Rip currents are dangerous and often can’t be spotted from the beach. If you find yourself being pulled away from the shore, you may be caught in a rip current. If you believe you are caught in a rip current, it is important you swim parallel to the shore and not towards it. Young children who are playing in the surf as well as adults need to be well versed on this, they usually can’t be seen and can come out of no where.

Children love to jump in the waves, but you should be aware of the current when they are swimming. If they are going deeper than their knees, an adult should be in the surf with them and they should never go out past where they can touch. Waves can be much stronger than they look, you never know when they will knock your legs right out from under you.

Keep your kids safe this summer with Summer Water Safety Tips

Pool Safety

Pools are common all over Charleston, whether its at a neighborhood, club or in your back yard you should supervise your child at all times. If you have a pool in your backyard, it should be enclosed with at least a 4-ft fence. Also swim lessons for your child starting at age 1, can help reduce their risk of drowning. Even kiddie-pools can pose a drowning risk.

What does drowning sound like? It might surprise you but drowning is often silent, especially when it comes to children. Most of us have this picture in our heads about this coughing, yelling person asking for help but usually it isn’t at all like that. Parents who are questioned after a drowning or near-drowning experience will tell you they were distracted for only a few seconds, but it can happen that fast.

If a child or adult has fallen in the water and are no longer breathing, you or someone close needs to remove them from the water, call 911 and start CPR!

Lastly, dry drowning or secondary drowning is where a child dies after inhaling too much water while playing in a pool or other body of water. If you child had a near drowning experience or choked frequently while playing in the water can be at risk for dry drowning. This is rare but if you child shows the following symptoms you should seek medical care: constant cough, lethargy, chest pain, or mood change.

Hope these reminders help you to have a happy and safe summer!

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{From the Archives} Eric Carle Birthday Party

Happy Birthday to Eric Carle!  One of my favorite authors of all time turns 86 years young today.  Check out his website {www.ericcarle.com} for a ton of activities and facts.  And to celebrate his birthday, Zulily has The World of Eric Carle featured on their site for up to 70% off.  Go over and stock up on birthday presents!

 And for today….a little Throwback Thursday to Amelia’s first birthday party.   Although I had sworn I was not going to do a big to-do for Amelia….you know me!  I just couldn’t resist throwing a party!  Especially a Very Hungry Caterpillar themed First Birthday!

 I got the idea and the template from good ‘ole Pottery Barn!

I also ordered some Eric Carle print fabric from Amazon in order to create Amelia’s sweet dress, and some of the decorations at The Farmhouse.

And I downloaded the graphics from here (also had some great inspiration!).   I cut the labels out, glued them to popsicle sticks and stuck them to clay.  I also used them to create stickers for the favor tins (full of M & M’s!).

 

Coloring Page from here 

My oh-so-artistic sister was able to use watercolors to dublicate some of the food from the book.  Originally, we were going to use it to decorate the cornhole boards, but finally decided just to use it as decorations.  {They were waaaay too pretty to throw bean bags at!}

 

In addition to the cornhole bags that I made (using 6″ circles and ironed on transfers!), we also had hula hoops, chalk, bubbles and water painting outside on the lawn.

 

We only had one tragedy for the day…the smash cake.  It started out very cute and almost “fuzzy” looking, but when I took it out of the fridge, I noticed that one eye had fallen off!!!  So I had to smooth over all of the icing and scoop the eye back up.

And then wouldn’t you know it?  The OTHER eye fell too!

Not nearly as cute, but it turns out that Birthday Girls don’t care!!!

And because she doesn’t have enough cake….

Thank you Mommy!

And for everyone else, there were cupcakes and cake pops!

 

 And you know all of those pesky monthly photos I’ve been taking of Amelia and Jayna? Well, I compiled them into frames and put them on the mantle so guests could see the progression of Millie.

 I almost forgot to show you my pride and joy!!! Isn’t he adorable?!?!

And finally, the opening of the gifts!  Baby dolls, picnic baskets and books, etc.

And we couldn’t have asked for better weather!  What a wonderful day for a birthday party!  We are so grateful for such wonderful friends!

 Happy Birthday Amelia!

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{Cowboy Up} The Littlest Cowboy

I really hope you aren’t over the cowboy theme yet…I have just one last post for you today!  And honestly {and totally unbiasedly}, it’s my favorite!  Our family photographer, Rachel Weber Photography, is just a genius when it comes to capturing our family candidly.  She manages to get the most precious moments on camera.

