(party) leah & kinley’s pink & aqua cowgirl shindig

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I’m super excited to be blogging Leah & Kinley’s joint cowgirl birthday party! Everything came together perfectly after many months of helping their mom, Nicole of Petal Wishes, hash out the details (which this party is full of!). She did a fabulous job putting everything together and I was excited to finally get to work on a girly project! I did a cowgirl photo shoot at Sahuaro Ranch Park in Glendale, AZ with the girls a few months ago for their invites and we were thrilled with the results! The talented Amber of The Perfect Card designed the invitations and party printables for this party. You’ll be able to print out your own FREE cowgirl printables from Amber at Celebrations.com soon and she’ll also be offering supplemental printables in her shop (TBA). Scroll all the way down to “credits” for links to tutorials used throughout the party.

Guests were greeted with aqua balloons tied to a stuffed rocking pony, bandana wreath and doily garland at the entrance to the festivities. DIY cowboy themed signs could be found throughout the party, made using a Silhouette to cut out the western font letters. The backyard was transformed into pink and aqua cowgirl oasis, complete with hay stacks for guests to sit on. Nicole found several clear glass vases at thrift stores, which she painted aqua and filled with white flowers to adorn the tables. I found the large vintage looking frame at IKEA, which we primed and painted white. Burlap runners, complete with ribbon and trimmings were placed on the kid table. Large photo prints were mounted on thick poster board and decorated the back wall, along with mini burlap bunting.

Once the little cowboys and girls geared up in their hats and sheriff badges, they stopped by the pony corral to grab a homemade pony on a stick. The kids had a blast riding on their ponies and they were well worth all of the effort it took to make them. The pink hats were decorated with an aqua ribbon and homemade burlap flower. The brown hats were decorated with an aqua ribbon and small bronze brad sticker.

On the menu was traditional cowboy chow: hot dogs, baked beans, mac and cheese, watermelon slices on a stick, strawberry shortcake on a stick and more. Guests dined out of tin plates. The watering hole was filled with root beer and sparkling pink lemonade, poured into horse shaped chalkboard labeled mason jars of course. No party would be complete without striped straws and paper flags.

At the center of the dessert table was a 4 tiered pink ruffle cake, made by Nicole’s neighbor. The horse cake topper was originally a toy painted aqua. Pink s’more pops, pink caramel corn and cowboy themed cookies were among the other goodies. The pink popcorn was placed in homemade western fringe bags. The s’more pops were placed in miniature hay bails, found at the craft store.

A real pony, Miss Holly, made a special appearance and the little cowboys/girls got to brush her and go for a ride. My kiddo is still talking about the pony ride! While the other kids were waiting to ride, they enjoyed coloring wanted posters and playing with bubbles. This party was packed full of fun and creativity! Some of the guests even showed off their creativity at the party. One guest gave the birthday girls small jars, topped with an aqua painted pony and filled with colorful sprinkles. Inside was a small pouch filled with a charm bracelet. What a creative gift!

Party by: Nicole of Petal Wishes & Vanessa of See Vanessa Craft

Invitations & Printables: Amber of The Perfect Card

Cake: Rachel of Sewing Seeds Preschool

Cookies: NanaLady (my mama)

Tutorials: Pink S’more Marshmallow Pops, Horse Doily Garland, Crepe Paper Chandelier, Chalkboard Horse Mason Jars, Sheriff Badges, Bandana Wreath, Mini Burlap Bunting, Bandana Horse Sticks, Western Fringe Popcorn Bags


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19 Responses

  1. love it! nicole knows how to entertain very well and soo happy my family gets to join in on the fun (;

  2. This is so amazing! I am using the same colors for a mermaid party in July…I wish you lived closer Vanessa, I would hire you to do our party too!!

  3. What a sweet party! Did you design the WANTED coloring pages or is there somewhere I could download them? Thanks for sharing!

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Hi, I'm Vanessa!

Welcome to See Vanessa Craft! I’m Vanessa, an MSSW and mom of two in Arizona, and I’m happy you’re here to get inspired with me. It’s my mission in life to spread creativity through crafts, recipes, travel and more in order to live a life well lived.