OK, so with that taken car of, the next thing is to remember your theme throughout the party planning and that includes the first step of making out invitations. Using the words, “Buckaroo” and “outlaw” can be included as well as referring to the party as a “shindig” and instead of printing the words out on an invitation card, take a brown paper bag, print the invitations and then slightly burning the edges can add an authentic feel even before the guests arrive. Inviting guests to your wild west party in this manner will encourage them to “dress the part”.
With decorations always being a part of a birthday party that kids remember the most (ours is never complete without balloons!), getting creative with the wild west party place settings can be fun and interesting. Guns were always a part of the wild west and, while not wanting to include these in a birthday party, there are innovative ways to dress your table with replicas. A construction paper gun folded over can make a pretty cool napkin holder, a small decorative bale of straw (like those used in floral arrangements) along with a cabin made of sticks on the table can also set the mood. Your little “buckaroo” will be thrilled with all the authenticity the wild west party will invoke.
Food can be a cake in the shape of a cowboy, pony or other wild west party appropriate item. The badges, water guns and blue or red bandanas can add a “kickin’” time for the round-up crew! Offering “rewards” for scavenger hunt items placed on a poster can be a fun way to encourage the game of hunt and seek and give the party goers something fun to do. Games such as Lasso the Cactus with a small rope and basically anything to be the cactus, kids can practice their rodeo skills. Setting up obstacle courses and changing “Pin the tail on the donkey” to “Pin the tail on the outlaw” also can take a wild west party off the charts! Setting up a “JAIL” to escape from can be made out of cardboard and paint, with white curtains on the windows, guessing who done it could actually last throughout the party!
Sharing ideas with friends and family will give you all the help you need. Incorporate the help of the other parents, too. Ask them to be monitors over the obstacle courses and to help decide who wins each game. Serving food to a bunch of outlaws can also be a challenging endeavor, so having as many “sheriffs” on hand as you can will help control the herd! Grandparents and friends parents can all get involved in the making and preparing of the event and, take some of the pressure off of the birthday boy’s parents.
This is an activity that can be planned and executed easily with the help of family before during and after as well as give your little buckaroo a party to remember for many years to come.