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My daughter turned 6 over the weekend and has been asking for a cowgirl party for months. Being a January birthday (and living in Illinois) presents some challenges – but this year takes the cake.

Every single party inspiration I found on Pinterest and around the web featured awesome outdoor games, picnic tables made complete with barrels of hay for seating, and even pony rides. That wasn’t going to fly with this years “Polar Vortex” sucking every bit of sun and warmth out of the air – so I had to devise some games and fun that would take place entirely inside. Time to get creative!

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I put a resource list at the bottom for all of my sources for the products, if you have any questions, let me know!

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Speaking of the cold and sucky weather we’ve been having, check out what my driveway looked like as my husband and in-laws tried to clear things up for the guests…

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But lets not dwell anymore on the worst winter ever…  and get to the rootin’ tooting’ party!

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As soon as the kids arrived, they were geared up for a good time!

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The kids started off the fun with a Photo Booth, complete with fun props!

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The kids had a great time taking photos with each other and the birthday girl.   After the party, I printed out the shots of each guest with the birthday girl, and used them as personalized thank you cards!

 

Activity #1 – Ropin’ Cattle (aka rope toss)

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Activity #2:   Pin the Unicorn Horn on the Pony  (it was a princessy cowgirl party, I had to get creative here people)

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Activity #3:  “Mosey With Your Sidekick” – kids made look alike cowgirls and cowboys out of pre-cut paper made with the cricut

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Activity #4:   Pony Racing with DIY Stick Ponies – Made from long wooden dowels from Michaels and socks from the dollar store – each one cost about $1.75 to make – Check out my full tutorial on how I made these here >>

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Activity #5:   Kick Up Yer Boots!   (aka – the big boot piñata)

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I handed out these cool corrugated bags (source at the bottom of the post) for the kids to use to pick up the candy from the pinata.

 

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Time for some fun!

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Resource List:

Cake:  Mariano’s (chicagoland) – they ROCK for custom cakes, and the price is even better – I got the 3 layer custom cake, big enough to feed about 30 people, for $37.

Favors:   Blinking Princess Cowgirl Hats  for the Girls and Blue Cowboy Hats for the Boys from Amazon.   Badges from the Dollar Store (they were cheap, so get a few extra in case the pins break), Pink and blue bandanas from Hobby Lobby.

Piñata:   Boot Piñata and Candy/filling

Mugshot booth:   made from a large cardboard box and used my Cricut for lettering

Build your own sidekick craft:   Cricut  plus the Create a Friend Cartridge

Ropin’ Cattle (ring toss) game:   Bought some old school Honey Lemonade soda bottles from World Market, emptied out and used the lemonade for drinks.  Spray painted the bottles white, and then hand painted black spots using black acrylic paint.   Used their cardboard carrying case, spray painted red, to hold them.

Favor Bags:   Knothole favor bags

Dessert Table Decor:   Mini Hay Bales, Cowgirl Up lettering from Michaels $2 bins, sparkle clothespins from Michaels $1 bins, Chocolate Mustaches made from meltable chocolate and mold from Michaels.

“Lila” Sign – I made this myself, I will post a tutorial on this in a separate post – super easy to make, didn’t cost me anything!

Signs and tags made using PicMonkey.com

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