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Birthday Party Planning Guide

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Get ready to round up a great birthday party! When your cowpokes have a hankering for fun, these wild western party ideas will have them ready to gitty-up and go!

Party Checklist

4-6 Weeks Before the Party

  • Select Date:



    Plan a safe, inviting place for kids to have fun. Set time to 2-3 hours for young children, and 3-4 hours for older kids.

  • Create Guest List

    Just fill out the handy list in this guide!

  • Order Horse Power Party Supplies, 
Horse Power Favors & Party Activities

    BirthdayExpress.com is the place! You'll find over 150 party themes, with party pack options for all of them. Expecting more guests? Choose our Pack Add-On option

  • Order Birthday Costume/Outfit & Gifts

    BirthdayExpress.com has lots of fun choices. Look for our costumes, T-shirts, hats and special birthday gifts designed to match our party themes.

  • Book Entertainment (optional)

2 Weeks Before the Party

  • Order Cake

    Schedule to pick it up one day before the party.

  • Mail Horse Power Birthday Invitations

    Let the birthday child help by adhering the stamps and putting the invitations in the mailbox.

  • Create List of Parent Phone Numbers

    Keep on hand in case of emergency.

  • Plan Party Menu

    Check out the recipes in this guide. Ask parents if kids have any food allergies.

  • Choose Party Games & Collect Party Supplies

    This guide has ideas that match your party theme!

2-3 Days Before the Party

  • Prepare Cameras

    Check batteries. Charge video camera. Buy film or video cards. Get Birthday Message Cameras for the kids to use.

1 Day Before the Party

  • Make Food & Drinks, Bake/Get Cake, Buy Ice

    Set out chilled/heated foods just before kids eat.

  • Childproof & Decorate Party Area

    Remove breakable items and objects that could prevent guests from moving freely. Decorate with balloons, crepe paper, and other items included in your party pack.

  • Set Up Party Games, Fill Favor Boxes & Piñatas

    Invite your party child to help!

Party Day!

  • Fill Birthday Balloons with Helium

After the Party


Horse Mural


Few kids will resist a chance to draw on the wall. But don't worry—you won't have to repaint the room! Just tape a wide sheet of butcher paper on the lower portion of your wall so kids can reach. Spread out picture samples of horses for ideas (you can use items from your party pack), and provide paints, markers, etc., for your budding mural artists. (This is a perfect activity to keep kids entertained while other guests are still arriving.)

Hidden Horses


Before the party, prepare the cupcakes in liners. Separate the toppings and frostings into separate dishes. When it's time for the activity, give each of the guests a cupcake and a "Happy Birthday" pick. Have each guest decorate their own cupcake. You can even have a mini decorating competition!

Wild Apple Tree


  • Small apple (with stem) for each child
  • String

Kids get to act just like wild horses at feeding time. Tie a piece of string securely around each apple stem. Hang from a household fixture, tree branch or swing set. Be sure apples hang low enough for kids to take bites without using their hands. It'll be challenging to keep the apples still long enough to eat them, and funny too!

Mustang Roundup

Some Westerners have moved into town, and they need new horses; their only choice is to rustle up wild mustangs. First, choose one or more kids to be the rustlers. Everyone else is a mustang. When the caller shouts, "Corral 'em!" the rustlers try to catch the mustangs. Those who are caught go to a designated area called "the corral," where they must stand perfectly still, with legs straddled. To be freed, one of their mustang buddies needs to crawl between a child's legs. The game ends when everyone's been caught, or when it seems like a good time to switch players


Trailblazing Taco Bar


  • Corn tortilla shells
  • Browned ground beef
  • Shredded cheese
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Olives
  • Additional fixings as desired

Set up a huge taco bar, full of yummy fixings. Give kids crispy corn tortilla shells, pre-warmed in the oven. Then, enlist adults to help them stuff shells with delicious fillings.

Trail Mix


  • Raisins
  • Pretzels
  • Chocolate chips
  • Nuts (optional)


  • Large mixing bowl

Combine the ingredients in a large mixing bowl as desired to create a healthy trail treat kids can munch on throughout the party. Yum!

Campfire S'mores


  • Chocolate chips
  • Marshmallows
  • Graham crackers

It's easy to make these old favorites, even if you don't have a real campfire. Just use your microwave! Simply place a spoonful of chocolate chips on a graham cracker half, top with a marshmallow, and heat in microwave for approximately 1 minute. (Keep on a plate or paper towel.) Then put other graham cracker half on top and hand out to your lil' cowpokes.

Canyonland Cocoa


  • Hot chocolate mix
  • Milk
  • Ground cinnamon (½ tsp. per mug)
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate bar


  • Medium sauce pan
  • Mugs with handles

Whether or not the kids come in from a long ride, they'll love cozying up to hot mugs of this cocoa. First make the hot chocolate in a saucepan. Then stir in ground cinnamon. Pour into mugs; top with whipped cream; and add a cinnamon stick. Create chocolate shavings by scraping the top of a bar with a butter knife. Sprinkle on top, and serve.

Glance through the list below to see if you're missing any important items. Many can be found on the party theme page.

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