Using a western font I found on the web, I made several 'Wanted' signs. This one hosts a picture of a vintage cowgirl.
My photos are not great of the party, but I will share the ideas that we used for my daughter's tenth birthday, in case you are planning a vintage cowgirl event!
A pair of my cowgirl boots holds some flowers. There was a bit of a breeze, so they kept falling over! Also, we had to place drinks on the plates to keep them from flying away. Bandana plates came from Michael's.
These vintage western hankies served as placemats for the girl's table. We also used them as neckerchiefs for the photo booth.
To see how I made the invitations, click here.
Using Modge Podge, my daughter and I made these sherriff badges with some pretty paper. Some of the paper was scrapbook paper, some came from Funkytime and some came from photocopying a print from a Cath Kidston bag. I traced the wooden badges and added two coats of glue.
I purchased the little wooden badges from Michael's. I found closure pins from Hobby Lobby that we glued to the back of the badges. We loved how these turned out! Each child wore one, so we could keep up with everyone at the festival.
I ordered the vintage Moda gift bags online.
Wooden horses from Michael's to paint...
Old timey gum...
and wands of bubbles with the 'Lone Star' were put in the fabric bags.
I printed all the western tags from 'The Best Birthday' site under 'printable invitations.'
I found these great cupcake liners at Sur Le Table, but forgot to use them!
The apple crates came from Hobby Lobby to hold the snacks and gifts. I lined the ones for food with basket liners in blue and white check from Michael's.
Some old house numbers hold the napkins in place. These little cherry napkins came from the Country Living section at K-Mart. They have a nice vintage look.
I did not get a shot of our 'Watering Hole,' but these napkins with the horseshoe were placed near the drinks. I used a child's size wheelbarrel to hold the drinks and made the 'Watering Hole' sign. Bandana napkins came from Hobby Lobby.
The Gold Mine nugget gum also came from K-Mart.
Again, my picture taking was limited, but you can see the 'wagon wheel' pretzels in the left crate. They are by UTZ and look like real wagon wheels. I also put out twisted pretzels and labeled them 'ropes.'
This Mexicorn Dip is always a favorite. I got this recipe from my grandmother. The ingredients are one can of Green Giant Mexicorn (11 oz), 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1/2 cup of sour cream, and 1 green onion finely sliced. Mix and chill. Serve with corn chips.
Sliced Honey crisp apples with heath bar crunch dip (recipe) were served with 'Skillet hotdogs' (Lil' Smokies wrapped in crescent rolls) in my Grandpa's old iron skillet.
Since we were at a farm, I included some wipes and sanitizer to clean up before the meal.
Bell peppers and pretzels were served with 'Every Girl Needs Her Ranch.'
The Howdy Buckaroo vintage cowgirl tablecloth tied the whole theme together. The Retro Barn carries some great vintage tablecloths and napkins, too. It is difficult to see, but I added small horse ornaments to the top of the cupcakes. I purchased these in a pack of three at Hobby Lobby in the miniature ornament section.
A vintage playing card with the number 10 is stashed in the side of a cowgirl hat. The sash came from a dress that my daughter wore when she was little. Ten years went by so fast!
Number 10 playing cards were placed around the table. It seems that cowboys (or cowgirls!) used to sit around the campfire and play poker!
Western craft paper and free printable paper from Poppytalk were used to wrap small presents.
This is the first year I have ever had a pinata at a party! I opted for the pull string so that no one would get hit with a stick! Kids are crazy around a pinata!
Ashlyn stenciled the Cowgirl sign on an old piece of salvaged wood from a Charleston home. I outlined it with a gold pen. We used this as a prop for taking pictures.
Sometimes I get overly interested in the topic at hand! Nonetheless, I found some interesting facts about the Pioneer women of the Wild West and posted these for any other odd bird who was interested!
Some famous women of the Wild West included Annie Oakley, Calamity Jane and Cattle Kate. If you are interested, there are some great stories about these women! Many women were responsible for food processing, candle and soap making, spinning, weaving, knitting, raising children and establishing schools and churches. A woman of the Wild West certainly understood 'hard work!'
The girls all had a turn riding the horses.
I have so much fun using the props and taking pictures of the children! Kids are hilarious! I found several felt mustaches at World Market, but many printables are found online. I couldn't find a template for the 'bubble talk' so I drew one out and glued it to a stick.
If you have a birthday in or near October, consider hosting it at a Fall Festival. There is so much to do and there was no up-front cost. The cost to ride the horses was $3 a child. Ten kids; thirty bucks...not bad. Had I rented the barn with horses on another day, it would have cost $150. We asked for permission and arrived early to grab some picnic tables on the side. I had so much fun, but more importantly my daughter and the girls loved it!
To see more of the ideas I found, check my Pinterest board here.
Thanks for stopping by!