My little girl turned 4 recently (she was actually born on Mother’s Day- how can you get a better gift then that?) I have to tell you I was thrilled this year because she agreed to a Cowgirl birthday party.
I have two little girls and every birthday is pretty much some sort of sparkly pink Princess-fest- which is cute and very fun but after about 7 of those parties I was looking forward to a bit of change.
So Cowgirl it was! There are so many adorable ideas for a Cowgirl party. You can see lots of my inspiration above. I put the entire party together myself and we had several other things going on at the time so unforunately I didn’t get to every project I wanted. But we still had a really cute party and most importantly my little girl had a great time!
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You can see lots of beautiful ideas above and I have links to all those clever bloggers listed below.
- Bakerella- Free Printable Cowgirl Cookie Labels
- Printable Party Invitations.com- Free Printable Cupcake Toppers
- Catch My Party- Watering Hole Sign
- The Cake Blog- Adorable Rope Sign
- Tom Kat Studio- Vintage Party Decorations and Inspiration
And here are a few of the highlights from our party:
Here we are right before the party started- the little cowgirl and her big sister (plus Mama). The dog was feeling festive so he put on a cute pink bandana from Joann’s. I used the pink bandanas on the outdoor table too instead of a tablecloth.
I made a little menu board to put out because we actually served a full lunch. I used my Silhouette to do the cowgirl image and the Menu lettering. That all peels right off so it can be reused later.
Also, I saw this adorable idea on Tom Kat Studios to make a little wanted poster. It was so easy to do- I used Pic Monkey and uploaded a sassy photo of the birthday girl. Changed it to Black and White and then added “Wanted” at the top and “For Crimes of extreme cuteness and growing up too fast.” at the bottom. I sent it to Staples for printing and the price was $10 for an 11×14 size. I cut a $1.00 foam board from the Dollar Tree and glued this on to give it extra support.
For the drinks- it was a really hot day so I did homemade lemonade (my 5 year old actually made this for the party and it was really refreshing) and iced tea in mason jars. These are so handy because if you have extras after the party just pop them in the fridge and pull out whenever you like. No waste.
I also found these vintage looking bottles of Pepsi products at Safeway- love these for the soda drinkers! And I had a few large pitchers of water with lemon.
For the food, I made cornbread, homemade guac and chips, fruit salad and my husband grilled burgers and corn on the cob.
It actually wound up being too much food for such a hot day so next time I think I will just do mini sliders instead of big burgers. For dessert we had the pink cupcakes with these free printable little cupcake toppers (see above for link), vanilla ice cream- which I served with the extra fruit salad pictured above and I made little chocolate covered Oreos which we called Cowpies :D.
For the main food table my husband unearthed this ugly brown vinyl tablecloth he bought last year- it sort of looked like leather to me so I used that and topped it with pink gingham fabric from Joann’s. I also found these darling little signs for 50% off at Hobby Lobby- “If you climb in the saddle be ready for the ride” just $3! For the kiddos I did popcorn with a tiny bit of seasoning on it and then for the adults I made chips and guac. (The guac was awesome and I posted the recipe here.) I used Doritos Tacos Locos chips instead of tortilla chips for the people that don’t like guac. (Crazies…)
Here is another sign from Hobby Lobby- this one was $9 and it was so perfect for the party! I planned to put it on the front door but man this was heavy.
As for the party favors- I loved Bakerella’s adorable Cowgirl Cookies pictured at the top. I knew some of our guests aren’t the type to go home and bake cookies though so I went ahead and made the recipe and then printed her cute little tags. I just popped them in little brown paper bags and attached a gigham ribbon for the favors. It was hard to find pink M&Ms this time of year but there are stand up bags of M&Ms that say new flavors and those have pink inside.
And one of our favorite books to read is “Every Cowgirl Needs a Horse” (spoiler alert- Nellie Sue gets a bike instead of a horse for her birthday). We just happened to get Maya a new big girl bike as one of her gifts so that worked out perfectly. If you have a little Cowgirl at home, that is a darling book to grab. (Cute gift idea too if you are invited to a Cowgirl party.)
And whew! End of the party! It was such a warm day that I didn’t plan a bunch of crafts or activities for the kiddos. We just let them go in the pool and they were happy as can be. We pulled out this little boat that was $26 at Costco and they had a fantastic time.
So thanks for stopping by to checkout our Cowgirl party!