I love birthday parties! More specifically, I love planning my kids' birthday parties. We've had a space party complete with a rocket ship, a pirate party with a "ship cake" complete with cannons, and a baseball party with baseball cupcakes and peanuts and crackerjacks.
But yesterday, to celebrate my sweet cowboy's 4th birthday, we threw a Wild West party! Minus, the rain at the beginning, it went off without a hitch. Jack invited a couple little friends plus his cousins and, of course, his brother and sister...and they had a blast...or should I say a rootin'-tootin' good time! Here's a round-up of the Ho-Down:
Burgers and Chicken Legs
Chips and Corn/Black Bean Salsa
Corn on the Cob
Potato Sack Races
Pin-the-Tail on the Donkey
Decorating for the party was so much fun...Mom and Dad pulled through for me with a ton of old stuff to use, like wagon wheels, 100-year-old barbed wire, and wooden ammunition boxes (for chairs for the kiddies). They hauled all their stuff up in their pickup and helped me set up...thanks a ton you guys! You helped make it look very authentic! So authentic in fact, as I sit here typing, there's two empty eye-sockets on a cow skull staring right at me!!
We also used tons of bandannas, "Wanted" posters, cardboard cacti, bales and barrels. The mood was set by a soundtrack of the Wild West blaring over the backyard, courtesy of Uncle Art. We aren't quite sure why he owns this, but a bit of "Rawhide" and "Bonanza" theme song fit in quite nicely!
(totally unrelated side note: Mr. Sparrow is sitting on the "bandanna garland" outside my window right now! Very sweet!!)
My dear friend Robin helped me figure out how to make this o-so-sweet cactus cake. We used toothpicks for the pokes...no one swallowed any, thank you Jesus! We also tried our hands at our very first fondant flower...very fun!
The boys helped me make homemade strawberry ice cream that was soooo good!
The sugar cookies were just something I whipped up in case they didn't get enough sugar!
It was such fun night! Did I mention I love birthday parties??!!
Yes...that is a pink holster and in her right hand (not pictured) is a pink pistol!
My three little cowpokes!