Cowboy Themed Birthday Party

And as much as I love seeing my kiddos smiling…sometimes the non-smiling pictures tell more of a story.

Cowboy Themed Birthday PartyYou can’t help but feel for him, right?  He just wanted some cake, and I kept making him “pose.” Haha!

Lincoln isn’t quite walking yet, but loves to “finger walk” with anyone who is willing.  I’m just waiting for the day when he lets go….

Cowboy Themed Birthday Party

But for now, he is perfectly happy crawling!  And boy, is he fast!

Cowboy Themed Birthday Party

I could not believe how tolerant he was of his cowboy hat!  He loves to wear hats {especially baseball caps}, but I wasn’t sure about the stiff cowboy hat and the long string.  But for the most part, he left it alone…which made for just precious pictures!  I found the boots at Hobby Lobby, and I made the cowboy vest myself!

Cowboy Themed Birthday Party

Cowboy Themed Birthday Party

Cowboy Themed Birthday Party

Since Rachel has been photographing my kids since they were very young…they are super comfortable with her.  Some of my favorite sessions were our family pictures, and Lincoln’s newborn pictures.

Cowboy Themed Birthday Party

Cowboy Themed Birthday Party

Cowboy Themed Birthday Party

Now that Lincoln is one, let me tell you a little bit about his little personality.

Cowboy Themed Birthday Party

He simply adores his big sisters!  He doesn’t really have any clear words yet, but says “dayday” for JJ sometimes when Jayna is around.  He is cautious of Maggie {the dog}, and isn’t really sure what to think of her…but then again, neither does she!!  He barks {“arf arf”} when she is around.  Lincoln is really athletic for 12 months old…he throws mini footballs, can kick balls while finger walking, and is entertained for long stretches of time chasing balls while crawling.  He is a good eater, but doesn’t care for fruit…he’d rather eat Kale Chips {I swear!} than a strawberry!  But my favorite thing about him is his sweet, calm demeanor.  He is a happy baby who loves to snuggle and is very ticklish!

Cowboy Themed Birthday Party

I hope you’ve enjoyed experiencing Lincoln’s Cowboy First Birthday Party over the past couple of weeks!

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{Cowboy Up} A Cowboy Party that Takes the Cake

Y’all, I don’t have a ton to say today.  We’ve had an exhausting week of Vacation Bible School, playdates, and Dave traveling.  So I’m gonna share this post with you and then enjoy the weekend with my family!  Today’s Cowboy Party topic? Cake!

We got Lincoln’s adorable western themed cake from Sweet Velvet Cakes.  It had a cowboy hat, a lasso and a bandana on it…super cute!  And let me tell you, that boy enjoyed that cake for about 40 minutes!

He took a few minutes to really get to the good stuff, but once he figured it out, it was a free for all!

So we positioned him at the edge of the pavilion, so he could watch all the kids play games and run through the western town…and he was perfectly content to nibble and observe!

He finally let me have a bite! Yum Yum!

Thanks to Rachel Weber Photography {and my mom!} for the awesome pics during his cake binge!

Have a terrific weekend!

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{Cowboy Up} Cowboy Party Decor

Lincoln’s first birthday was the most fun I’ve had planning a party since Millie’s Mermaid Party.  I just love everything about planning a party.  The research, the planning, the details, the crafts.  Everything!  And planning a Cowboy Party was so fun.   I started the planning process by scouring the internet and Pinterest for ideas on food, games and decor.  I’ve said time and time again, I’m not really that creative…but I’m an excellent copycat!  Check out my Cowboy Up Pinterest Board to see all of my inspiration!

All the details of our son's Cowboy Party themed first birthday. Games, food and decor!

Cowboy Gear

Our neighborhood has an awesome community center that is actually an old farmhouse, flanked by a big lawn and a pavilion with a gorgeous brick fireplace inside.  The day of the party was just perfect, blue skies and in the low 70’s.  So we put the food and the cowboy gear under the pavilion.

All the details of our son's Cowboy Party themed first birthday. Games, food and decor!

All the details of our son's Cowboy Party themed first birthday. Games, food and decor!

The kids donned cowboy hats, bandanas and mustaches for the full cowboy effect.  All of the “gear” was from Oriental Trading.

