Ride off into the sunset with a western-themed birthday
July 21, 2010
The Wild West is one of the most legendary eras in American history. Images of cowboys roaming the lawless expanse that was the American frontier in the latter half of the 19th century has become an indelible part of country's culture. In the years since, the style and persona associated with the time period remains, and an entire movie genre has evolved from it. If someone in your life idolizes the cowpokes of days past, throwing him or her a western-themed birthday party is sure to be a celebration that's as fine as cream gravy.
Back in the 1860s, people would have likely used the pony express to get invitations to a party out. Just because it is much easier 150 years later, does not mean the invites should be any less attractive and effective. Your announcements will certainly have to feature all the iconic image that is associated with being a pioneer in the West. One good choice would be to include pictures of a covered wagon with a desert scene behind it. Along the same vein, ones that feature cowboy hats and a lasso will look fantastic.
The folks who moved westward developed a look all their own, and your decorations should reflect this unique appearance. Purchasing western window and door add-ons is a fantastic place to start, as they can do a terrific job setting the atmosphere. A scene with cacti and the expansive desert can be especially effective at providing a wonderful backdrop to the goings on. There are few people who are more associated with the western lifestyle than John Wayne. Placing a life size stand up of "The Duke" can add some authenticity to the shindig and give guests a surprise when they see the famous actor standing in your home. The guest of honor should make an appearance in the decorations as well. Hang a wanted poster with his or her photo to emphasize the birthday aspect of your shindig.
As for party supplies for your get-together, an incredible choice would be to provide plates, napkins and cups that reflect the way people of the era dressed. For example, plate that feature the red pattern of a bandanna coupled with classic blue jeans texture. If your paper goods look like the attire of the day, you should definitely provide your guests with the opportunity to wear some of it. There are a wide variety of cowboy hats your guests can don, from a metallic blue version to a giant yellow foam one that will make attendees laugh due to its gargantuan size. As a final touch, put on a country western music CD to add another layer of fun.
Whether the birthday boy or girl is a history lover or simply idolizes the rugged toughness displayed by cowboys in movies, hosting an excellent western-themed birthday bash in their honor will be sure to give them memories they will carry for a long time to come.