Cowboy Party Fixin’s
Nothing rounds up cowboys and cowgirls faster than barbecued beef, corn on the cob and ice-cold root beer. And with the help of a slow cooker and microwave, this party menu couldn’t be easier to prepare!
These watermelon and cantaloupe cowboy hats are what set this birthday bash apart from the rest of the herd. Start by cutting the fruit into 2-inch slices and using a cookie cutter to create the hat shape. Next, beginning at the top of the hat, cut in 1 inch and down toward the bottom, but stop when you reach the top brim.
Change direction of your knife and cut from the left side to the right, 1 inch down, along the top of the brim. This should free the top part of the hat, leaving the brim the full 2 inches and the top of the hat, 1 inch. From the piece you just removed, cut out a star and secure to a hat of the opposite color using a dab of honey. Lastly, place on candy sticks and serve.
Give corn on the cob a party spin by cutting into pieces suitable for small hands and piercing with wooden picks. To cook, microwave two ears at a time—husks on—for 6 to 8 minutes, then cut off the ends and slide out the corn silk free! (How’s that for an impressive party trick?)
What’s the best way to wash down all of that good eatin’? With bottles of frosty root beer, of course! We gussied ours up with custom labels that match the party perfectly.
Cowboy Party Downloads
Round up your posse with these (free!) wanted party invitations
. Just print, slide inside A7-size envelopes, address and you’re set.
We also created a fill-in-the-plank menu board to display in a frame or on the wall, plus cute root beer tags to go over store-bought bottles of every cowboy’s favorite drink. Best part? They’re free too! So get downloadin’.
Cowboy Party Favors
When guests arrive, outfit them with cowboy hats and bandanas rounded up from the dollar store; then when it’s time to go, send them on their way with sheriff badges and happy trails mix. We used burlap bags—found at a craft store—filled them with S’mores Snack Mix and labeled them with these trail mix tags.
Betty’s Birthday Party Checklist
Stay organized and make sure you don’t miss a single detail with Betty’s to-dos and reminders for hosting the best birthday ever!