Western-Themed Birthday Party Ideas at iVillage

An old-fashioned game of horseshoes is another great way to get everybody involved. You'll need a lawn, two stakes and some horseshoes for this one. Place the stakes in the ground 40 feet apart on a relatively flat surface. For younger kids, you may want to buy rubber horseshoes and shorten the distance.

There are various kinds of scoring. Here's one easy way to score: A horseshoe that encircles a stake earns you three points, a horseshoe that leans on the stake is two points, and, if no horseshoes reach the stakes, the nearest horseshoe to the stake is awarded one point. To prevent injury, be sure to keep people from entering the game area while you're playing.

Food Ideas
Fire up your grill for a backyard BBQ complete with ribs, burgers, and beans on the side. If you're staying indoors, make tacos or a big pot of your favorite chili, and garnish with guacamole, salsa, shredded cheese, jalapenos and sour cream.

For sides, serve mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, warm cornbread muffins, and a salad dressed with tangy citrus vinaigrette. Keep crowds happy with chips and salsa and bowls of sweet-and-salty trail mix while the meal is cooking.

Toasted marshmallows or s'mores make a great dessert, whether you cook them over an outdoor fire, your fireplace or a fondue-pot flame.

Drink Ideas
Roy Rogers (serves 1)
Salute classic cowboy Roy Rogers with this non-alcoholic favorite. Serve in jelly jars to give them that country flair.

  • 4 ounces ginger ale
  • 2 ounces lemon-lime soda
  • 1 teaspoon grenadine
  • Orange wedge, for garnish
Fill a tall glass with ice cubes, then pour ingredients over. Stir well and garnish with an orange wedge.

Party Music
  1. "Oh, Susannah" / The Oak Ridge Boys
  2. "Don't Fence Me In" / Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters
  3. "On the Road Again" / Willie Nelson
  4. "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" / John Denver
  5. "Cotton-Eyed Joe" / Joe Meadows
  6. "Take Me Home, Country Roads" / John Denver
  7. "Rawhide" / Frankie Laine
  8. "Home on the Range" / Gene Autry
  9. "Ring of Fire" / Johnny Cash
  10. "Hey, Good Lookin'" / Hank Williams
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