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My Daughter wanted a "horse" themed equestrian party. As things grew and grew (and grew...) it turned into a horse/ cowgirl/ western themed party instead. The kids had so much fun! They roasted hot dogs and marshmallows over the fire, (bbq pit) in the backyard, and played all kids of western themed games. They also got to take home a very full bag each of western themed candies from our "general store". Special thanks to Aunt Myrna, and Uncle Steve for the use of their BBQ!

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Party Highlights

  • What People Ate

    Hot dogs, corn on the cobb, corn salsa, cornbread, watermelon, popcorn, calico cowboy beans, mac and cheese, dirt cake, mini apple pies, and vanilla ice cream-AND SMORES!

  • What People Drank

    lemonade, water, dr pepper bottles, sweet tea, hot chocolate, regular tea.

  • Desserts

    dirt cake, birthday cake, mini apple pies, smores

  • Party Favors

    general store candies and toys, smore pops, bandanas, teepees

  • Activities / Games

    make your own tee pee, pan fer gold, tin can shooting range, archery, horseshoes, rope swing, smore cook out, and free play of all these activities(except the archery)

  • Budget

    started planning a month in advance. most items purchased at dollar store, or made with items I already had. Bought a bunch from etsy, Oriental trading.com, and amazon.com-Spent the most money on the food.

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22 comments

  • Connie T

    Connie T wrote:

    Ordered it from amazon for $30.00. I made sure I checked out all safety, and ALL the reviews first.

  • Connie T

    Connie T wrote:

    my sister placed logs from a dead backyard tree around the fire. It was cute!

  • Connie T

    Connie T wrote:

    used a piece of dollar store foam board for the wanted poster, and stretched brown shipping paper across it. -also dollar store. then I roughed it up with tea bags, dirt, ink pads etc to make it look old. Made the letters on my cricut and did the same thing with those too.

  • Connie T

    Connie T wrote:

    bags were empty when hung, kids filled them and took them down to go home with them at the end of the night

  • Connie T

    Connie T wrote:

    used a 4' table for this

  • Connie T

    Connie T wrote:

    we had: general store, saloon, outhouse, corral, barn, etc.

  • Connie T

    Connie T wrote:

    we had rock candy, little plastic horses, apple pie taffy (from rocket fizz) tootsie rolls, jolly ranchers, pretzels, bubbles, dum dums, choco coins, licorice, cow tails, button candy, peppermint paddies etc. most candies bought at the dollar store. got the rock candy at party city, and the buttons at rocket fizz

  • Connie T

    Connie T wrote:

    also had western tattoos (branding station) from amazon, and horse stickers -otc

  • Connie T

    Connie T wrote:

    cut out the wording and number from my cricut machine

  • Connie T

    Connie T wrote:

    made that gumball machine from a pot, and filled with gumballs the kids loved it

  • Connie T

    Connie T wrote:

    if you order these; read the reviews first, and buy some glue dots-found at the craft stores.

  • Connie T

    Connie T wrote:

    we also had glow sticks (as it was dark out)

  • Connie T

    Connie T wrote:

    very pleased with how "country" this came out, will for sure use it again for another party!

  • Connie T

    Connie T wrote:

    all the little horses we either already had, or got at the dollar store

  • Connie T

    Connie T wrote:

    got the mini hay bales off of amazon, and purposely left them wrapped up as this was inside, and I knew the kids would mess with it.

  • Connie T

    Connie T wrote:

    this table cloth was a twin bed skirt in cream purchased off of amazon. thanks to y'all for the great idea! also bought a bunch of old containers, and tin pots from the thrift store. maybe spent about $10 on the containers

  • Connie T

    Connie T wrote:

    used a ball mason jar, a jelly jar, a spaghetti jar, and a glass salad dressing tall jar. (didn't paint that one)

  • Connie T

    Connie T wrote:

    got the containers for these from smart n final store.

  • Connie T

    Connie T wrote:

    ordered the choco rocks from a bakery seller online. got the gummy worms at the dollar store. Used store brand oreos to help save money.

  • Connie T

    Connie T wrote:

    also used some of those horse stickers we got from OTC.com

  • Connie T

    Connie T wrote:

    thanks to this site for the idea!

  • Connie T

    Connie T wrote:

    had to back the doilies with more cardstock do that they wouldn't flop around when hung.

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