Throwing a Western Party


Our Western Party was a hit and …. this marks party #5 which means we are over half way through our 9 parties in 9 weeks challenge! Can I hear a little WOOT WOOT!!! I must be a glutton for punishment or something because we squeezed in an extra party (another western) last week, apparently we didn’t get enough of this one!

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Western Party Fun!

This party was a blast and hopefully you can use some of these ideas for throwing your own western party. If you would like a little more detail into our set up for this party, check out this post on our western party decorations.

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For this party, we wanted to create an ambiance that would take our guests and ourselves back to the days of the old wild west. In the invitations, we made sure to tell everyone that they were to dress up in western attire.

It was great to see people’s creativity. One of our friend brought his beebee gun from childhood- I love it! That is what I am talking about! I wonder if they would have dressed up more if they knew the extent of the decorating because they were really surprised at how much we set up the place. Setting the perfect scene can do a lot, but having people dressed in character can take a party to a whole new level. 

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I was originally planning to dress up as Annie Oakley and my husband as a bartender but due to Miss Oakley’s costume being out of stock and my husband’s great Spanish accent, I decided to go as an Indian and my husband as a Mexican Bandito. I am glad we did for it added a bit of diversity to the group. 

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I have always wanted to throw an old time western party (well, I was raised on John Wayne movies-McLintock! is my favorite). My husband also liked the idea because it would give him a good excuse to work on creating a perfect batch of homemade root beer. I love parties that require dressing up to fit a certain theme because that with the decorations can take you back to times and places you have never been before.

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Why haven’t we ever thrown a Western Party? To be honest, the thought was a bit overwhelming. If you think we did a lot of work here, you should have seen all of the ideas in my head that I decided I wanted needed to do if ever we threw a western party. Wagon wheels were a must, a saddle or two, hay barrels, hitching posts, a cactus…. and the list goes on. Hey if I could even borrow a horse or two I would!

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Thankfully I decided to go with it for one of my 9 parties and that made me work with what we had and just go for it! We definitely want to throw another western party in the future and because of that, you know I am going to be perusing garage sales and estate sales for anything and everything western to help dress up our next western party.

Now if only I had a room to store all of our parties supplies… that would be simply wonderful!

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Areas labeled according to holidays and parties…. take that back, instead of a room, several rooms or rather a very big room for all of our decor! I would start collecting furniture that I could reuse for all sorts of events… if only we had the space… and if only my husband would let me! (o:

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I LOVED using the pie tins as plates! I am so glad my husband encourage me to get them when I was hemming and hawing over them at the store.

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I was a little surprised at first that all of our guests wanted to take pictures right off the bat, but then I realized that we had created a perfect western party backdrop for photos, so we fired away and had a lot of fun doing so!

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For this party’s activity, we decided to play a card/board game called “BANG!” This is a really fun game, but a bit confusing if most of all your players are rookies… which was our case. Unfortunately, our ‘seasoned’ couples that we were depending on to help the flow of the game had to cancel last minute. But eventually we all got the hang of the game, well some anyways. 🙂

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We brought the game alive with a little interaction, shooting guns and “drinking a root beer” to get another life- if you have played the game you know what I am talking about.

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This party was by far the most time intensive of our 9 parties and will probably be the one we spend the most money on thanks to making a few batches of homemade root beer and our costumes… and toy guns, but it was well worth it!

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And to close with a picture of the cutest little bandito around.

How to throw an old country western party- such simple yet clever ideas! Love it!

What about you, do y’all watch John Wayne movies? Are you planning to throw a western party sometime in the future?


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9 comments

  1. Jamie says:

    Did you have people dress up ahead of time to make the wanted posters? Or did you print them up as people arrived?

    • Aspen Jay says:

      I used pictures of them I already had and printed them before the party. The more things you can have done before the party, the less stress! I REALLY want to see pictures of your western party Jaime when you have it!!

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