Cowboy Birthday Party.


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.


Happy Trails!

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.

25 comments:

  1. That looks like just about the best birthday party ever! I love your decorating touches and of course, the packaging for the trail mix and the pinata loot. Any boy would have been over the moon to saddle up for that roundup. :-)

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  2. Aw what fun! I love the theme - so great for a young boys party! I bet this is one he'll remember.

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  3. Holy Cow! That is the CUTEST/COOLEST bithday party idea I have ever seen for a little boy. Especially love the homemade horses. Genious!

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  4. Such a cute party. Love the cake and those horses. I used to ride al over my basement on one of those when I was a kid. I will be 60 tomorrow, hah.

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  5. I love it. Every single thing. Especially that sweet smile on Owen's face.

    This whole party just makes me happy. It reminds me so much of Josh when he was younger. He LIVED for all things cowboy. And then Jake followed in his bootsteps. Ah, nostalgia...

    P.S.
    I saw that cute stick horse at Cole H.'s house on Sunday and wondered where it came from. So adorable!!

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  6. Ohhhhh - cutest cowboy party EVER...not surprised but geesh!! I love that everything is homeade...the best part of all!! Great job!

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  7. This party pretty much rocks. I bet those boys loved every minute. I'm also impressed with your hobby horses. Too fun!

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  8. What a cute simple party. that's what kids that age like!
    I love how it turned out :)

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  9. Stop it!!! This is too cute. Is that really your backyard? Lucky! I soooo miss the NW!

    What an adorable party, I loved every detail. Thanks for the endless inspiration. You are so talented.

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  10. The bandanas tied together to make a bunting banner is so ingenius! What a fun party and the perfect backyard.

    You always have the best items stashed away for use. I need to clean out my craft closet and start over!

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  11. You made freaking hobby horses for every child?! Danyelle, you outdo yourself. That is so amazing and what a proud little guy he must've been to call you Mom!

    xo

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  12. lucas has been scrolling through these all morning. you captured everything perfectly. it was such a magical boy party!
    love, lindsay

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  13. Homemade parties are the best. When our oldest daughter turned 3, I gave her a fun "Rainbow Fish" birthday party - modeled after the book. The kids went "fishing" behind a sheet for treats that were tied to the fishing pole, string and clothespin that they were holding over the sheet. We played "pin the fin on the fish". We had a fish-shaped cake with lots of gorgeous colors and then sent each kid home with a small fish bowl, some goldfish food, a net and a quarter so that their parents could take them to the store and get them a fish. The parents LOVED me - heehee. It is a great memory for all of us.

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  14. That is the most wonderful boys birthday party! Your simple details inspire me! Thank you!

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  15. Love this! It's my favorite boy party I've ever seen. Thanks!

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  16. I couldn't believe it when I saw the title to this post. I have been preparing for my son's 2nd birthday party (also a cowboy theme). I had to bookmark this page for more inspiration. I loved the goody bags that you made! So far I have made bunting with bandanas and twine, sewed bandanas together to make a tablecloth, and made a wanted sign with my son's face on it. Love this theme, thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas!

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  17. Ah! Those hobby horses are awesome. Kai has been wanting one lately (kind of random of him) so I hope you can post a tutorial if you get the chance.

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  18. all 4 boys cannot get enough of these pictures. every single detail was so well thought out & it looks like it came together perfectly. the bandanas, the treat bags, & oh my goodness....homemade horses? you are amazing. someday, when i start planning parties around here, i cannot wait to close my eyes & channel a little "dandee goodness"!

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  19. Such a great party, i love how you thought about all the details but didn't overdo it, I which I had a little boy so I could organize a party like this ;-)

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  20. Oh this is so adorable. I love how simple yet put together your parties are!

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  21. Where did you find those cowboy hats?

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