I had a great time coming up with all of the fun decorations for this party. I did have some help from the "Old West" cricut cartridge. When the children first entered the party room, there was a table labeled "Cowboy Duds". It had hats, bandannas, and sheriff badges for the kids to put on. In the dining room I had poms hanging (yes, I DO use them for every party, lol!), and a Woody doll holding balloons for the centerpiece. Above the food table I had the birthday banner (using a font from the cricut cartridge I mentioned). And in the playroom I had Wanted posters with each of the kid's pictures on them. My wonderful hubby even went as far as burning the edges of all of the posters for me. They looked great!
We kept the food fairly simple. On the food table we had bbq chicken sandwiches (I just threw some chicken breasts and a bottle of bbq sauce in the crockpot, shredded after 6-8 hours, and they turned out GREAT!), chips, pasta salad, beans, chocolate covered marshmallows, chocolate suckers in the shape of boots and hats, sheriff star cookies, lemonade, and juice boxes. The cake was a two tiered cake that was fairly simple.
The kids mostly just enjoyed running around and playing. I did have a couple of games planned, but changed my mind at the last minute due to the age of the children that were coming. But we were going to play "There's a snake in my boot" where the kids toss rubber snakes into a boot. We did have a pony and a baby goat present at the second half of the party. The kids loved taking turns riding the pony, and holding the little baby goat! We also had a pinata, despite the snow that started falling.
Last but not least, the goody bags. I lucked out and found some western themed bags on clearance at Michael's to use. Inside each bag was a foam gun, a cowboy rubber ducky, a "hairy cowboy" magnet game, a bandanna slap bracelet, a pack of fake mustaches, and a crayon and mini color book set. I got all of the items from Oriental trading. Each bag had a star with the child's name on it tied to the outside with twine. And of course they also got to take home their hat, bandanna, and sheriff star badge.
All in all, it was a great party and I'm very happy with how things came together. Everyone had a great time, and I've already started planning my oldest son's birthday for May! Here are a couple more pics of the birthday boy....Thanks for reading!