When it comes to keeping the kin and cowpokes entertained, a little bit of imagination goes a long way… “Wanted” posters or horse-shoe shaped invites make great invitations. Decorations don’t need to be too fancy – use ropes, battered tin cans on the fence, spare hats and cow hide fabric. A few toy guns scattered around will finish things off nicely.
Cowboy games are great fun. Most of them revolve around shooting things, catching things or rounding things up – a great recipe for a party:
- Tin Can Shoot – Just what it says on the, er, tin. Line your empty cans up along a wall or other surface, issue each ranch hand with a cheap water pistol, and let them have at it. The sharpest shooter in the West wins the game.
- Bronco Lasso – Replace the bronco with a large stuffed toy and the lasso with an old clothesline or skipping rope. Then let the cowpokes try to bring her in…
- Western Hopper – This one legged hopping game is great fun for all cowboys and cowgirls. Get all of the kids onto the castle – basically all the children have to hop on one leg until they fall down. When they fall down they have to sit. No hands are allowed to touch the castle to help them along. The last hopper standing receives a small prize. Then, stand them all up and repeat the process using a variety of movements (i.e.: Hop on one leg and rub your tummy or hop up and down touching your knees).