Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Cowboys, Cowgirls Won't You Come Out Tonight

Well, it finally happened, my little man had his 1st birthday party! Our little cowpoke won't be one for a few more weeks, but we celebrated a bit early because my sister and her family were in town. I am so happy we were able to share this special day with so many family members and friends. I'm pretty sure everyone had a rootin' tootin' good time at Max's Cowboy bash, even though it did rain for a few hours.

Here's are a few pics from the party:

As the guests arrived each of the kids decorated their party cups with western stickers and their name. After everyone arrive we dressed our deputy sheriffs in cowboy hats, sheriff badges and bandannas.

What cowboy party would be complete without a western town made out of cardboard boxes. We used motorcycle and wardrobe boxes, leftover paint and corrugated plastic for the roofs.

Party games included "Pop the Pig" (pink balloons with pig faces drawn on them), "Snakes and Horses in the Hay Hunt"  in our make shift corral, and a "Western Shoot Out" with water guns that included the adults and kids.
Sheriff Max had a cowboy  boot smash cake and all his deputies had cupcakes topped with chocolate star lollipops.

Goody bags were simple brown bags folded over and secured with faux leather cord. Each had a different cowboy quote written on it like, "Head 'em up Move 'em out" "Yee Haw" and "Ride 'Em Cowboy". Inside guests found western shaped candies, mini cow tales, chocolate gold coins and my favorite.... wax candy mustaches.

Food included three kinds of chili with lots of fixins, cornbread, baked beans, hot dogs, coleslaw, cowboy caviar, chips and salsa and a few other snacks. We decorated with lots of cowboy printed balloons, streamers and cardboard boots. My favorite decoration was Max's 1st birthday banner. A tradition my parents started when I was little. Each year on our birthday, they would hang our banner with a new "logo" for the year. I always loved waking up on my birthday to see what had been added. Now my little ones will get to enjoy this small pleasure too!

Overall, it was a success; a great day filled with lots of fun, good food and amazing family and friends. Thanks to everyone who helped make this day so special for our little cowboy!

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