Planning custom parties with clients is one of my favorite parts of my job. It’s designing with a purpose, and I love getting my fingers into the detail planning, too. I had a ball working with Estella & Graceann’s mom to plan their joint cowgirl birthday party. I have been working with this darling family for years now, and it’s always a pleasure!
The party had a pink, turquoise and chocolate brown color palette. The family wanted to use traditional “cowboy” elements, but sass it up a bit for their little cowgirls. I incorporated gingham check, a custom horse lattice (originally designed in blue for our dapper derby party collection), a turquoise swiss dot, and a horseshoe and stars pattern into the paper goods.
Read on for shots from the party from the talented photographer, Darrin Phegley.
Guests were greeted with pink cowgirl hats lined up and ready for them to “gear up” for the party. I love how they used clothespins to attach them to the fence – it looked so festive! Notice that our custom gingham signage is used throughout the party, branding it and identifying different activities.
Tables were set up in the lawn and were topped with squares of our horseshoes & stars patterned fabric. Blue mason jars were filled with country flowers, and our cowgirl centerpiece sticks stood tall. The pink and turquoise color palette was broken up by pops of burlap to give it that country feel – I love how the combination turned out!
The food buffet held some creative serving ideas that you could incorporate into your cowgirl or cowboy party: serving chips out of wood barrels, using miniature hay stacks as risers, presenting individual servings of classics like mac ‘n cheese in polka dot candy cups, and serving grilled cheese sandwiches in gingham check paper bags with stickers on top that stated “cowgirl grilled cheese”. Bamboo silverware was wrapped up in napkins and our cowgirl napkin ties, making it simple for guests to grab as they made their way thru the buffet.
Guests were encouraged to fill up their own drinks at the drink dispenser station. Mason jars were topped with festive paper straws and chalkboard horse cutouts – great for writing names on them to keep track of everyone’s drink!
The dessert table stood as a great focal point for the party. Covered in burlap fabric, prize ribbon banners were strung across the front stating “happy birthday”, while pink and turquoise stained picket fences served as the backdrop. I just love the handmade rope names spelled out on the wall!
Candy jar tags, food tent cards, cupcake toppers, and cake plate clings helped to pull the look together, and one of my favorite details are the prize ribbon candy jar tags on the containers for the trail mix bar!
Guests were sent home with Cowgirl “Cookies in a Jar” – ingredients for cookies presented in a mason jar, topped with a bandana, twine and one of our darling gift tags.