Cowboys and cowgirls is a party theme that can be used for any occasion and at any time of year. Its malleability as a theme also allows the host to tailor the event to his or her liking. This article will offer some suggestions to help your cowboys and cowgirls party be remembered and talked about “till the cows come home.”
Many women are hunting for a reason to throw on their favorite pair of boots, and most guys are happy to attend any event where their old worn out jeans are not only appropriate, but pertinent. So, you will not need to do much to inspire your guests. Give them the thumbs up on the invitation to dress for any ol’ ho-down, hootenanny, or rodeo, and they will take care of the rest. If anyone does need suggestions or is without the standard big buckle, boots, and hat, tell them that they will blend right in with a plaid flannel and a pair of jeans.
Music can be a touchy subject with these events, but the good news is that the cowboy and cowgirl theme provides a wide enough spectrum of fitting music that you are guaranteed to find something to suit your taste and the taste of your guests. Country music is definitely the most appropriate genre, but it tends to be a genre that people either enjoy or despise. If you are worried about your guests not having a taste for twang, steer clear of the older Country Western music. Stick with the pop-country that has been released within the last five to ten years. If that is still too much work, you are best off with bar room piano music from iTunes, or you can legally download generated music from freeplaymusic.com. The website categorizes all of its music very specifically and has a variety of country, bluegrass, and honkeytonk instrumentals that can unobtrusively set your party mood.
Food and beverage can go a long way to make your themed party memorable. Chips and salsa, easy party favorites, suit the southwestern associations with cowboys. Many salsa jars even feature some cowboy imagery as part of their marketing scheme. Get extra use out of these jars by cleaning them out and putting tea lights inside. The candles give good natural lighting without breaking the theme.
A wider variety of food and drink is always better. Don’t let the theme restrict you, but be sure to include the staples of the cowboy palate. If you will be serving alcohol at the party, whiskey seems to be the most prominent libation of the cowboy stereotype, and it is always fun to replace the liquor labels with handwritten, old-time “XXXX” labels. Any type of beer suits just as well. If you want to get creative with your serving style, most camping supply stores sell metal cups, mugs, and other utensils that evoke the outdoor, tough-durability of cowboy living. If that is financially unfeasible, just start saving glass jars, which accomplish the same thing if cleaned and stripped of their labels.
You can take the theme as far as you want, but you don’t have to fill your house with hay and farm animals for the party to be a success. Don’t try to do too much; the guests will embrace the theme as they please if you set the stage. Most importantly, have a good time yourself, everyone else will follow suit.