The Making of a Hoedown

TristanSo the party went well on Saturday. Of course, I didn’t get everything done that I had wanted but that’s okay. Everyone seemed to have a good time and there was no doubt it was a cowboy party. Here’s a little info on the making of Tristan’s party —

I made the invitations, the treat bags, and a bunch of signs to coordinate using a cowboy stamp set. Stefan made the Wanted posters by using our digital camera to take a photo of each of the kids that attended and then converted them to black and white on the computer. He used a wanted poster font and just added appropriate text in MS Word. These were then printed on parchment-y paper and then he burned the edges.

All things fabric were made by my mother. She whipped up the tablecloth in no time flat from two Michael Miller fabrics. And keeping with tradition she made Tristan his first birthday party outfit — she did the same for Katrina and my niece. I wanted something cowboy-ish but not too costumey — so he can wear it again. Anyway, I chose Burda pattern 9751 and I am beyond pleased with how it turned out.

We used disposable pie plates for food — chili, fritos, crackers, and wagon wheel pretzels — and decorated the table with plastic horses, bison, and steer from Target. I found the cutest little hobby horses and had one for each child in the horse corral that was created from a dog pen. We had cowboy hats, sheriff badges, and bandanas for the kids too. All in all I think it turned out to be a nice first birthday party and Tristan seemed to enjoy it — which is really all that matters anyway.

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3 Responses to “The Making of a Hoedown”


  1. 1 molly November 21, 2006 at 2:52 pm

    howdy, tristan! that picture is too cute. sounds like an awesome party!

  2. 2 cmmc97 March 1, 2007 at 10:37 am

    Cutest party EVER! I’m a new momma of a baby boy, and I hope someday he likes cowboys so we can use some of your ideas. What a happy family you must have- so many people involved to make such a darling party.


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