party perfect: REAL party ('cowboy little' birthday!)

When a friend shared pictures of her son's recent birthday party, I went nuts! She has impeccable taste and an amazing imagination, which is evident in every detail of her son's birthday party. 

Little "C." (and his mom) were inspired by his favorite book...Cowboy Small, for the party. Below is her description of the big day:

"I blew up a picture from the book and cut a hole through Cowboy Small's face. The kids all took turns putting their face in...which we took pictures of, and then turned into their thank you cards (third photo from top, bottom photo)

For the party, my husband taught the kids how to be cowboys, which included:
1) how to dress like cowboys (we gave them hats and bandanas)
2) how to talk like cowboys (say 'howdy' for hello, 'grub' for food, etc.)
3) how to walk like a cowboy
4) how to 'rope' like a cowboy (with a hula hoop)
5) how to shoot like cowboys (knocking down tin cans with a water shooter)

Once the kids had 'learned' how to be cowboys, they got their deputy badges (cheap silver badges from the party store). 

We served pulled-pork sandwiches, veggies and dip, and a big bowl full of shelled peanuts. C. wanted cupcakes "with horses on them" so that's exactly what we did. And we gave out goody bags with trail mix, a plastic horse, some cowboy stickers, and a few pieces of 'gold'(gold wrapped candy)."