real parties: ride 'em cowboy!

1.18.2011
Danielle of Belleza e Luce sent me the sweetest vintage cowboy she created for son’s birthday. She was inspired to create an entire set with the feel of Disney’s Frontierland and Toy Story’s ‘Woody’s Roundup’.  She and her family obviously worked like crazy to put this together- they spent nearly a week designing backdrops of old west buildings and scouring flea markets to look for décor.  Clearly their hard paid off- what an incredibly fun and entertaining event!  Below are some more party details in her own words...









{images via belleza e luce}


Hay bales with flannel blankets were used as seating for the guests and burlap covered the tables with delicate yellow flowers in cans, lanterns, and jugs creating the tablescape.

Every child found a cowboy hat, bandanna, and sheriff’s badge at their seat upon arrival.  They also received a stick horse which they used in the “Camptown Race” and also to chase the bandit (my children’s uncle) and send him to jail.

Grub included a typical cowboy’s feast of hot dogs, chili, fried chicken, baked beans, barbecue ribs, trail mix, and pulled pork served on tin plates (aluminum pie plates).   Guests were able to wet their whistle with choices of sangria, iced tea, and sarsaparilla.

For the dessert table, I wanted to create the feel of a general store.  We offered old-fashioned candies and sweets including gold nugget gum, taffy, licorice (aptly named cowboy lassos), root beer barrels, butterscotch sticks, and cow tails.  Additional goodies included individual apple cobblers served in mason jars, cookies and of course cake created by the extremely talented Elyse of By Little Hands.

Before the guests saddled up on their horses to head home, they received favors of barbecue sauce and the children, muslin sacks filled with old-fashioned toys.

13 comments:

  1. I love all of your party ideas! This cowboy one is great! It makes me want to have parties for all of my friends...lol

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  2. Oh my gosh, I'm in love with your blog. Party ideas ... I can't get enough of them! Going to see if I can find where to email you a link to the party I just had for my daughter. :)

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  3. Thank you so much for featuring my party! It was so much fun to create!

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  4. What a fantastic spread. I love the all the vintage cowboy touches. I can't wait to share it with my readers. Thanks for posting!

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  5. HOW CUTE! I always love a good cowboy party since I'm from Texas! =)

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  6. Too cute! My oldest is a cowboy... And last year for his forth, we went western for the party. He wants another cowboy party this year... Love the hay bales and food in a pie tin. Love this!

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  7. All the details are so wonderfully planned. Especially love the hanging bandanas and hurricane lamps. Kudos to Danielle!

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  8. I’ve reading with full of interest. He’s certainly raised my awareness.

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  9. I love the take home favors and the lanterns used on the tables.

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