Even Cowboys know how to Party!
April 07, 2011
Western Theme Party
Ahh, the Wild West, home to outlaws and civil folk alike. ‘Course, that’s all on account of how much fun there is to be had out there. Sure, the west was wild, but it wasn’t called wild because of the terrain or the daring train robberies. It was called wild because of the amazing parties they threw!
And now you can recreate the good ole days by having your own Western Theme Party!
Western Theme Party Invitations
In the old west you couldn’t just round up all your friends and neighbors because they lived miles and miles away. Unless you saw them in the general store, it may be hard to get word to them about your hootenanny. Thankfully, nowadays you can just send them an invitation through the mail.
Try sending any of these Western personalized invites: Old West, Ride ‘em Cowboy, and the Wanted Poster. The list goes on. Find more fun invites here!
Drop in some Western confetti and leave the rest to the Telegram service . . . err . . . Post Office.
Western Theme Party Decorations
Depending on the time of year, you may want to hold your party outdoors. Barbecue almost goes hand in hand with the West and if you’ve got some good outdoors space you could even have enough room for square dancing!
To give your outside a little taste of the West, go with a chili pepper light set. String ‘em up and let ‘em glow! You can also substitute the cactus and boots light set. Both are pretty eye-catching.
‘Course, you can always use most all of these items indoors or outdoors. But make sure to always consider the weather and item warnings before you go hanging everything up.
Now, let’s hope your house is as big as Texas, because we’ve got a lot of items to use . . .
First, put up a Western door cover on your front door so your guests will feel more like they are entering a saloon than a home. But don’t let the transformation stop there. Use the Western bar 40’ scene setter to keep things rolling! Add in some Western sign cutouts to give some variety. You can also use the Western paneling 40’ scene setter to help complete your saloon feeling.
But wait, you wanted more of an outdoors Wild West feeling inside? Any combination of these scene setters is sure to do the trick: Red Rock & Big Sky, Desert Flora, Desert Sand, and Desert Sky. Use the Wild West Town add-on props, cactus cutout, and Wild West cutouts to fill in any gaps you think you have.
*Phew* Now that your space has the look, let’s work on the details. A Wanted/Reward photo holder is always good for a laugh. A railroad lantern is sure to be a welcome sight as your hoedown runs late into the evening. You can hang some rusty barbed wire 12’ garland to line your walls or doorways or cordon off any space you don’t want guests to visit.
If you love balloons and don’t care whether or not they were in the Old West, then take your pick of the following: Metallic Cactus Balloon, Dancing Cowboy Boots, Painted Pony, Fiesta Chili, and assorted Wild West Themed.
But Whoa, partner! You’re going to need some balloon weights to hold all those in place. Try our Cowboy boots balloon weights. Now your balloons will fly high and always have one foot on the ground.
Our Western Party Decoration Kit can give you most everything you need in one package!
Western Theme Party Food
This should be the easiest part of your barn dance to plan. There are going to be some staple dishes that you are not going to want to leave out.
For sides, you need to have at least one kind of beans. Baked beans are probably the most sensible, but black beans and some fried rice could work as well. Cornbread is another item you should not lack. It can be a little tough to make a great batch, but this easy recipe is a favorite of ours. You also must have a potato of some kind and corn on the cob. Whether it’s sweet potatoes, baked, fried, skins, it doesn’t matter. The spud was all over the west.
If you love your BBQ, make up some favorites. Chicken, ribs, pulled pork, as long as it is slow cooked and has a great rub (or sauce) you’re going to make your guests happy. If BBQ is not your thing, you can probably get by with burger and dogs.
Oh, and if you can find sarsaparilla soda, be sure to serve it since it’s an essential Wild West drink.
To make all your wonderful food available to your guests, set up a Western spread using bandana styled paper goods. This will cover your plates, beverage and lunch napkins, and cups. Use a Cow-patterned table cover along with a Western centerpiece to finish your layout.
Western Theme Party Accessories
Your party is pretty much complete, but if you need anything else, you’ll find it here.
Do you have enough cowboy hats? What about cowgirl hats?
Photo Opportunity! Be an outlaw with our Wanted Poster Photo Prop.
Need some music but you don’t have any Hank Williams lying around? Try our Country Western Party Music CD.
Badges? We don’t need no stinking badges!
**Follow this link for a look at all of our Western Party Supplies.