Cue the quintessential high-noon showdown song and don your 10-gallon hat – it's time to head west for a wild birthday party! If your child is a rodeo enthusiast with a passion for justice, then hosting a Wild West birthday party is the way to go. Of course, you want all the details to be in apple-pie order, which means coming up with a heap of ideas. Here's some inspiration sure to grease your carriage wheels:
1. Head down to the saloon
When a rough and tough sheriff needed a break from protecting his citizens, he'd stroll to the saloon for a drink. This kind of Wild West pub is where lawmen, outlaws and civilians alike gathered to take a load off. Of course, if you're going to have a saloon at your child's birthday party, it will be one that serves soda. Consider turning your kitchen into a soda saloon, complete with pints of root beer. You can make fake saloon doors into your kitchen using cardboard cutouts and even slide drinks down the bar.
2. Send creative birthday invitations
The invites you send for your child's birthday should speak to the theme of the party. Good birthday party invitations informs guests of what the event will be like even before they arrive! For this reason, seek out Wild West invites for your child's party. Here are a few of our favorites:
Sheriff Badge: These invites from Pear Tree Greetings come in the shape of a sheriff's badge. With a distressed wood background and old-timey script, these cards are sure to rustle up some excitement.
Yee-Haw!: The Yee-Haw! invites are the perfect way to invite cowboys and cowgirls to your child's big day. You can select a photo of your child to feature on the front, along with Wild West lettering.
Round 'em Up: Displaying the torso of a sheriff, the Round 'em Up invites get the theme across faster than a jackrabbit running from a coyote.
3. Provide attire
Your child should be the star of his or her party, so dress him or her up in Old West clothing. However, the guests attending would probably like to fit into the theme as well. Consider giving all the kids straw cowboy hats and colored bandanas as a favor they can wear throughout the event.
4. Take 'wanted' photos
Your little sheriff has to round up the bad guys, but first he or she has to know who they are. Craft a large frame that looks like a Western "wanted" poster and have the kids take pictures holding it in front of their faces.