Cowboy Party Ideas
Plan a Wild West adventure your little cowboy will never forget with our Cowboy Party Ideas! Read on for party planning tips as well as great decorating, food, game, and activity ideas. This theme's a sure-fire winner because it appeals to both boys and girls and a range of ages.
Decorate with ropes, bandannas, and cowboy hats. If your party is outside, you can even set up some bales of hay for the kids to play on or to use as a photo shoot area for pictures. Decorate the party space with toys you already own, such as stuffed horses, snakes, cowboy boots, and toy trains. You can also decorate for your cowboy party with signs that say “Waterin’ Hole” or “Saloon.” Hang red, white, and blue streamers and balloons and use red and white checkered tablecloths on your tables.
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Another fun touch to personalize the event is to post “Wanted” posters with pictures of your guests around your party space—the kids will get a kick out of seeing themselves on the posters! If you will be awarding prizes for games, make a sign for the "General Store" and place it on the table where guests will claim their rewards.
Serve all of cowboy’s favorite foods such as Sloppy Joes, chili, grilled hamburgers, chicken drumsticks, and hotdogs. For sides, include baked beans, cole slaw, tortilla chips, and roasted corn on the cob. Serve milk, juice, and root beer in bottles or canteens. A cowboy cake is also an essential item for your cowboy birthday party menu. Make yours in the shape of a cowboy hat or a cactus. Make S'mores, or supervise your guests as they make their own over a fire or grill.
JorSam’s Wild West Money Boxes are a party pack, a gift, an activity, a savings plan, a hold all and whatever else creative kids can dream up as a use for them! This is fantastic for your Cowboy party theme! They are 9.5cm high and 7.5cm in diameter. The removable plastic lids (with a slot in each lid) are available in 5 different colours - red, blue, yellow, green and pink!
Rootin Tootin Fun
Boot Toss: Set up a cowboy boot and have the kids try to toss beanbags into the boot. You could also break the kids up into teams and have a race for which team gets their pile of beanbags in the boot in the fastest amount of time!
Pin the Tail on the Horse: This is a fun spin-off of the well known game “pin the tail on the donkey.” You could also pin the badge on the sheriff or pin the hat on the cowboy.
Rodeo Rides: If you have a seesaw, attach a saddle to each end. Place a child on each saddle and have two adults guide the the seesaw up and down.
Another way to give rodeo rides is to secure a saddle to a red wagon, bicycle or another suitable ride on toy. Have an adult pull the rider around a rodeo ring or obstacle course.
Snake in my Boot Relay: This game is fun for any cowboy-themed party. Divide players into two teams. Give each team a cowboy boot. At the other end of the play space, place two buckets filled with rubber snakes. On the go signal, the first players for each team race to retrieve a snake, bring it back and place it in the boot. Those players then tag the next players in line, who also race to place a snake in their boots. The relay race continues until one team has had each of its members collect a snake and drop it into the boot.
Gem Mining: Before the party, have your kids paint a collection of rocks. Mix the painted rocks with plain rocks and put them all into a baby pool filled with water. Give kids sieves and have them mine for the gems. You can also play this game in a sandbox. Bury gold-painted rocks or gold nuggets in the sand and have them pan handle for the gold.
Squirt-gun shooting range: Get some empty, small plastic bottles and place them on a wall/ledge. Each cowboy and cowgirl get an allotted amount of time to try and squirt all the bottles off the wall using their water gun. You could also use empty aluminium cans.
Cowboys and Sheriffs: Similar to 'hide and seek', select a few members of the party to be 'sheriffs' and get the 'cowboys' to hide. After 2 minutes, get the sheriffs to find them, with the overall winner being the cowboy who hides for the longest without being caught.