western birthday party card

When I was seven years old, my grandpa had a HUGE western birthday party for his 60th bash. Grandpa's a retired old-time executive from the days when men talked business in cigar rooms with fancy coats (that's how I picture it all going down, anyway) and it was awesome to see him and his business partners cutting loose in their cowboy hats and boots. His 80th is nearing, and grandma decided to recreate this fond memory for all of us.

western birthday party card

We got the invitations from Minted, and everyone raved over the quality and the layout. I printed a picture of grandma and grandpa from the event 20 years ago on the front, and grandma made up a cute little poem for the back. I was seriously impressed with the quality of the photography printing. I haven't always had good luck printing photo invites with other companies in the past, but Minted never disappoints.

western birthday party barn

Grandma and grandpa hosted everyone at the gorgeous Red Barn at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu. I was seriously impressed at how easy grandma made it look to throw a Western birthday party. Makes me want to go Western-themed for my next event.

Throwing a Western Birthday Party with Ease

western birthday party setting

Western birthday party step 1: rent a barn. Get some hay bales from the local feed store.

western birthday party decorations

Western birthday party step 2: get thee to the dollar store or party supply place for lots of checkered table cloths, cheap cowboy hats and Sheriff stars. How cute are these centerpiece snack bowls that grandma put together?!

western birthday party dance

Western birthday party step 3: Hire someone to teach the crowd to line dance. Beer plus country music always equals a great time.

The Family

our family

This is just about the whole family here (Nate, who is called “big Nate” around these parts, sadly had to work). Can you believe we're all looking at the camera at once?! It's a miracle. Except for Some Boy, of course, who was thoroughly fascinated with my cousin, “Little Nate.”

western birthday party cake

My cousin Lindsey is the baker of the family (I'm desperately trying to catch up to her skills…her food is incredible!). She made this adorable cowboy cake for grandpa's Western birthday party. Yee-haw!

This post is sponsored by Minted. All opinions are my own.