Owen recently turned 6. More than anything my little guy wanted to have a cowboy party with a bunch of his friends. I'm pretty much putty in his hands so I happily obliged. Since his birthday falls at the end of September, I knew I could get away with having the party in the backyard.
I kept the decor simple by hanging bandannas that were tied together up in the trees.
Early in the planning process Owen told me he wanted all of his friends to have a horse to race during the party. Unfortunately, I don't have any horses. And neither does anyone I know. So, we did the next best thing. I made hobby horses for each of his friends. They also doubled as invitations to the party. You should have seen the looks on their faces as Owen (dressed up in his cowboy gear) delivered a horse to each of his friends along with the printed invitation with all the party details. Priceless moments.
When Owen's guests arrived to the party, they were given bandannas for their necks, cowboy hats and sheriff badges.
And when they were all set, the horse racing began.
Followed by a piñata.
The treat bags for the piñata were super simple to make. I started with plain cotton bags I snagged this summer at Michael's. I replaced the plastic-y white cording with hemp. Then, I fused heat n' bond to a bandanna, traced a boot silhouette, cut each boot out and then ironed them onto the white cotton bags.
My sister in law Alicia made this incredible boot cake for the occasion.
The party guests each went home with a bag of trail mix + sarsaparilla.
And my sweet Owen boy smiled for days + days.
Post Update: I created a full tutorial on how to make your very own Hobby Horses. It's fairly simple and will be something your children will love. You can find it right here.