Best Kids Parties: Vintage Cowgirl

My Party: Claire (Bay Area, CA)

Get your boots and hat and saddle up for a cowgirl party. Mel spills the beans: The party was held in our backyard and I rented hay bales for decoration and seating. The first hour of the party, I had two live ponies that gave pony rides to the kids in our front yard.

While kids waited for their pony ride I hired someone to do face painting and make balloon animals for the kids. I set up 'Claire's Country Store' with cowboy hats and bandannas for all the kids. The store also had barrels of vintage candy and bags for people to fill up with as a favor. Another activity was a 'craftin corral' with coloring sheets and crafts. And I made a photo booth for people to take pictures with fun props like hats, mustaches and glasses.

All the food had a cowgirl/western feel. The appetizers were jalapeno poppers, corn dip, trail mix and veggies with ranch dressing. Drinks were beer, sweet tea and pink lemonade served out of mason jars and root beer and cream soda in bottles with straws. The main course was pulled pork, hot dogs, baked beans, coleslaw, cowboy salad, potato salad and watermelon. I made all the food and all the food labels and used pie tins as plates for that cowboy feel! I also had Bakerella's Cowgirl Cookies in Mason jars for people to take home as favors.

The dessert table featured homemade cupcakes, brownie dipped Oreos, s'mores pops, pink lemonade pony cookies and a cowgirl boot cake. Behind the dessert table was a photo bunting made of pictures from Claire's 3-year-old photo shoot. My friend, Heather made the wooden signs (The Larson Ranch, Claire's Country Store) and she made the Pink Lemonade Pony Cookies.

It was such a fun party! There were 70 people there to celebrate Claire's birthday!

Thanks Mel! Readers, see more pictures of Clarie's party on The Larson Lingo.

(Images: Mel/The Larson Lingo)

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