26 Apr

“Cowboy Cookie Corral” Birthday Party

Cowboy Cookie Corral Birthday Party

Yee-Haw partner. . .saddle up and ride on down to check out the incredible Fourth Birthday Party put on by the one-women show Julie Cox of A Reason To Get Together! Julie was the brains and beauty behind this entire birthday party. From fruit skewers and s’mores pops to saw-horse horses and a hay-bale corner complete with western photo props, she did it all!

I’m especially obsessed with the clever, budget-friendly centerpieces, which Julie created by placing tall grass (which she cut from across the street) into tin cans tied with rope. Super easy, but this made a HUGE statement! It just goes to show you that GREAT party decor doesn’t always have to be expensive. I’m also loving that there were activities and party favors for the kids AND adults alike! Makes going to a kids birthday party all the more fun when adults can participate too.

Cowboy Cookie Corral Birthday Party

Read on for more cowboy corral photos + all the fun party details. . . .

Cowboy Cookie Corral Birthday Party

Cowboy Cookie Corral Birthday Party

Cowboy Cookie Corral Birthday Party

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PARTY DETAILS, as told by Julie

“This past Saturday I threw my son’s fourth birthday party. I made favor tags, drink tags, cupcake toppers, cupcake holders, mini bunting for the cake, and incorporated my son’s silhouette on everything. (I created his silhouette using Picnik.) I also made all the food, cakes, and the stands that held the food for the party including – cupcake stands, stands to put fruit skewers, s’more pops, and rice krispie treats.

THE DECOR
I went across the street and cut bunches of tall grass, put them into recycled cans tied with rope, and used them as centerpieces on the “adult” table. We used drop clothes from Lowe’s as tablecloths. I made paper chains which created the backdrop of the dessert table. I used left over paper from the favor tags, cupcake toppers, cupcake holders, and anything else I could find in the same color scheme.

I made two horses using a saw horse form. One form I picked up from Lowe’s and the other form my next door neighbor just happened to be throwing away, so I was happy to take it off of his hands!

ACTIVITIES
Activities for the kids included cookie decorating, teaching them how to line dance on bubble wrap, and making their own horse puppet using a brown paper bag. For the thirty adults who attended the party, we also had a cookie decorating contest for them!

PARTY FAVORS
For favors, we gave the adults cowboy cookie mix layered in mason jars. We gave the children cowboy hats, bandannas personalized with their names (I made my younger daughter a dress using two of the bandannas too), a pack of crayons (I picked up at the start of the new school year for 10 cents each), and a drink jar recycled from Starbucks frappuccino jars that were also personalized with their initial.

FOOD
For food, we served brunch, which included a sausage grits casserole that came out of a Junior League cookbook, a vegetarian strata for our guests who don’t eat meat, mini corn muffins, fruit on skewers, and peanuts in the shell. Our guests ate out of aluminum pie plates. We also had an array of sweet desserts featured on the dessert table.”

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VENDOR CREDITS:
– Event Styling: Julie Cox
– Photographs: Courtney Burge, Kathy Hucks, & Jessica Moody
– Cowboy Hats & Bandanna’s: Oriental Trading Co.

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15Comments

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Brianna SAYS:

This party is adorable! It totally reminds me of the rancher kids I grew up with. I am really looking for any excuse to make the “bacon and eggs” treat. That is the cutest thing I’ve seen in a long time!

Reply April 26, 2011 at 7:37 am

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MonogrammedEverything.com! SAYS:

Love love love! This is so unique and so darn adorable!

Reply April 26, 2011 at 7:52 am

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Kristin Janisch SAYS:

Where did you get the kids table and chairs? Super cute.

Reply April 26, 2011 at 8:01 am

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Rowaida Flayhan SAYS:

Simply adorable love it

Reply April 26, 2011 at 8:25 am

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Jessica Wilcox-Modern Moments Designs SAYS:

I LOVED blogging about this party! Way too many cute details! I’d LOVE to know where the mini chairs came from too! I will find out and let you guys know!

Reply April 26, 2011 at 8:51 am

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Sarah @http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com/ SAYS:

My goodness this is so adorable!!! I’m such a sucker for paper chains. So much fun!- Sarah http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com/

Reply April 26, 2011 at 9:16 am

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HiLLjO SAYS:

Rustic and Kraft paper-tastic!!! This is a really cool boy party!!!

Reply April 26, 2011 at 9:18 am

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Julie Cox SAYS:

Thanks for all your sweet and encouraging comments. Kristin and Jessica, the children chairs and table we borrowed for the morning from our church nursery. Sorry, there is no help there.

Reply April 26, 2011 at 10:46 am

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Lori Hanks SAYS:

This party is too cute! As for the little chairs, try your local school supply store. They’re sure to have them and probably some others you’d like as well.

Reply April 26, 2011 at 11:32 am

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Marisol SAYS:

Great job! The kids table is too cute! All of the props look great!

Reply April 26, 2011 at 3:00 pm

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Sandra SAYS:

Wow! I love the corral cowboy birthday party, looks so cool.

Reply April 30, 2011 at 5:25 am

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Kim @ The Celebration Shoppe SAYS:

Oh my! I’m totally in love from the name of the theme to all the fabulous details. Great job Julie!

Reply May 6, 2011 at 6:39 am

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Heather Jean SAYS:

This is ADORABLE! I love it all! I am planning a cowboy themed party for my son, and I love the “bacon and eggs” idea! Would you share how you made them?

Reply July 14, 2011 at 3:09 pm

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Melissa SAYS:

How, oh how did you make the cupcake holders?? SO cute and unique!

Reply January 22, 2012 at 2:15 pm

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stacey young SAYS:

Darling, Darling, Darling–I’m telling my clients to visit your blog—I have a pony ride and petting zoo company –this is darling!!

Reply August 24, 2012 at 1:01 pm

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