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13 Wild West Birthday Party Ideas

Giddy-up to the wild west to celebrate your little cowgirl or cowboy with these decorations, games and treats!

Published on: January 02, 2015


Round up your friends and bring ‘em to a hoedown to celebrate your little cowgirl or boy’s birthday. Cowpokes can ride stick horses, pan for gold, and chow down at the Sweets Saloon. And don’t forget yer 10-gallon hat because you might wind up gettin’ yer picher taken for a Wanted poster! 

Wanted outlaw!

Send out these Wanted poster invitations and no one will want to miss your little ‘uns round-up! This great invite is from Amanda’s Parties To Go Etsy shop. Just send her a picture of your little rascal and she changes the colors to brown-and-white to fit the vintage look. Then she'll send along the digital file for you to print out as many copies as you need.


Photo credit: Thrift and Shout

Go wild! 

...with a wild, wild west theme! We love this idea from the Thrift and Shout blog. Mason jars filled with flowers and greenery give the buffet some country flair. For a table cover, try red-and-white checked cloth with a burlap runner. Add bandanas as napkins, placemats or even tied around the Mason jar vases for more color. 

Woah, Nelly!  

The Thrift and Shout blog also offers this thrifty idea for a banner or wall hanging.  Write cowboy sayings on large pieces of brown butcher paper. Make a banner by attaching each piece to twine with clothespins, or decorate the walls with individual sayings. Kids will love reading and repeating quotes such as: “Git along little doggies!” “Whoa, Nelly!” and “Don’t squat with yer spurs on!”

$1000 reward!  

Everyone needs to be Wanted! Check out this downloadable Wanted Poster photo booth prop from the Etsy shop Gluteusmaximus. At just five dollars, this can’t be beat! Snap pics of each guest with their faces in the cut-out and send the pictures home as a party favor.

Boot and badge toppers! 

Make or buy your own cupcakes, then dress them up with these cute western-themed toppers from the Etsy shop Sweet Collie Designs. Each set of twelve comes with three each of the following: boot, hat, sheriff’s badge and horseshoe. These are handmade and the shop is happy to customize your order if needed.

10-Gallon Hats! 

Want a seriously cute and edible cupcake topper? Check out these beautifully detailed cowgirl hats made of fondant from the Etsy shop Sweet Peas Cake Toppers.  These are hand-made so you can ask for a different color or style to fit your theme. Sweeet! 

Cattle drive camp snacks!

What’s a cattle drive without camp fire food? Risa of the Restless Risa blog made these fun s’mores Pops from marshmallows and lollipop sticks. Whip up a batch of these for your party and your guests can have the taste of s’mores without gettin’ smoke in their eyes. 

Photo credit: Chickabug

Sweets saloon!

The Chickabug blog has the ultimate list of fun food for your party! Serve pigs in a blanket as “Little Doggies,” small stick pretzels as “Hay,” Chex Mix as “Chicken Feed,” and call the sweets section of your table the “Sweets Saloon!” Check out her blog post for a long list of ideas.

Photo credit: Thrift and Shout

Western backdrop!

Thrift and Shout also made a simple, yet decorative photo booth backdrop by draping a blanket over a clothesline and then adding touches like the cowboy hat hanging next to it. Make a backdrop of your own with what you have. Drape a blanket over your fence or a chair, then add a stick horse, cowboy boots, or a stuffed or rubber snake. Gather a few photo booth props such as fake moustaches, hats and bandanas and take pics of the kids.

Photo credit: Restless Risa

Panning for gold!

Risa, the author of the Restless Risa blog said this was the hit of her son’s cowboy party. She filled a baby pool with sand, water and “gold nuggets” and let the kids pan for gold using pie tins with holes. This could be an activity that they can do over and over, or you could let them keep the gold they find as part of their goody bags. 

Photo credit: Restless Risa

Toss the snake!

Rita of the Restless Rita blog sure was restless when she came up with this fabulous Toss The Snake party game! She said that every cowpoke at her party enjoyed this game! Line the kids up and have then try to toss those rascally rattlers into a bucket. 

Photo credit: Creative Mama on a Dime 

Pool noodle ponies!

Susannah at the Creative Mama on a Dime Blog made these Pool Noodle Horses for her son’s Western party. After all what’s a cowboy or cowgirl without a horse? Make these before the party and give as favors, or make these horses as an activity during the party! You can even use the ponies as photo booth props or hold horse races! 

Photo credit: A Little Insanity

Western goody-bag tags! 

Erika, the author of the A Little Insanity blog, created these Western-style favor tags. Better yet, she offers this design as a free printable!  Just print, cut out and tie onto the goody bags for your cowboy and cowgirl guests. 

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