Western Party Ideas For Kids
Spring and Summer Are Perfect for an Outside Western Party!
Need ideas for a Western theme party? I have planned several, and will share a few ideas with you in this article. This theme is perfect for an outside (or, inside) Birthday Party, Hay Ride, Harvest Celebration, Halloween, or just a fun get together with friends. You will have a boot scootin' good time!
If you have a barn or riding stable to have this party, that would be the perfect place! A pony ride would be so much fun for the kids! But, if you don't have a farm or stable available, you can still give the effect with a few western decorations, hay bales, and themed game ideas. And, of course, don't forget to include s'mores over a campfire or fire-pit.
It's a fun idea to have your party outside in the Spring, Summer, or cool Fall weather! My grandson, Scottie, had a Western party when he turned 8 years old (this was a July birthday). We had lots of fun planning it and the kids (and adults) had a great time! On this page, I'll show you all of the fun things we did.
Note: All photographs on this page, unless otherwise noted, belong to the author.
You're invited to a Boot Scootin' Western Party!
Y'all Come Now!
On the party invitations, my daughter suggested that everyone come dressed in western costume. Some suggestions were Cowboy, Cowgirl, or Indian. Most of the kids made their own costumes and adults wore denim shirts, jeans, and cowboy hats if they owned one.
We also had paisley bandannas on hand for anyone who didn't have anything western. Some guest wore the bandannas tied around their neck, but others got inventive and became a BANDIT, as you see in this picture! Every western party needs a bandit, right?
Tepee Painting is a fun idea for the kids!
The Kids Favorite Activity!
The kids favorite activity was Tepee Painting. My daughter made a tepee and provided watercolor paints for each child to paint their Indian design on the tepee. As you can see, the kids really got into this!
Vicky made a small child-size tepee. She was working at a fabric shop at the time and got some sort of material from there, but you could use a duck cloth or even an old sheet. You would want it to be smooth enough for the kids to paint on. She used bamboo for the poles. You can usually find those at a craft store. Or, you can use any type of pole or long, straight sticks from the woods.This tepee doesn't need to be waterproof or professional. My grandchildren have made many tepees since then by using long sticks from the woods and an old sheet!
How to Build a Tepee
Panning for Gold
Another Western game is Panning for Gold. Vicky put new sand in the kid's sandbox and hid lots of "gold". This included some simple toys, plastic gold coins, gold wrapped chocolate nuggets, and some fake gold nuggets from "Stones & Bones". She provided sand sifters, pails and shovels for the kids to "pan for gold". Since there were quite a few kids, they took turns panning.We rotated kids with the games and activties so all of the kids were kept busy and not too many doing one thing.
What's a Western party without Sack Races?!
Suggestion for your menu...
For the party Vicky chose simple foods that related to the western theme. She decided a cook-out would be a good idea. She used an outdoor grill, but a fire-pit would be even better. She served hot dogs with all the trimmings plus potato chips, tortilla chips and salsa, baked beans, and slaw.If it's an indoor party, chili beans would be a great idea for a western theme party. You could call it Chuck Wagon Chili!
Tea, root beer, and other flavor soft drinks were the beverages.
Birthday Cake and ice cream for dessert! And, of course, S'mores to finish it off!
Birthday Cake Idea
Scottie wanted Roy Rogers on his cake, so the best I could come up with was to laminate a picture. He could then keep the picture and put it in his room. He loved it!
How to Make a Boot Cake
You might not want to try this on your own, but it's very interesting to watch how it's done!
Use your birthday cake as a centerpiece!
John Wayne Cake
My grandson recently had another western themed party for his 19th birthday. We made a simple cake and placed it on a red bandanna as a centerpiece for the table. It turned out to be a great decoration!
Thanks for your visit!
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