Whether you are throwing a horse party or cowgirl party, I hope you find inspiration in the party pictures below. This party was extra special to plan (it was for my little girl!) and the theme and color was entirely chosen by her! “Purple Cowgirl” were the instructions I received and here’s what I came up with. Hope you like it!
The invitations I made using Adobe Photoshop and printed on a home computer onto linen cardstock. Below the invite is an image of little girls’ boots. I had them slip them off to grab this photo.
On the porch by the front door, I placed a hay bale with the cowgirl sign, an old horseshoe, and a pair of boots she had outgrown. Even though our color was purple – I pulled these items from her bedroom to use as decor (sometimes you have to bend the rules!).
What would a Cowgirl Party be without the horses? I got the idea to give stick ponies as favors from the fabulous party Erin Volante threw for her adorable daughter (thanks Erin!). The ponies were in their “Pony Corral” and each child was able to take one home after the party so they could continue the fun at their own ranch. I got them from the nearby dollar store.
I just loved the purple unicorn!
And here is a close up of our little Cowgirl.
I also got this idea to make a Wanted poster from Erin — and I LOVE how it turned out.
For dessert, our cowgirl requested cupcakes and sherbet ice cream. The purple gingham cupcake liners are from The Cupcake Social. And the sunflower toppers are made out of scrapbook stickers and wooden party picks.
Hostess Tip: The night before the party, pre-scoop ice cream and place in paper cups. Fill a couple of trays and place in the freezer. Then when it comes cake and ice cream, you can easily pass them out and ditch manning the ice cream scoop.
Other elements used:
-Paper pennant flags hung outside on the garden gate (we also placed horseshoes along the dirt path).
-Striped treat bags were filled with carmel corn and placed in an old wooden planter for guests to grab.
The childrens’ table was lined with bales of straw that doubled as benches.
Each guest got their own cowgirl/boy hat and sheriff’s badge.
Activities included pin-the-tail on the pony, coloring paper horses and putting on horse tattoos.
And then there was D.J. the horse. He was the biggest hit of the party, especially with the birthday girl!
Our little cowgirl is 4!
For food – we served up lunch… ranch-style! The menu included Mustang Mac-n-Cheese, Wild West Chicken Strips, Tumbleweed Salad, Bootstrap Biscuits, Smoky Bacon Potato Salad and Applesauce. Of course all was washed down with some ice cold lemonade! Thank you to Amy from Blowout Party for the menu inspiration – it was a hit!
As the afternoon came to an end, the little ones left with their stick ponies, hats and badges and the parents were sent off with these infamous Cowgirl Cookie Jars (recipe and DIY instructions from Bakerella!).
It was a perfect cowgirl party … thoughtful and simple. Hope you like it!
Looking for New Year’s Eve party ideas? This chic and elegant party idea from Bird Crafts is one of my favorite themes this year!
The black and white color scheme adds a sense of elegance while the damask print and sparkle accents bring on the chic.
The “Glitter & Snow” party invitation sets the tone for the event. I also love how the mirrored plates used here lend the element of sparkle to the table.
Love the party theme? Be sure to check our Bird Crafts’ post for all of the styling tips (including the DIY table cloth and shower curtain backdrop). You can also find out all the information for ordering these chic party printables for your New Year’s Eve party!
Looking for a more chic way to celebrate this Halloween? Christine of Just Loverly has some great sophisticated handmade designs that will set your Halloween decor apart from the rest.
In her own words, Christine says, “Just because it’s Halloween doesn’t mean your décor has to be unsightly!” I couldn’t agree more! Check out her great designs:
I love the pairing of traditional Halloween colors and unexpected patterns like the black and white damask seen on the Halloween banner. These creepy chic Halloween napkins are actually hand stamped! The napkins have 2 different images: one with a spider hanging from a chandelier and the other with a Victorian chair hosting black crows. Love them! And of course, no spooky sip would be complete without one of these themed straw toppers to tie it all together.
Today I am receiving so many emails, tweets, and messages asking if I had a Halloween party and email inquires like (as one reader put it), “Why are you starving us of your party pictures?” that I decided to throw up a few pictures from our party. Oh, and of course I had a party, did you really doubt me?
I wanted to do a little something to keep the kiddos (and their parents) busy pre trick-or-treating time.
Lisa Pearson sent me over a link humbly asking me to check out a recent post from her blog. Curious, I visited the link and immediately thought, WOW what a fabulous post – I MUST share it. Lisa and her daughter enjoyed a wonderful vintage picnic lunch in true vintage style with a perfect combination of both girly touches and sophisticated elements. If you are looking for inspiration for a vintage party theme, be sure to check out Lisa’s photos. She has great ideas (hello $10 dresser find!).
From Lisa’s friend (who highjacked her blog to post this feature in honor of Lisa):
“She hauled her $10 dresser and bags of food and boxes of dishes across a very busy public park to the perfect picnic spot, laughing and joyful the whole way. She went all out with the beautiful vintage details, right down to the paper and string she used to wrap the sandwiches. What can I say??? She just rocks!”
We agree! Just look at these lovely photos:
Above, the $10 dresser find!
Simple fixings for a vintage picnic.
Lisa with her college-bound daughter. What beautiful women and such a beautiful way to share a moment with one another before they head out into the world.
What a lovely afternoon!
Thank you Lisa for sharing your wonderful vintage picnic with us. What a well-designed and lovely afternoon to spend with your daughter. The stunning photographs were all take by Lisa’s dear friend Kim (see her work at blubelstudio.com).
To see more photos of Lisa’s afternoon vintage picnic, visit her blog. She has several stunning posts, be prepared to get lost in them like I did.
If you are thinking about hosting a Halloween party (or just looking for a creative way to make the day more festive), here is my advice: start with the basics. A very simple (and non-intimidating) way to create a pulled together party look is to start with printed plates and napkins. I know, simple right? Even though paper plates and napkins might seem… well too simple, they are a great way to create a themed look with out all the fuss or stress. Check out these festive Halloween paper goods from Plates & Napkins. They would be a great base for any Halloween party theme.
These festive prints would be great for a Halloween themed party for either kids or adults. The more basic prints like stripes and polka dots, could be paired with more fun elements like candy and favors for a children’s party. The more sophisticated prints like the damask and filigree could easily be paired with candelabras and more formal or classy decorations.
For more whimsical and fun decor, order your Halloween paper plates in a spooky design. These are playful but could easily be “dressed up” by adding solid napkins and a solid table cloth or runner to your table. Above from left to right: Midnight Madness,Bonehead and Batty.