All the details of our son's Cowboy Party themed first birthday. Games, food and decor!

All the details of our son's Cowboy Party themed first birthday. Games, food and decor!

All the details of our son's Cowboy Party themed first birthday. Games, food and decor!

Photo Booth

Against the side of the pavilion, we set up a little photo booth area, complete with red/white/gray bunting, a wagon wheel and a hay bale.  And of course, a “WANTED” sign {made by Dave!}.  Our “hobo bag” party favors were additional props that some of the cowboys used.

All the details of our son's Cowboy Party themed first birthday. Games, food and decor!

All the details of our son's Cowboy Party themed first birthday. Games, food and decor!

Props

I put all of the games and activities out on the lawn, where they could be easily supervised by the parents that socialized around the edges of the lawn and under the pavilion.  In the middle of the lawn, I placed my Wild West Town.  Made out of appliance boxes {ask for them at Lowe’s}, I used sponges and paint for the brick print, and a full roll of paper towels dipped in brown paint to create the Log Cabin.  We used fake plants, kiddie rocking chairs and small barrels from around our house as props.  Unfortunately, I found that the black tempera paint turned out more gray {see the Jail}, so I used black permanent markers and stencils to create the sharp, black lettering {see the Bank}.  I cut around the bricks in the side of the jail so the kids could “break out” of jail.  If I were to make all of this again, I’d cover the inside back wall of each “building” with black/brown paper…I found that the lettering really detracted from the overall look!

All the details of our son's Cowboy Party themed first birthday. Games, food and decor!

Games and Activities

We created a relay race for the kids in front of the Wild West Town.  I divided the kids into two groups, “the outlaws” and “the sheriffs.”  I filled 3 little canvas bags with cotton and drew dollar signs on them.  I told the kids that the “outlaws” were to take a bag of money and ride their stick horse down to the hay bale at the far end of the lawn, and put it in a basket.  Then they were to use the potato sacks to jump back to the start.  They got a head start, and then the “sheriffs” rode their horses down and got the bags out of the basket and jumped back to the start with the bags.  The object of the game was for the “outlaws” to get all the money in their basket {at the far end} and the “sheriffs” to get all of the money bags back to the starting line.  After a few rounds, all the kids got sheriff badges for their efforts!

All the details of our son's Cowboy Party themed first birthday. Games, food and decor!

All the details of our son's Cowboy Party themed first birthday. Games, food and decor!

Dave also made a sawhorse “horse” for the kids to practice their lassoing skills with.  He put the wood together, and then I hot glued brown yarn for the mane and the tail.  We covered a hula hoop with thick twine from Hobby Lobby, and then secured some REALLY thick rope from Lowe’s to the lasso loop.  Extra rope was used for a couple of makeshift Tug-of-War games.

All the details of our son's Cowboy Party themed first birthday. Games, food and decor!

All the details of our son's Cowboy Party themed first birthday. Games, food and decor!

For the littlest cowpokes at the party, we filled up a bucket with sand and let ’em dig for gold!  I spray painted some rocks gold, and found some Western-themed small figurines and buried them all in the sand.  Kids of all ages ended up enjoying the hunt!

All the details of our son's Cowboy Party themed first birthday. Games, food and decor!

All the details of our son's Cowboy Party themed first birthday. Games, food and decor!

Drinks

But my favorite element of our decor was the “Watering Hole.”  Dave built it out of pallets, and we covered the sign in clear chalkboard spray {allowing us to use the stand for lemonade sales later this summer!}.  We used mason jars covered in burlap and bandana strips as glassware, with fun paper straws of course!

All the details of our son's Cowboy Party themed first birthday. Games, food and decor!

All the details of our son's Cowboy Party themed first birthday. Games, food and decor!

All the details of our son's Cowboy Party themed first birthday. Games, food and decor!

People just seemed to flock to the Waterin’ Hole…it was a Western Water Cooler, I guess! Stay tuned for one more post featuring the birthday boy!

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{Cowboy Up} Cowboy Party Favors

The cowboy party favors we gave out at Lincoln’s party were one of the simplest aspects of the whole party.  The hardest thing about it was finding enough straight-ish sticks!

