Go Back in Time to the Old Wild West with a Western Theme Party and Summer Rodeo!
August 02, 2012
Round the neighbors up for a rootin’ tootin’ good time and plan a summer rodeo! Whether you’re planning a cowboy themed birthday party for your child or just want to add a fun rodeo theme for your next neighborhood get together, having summer rodeo is a great way for everyone to have a little bit of boot stomping fun!
Set the stage for your summer rodeo with plenty of western party supplies. Even if you’re just holding a simple affair in your backyard for the local kids, you still want to jazz it up a little and give it a down home feel with the right decorations and accessories. Start by checking out the local feed stores and picking up a few hay bales, not only will they give your rodeo an authentic feel but you can use them for some of your games and activities as well as seating for your guests. Rustic picnic tables will fit right in with your rodeo theme, so there’s no need for table cloths if that’s what you’ve got for the guests to eat on. And if you’re expecting a lot of people, you can rent some from a party store to ensure there’s ample seating. These adorable cow print plates and napkins are a great option to serve your tasty treats on, or you can go with the western bandana theme. Either one will match our western centerpieces perfectly. Add some fun Wild West cutouts and some barn siding scene setters and you’ll have staged the perfect rodeo for your party!
When you’re planning the menu for your summer rodeo, stick with plenty of traditional down home Southern favorites and your guests will be stomping their boots in satisfaction as they fill their plates—and their bellies—with all the good food you’ve laid out! Good old fashioned barbeque—ribs, chicken, or beef—is the perfect option for your rodeo, with traditional sides like potato salad, corn on the cob, deviled eggs, crisp dill pickles, and baked beans are sure crowd pleasers. For dessert, a selection of fresh baked cookies, especially oatmeal raisin cookies, is a guaranteed hit!
As your guests arrive, especially the younger crowd, you’ll want to be sure to hand them each their own bandana or cowboy hat so they can dress the part for the event. Hopefully they’ll have worn their favorite pair of cowboy boots as well! And so they’re ready for the great rodeo party games you’ve planned, you’ll want to make sure everyone has their own water gun too.
And what’s a rodeo without traditional rodeo events? Since the rodeo events will be the main attraction of you event, you’ll want to make sure these are fun for everyone!
- Have the kids bring their bikes and set up an obstacle course for them to navigate using hay bales or game cones if you don’t have any hay bales available.
- Use hoola hoops to have the kids wrangle a sheep or cow. If you don’t have a proper sized stuffed animal, use a chair instead.
- Have them find hidden objects in a haystack. Hide the objects, like bouncy balls, chalk, whistles, or mini yoyos in the haystack ahead of time.
- Set up a row of chairs and have the kids kneel on them backwards. Place a boot on the floor in front of each child and see who can drop a clothespin into the boot from over the heads. Whoever gets the most clothespins in by the time the timer stops wins.
- Set up a good old fashioned game of horseshoes. This one even the adults will love playing!
Award points to the winners of each game and award prizes to the top players, or to every participant if you don’t want anyone to go home empty handed.
You don’t have to live deep in the heart of Texas to throw a summer rodeo or to enjoy a good old fashioned hoe down with all your friends and neighbors. Everyone will love getting a chance to rope some steers and fulfill their dreams of being a cowboy, even if it’s just for one day! So plan your summer rodeo and get ready for a boot stomping good time!