Howdy partners! Yes, it is cliché but also the seemingly perfect way to step onto the world stage of blogging with this post about throwing a Dude Ranch Birthday Party for my 2 year old son. From the invites to the décor to the food, it was all achieved on a creative budget (other than the petting zoo - that's one area skimping is not a good idea!).
A photo booth for extra fun! A few hay bales, rope signs, bandanas, and a Wanted Sign, set the scene. The photo backdrop was made from drop cloth that I picked up at Home Depot; simply paint red stripes, and there you have it. The wanted sign was cut from an old piece of plywood I had laying around the house. We burned it with a creme brulee torch to give it an aged look and stenciled the words. I picked up some bandana fabric from our local discount fabric store to create the bunting flag as well as handkerchiefs for the party goers. I left the edges raw, and we had no problems with fraying.
The cowboy grub was easy, cheap and could be made a day before (for the most part).
Every party needs games! We created three games that were in line with the western theme.
I firmly believe that invites set the mood for the party, and, being that I'm a self-confessed paperaholic, I take my invites seriously. I created the invites from vintage graphics and fonts available for free at The Graphics Fairy http://thegraphicsfairy.com/. Picked up some brown paper at the Paper Source, wrapped them in bandanas, and placed them in Dollar Store envelopes stamped with an "R" for Remy. I used the extra paper to create theme-consistent signs for the party.