Invite some buckaroos to join you for a Western Theme Party
The Old West was a period in history that was filled with good times and hard times. Nothing invokes memories of pages in history books like a Western theme party. Invite a good mix of males and females, young and old alike and get ready to “kick up your heels”.
Regardless of where you are holding your Western party, (even in the heart of the city) you can transform the space to an Old West/Cowboy theme with very little effort. Bales of hay can be brought in for decorations or to use as extra seating (spread a blanket on top of some bales for the ladies). If you can find old wagon wheels, tin coffee pots and cups, and wooden barrels-you will capture the authenticity of history. Walls can be decorated with “wanted” posters that you have created. If you ask each guest to send a photo of himself as the RSVP to your invitation, you can scan and enlarge it to put on the poster. If space allows, create a “campfire” area. There are lots of ways to do this, including using lights amongst firewood, or gathering people around the fireplace in your home. This will be a great place to tell stories or sing along.
For a little extra fun, appoint a new guest to be sheriff each hour. Have the sheriff locate one of the guests on the “wanted” poster and bring the guest in for questioning. This will be a sure entertainment for all guests, as they listen to the questions and answers! Have your musicians (friends you have invited to your party who play) get out the guitars and play songs that are familiar to many of the attendees. If you own a piano, have guests gather around the piano for some singing. Set up a poker table in one corner, a cribbage board in another, and set checkerboards on top of wooden barrels around the room. Purchase CD’s of country and western music and appoint a guest (or hire someone) to be the DJ, and then invite guests to dance the night away. Horseshoes are the game to play at a party such as this. (If you are planning to stay inside, be sure to purchase a plastic set)
Barbeque food of any time is a good menu choice for a Western Party. Your guests will love being invited to join you around the table filled with barbeque ribs, steak, and burgers. A centerpiece for your buffet table can be easily made by gathering various steak, barbeque and hot sauces and arranging them in a basket. Be sure to put a sign of the basket inviting guests to partake! Offer a wide variety of chili and baked beans as side dishes, for a simple meal. Appetizers can be as simple as tortilla chips and salsa. Drinks of cowboy coffee, soda pop (look for old fashioned glass bottles such as Stewarts), and beer (non-alcoholic also) can be offered in tin cups or paper products with a western theme.
Browse MyExpression.com to view our selection of Western and BBQ themed invitations and stationery. Shown to the left are Wanted Invitations by Noteworthy Collections.