We were blessed with a good sleeper, so we hadn't had to use this trick for three or four months, and then about two weeks ago Little Girl was overly tired and throwing a fit about going to bed. I thought surely she would have forgotten or changed her preferences, but nope! Daddy turned on Redheaded Stranger and our Lil' Gal was out like a light. I don't know what it is about Willie Nelson; we've tried dozens of other artists and songs, and none of them have the magic.
So, as an ode to Willie and the nights he helped us get through, we had a Western-themed birthday party.
This party was so much fun to put together, and I'm going to have several upcoming posts over the next few weeks with more details on how you can throw a western party for cheap. Today, though, I just wanted to give you the highlights.
Here's our beautiful birthday girl with her daddy!
I just love her little outfit; stay tuned for an upcoming post with more details on making a bandana skirt!
**Update: Find the tutorial on making the bandana skirt here!**
What's a Western party without a horse? We hired a local ranch to provide pony rides.
How cute is my little cowgirl? :)
And check out this handsome cowboy (my sweet nephew):
All of the kiddos had a great time riding the pony; I'm so glad we decided to spend the money on it, although it was actually really reasonable. To any of you in the Wichita area, I highly recommend Four Points Ranch and Petting Zoo! They provided great customer service, and were excellent with all of the little toddlers at our daughter's party.
Of course, we also had a cookout...
...with fun Western-themed foods, like rice krispie hay bales.
Stay tuned for some free printable Western food labels, coming soon!
To keep with the theme, we served food in "tin plates".
|This kid is too darling!|
See the darling bunting on the cake? I've got free printables for that one, too! I'm gonna get you all fixed up in the printable department so you can throw your own western party. ;)
**Update: Find the free printable pennant banner here!**
Here's her smash cake:
|(I just couldn't bring myself to frost her smash cake with red, haha!)|
She picked at it somewhat delicately, at first...
...and then she just tore into it.
She was starting to get so tired by that point, bless her little heart. But she managed to eat an alarming amount of cake!
We finished up with some fun themed pictures.
|How much does this little girl look like her daddy?! Seriously.|
Then we broke out the mustaches, and had way too much fun with that! Everyone joined in the fun, from kiddos to great grandparents.
And, of course, before our guests left, they received favor bags. Brown paper lunch sacks turned loot bags--talk about easy and cute!
The party was a success, and our guests seemed to have a good time.
Even though it truly was fun to put together, this momma was a little relieved when it was all over. :)
I'm so looking forward to sharing with you some more about the party over the next few weeks. Make sure you don't miss these upcoming posts; subscribe to my email list or follow me on social media; the buttons are at the top-right corner of my blog. Thank you!