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Here’s what you are going to need for each Hobo Bag:

a straight-ish stick about a foot long

a 10″x10″ square of bandana fabric {I used yardage}

about a foot and a half of twine

snack sized ziplock bags

Golden Grahams

Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Mini marshmallows

Fill up the snack bag about 2/3 of the way full.  Squeeze al the air out and zip it closed.  You should be able to kind of fold the stuffed baggie in half.

With it folded, place in the middle of the fabric square, on the wrong side of the fabric.  Carefully pull each of the four corners up and secure with the twine.  Tie the twine in a knot and then wrap the twine in a figure eight around the sack and the stick.  Once you get to the end of the twine, tie off in a double knot.

I used both red and blue bandana fabrics, and then arranged all of the Hobo Bags into a vase, making it my centerpiece for the food table!  Double duty!

And my Cowboy Party Favors were a hit…not a single one left!

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{Cowboy Up} DIY Cowboy Vest Tutorial

One of my favorite things about Lincoln’s cowboy-themed first birthday party was the fact that everyone got to get in character.  We supplied the hats, bandanas and mustaches for the guests, but our family searched for weeks before the party to find our perfect outfits!

I ordered the girls coordinating outfits on Zulily, but wasn’t sure about them arriving in time, so I made them each an outfit too.  The matching dresses ended up arriving just in time, so Jayna opted to wear that.  Millie chose to wear my outfit though!!  It’s one of my twirly skirts that I sell occasionally on Etsy.  I appliquéd the matching shirt.  Their cowgirl hats are from Tractor Supply.

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Lincoln, on the other hand, was a bit harder to shop for.  I ordered his little cowboy hat off of Amazon, and his boots were an accidental find at Hobby Lobby.  But what was he going to wear?

DIY Cowboy Vest Tutorial for a Cowboy Themed First Birthday Party from Palmettos and Pigtails

I scoured Pinterest, but couldn’t find a Cowboy Vest that I liked, let alone a pattern.  So I decided to make my own.  First, I got one of his current onesies so I could figure out how big to make it.  I used butcher paper as my “pattern” and eye-balled how wide and tall to make it, taking seam allowances into consideration.  In hindsight, I wish I had added about an inch to both the width and height.  The vest fit him, but he won’t be able to use it for pretend play as a toddler or anything.

DIY Cowboy Vest Tutorial for a Cowboy Themed First Birthday Party from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Cowboy Vest Tutorial for a Cowboy Themed First Birthday Party from Palmettos and Pigtails

Here’s what my final measurements looked like for a size 12 month vest.  Again, if I were you, I think I’d add another inch to width and height for a better fit.

DIY Cowboy Vest Tutorial for a Cowboy Themed First Birthday Party from Palmettos and Pigtails

Trace your “patterns” onto your fabric, remembering that you will need two of the front panel…and they need to be mirror images.  When you are finished, the front pieces should fit perfectly.  It’s of if they overlap in the front a bit.  Cut a small dip on the back piece along the neckline.

DIY Cowboy Vest Tutorial for a Cowboy Themed First Birthday Party from Palmettos and Pigtails

Then, use some scrap fabric to  cut a 3″ tall rectangle that is a little wider than the top of the back of your vest.  This will be your fringe panel for the back.  Sew it on with a straight stitch as close to the raw edge as you can {make sure it’s straight!}

Take another 3″ high scrap of fabric and place it under the top of your front sections of the vest. Trace and cut, to form the front panels of fringe.

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You’ve already sewn the back fringe panel on, do the same for the fringe panels on the front.  Straight stitch the panel to the top of the front of your vest.  Then sew the panel along the diagonal line {down the chest}.  Do not sew the side where the arms are going to go.  Then I sewed the front pieces to the back pieces {right sides together!}, and zig-zag stitched around all of the raw edges.  I made it a wide stitch, and wasn’t too careful and I ended up liking the imperfect-ness of it.  Very Cowboy.

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If you have any other scraps available, feel free to cut out a pocket {a semi-circle} and a triangle of the same width.  Sew the triangle to the straight part of the semi-circle.  Zig-zag stitch across the top to finish the raw edge.  Position your pocket where you’d like it, pin and zig-zag stitch around the semi-circle, leaving the straight part un-sewn for a functional pocket.

DIY Cowboy Vest Tutorial for a Cowboy Themed First Birthday Party from Palmettos and Pigtails

Once everything is sewed on, you just need to cut your fringe!  Cut up to your seams, but be careful not to cross or snip any thread!

