18 March 2011

Howdy, Partner!

Since I'm the official "family" party planner, when March hits I'm in full party mode!  My nephew's birthday is at the end of the month and my son's is in mid April.  So, all I can think about are...Parties, Parties, Parties!

This year will be a difficult one, because both boys want an "Army" themed birthday bash.  The challenge will be to make each party unique and individual.  Hmm...

Last year, my nephew chose a Cowboy/Western theme.  So, I would like to welcome you to Cowboy Austin's Ponderosa!  

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Mosey on through . . .

I created these treat bags using plain lunch bags from the dollar store.  I found the cute "wanted & reward" clipart on the Internet; I edited the clipart using Photoshop.  For the closure, I scalloped the edge and folded it over.  I then proceeded by punching two holes at the top and threading raffia through.  I thought the bags were missing some color, so I intertwined the kids' bandannas through the back and tied them in a simple knot.

Treat Bag Tags/Table confetti
Saying: "Thank you for moseying on out!"

Large topper, created for Austin's individual cake.  I thought the raffia added a little western feel to the topper.

Cupcake Toppers
Images found again on the Internet; imported and edited in Photoshop.
(Note: 2" scallop punch and 2" circle punch were used for the topper creation)

I created this cake using the Wilton Giant Cupcake Pan.  Once baked, I cut down the top for a lower profile cake.  I added wafers to the sides for added texture and interest.  I also added giant stars to correlate with the western theme.

40 Homemade cupcakes, complete with cherry filling, yum!

The finished product!

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Where did you get that?

Supplies for Cupcake Toppers:
Cardstock:  Pat Catan's/Walmart
2" Scallop Punch & 2" Circle Punch:  Jo-Ann Fabrics
Glue Dots:  Pat Catan's 
Lollipop Sticks:  Pat Catan's/Walmart
Raffia:  Walmart
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Wilton Giant Cupcake Pan:  Amazon/Walmart
Wilton Edible Jumbo Stars:  Walmart
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Treat Bag Supplies:
Bandannas:  Oriental Trading
Sheriff Badges:  Oriental Trading
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I'm looking for Army party ideas/inspiration, I would love to hear from you!

Thank you for visiting!
Wishing everyone a lovely weekend,

I'll be linking up with:

I would love for you to join me!


  1. Oh wow, you are a girl after my own heart! I love a themed party and this is spectacular! I can't get over how cute the favor bags are! Hope you guys continue to get better every day! Being sick is the pits!

  2. Yes, this IS spectacular. What a fabulous job you've done.

  3. adorable! I love the design you used

    hugs! Kim @ Party Frosting!

  4. Wow! You did an amazing job on all of that! I am so impressed. Thank you for the very sweet comments you left on my blog. I am now following you as well!


  5. Jodie! Great job as always. This theme turned out so adorable! I have had both a cowboy theme and an army theme for my son in the past. It's been awhile, but let me try to remember what I did on the Army them and I'll get back to you. As always, thank you for linking up to Inspiration Friday At The Picket Fence.


  6. wow....totally awesome and very creative! Wish I had the patience to do something like this!

  7. i bet your lil buckaroo LOVED this! totally adorable!!
    we'd love for you to link this @ our weekend party :)

  8. That just looks like it was the cutest party and I appreciate that you tell us where you got everything.

  9. Seeing your Western party makes me wish my own son (who is 12) was young enough to have a theme like this. It looks like tremendous fun. I hear you about sick kids...you feel so helpless sometimes. I hope everyone is doing better. Hope you are getting some sleep- moms always lose sleep when their kids are sick.

  10. How cute. I have to admit I was never this organized or cute for my boys parties...dollar tree, bubbles and squirt guns...DONE:) Thanks for joining my newbie party.

