With little bit of planning and organization, you can recreate the wild west at your own home. Parties with cowboy costumes, decorations, and food can be a great event not only for little kids, but also for adults. Like all other parties, if you want your western theme party to be successful, you have to start the planning and organizing process at least a month before the actual get-together. Doing so will give you ample time to make purchases for the big day. Provided below are some tips that will surely help you in your endeavor.
Though you can buy invitations from various Internet sites, it is always a good idea to make them yourself, to add a personal touch to them. You can write the details of the party on a bandanna and send it to your guests. Also, you can use a wanted poster, cowboy hat, or even a Sheriff's badge as a creative method of inviting your guests. Do not forget to request your guests to wear the hat, or badge for the party. Another thing that can make your invitation really unique is the wordings you use. Other than normal English, make use of cowboy lingo in your wordings to establish the theme of the get-together.
You can decorate your house to look like a ranch, rodeo, or even an old salon, which are typical features of the wild west. Hang up banners outside your house, like the ones seen at rodeos or other cowboy events. Placing some hay in your backyard, with some tall boots just outside your front door, will give your house a, authentic look to it. For the interiors, you can be as creative as you want. You can keep wooden crates instead of chairs, or even potted cactus in the corners of your rooms. Using strobe lights, rings of ropes hung randomly, tattered wanted posters, etc. are some ideas that you can apply when you start decorating the interiors of your house to match the party theme.
The typical western costume includes jeans, western shirt, cowboy boots, and a faded Stetson (hat). Though girls can also wear the same outfit. It would look great if they opt for jean mini skirt, or denim dress, instead of jeans. You can also arrange some western accessories for your guests like bandannas, wheat stalk, rhinestone accessories, Sheriff's badge, etc.
Food and Beverages
The best party food idea for a western theme party is to have a barbecue in your backyard. You can offer dishes like steak, chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs accompanied with different types of barbecue sauces, salsas, and other dips. As for side dishes, you can serve fries, stew, baked beans, chili, mashed potatoes, cornbread muffins, salads, etc. The meal would be complete with dessert dishes like toasted marshmallows, ice cream, etc. If the party is for kids, then serve beverages like smoothies, juices, soft drinks, etc. For adults, you can indulge in alcohol, provided your budget allows you to do it.
Apart from these, it is also important to include some games like musical hats, squirt dun sharp shooting, gambling casino. Moreover, do not forget to find a dance instructor who can teach you and your guests the two step, which is a typical dance style in the country side.