Lilly's Cowgirl Party

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Okay, so prepare yourself for the world's longest party post.  My pal, Sonja, is one of my favorite people to craft with (well, favorite people, period - she is great).  So when we got the go ahead from her husband to have a big birthday bash for their daughter, Lilly, we went kind of nuts. There are many things to share.  :)

Lilly loves pink, and she loves horses, so we went with a pretty pink cowgirl theme.


I designed the invite using the Silhouette Designer Edition software.  I love all the shapes available and layering I'm able to do with it.


I also used my Silhouette Cameo to make this little door hanger.  I kind of want to make a million of these stars.


For decorations, we made lots of pennant flag garlands using a panel of Samantha Walker's Saddle Up Bandanas.  The panel has 28 little bandanas measuring 6 x 6 inches.  We cut them apart with pinking shears and bound them into garlands with bias tape.   We also made the rope name by twisting heavy floral wire into a long length of rope and bending into the shape of Lilly's name.  If you use fishing line tied around all the spots the rope overlaps, it holds together really nicely and is not heavy to hang.



When the kids first arrived to the party, we sent them to the Trading Post to get gold panning supplies - a pie pan with holes punched in the bottom, and little muslin money bags to collect their treasure.


The kids enjoyed digging through the sandbox, hunting for "gold nuggets" - rocks that Sonja had spray painted gold.

Doesn't Lilly look cute in her Geranium Dress?  I love that pattern.


Once they had some cold hard cash, the kids headed back to the trading post to buy a pony.


Oh, the ponies.  These guys turned out great, but as it turns out, making 14 stick ponies can get a little tedious.   We referenced two tutorials on Chickabug Blog and Dandee Designs, with a few of our own twists.  The biggest change was a real time-saver on the pony's mane.  Instead of individually sewing all those yarn loops, we made 3 shaggy pom poms and sewed them on in a row.  It was so much faster, and made for a nice, full mane as well.


The stick horses were a huge hit with all the little cowboys and cowgirls.


Then it was off to the races!  We set up a little obstacle course out of hay bales and cones, and let the kids race as long as they wanted.  It worked up a good appetite for lunch.


For other outdoor play, they also enjoyed playing in this amazing jail Sonja's husband Jake built.  We had been slaving away at the party details for weeks, and he put this all together literally the night before the party.  Isn't it incredible?  It's nice to know a guy who can build stuff (and has access to large scale printers).
Speaking of printers, Jake also made personalized wanted posters for all the kids.  It was cute to see all their mug shots on the wall.


We also set up a funny little photo booth in a corner with a hay bale and cowboy props.  Sonja made those fabulous felt mustaches using the Operation Incognito pattern from mmmcrafts.


The wanted poster prop and all the other signs were just pieces of cardboard from my recycle pile with some vinyl slapped on.  My Silhouette Cameo was working overtime for this party.  The chalkboard sign was a piece of foam board covered in chalkboard vinyl.  Easy, peasy.


It was fun to get silly in the photo booth and we tried to get photos of all the families at the party.


All of that playing worked up a good appetite!  I wish I would have taken a photo of our other food table, but we had a simple BBQ lunch with hot dogs, three kinds of chili, fresh cornbread, fruits and vegetables.   It was so yummy.

Of course, there were also lots of treats.  Sonja made the amazing cupcakes topped with chocolate ganache and heath toffee crumble (recipe by Sugar & Snapshots).  I totally copied CINO's cowgirl boot and hat cookies.  I love this cold-butter sugar cookie recipe by Bake at 350.
After a weak attempt at the pinterest-famous "Ruffle Cake" for Ruby's birthday this past summer, I actually got it right for the cowgirl party.  Hurray!  It helped that it was not blazing hot, so the frosting didn't wilt.  I couldn't resist this cake, or the simplicity of the little horse topper, after seeing it on Catch My Party.


We had a very happy birthday girl at cake time.


I'm so glad I got to help Sonja with this fun party, and even more glad that we have these wonderful friends.  I love them!

Happy birthday, sweet Lilly!


33 comments:

Angry Asian said...

this is so incredibly adorable, i love how detailed it is. great job!

Veronica and Daniel said...

Oh my word! This is the most adorable cowgirl birthday I have ever seen :) What a fun time the kids (and parents!) must have had :) I am totally pinning this so someday when I have my own little girl I can use some of your ideas! Such a great job!

I Am Momma - Hear Me Roar said...

That was one seriously cool party. Wow! Awesome work!

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Ann said...

What an awesome party!!! Oh, I love all your ideas! Nice work!

Sweat Style said...

Too cute! Wow, so impressed.

Jill said...

I would love to attend an amazing and fun party like that!

J Roba said...

What a great party! Love this! I enjoy the creativity, thought and fun that went into this party. What a wonderful momma!!!

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Charity said...

That is an adorable party! Love all the fun little touches... rope name, bandana banner, the fun photo booth props, gold panning, and especially those ponies! Great job!

born ambitious. born imaginative. said...

SOOOO fun!!!

Tiffany said...

The wanted posters are my fav cause you can use them again. And I love the dresses, bday girl and ur daughter. Well done!

Knit stitch craft said...

WOW! Everything is amazing. You managed to make a perfect birthday party

Jamie said...

Wow!!!! Absolutely amazing!!!! I wish I has your help to help plan a 3yr old Dora the Explorer party!!

Paula said...

Aww this is so cute! I hope that the little girl had a great party!

Maggie and Sheepie said...

Can you explain how you did the pony's mouth and sewed on the ears?
Thanks!

craftyandcake said...

Hi, that looks like an amazing party. So many cool ideas. It looks like loads of fun.

Heidi said...

THIS IS SOOOOO CUTE!!!! The gold mining... the ponies! LOVE! yes, I have to use my CAPS!!! LOVE THIS PARTY! Great job Jill! Wish we lived a bit closer, we could get our craft on together :)

-Heidi

Scarlett D said...

What an awesome party!!! I may use quite a few of your ideas for my daughters birthday party in May.

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Jess@craftiness is not optional said...

I love it all, especially those cookies! Nice work!

ediescookiecrumbs said...

Literally don't have words. Amazing

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Kiley said...

Love the wanted posters! How did you do those?m

Catherine Holt said...

Oh..I like sooo many things about this party The horses sticks are just gorgeous and those wanted posters are such an awesome idea! How adorable do they look on the wall! Great party :-)

Grace said...

Do you know where she purchased the vinyl "Wanted" lettering... looking everywhere for it and cant find it...

homemade by jill said...

Hi Grace,
I made all of the vinyl lettering on my Silhouette Cameo. The font is called Petticoat Black.

Posh said...

My niece will be holding a Cowgirl theme party for her 21st birthday in February! I'm helping out in the venue decoration, and your website has certainly gave me lots of ideas! Quick question, how do you make the pennant flag garlands? Do you cut each 6x6 square into half to make 2 flags? I got the same Samantha Walker's panel.

homemade by jill said...

Hi Posh,

I cut out all of the handkerchief squares with my pinking shears to prevent fraying, and then cut them diagonally across the middle to make the pennants. I strung them together with bias tape. Hope that helps! Happy birthday to your niece. :)

Posh said...

Thanks for your reply!

Anonymous said...

Could you tell me where you got the container that the stick horses are in?

Lauren Batewell said...

how did you make the wanted posters? so cute!!