{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!

Palmettos and Pigtails Signature

*All photos that are not watermarked are courtesy of Rachel Weber Photography.  She has photographed my children from birth, so it was only natural for her to capture the special moments of Lincoln’s Party!  I cropped and added borders to the images to make them more cohesive with the site. Check out her website for more of Rachel’s work!*

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Comments

  1. Mom Mom says:

    What a creative and fun party it was! And, yes, the birthday boy had fun too! Good job, Shara!

  2. What a fun party! You’ve got a lucky little boy to have a mommy who goes to all that work for a party. Thank you for linking up to Tips and Tricks. Hope to see you again this week. Kathleen @ Fearlessly Creative Mammas

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