Cowboys and cowgirls alike will get a thrill at a wild west party. The theme gives lots of inspiration when it comes to planning things like the invitations, decorations and activities. Grab your cowboy hat for inspiration and start planning a rootin’ tootin’ good time for your child’s birthday.
Take a page from cowboys when it comes to the invitations. For a creative option, grab some handkerchiefs like cowboys wear. Use fabric paint or a fabric marker to write all of the party information on the handkerchiefs. Pass them out to all of the party guests.
If you prefer paper invitations, cut out an assortment of wild west shapes, such as cowboy hats, horses or cacti. Use colored paper for the invitations to make them look like the western shape you use. Add other decorations to make the shapes look more realistic. For example, glue on a few pieces of hay to make a yellow rectangle look like a hay bale. Write the party info on the cutouts.
Don’t slack on the decorations. You can transform the party area into a Wild West wonderland with a few decorations. Set up small hay bales to create the western look and provide seating for the guests. Use cowboy hats, boots and spurs as table centerpieces. If you can get several large appliances boxes, make a Wild West town background. Paint each box to look like a different store you might see in a western movie, such as a jail or saloon. Arrange the boxes next to one another like an old town.
Now it’s time to plan lots of Wild West activities to keep the young buckaroos busy at the party. Start with a cowboy and cowgirl makeover station. Here each of the guests get a cowboy hat and sheriff’s badge. You can also have the kids make vests from large brown paper bags at this station. Let them decorate the vests and put them on for the rest of the party.
Set up a lasso station to let the kids test their roping skills. Use a stuffed animal as the target. Take a rope into a lasso. The kids take turns trying to rope the stuffed animal. Or you an set up two lasso stations side-by-side and make it a competition to see who can rope a stuffed animal first.
Get the kids grooving with a western dance activity. Play some western music and teach the kids a country line dance. Or teach the party guests a few square dancing steps. They’ll like come up with their own dance moves eventually.
Another option is to let the kids practice their shooting skills. Set up some empty cans or plastic bottles along an outdoor table or fence. The kids use a water gun to shoot off the cans. Let the kids go one at a time, or have two kids compete to see who gets done first. Test the water guns first to make sure they are powerful enough to knock over the cans.