Go Back in Time to the Days of the Wild West with a Western Themed Costume Party this Halloween Season!
October 04, 2012
Round up the gang for a good old fashioned hoe down and plan a fantastic western costume party! Perfect for Halloween, birthdays, fundraisers, or just a wild night with your friends, having a western costume party is the perfect excuse to pull out your best boots and your favorite Stetson, crank up the local country station, and challenge your friends to a square dancing throw down!
Let everyone know it’s time to put on their dancing boots with personalized western invitations customized with all the important party details. Since you’ll want everyone to wear their finest western wear, whether it’s a patriotic cowboy hat or a glamour cowgirl costume, be sure to include that information in the invite so everyone gets onboard with your costume theme!
You’ll need to spend some time planning your own western costume as well. After all, the host can’t be outdone by her guests! For a casual cowboy cookout, throw on your best blue jeans, your favorite pair of cowboy boots, a great denim shirt, and top it off with a fabulous pink cowboy hat! Or, go all out and dress up as a flirty Annie Oakley, an Indian Maid, or a sassy saloon girl. And your better half will be thrilled to get in on the costume fun when you pull out a gunslinger costume, or tell him he can fulfill that childhood dream of being the Lone Ranger! And don’t forget to get the kids in on the costume fun as well!
Once you’ve got all the costumes figured out for your western costume party you’ll have to get your party space ready. Head to the local feed store or farm supplier and pick up a few hay bales to use as decorations for the front porch, or, if you’re having your party outside, as extra seating. Toss a few bandanas down on top and your seating area will be perfect! If you’re stuck inside, use a desert sky scene setter roll to bring the outside in or hang up a few barn siding scene setters to give your party space an authentic feel. Add some chili pepper lights and some horseshoe decals and you’ll be ready for your hoe down!
Planning the food for your western costume party is probably the easiest part of the process! Just throw something tasty on the grill—whether it’s chicken, ribs, or pulled pork slathered in BBQ sauce or burgers, brats, and hot dogs—and serve up some traditional sides like corn on the cob, potato salad, and hot cornbread muffins. For dessert, set up a full-scale sundae bar, complete with chopped nuts, strawberries, hot fudge, caramel, crushed cookies and candy, chocolate chips, sprinkles, and whipped cream, along with several flavors of ice cream. If you’re looking for a fun activity to keep the kids amused, check the local resale shops for an old fashioned hand crank ice cream maker and let the kids make their own flavors of ice cream!
Have some other activities planned for your western costume party to keep the adults and kids amused. Hook up the karaoke machine and see who has a future at the Grand Ole Opry! Or, challenge all your friends to a line dancing contest to see who has the best Boot Scootin’ Boogie! If you’ve got an older crowd, they’ll probably remember some of their square dancing moves from grade school gym class, and even if they don’t they’ll have fun remembering how to do-si-do and promenade their partners. And of course, the main attraction for any costume party is a costume contest! Hand out awards for the best, funniest, most creative, and most authentic western costumes. Get creative with your prizes and hand out country music CDs, gift cards to the local steak restaurant, or a potted cactus.
Whether you’re planning your western costume party for Halloween or any other special occasion you and your guests will love having an excuse to don their favorite cowboy attire and swing their partners in the square dance, so saddle up and have some fun planning this fun and festive party!