  11. Goodness but this is CUTE!!!!

    (visiting from Debbiedoo's link party)

  12. That sure is one cute COWBOY! Love how you used the waffers on the cake looks like hay bales stack up! Good luck on this years parties! Hope the kids are feeling better too! Vicky

  13. I'd love for you to link up at Inspire Me Mondays!

  14. Looks like a fabulouss party!! You are so crafty!

  15. So cute! Looks like it was a great first party!

  16. hiya visiting from debbis newbie party x what a super cute party idea x x tfs hope to see youat mine soon x

  17. simply adorable... makes me wish I had little ones again!

  18. Those are sooo cute! Will keep it in mind for my son birthday party:) Thanks for the lovely comment on my blog, I am now your newest follower!

  19. Those are sooo cute! Will keep it in mind for my son birthday party:) Thanks for the lovely comment on my blog, I am now your newest follower!

  20. Wow, that post made my sweet tooth flare up! So many great ideas. Thanks for visting me at Brambly and becoming a new follower-it means a lot to me. Have a wonderful evening!


  21. Love your creative idea! I invite you to link to my great blog bash K.I.S.S. Happy to be a new follower too :)

    Drop by The Tattered Tag

  22. Wow! What a fun and creative birthday party.
    Just so cute and impressive.

    I am now your newest follower.

  23. I'm looking forward to exploring your blog further. I love a good party!! Any reason to celebrate and decorate makes me happy. Your "wanted" bags are adorable.

  24. You do AMAZING WORK!! Everything is totally adorable.
    Thanks for visiting today!

  25. Thanks for stopping by Wiccan Make Some Too! So glad you liked the hat I made for my granddaughter. Following your blog now. Awesome place you have.

  26. Loving the sweet raffia addition you added to the toppers. Such a nice extra touch. With Joy, Carey

  27. My little boy would love a party like this!! New follower from http://www.craftycagirl.blogspot.com

  28. oh my goodness this birthday idea is DARLING, everything is just so cute!! All of the amazing details, adorable!

    Stopping by via Debbiedoos Blog. I love love love the idea of a newbie blog hop, so fantastic.

    I wanted to make sure to come and give you a very warm welcome to the blogsphere and let you know we are having lots of fun over on my blog and you are invited!

    There are so many FUN things happening over on Dandelion Wishes!!!
    We are .....
    *Taking Back Monday, one Etsy giveaway at a time. Come enter to win something awesome EVERY Monday!
    *Airing our dirty little secrets with Friday Confessional. Confess, link up, feel better...I promise!
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    *Every month we give a prompt for a VLOG..yep, turn the volume up, we are talking video posts people!
    *And there are crownings happening for Queen for the Day...finally, the royal recognition you deserve.

    See something for everyone…come say hello!

  29. WOW these are amazing! I love the bags they are so cute! Thanks for stoping by my blog!

  30. You have some brilliant ideas here. We're going to be having a western style murder mystery party soon, and I've been wondering what to do for the kids - as they'll have to have their own party going while the adults figure out 'who done it!"
    Thank you so much for the inspiration!

    I would love if you came over and linked this project to my weekly Round Tuit party at:
    Have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  31. What a great party theme and you did such a great job. Glad to hear everyone is getting well at your house. Thanks for sharing at my Swing into Spring party.

  32. Simply amazing. What a great invitation. Saw you on WUW! I can't believe how cute everything is. My children never had such cute parties!

  33. Awww, fun! I love how his little cake turned out! And the cupcake toppers, so cute!

  34. This is so sweet! I love the theme and all the goodies that you created! I will be featuring you today :D thanks for linking to "Amaze Me Monday".

  35. Darling party! I have always wanted to do a western theme party for one of my boys--maybe next year! The treat bags are so CUTE! The cupcakes look yummy too--cherry filling (wow!). What a fun party! You did a GREAT job!
    Thanks for the sweet comment on my carnival party at calicoandcupcakes.

  36. I love the cowboy party theme! How cute!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing this at last week's For the Kids Friday link party! This week's party is up and running. If you haven't already stopped by, I'd love to have you sharing again this week!



  37. Thanks for these great idea's! I have a b'day today and was wondering what i could do!!


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