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Adorable and really easy, right?  Ok, now for the good pictures.  I’ll let the professional take over from here….courtesy of Rachel Weber Photography.  I’ll take credit for the kid though!

DIY Cowboy Vest Tutorial for a Cowboy Themed First Birthday Party from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Cowboy Vest Tutorial for a Cowboy Themed First Birthday Party from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Cowboy Vest Tutorial for a Cowboy Themed First Birthday Party from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Cowboy Vest Tutorial for a Cowboy Themed First Birthday Party from Palmettos and Pigtails

Cutest ‘lil cowpoke around!

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{Cowboy Up} Cowboy Party Food Ideas

Y’all.  Seriously. Get ready for some cowboy up in here.  Lincoln’s first birthday party was a huge success!  Cowboy hats and bandanas took over my brain, life and dining room table for a month before the party…so  over the next week or so, I’m gonna share everything with you!  We had our good friend and favorite family photographer, Rachel Weber Photography come out and take pictures during the party, and seriously…over a hundred fantastic shots!!! So, I’ve broken it up into a couple of different posts for ya…if you like what you see here, be sure to follow along or search “Cowboy Up” over on the right hand side of the page to see all of the posts, prep and DIY Cowboy Party Ideas!

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Although I’ve cropped some of the images to fit the style of the blog post, most of the images you see on this post were taken by Rachel Weber Photography.  She did Lincoln’s Newborn Photo Shoot, so I found it fitting that she document the First Birthday milestone too!

I threw in some of my family and friends’ photos too…but I watermarked those with my blog name!

DIY Cowboy Party Food Ideas from Palmettos and Pigtails

Our party was held at my neighborhood community center, which is an old farmhouse and a pavilion.  We put all the food {and seating} in the pavilion, and games and fun were outside on the Farmhouse lawn.  I served crock-pot chili with mini Trader Joe’s corn bread muffins.  I got the little chili bowls in the picture above from Hobby Lobby.  I ordered aluminum foil pans from Amazon, and used those as a tray/plate, with all of my food either being bite-sized or being in little bowls for easy eating.

I used my favors as a “centerpiece” on the food table.  They were little Hobo Sacks with a snack baggie of marshmallows, chocolate chips and Golden Grahams in a bandana, and tied to a branch with twine.

DIY Cowboy Party Food Ideas from Palmettos and Pigtails

Also on the menu were some finger foods for the toddlers {Goldfish, Veggie Straws, Mini Club Crackers, Quartered Grapes, Cubed Cheese}.  I also made little cups with Ranch dressing in the bottom and celery and carrot sticks sticking out for easy healthy snacking.  Pasta salad was in little cups, and mini macaroni and cheese bites were perfect for little {and big} hands.  Watermelon was a refreshing snack after the games!

DIY Cowboy Party Food Ideas from Palmettos and Pigtails

The cake served as a “centerpiece” for the second food table, opposite a cute {and edible!} cactus made from the bottom of a pineapple, a huge cucumber, and mini cucumber {or pickle} arms stuck with toothpick ends.

DIY Cowboy Party Food Ideas from Palmettos and PigtailsDIY Cowboy Party Food Ideas from Palmettos and PigtailsCupcakes surrounded the smash cake for the guests to enjoy while Lincoln…well, smashed!  {Pictures of that, coming very soon!}

I used local mama Michelle from Sweet Velvet Cakes for both the smash cake and the cupcakes, and I was so pleased!  She was super affordable, and worked really closely with me to get the look I wanted {I required a rope, hat and bandana!}.  Everything was delicious, and so cute!

I made a custom bib for Lincoln to wear while he was smashing cake…

DIY Cowboy Party Food Ideas from Palmettos and Pigtails

But my favorite project regarding the food was the silverware.  Since we went rustic, I ordered wooden silverware and bandana print napkins on Amazon.  I bought mustache and boot stamps, and let Millie and Jayna go to town hand-stamping the silverware!  They did an amazing job {and they loved helping out}!!

DIY Cowboy Party Food Ideas from Palmettos and Pigtails

Everything was perfect…we had just the right amount of food, and no leftovers!!

I hope you enjoyed my cowboy party food ideas…feel free to pin!  Stay tuned for the next post on my  DIY cowboy craftiness….

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