Cowboy Theme Party

cowboy theme party

It’s time for a cowboy theme party, so straighten yer hats and polish yer boots! Yee Haw!

From invitations and decorations to cowboy party games and grub, we’ll give you a whole passel of great western party ideas!

Cowboy Party Invitations

Wanted Poster Invitations — If you have photos of your guests, a fun invitation idea is to make wanted poster invitations. To do this, use your computer to make an old west style “wanted” backdrop and insert your picture into it. For the “crime” you could put something about your guest, such as “Wanted — For being the funniest kid around” or “Wanted — For being the best friend ever!” Under your caption you can include all of your party information.

Bandanna Print Invitations — Another fun way to make a cowboy theme party invitation idea is to print out your wording on translucent vellum paper and then use a piece of twine or raffia to attach it to a piece of background paper that looks like a bandanna. You can find printed paper like this in craft stores with the scrapbooking supplies.

To give your invitations a western theme party flair, use your best cowboy slang in your wording. Yee Haw, Pardner!

**General Invitation Tips** — If you choose to make your own invitations, don’t forget to include the date, location, and time of your party. It is also helpful to put the host’s name, RSVP by date, and either your phone number or email.

You can always find lots of great online party invitations with a free RSVP manager at Evite,

Here are some other great invitations that would be perfect for a cowboy theme party:

Western Barn Dance Invitations
Wanted Poster Style Invitations
Bandana Print Invitations
Bandanna Print Invitations
Western Horseshoe Photo Cards
Western Horseshoe Photo Invitations

Cowboy Theme Party Decorations

For a cowboy theme party, transform your home into a ranch for a day! Hay bales, cowboy boots, cowboy hats, ropes coiled up like lassos, and snacks served in galvanized pails all can help dude up your party setting.

Similarly, bandannas, cowboy hats, and kerosene lamps, along with ball jars full of sunflowers (tied around the neck with raffia) make great country centerpiece combinations.

Here are some great party supplies that would be perfect for a cowboy party theme:

Cowgirl Cutie Ultimate Party Pack For 8
Cowgirl Cutie Party Supplies
Bandana Print Dinner Plates
Bandanna Print Party Supplies
Cow Print Ultimate Party Pack For 8
Cow Print Party Suppies

Activities for a Cowboy Theme Party

Here are a few party ideas to help get your celebration rolling:

Western Sheriff’s vest

What you’ll need:

  • 1 brown grocery bag for each child
  • Magic markers, crayons, stickers, other decorations


What to do:

  • To make a vest, cut up the center front of a grocery bag. Then round out a neck hole and cut circles for arm holes.
  • To add fringe, make two-inch cuts at even intervals along the bottom of the vest.


Wanted Poster Dress Up

  • Create a large Wanted sign backdrop, and have your guests dress up to be the star of their own poster (You might ask them to come up with a fun crime, such as cow tippin’, loud snorin’, or bank robbin’)
  • Have your guests dude up with things like cowboy hats, bandannas, sheriff’s badges, and moustaches.
  • Lay out variety of old clothes or costumes, wigs, hats, and shoes that the guests can try on to become their favorite villain.
  • Use eyebrow pencil to draw on freckles, moustaches, or stubbly cheeks
  • Let the film roll! These make great inserts into your thank you notes, or if you have the ability to print your pictures before the end of the party, put them into the kids’ goody bags as a fun remembrance of the day!

Cowboy Party Games

Shoot Out at the Okay Corral

What you’ll need:


What to do:

  • Line up the pop cans on a table or fence, and have your buckaroos see how many they can knock down with their water pistols
  • You can try for speed of the draw, accuracy, or number of cans knocked down in a row.


Rattlesnake Jump

What you’ll need:

  • A ten foot long piece of rope


What to do:

  • Have two children hold the rope and whisk it back and forth along the ground. The other children should jump over the wiggling “snake” and try to avoid letting it touch them. For older kids, raise the rope several inches off the ground and see who can go the longest without getting “bitten”.


Stick Horse Races

What you’ll need:

  • Two or more stick horses (Brooms work well for this too!)

How to Play:

  • This is a good, old-fashioned relay race, so divide the children into two teams, set your course, and see which team can gallop off to victory!


Sheriff Says

You guessed it…this is the old west’s answer to Simon Says.

What to do:

  • Pick a sheriff and have the rest of the group line up in front of him. If the sheriff tells the group to do something, they do it…but only if he starts his command with “Sheriff says…” (For extra giggles, have the sheriff talk only with a western accent.) Play until there is one person left.


Rattlesnake Pass

This is how cowpokes played hot potato in the old west.

What to do:

  • Put your group in a circle.
  • Using a snake of some sort (rubber, stuffed, or old sock with marker eyes) play some country music. When the music stops, whoever is holding the rattlesnake is out.
  • Keep going until one child is left.


Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest

What you’ll need:

  • Watermelon slices with seeds (perhaps those you serve with your meal)What to do:
  • Line up your buckaroos and let ‘em rip. Aim for distance and/or accuracy.


Cowboy Party Favors

Send your guests home with a special party keepsake. Here are some ideas for cowboy party favors:

Toy Horses

Menu Ideas

Nothing says buckaroo hoe down like a barbecue. Here are some sample menu ideas straight out of the wild west!

Snacks — Try serving snacks in galvanized pails, or in baskets or bowls lined with bandannas to give things a western feel. Some snack ideas include:

  • Popcorn
  • Chips and salsa
  • Watermelon wedges
  • Happy Trails mix
  • Campfire jelly beans


The Main Event

Buffalo Bill’s Beanie Wienie

  • Hot dogs
  • Baked beans
  • Potato salad or macaroni salad

Best of the West Barbecue

  • Barbecued ribs or pulled pork sandwiches
  • Biscuits
  • Corn on the cob


To Wet Your Whistle

  • Sarsaparilla
  • Root Beer Floats
  • Lemonade



Of course most parties enjoy a good birthday cake, and there are many possibilities for decoration here. You might make a cake in the shape of a sheriff’s star, or decorate the top of your cake with green icing and plastic horses to make a barnyard scene. The sky is the limit!

Hope you found some useful cowboy theme party ideas on this page. We hope your next western theme party is a rootin’ tootin’ good time!

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