Welcome to Reese's 7th cowgirl birthday party! I can promise you as readers, that I am going to start every single one of my kid's birthday party posts with "how did they get so big!?!" Every one.
This little lady has always been very opinionated (she got it from her mama) and planning her 7th birthday party wasn't any different. I created a party monster, and I'm completely okay with that. She has always been my strong willed, wild child and I have always tried to nurture that so when she knew exactly what she wanted, I tried my best to deliver and involve her with every detail. Plus, we are quarantined, so what else is there to do???
This party started when she chose her cowgirl theme, and I showed her an adorable cowgirl banner I had listed in my shop to which she immediately cringed and replied "Mom, no pink!" Wait, is this my same little girl that requested a pink, rainbow, sparkle unicorn birthday party last year? I found three "acceptable" clipart designs I proposed to her and she chose the winner, with the red bandana.
Once we had the invitation and banner designed, we went shopping in our house to see what we could DIY. Not only is this always my first stop to save money when planning a party, but we were still living the quarantined life so staying home as much as possible was a priority.
Would you guys even believe me if I told you the backdrop we hung the banner on, was the deck from my Dad's old house that turned into a 14 foot table for my charcuterie birthday, then turned into the dessert table for the camping birthday and this was it's very last rodeo. I had to make a promise to my husband if we could suspend it from the deck to hang the banner on, I would let it become firewood after! Yes, he definitely rolled his eyes, then took me up on the deal! It was PERFECT.
The birthday girls favorite part of the western birthday decor was definitely her horse head cake made by Natalie Marie Bakes, a local friend and baker that made her dreams come true with this very specific custom request. She got every last detail down that Reese described ever so specifically, including the red stars in the horses mane. I wish I had a picture of her face when we opened the cake box.
Natalie's stunning cowgirl sugar cookies that matched the birthday invitation so beautifully may have been my favorite part.
We supplemented the beautiful cowgirl birthday treats with store bought rustic seven layer bars, carrot cake cupcakes, and caramel swirl cupcakes that we dressed up with butcher paper wrapping and bakers twine, and western horse cupcake toppers we made on the Cricut.
For me, good food at a birthday party is a must and if you don't know by now, I love a good charcuterie board. It is my favorite thing to serve because kids and adults alike both enjoy it. It was a no brainer to pair this charcuterie platter with a Grazing Pasture sign to complete this birthday party snack and tie the theme together. Adding the mason jar of flowers that I simply hot glue gunned rope I found in my husbands tool box to was the perfect finishing touch for the grazing pasture.
Here is a quick video putting together this "Grazing Pasture" charcuterie board. I love that there really is no wrong way to create a charcuterie board and no such thing as shoving too much food on a platter!
Happy birthday, sweet girl! Can't wait to see what seven brings to you.