My Party: Big Brother

Atlanta, GA

Here's one Mama who doesn't mind her baby growing up to be a cowboy. Elisabeth shares: Big Brother tells us that when he grows up, he wants to be a cowboy, so we decided that hosting a Buckaroo Birthday party was the perfect way to get him started.

It turns out that being a cowboy is a blast! I was inspired by all things country and western: red bandanas, checked tablecloths, bright yellow sunflowers, mason jars, fringed vests and cowboy hats, and the dream of a warm, sunny afternoon in our backyard--which became a reality!

Here are the details:
Invitations: Handmade by sewing fringed scraps of bandanas to cardstock.
Favors: Cowboy hats and bandanas from Oriental Trading Company, and homemade trail mix tied up with bits of bandana.

Entertainment: Four precious ponies from Briarcliff Stables, horseshoes, and hobby horses. We also created a lassoing game by wrapping hula hoops in sisal ribbon and using them to "rope" a horse that my husband constructed from a sawhorse, a 2x4, and a ball of leftover yarn.

Decorations: The "cowboy table" was my favorite part of the party. We created it from two sheets of cheap plywood and six bales of straw from Home Depot, and covered it with a checkered tablecloth, a sheet of burlap, and bouqets of sunflowers in mason jars. The mismatched chairs were borrowed from friends. I made the multi-colored felt pennant last year based on a tutorial posted on Ohdeedoh!

Food: Cake, ice cream, and lemonade in mason jars with mint sprigs for the super-adventurous. The red and white straws came from Kikkerland.

Big Brother's cowboy duds: I made the western shirt by appliqueing flaps of cowboy fabric to a white Old Navy button-down, and the vest from an adorable tutorial I found at Made.

Thanks Elisabeth! Readers - would you like to see more of Big Brother's Buckaroo party? Head over to Elisabeth's blog Growing Home.

(Images: Growing Home)

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.

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