Aspiring cowgirls will go wild over this sweet, pink, country-inspired birthday party guest-styled and planned by Amanda Auer of In the Now Weddings and Events. Amanda utilized pastel accents and lacy frills to instill the rustic theme of Pink Cowgirl while keeping it adorably age-appropriate. This decidedly girly feel takes into consideration busy parents. Everything was created using time-saving techniques that are easy to mimic.
Amanda rented wooden chairs with graceful lines and used delicate table linens to balance out straw accents. Western boot cups were used as vases for pretty tulips and Ranunculus blossoms purchased at the local flower mart. Setting up dining tables outdoors adds to the Pink Cowgirl theme and also makes cleanup easier.
Feminine floral arrangements are tempered with miniature hay bales and woodsy risers.
Borrowed chargers sandwiching elegant linen napkins add instant sophistication to Pink Cowgirl dinner plates and patterned cups with straws. Pink Cowgirl hair ties hold bamboo utensils together, while linen placemats provide the perfect backdrop. Straw cowgirl hats rimmed in pink help get guests into the party mood while adding to the Western ambiance. Meanwhile, the birthday girl stands out in her own bejeweled chapeau. Glass milk bottles and ceramic pitchers also made lovely vessels for flowers.
Another option for place settings combines pink bandanas, rosy utensils, and two types of plates (Pink Cowgirl-themed and solid) with activity placemats and diminutive milk bottles wrapped in paper doilies and tied with twine.
Pink bandanas needn’t be utilized as napkins – they can still be used for their original purpose! A store-bought doily fastened with twine allows pink candy to peek-a-boo through a canning jar. A fun way to guarantee great photo ops is to provide cowgirl-inspired dress-up pieces for attendees (and the birthday girl!) to mix and match.
Menus and Recipes
Our beautiful, three-step menu benefits from being displayed on and around basic household items accented with inexpensive, easy-to-find materials such as ribbon, burlap, and even a stretch of rope. A backdrop Amanda composed of sheets sewn together with swatches of lace tips the scale of the table towards sweetness, while a burlap runner and faux-stump risers add a touch of rustic beauty to the scene.
CAKE + ICE CREAM + DRINK
You needn’t feel obligated to serve a full lunch if the birthday party doesn’t fall during a recognized mealtime. Embellished cupcakes, ice cream cones, and strawberry milk are easy on the eyes as well as a your busy schedule.
If serving lunch is a must (or you simply have time for it), flower-shaped tea sandwiches served on a bed of lettuce are eye-catching and easy to make. Pair them with sides of strawberries and yogurt in lace-wrapped jars for a sweet-but-healthy addition to your cowgirl menu.
+ SNACKS You can round out the menu (or supplement drinks and dessert) by adding store-bought treats cleverly presented to fit with the decor.
- Brownie bites served in a basket lined with burlap and edged in added lace
- Popcorn mixed with yogurt-covered pretzels and mini marshmallows served in a trifle bowl
- Cookies proffered in a clear apothecary jar
Jewelry Holders Guests get to decorate and take home their very own DIY Jewelry Holders. Just tap pieces of driftwood with diminutive nails and set out supplies at a crafting station. Attendees personalize their DIY Jewelry Holders with puffy paint and glitter. Pretty placemats protect the grass and contribute to the party’s color scheme. The finished product: perfect for organizing bracelets and necklaces.
Sweet Darts Game
All you need for this pretty display are alternating favor boxes (Amanda mixed Pink Cowgirl boxes with gingham versions), plus a plush horse and cowgirl hat to decorate. Lollipops, yo-yos, notepads, and stickers make great favor-box fillers. Short on time? Opt for pre-filled favor boxes that come with an array of treats.
It’s easy to dress up Pink Cowgirl invitations – just add satin bows with adhesive dots and seal the envelopes with patterned stickers. This adorable Pink Cowgirl Evite invitation blends the look of the theme with the convenience of an online reminder.