Western Party Ideas - Kid's
Party Resource Guide
Presented by Event & Wedding Planners
Have your chuck wagon party in
the wide-open spaces of your backyard, with all the Western
atmosphere you can muster.
Start by creating your a "Go
To give your invitations a "Go West" appeal, glue brown
wrapping paper onto card stock. Cut out a wagon like that
sketched on this page. From plain cardstock, cut out a
wheel. glue to wagon. Punch a hole, run yarn through the
hole, tie it in place. On the wagon, write party details.
say, Davy Crockett
and say, Daniel Boone
There's a chuck wagon party
for Tim Conner's Birthday
A comin' up soon.
at Dry Gulch Ranch
Setting the Mood:
For seats, use empty nail kegs (from a hardware supply
store) top each with a brown cushion; or use straw bales.
|Draw brands on
colored paper and tack them up on trees, on a fence,
The Chuck Wagon
The Chuck Wagon will be the
table for your food and beverages.
We created this buckboard out of two
8' banquet tables, placing them side-by-side. We
then added wagon wheels on each corner and the seat
from an old buggy. A Chuck Wagon could be made using
the same general design, but instead of the wagon
seat, construct a canopy at the end of the wagon by
securing 3 heavy wires or hoops, about 1 foot apart,
over tables and covering the wires with burlap.
Another alternative would be to lay long planks or
plywood across two sawhorses for the table and cut out 4
wheels from cardboard; attach them to sawhorses. Use
large corks for hubs. Finish by adding the canopy as
On planks arrange, for
help-yourself service, a pile of tin pie plates, tin salt
and pepper shakers, inexpensive forks, knives and spoons.
Hang tin cups along the sides
of the planks.
For napkins use
22" RED BANDANAS.
Fill a ketchup bottles with
field flowers. Black lanterns provide light.
Old West Favors
Provide each cowboy and
cowgirl with a
22" RED BANDANAS,
CHILD SIZED COWBOY HAT and a
Props: On a piece of plywood or scrap lumber, paint head of
a long-horned steer. Into horns pound several spikes. Get
ready a rope lasso.
Partytime: Each contestant has 3 tries to rope the steer.
Props: This is an obstacle race. Before the party, print the
8 signs below; set them up around yard as indicated in
parentheses. Each Sign represents a certain spot in yard,
and tells players what to do:
Phantom Corral............"Start Here" (at the starting
Hangman's Tree..........."Run Around Tree" (a tree or pole
Water Hole ................."Take a Drink" (pail of water,
Ambush Tunnel ..........."Crawl Through" (3 overturned
Shady Canyon ............"Take Nap" (any shady spot)
Sheer Cliff .................."Turn Somersault" (sand pile)
Snake Lake ................"Jump Across" (small tub of
Desperado Hideaway...."Get in and Roll" (barrel open at
Party time: Divide guests into 2 teams- Good Guys and Bad
Guys. At a signal, first player on each team races through
obstacle course and back to starting line, where he touches
next player, who then does the same, etc.
Props: Prepare a list of questions about cowboys and ranch
life, a different question for each guest. Here are some
Q: What is a chuck wagon?
A: The wagon from which cowboys have their meals when out on
Q: What is a ten-gallon hat?
A: A wide-brimmed cowboy hat.
Q: How do cattlemen identify their cattle?
A: By the brands.
Q: What was the name of Roy Rogers' horse?
Q: What used to be the penalty for stealing a horse?
Q: Name 3 states where you'll find many cowboys.
A: Texas, Arizona, Nevada
More Western Games
Cook "chow" outdoors --over an open fire or on the grill. Or
cook indoors and serve outdoors.
Doggies in Toasted Buns (he-man hot dogs or hamburgers)
Little Tex Sauce (heated ketchup)
Buckaroo Beans (recipe below)
Wagon Wheel Ice Cream (directions below)
Horseshoe Cake (recipe below)
Cocoa, Cowpuncher Style
1. Cook 1 pkg. frozen corn. Cook 2 pkg. frozen, or 1 lb.
fresh, green beans; or heat 2 cans green beans. Also heat 1
- 1 lb. can baked beans with 1 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt, 3
tablespoons butter, 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire, 1/8
teaspoon monosodium glutamate.
2. Toss baked beans with drained cooked corn and green
Makes 6 servings
Wagon Wheel Ice Cream
Use 1 round 1/2 gal. carton of coffee or vanilla ice cream.
Lay paper stencil of wagon wheel, cut to fit top of
ice-cream carton on ice cream. Sift cocoa over stencil,
carefully lift off stencil. Serve ice cream right from
carton with scoop or spoon.
Bake cakes a day or so ahead; store, covered. Or bake cakes
a week ahead; freezer-wrap; freeze.
2 pkg. of favorite cake mix
2 pkg. or cans of favorite frosting
2- 9 inch round cake pans
1- 10" x 6" x 2" oblong cake pan or purchase a horseshoe
shaped pan from a craft store.
cowboy & Indian figures
1. Prepare and bake 1 pkg. favorite cake mix as label
directs, making 2 - 9-inch round layers. Cool as directed.
2. Start heating oven to 350 degrees F. Grease well a 10" x
6" x 2" pan. Prepare second package of cake mix as label
directs; turn into pan. Bake about 35 minutes, or until cake
tester, inserted in center, comes out clean. Cool as
3. The evening before the party, from center of 1 - 9" round
layer, cut, remove and reserve 3-inch circle. Then cut layer
in half and place one half on top of the other with
frosting, as filling. (Save second layer for a later
4. Place a 14-inch x 12-inch cake board or foil-covered
cardboard so short end faces you. On it set filled layer,
rounded side at end of board away from you. Set oblong cake
on board, long side against cut sides of layers. Glue with
5. Starting at ends of inner arc of layer, with knife, cut
down through oblong cake to form horseshoe shape. Remove
center piece of cake from oblong for a later dessert.
6. Now, where inner arc of layer joins oblong cake, whittle
off some cake to widen arc. Also, whittle cake into
horseshoe shape 2" up from both ends.
7. Cut reserved 3" circle of cake in half vertically. Set on
half on top of other, with frosting between; halve
vertically. With frosting, glue straight cut side of each
half to outside of each end of horseshoe forming straight
line to bottom.
8. Use frosting, to frost cake, keeping horseshoe shape.
9. Day of party, set cowboy & Indian figures, and candles on
and around cake.
Western Party Ideas
Western Decorations &
Western Favors & Party
Western Bandanna, Paisley Bandanna, Cowboy Bandanna
Western Hat, Cowboy Hat
Western Party Tableware
Western Flower Ideas
Games & Activities
Western Party Food
& Cake Ideas
Wild West Covered Wagon Each
Plastic Wagon Wheel Each
Mini Straw Bale Each
Straw Bale 12" Each
Mega Straw Bale 24" Each
Burlap 20 Yards
Western Lantern Each
Western Boot Arch Each
Silverado Horseshoe Entrance Each
Rustic Gate Pair
Mini Metal Buckets Pkg/12
Cowhide Balloons 11 Inch Pkg/50