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Party Themes - Old West

Updated on April 30, 2012

Recommended for - Birthdays ages three to eight

Travel back to the old west, to the time of train robbers and and saloons, native americans and cowboys, with this fun party theme.


  • Print out the party information on western themed stationary
  • Make a wanted poster with a picture of the birthday child on it with something like “WANTED: friends and family to come celebrate Tyler’s 6th birthday” printed below. On the back be sure to include information such as the date, time and location.
  • Purchase cow bells at a party store and with a sharpie print all of the party information on the outside of the bell. Have your child hand deliver them to all of their friends AFTER school is out so that you don’t have your child's teacher upset with you.


  • Decorate the walls with cardboard cut outs of horse shoes
  • Place bales of hay around the room for extra seating
  • You and your child should be decked out in your best western gear and hand out bandanas and cowboy hats to your guests
  • Have Country and Western music playing in the background
  • Use cowboy boots with western themed balloons tied to them as centerpieces on the table

Games and Activities

Line Dance

  • Either hire someone or learn some line dance steps yourself and teach them to the children

Pan For Gold

  • Fill a sand box with gold plastic jewelry, gold cons and plastic “jewels”. Give each child a plastic strainer and let them go hunting for their treasure.

Tin Can Target

  • Line up a row of empty tin cans and let the kids take turns with a water gun to try and knock down as many cans as they can in a minute.

Birthday Cake Bandit

  • About halfway through the party have a grown-up, dressed like a train robber come and steal the birthday cake. Through a series of western themed clues send the children on a scavenger hunt to apprehend the birthday cake bandit who is hiding somewhere in the house.


  • Just what it sounds like. Rent a pony.


  • Fix the guest of honor’s favorite barbecue meal
  • Serve Root beer in glass bottles
  • Don’t forget the coleslaw
  • Have a horseshoe shaped cake


  • Foam cowboy hat
  • The child’s photo pasted to a wanted poster
  • Plastic harmonica
  • Toy horse figure


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    • inevitablesecrets profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from California

      Thanks Dee42. I'm having fun with the party theme hubs. I'm probably going to make a series out of it.

    • Dee42 profile image


      7 years ago from Beautiful Arkansas

      So interesting, and useful! Great hub, will be looking forward to future hubs of yours.


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