Cowboy Party Ideas

By Emily Churchill

Created on June 14, 2016

Saddle up, partner! Its party time, and were wrangling up the best ideas to make your cowboy/cowgirl party a hootin-hollerin time. Cowboys and cowgirls come in all ages, so this is one theme that will work for anyone. Grab your hat, boots, spurs, and closest cowpoke and rustle up some amazing inspiration for your cowgirl/cowboy party!

Cowboy Party Planning & Invitations

Whether youre planning for a cowgirl or a cowboy, its important to choose a color scheme that matches the Western feel. Your chosen colors will help guide you through invites, dcor, and more, so be sure to select colors that will work. If you choose to do your own invites, try downloading some free western fonts to make your invitations really shout the cowboy/cowgirl theme.

  • Personalization is important! If youd like, you can address them by Cowgirl Sarah, Bandit Brady, or give them funny western names!
  • Burned edges are a great touch to a cowgirl/cowboy party invitation. 
  • Use a western description for the place of the party, such as The showdown starts at the OK Corral at 3 PM till the cows come home.
  • If you're sending out invites, consider the envelope! Add some cow print or cowgirl/cowboy related stickers.

Cowboy Party Decorating & Food Ideas

Setting up for a cowgirl/cowboy party is always fun! With so many texture and pattern choices, you've got tons of directions to steer the party. From rustic and primitive to fancy and soft, there are many ways to set the stage for your cowgirl/cowboy party.

  • If your party is for a cowgirl, burlap is a fantastic medium to use. Its easy to work with, and creates beautiful ruffles, placemats, and much more.
  • Gingham is another great option that can be used to add a pop of color.
  • For cowboys, cow print is always fun and goes well with bandanas!
  • Mini straw bales are a perfect addition to any cowboy/cowgirl party. They also make great holders for things like cake pops, goody bags, or centerpieces.
  • Hit your local agricultural supply store and see what they have available. Many supply stores carry metal buckets, western themed dcor, and cowboy/cowgirl themed clothing and toys.
  • Using items you may already own, like pallets or crates, is another way to save some money while adding some fantastic western touches to your cowgirl/cowboy party.
  • If you're holding your party outside, having some full size hay bales as seats is a great idea be sure to cover them with something for the comfort of your guests. If you expect rain, cover them with garbage bags prior to the event.

Making your childs party personalized is always a treat especially with a cowboy/cowgirl theme! Using fun western nicknames is a great way to give your cowboy/cowgirl party that authentic feel. Kids love being in the spotlight, and any chance you get to make the party a little more personal is always impressive and fun.

  • Download and print (or send to be printed) a western party printable kit, which allows you to personalize things like pennant banners, tent cards, and more. There are many free kits available, along with ones you can purchase.
  • If you're handy with tools, making a welcome sign or entryway with your child's name on it or a western-themed name, is a great way to make the cowboy/cowgirl theme shine.
  • Transform your food into cowboy/cowgirl fare by weaving the western theme into your foods.
  • One way to weave personalization in is on drink containers. Using printable labels on things such as milk glasses (available at craft stores), mason jars, or other drink containers helps weave the drinks into the theme as well. You can also purchase fun colored straws, or cut out and glue flags around the straws to bring them into the cowboy/cowgirl theme.

What cowboy/cowgirl doesn't work up some hunger after a long day of being out on the range? Cowboys and cowgirls need to fuel up before going on their next cattle rustling adventure, so make sure you're prepared with some western inspired grub.

  • When it comes to a cowgirl or cowboy get together, more food is always better! Consider a buffet style, with items such as pulled pork, corn muffins, veggies, baked beans.
  • If cake isn't your child's style, consider mini pies!
  • Trail mix is always a great option and easily customizable with ingredients to suit everyone and since cowboys and cowgirls do most of their work out on the trails, its a perfect fit!
  • Haystacks are another easy to make treat for your western themed party.
  • Don't forget fun drinks like Sasparilla (root beer), lemonade, or sweet tea!

Cowboy Party Activities & Favors

Cowboys and cowgirls have to earn their keep in order to get their fair share of fixings so keep them working during the party with some games! Many regular games can be used with just some creative tweaks to turn them into a perfect cowboy/cowgirl party game. If you're going to give away prizes, consider small items such as chocolate horseshoes, bandanas, or small plastic horses/cows.

  • Horseshoes is a fantastic game but for smaller kids, using stuffed horseshoes or lightweight ones is best.
  • Have a stick horse race! If you don't own stick horses, they're incredibly simple to make and can even double as favors.
  • Pin the tail on the cow! Using white butcher paper, trace the shape of a cow, and color in spots, along with the face, and horns if you'd like it to be a bull. Cut out some tails, use double-sided tape or other non-damaging tack, and let the kids see where they end up. (Bandanas are perfect for this!)
  • Apple bobbing isn't a very well-known game anymore, but is still lots of fun!

Cowgirls and cowboys always have hoot and when it comes time to say goodbye to their cowpoke friends, sending them off with some goodies is always nice.

  • Wrap the favors in a western inspired medium like burlap, butcher paper, or bandana to make a lasting impression!
  • Cowboy/cowgirl hats, fake mustaches, and Sheriff badges are always fun.
  • Cow tail candies are a fantastic western-inspired candy to slip into favor bags, along with root beer barrels, and gummy mustaches.
  • Trail mix or puppy chow in a mason jar are both great favors as well!
S'mores kits are simple to put together, and really help bring out the cowboy/cowgirl theme!

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