Monday, March 8, 2010

Cowboy Party for our Buckaroo

Wow! What a party! Can you say horse in my backyard?
Oh yes, we did it. I don't know if you'd call it brave or stupid, but we did it and it was FUN!

I LOVE planning birthday parties for my children. It's just fun to me. I love the decorations, the favors, the cake made just for them...LOVE it! This year B requested a cowboy birthday party. How easy was that, with a grandpa that is a real cowboy and all? My dad planned all the games and brought a horse up to the suburbs of Dallas to teach a bunch of eight year-olds how to rope and ride. What fun!

The night before the party we stayed up late finishing up the details. I painted some cardboard fold outs to set out as decorations. Seeing as how it was late, Danyel, Ryan, Paul and I had a little goofy fun!! hee hee

Danyel got too sassy and I had to remind her who ran this here rodeo, as well as remind her that yellow is not her color (or mine).

Back to the party for the eight year old...we set it up nice and countrified just for our little buckaroo!

The cake I made. I made homemade fondant that actually tasted good!!! Don't look close's not anywhere close to perfect! Now i know why pretty cakes cost so much money! They take SO long to make!!!!

Haystacks, trail mix and chuck wagon,mmmm good!

Before all the guests arrived, we had a little family gift opening. Here's Mia watching B open presents. I couldn't resist this shot with the belly hanging out and all!

Every boy needs a toy rifle!

We were SO blessed to have so many people able to come this year, family and friends. B really wanted the buddies from his class to come, and so that is what we did. Friends from school, a few cousins, a few friends that are almost as close as cousins, and a sister. There you have it! A party!

After the crowd arrived, it was time for some games! The first one on the agenda was Gold rush! The kids rushed around looking for gum disguised as gold coins.

Getting the crowd excited...ready, set, GO!

Game #2 was a rely race where they rode their "horse" around the in a real rodeo. Except our rodeo had sad little stick horses with weird heads...but the kids didn't seem to be too bothered.

Game #3 was for the sharp shooters in the group. We lined up cans on the saw horses and let them shoot them off with water pistols. This was not for the faint of heart, seeing as it was about 30 degrees lie.

After this game it was time for some warming up on the inside! We enjoyed some chuck wagon chili with fritos! And to drink we had cactus juice, sarsaparilla and root beer.

Some kiddos were detained though...sad, so sad.

Then it was time for some ropin' demonstrations from a real live cowboy, aka. my dad.

Serious business here!

Riding time! For some of these kiddos it was their very first horse ride! How cool is that?


Sweetheart Rebekah

Mia Beth

The birthday boy

Now for some singing and cake!


Goody bags for our awesome friends!

We were all pooped after this party, but it was good clean fun for all! The birthday boy felt so special to have so many friends and family come to help him celebrate!

Yee Haw!


Mindy said...

Wow! That was such an amazing party! Wish I lived close so I could borrow those decorations! I've never seen how to make fondant! That cake was so well done, Tamra! I don't what qualifications you put on it! :o) Happy LATE birthday, Benjamin.

Danyel Lintelman said...

It was such a fun party! My kids had a blast! You throw the best birthday bashes!

Julie said...

Wow! This is terrific! Maybe you can give me some fondant tips...I've never tried it. You did a super job on everything! What a great memory for everyone!

Kimberly said...

Ok, it's official. You're the coolest mom EVER!!!