Last week was Audrey Grace’s 6th Birthday and also her 6th birthday party. This year we pulled out all of the stops and went with a full-on Cowgirl theme. We had the party at Zoomars Petting Zoo here in San Juan Capistrano and all of the kids had a blast because our plan of attack was simple – provide some fun food, themed favors, and lots of time with the animals. Lucky for us – it worked!
First of all when everyone arrived, we gifted them with some true Cowgirl/Cowboy gear – pink and red bandanas (pictured above) that I picked up in the craft department at Walmart. Most of the kids loved them, though a few were not having it because clearly it didn’t go with their outfit (and no I’m not kidding). Overall though the bandanas were a hit and went perfectly with the theme.
When I was googling around for ideas for a Cowgirl Birthday Party I found this great cookie-mix-in-a-jar idea for favors from Bakerella called Cowgirl Cookies. Using her idea, I went to Walmart and picked up 2 yards of pink and white gingham material for the top of the Cowgirl Cookies and 2 yards of burlap for the top of the Cowboy Cookies. I used the labels that Bakerella provided on her website – I printed them out, used a giant hole punch, and taped them to the front of the mason jars (Mainstays brand, also from Walmart). My parents were a huge help and basically assembled all of these favors the day before the party. It looked like a bakery blew up in my kitchen but it was totally worth it! They came out great, don’t you think?
The party was from 9:30 – noon, so I had the idea to serve breakfast food instead of your typical party fare. I wanted everything to be as kid-friendly as possible, so again I headed to Walmart to find some “miniature” options. I ended up choosing mini chocolate chip, blueberry, and banana nut muffins baked fresh in Walmart’s Bakery. I also chose a dozen chocolate-covered sprinkle donuts and some mini donut holes for the kids – including chocolate ones which were a huge hit. We also had a make your own parfait bar complete with Great Value Yogurt and honey, and we also offered fresh berries and granola to top it off. Finally we also had mini bagels with cream cheese and Applesauce squeezers and fresh apples with caramel dip – all of which came from Walmart!
I found the adorable pink and white tablecloths at Walmart, too. For the silverware, I wrapped leftover Mason Jars in the leftover gingham material from the Cowgirl cookies and tied them with twine to bring them into the theme.
Audrey Grace chose to have a King Cake for her birthday which we actually had flown in from New Orleans. All of the Walmart Stores in Louisiana carry King Cakes, but unfortunately here in California we don’t see many Mardi Gras celebrations so it was a special treat for Audrey Grace from my parents.
The kids had a great time playing the the “Corn Box” (a sandbox filled with corn kernels – pretty cool – I wanted to get in, I’m not going to lie to you), feeding the animals, and going horseback riding. Overall it was such a successful party and we received so many compliments!
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I hope that you’ve enjoyed it and perhaps found some inspiration for your next party. Thanks Walmart for providing us with all of the goodies!
Happy Birthday Audrey Grace!