A Cowgirl’s Paradise

It finally came.

The one event in every kid’s life that seems to take FOREVER to arrive. But Maria’s came. And it was wonderful.

First, let’s back up to Friday. On Friday I busted out my sewing machine and got to work. I knew we didn’t a little ‘oomph’ for the birthday tent, and I’m kind of a sucker for lanterns. So I whipped some up and they were ridiculously easy.

I got some scraps of fabric I had left over from Maria’s favors and arranged them on cardstock.

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I sewed around the edges of each square/rectangle so it was secure.

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When the first was done, I did it on another. I did a total of 4.

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To make the lantern, I sewed 2 of the squares of cardstock together.

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Then…

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voila. 2 adorable lanterns hanging in the birthday tent.

The birthday tent? Our wonderful friend Andy asked his friend if he could ask his friend if we could borrow his big tent that had walls. It was perfect.

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Oh, I also made that triangle pennant banner Saturday morning. So easy. I cut triangles of fabric out with pinking shears and then sewed them to leather cord.

We loaded the birthday tent up with goodies.

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The straw bales. Okay, so I went up to Mr. K’s by our house to buy straw bales. They were closed. Not just for the day….they were closed for good. I scrambled until I remembered that our friend Keri probably had some out at her farm, Wilson Banner Ranch. Sure enough, we got some straw bales for a smokin’ good deal. And, once again, Andy helped us out by going to get them. It isn’t really a cowgirl party without hay bales.

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And adorable dogs with bandanas.

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We put carrots and celery in little bundles so the kids could feed Andy and Cenone’s goat, Dewey.

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But Dewey wasn’t really feeling it. It may or may not have been because a certain 7 year old birthday girl chased Dewey like a crazed serial killer all morning.

May or may not. Who knows.

Andy tried coaxing him out…

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..and he came out for a few seconds.

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Frankly, I don’t blame him for hiding from 21 7 year olds. I kind of wanted to, too.

kidding.

I also feel like what you wear to a party is important. Especially if it’s a themed party.

Boots? Check.

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[Maria’s new Frye’s]

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Denim jackets? Check.

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Bandanas? Check.

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Braids like Jesse the cowgirl? Check.

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Hats? Check.

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Knives?….

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Check.

I love our kids’ friends.

Everyone arrived between 12 and 12:30 and then the horse arrived.

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Erica owns a little business and not only teaches horse riding lessons, but also takes 8-Ball to birthday parties. She rocked. She was so awesome with the kids, super easy to work with on the business side, and is as sweet as can be. I love Erica.

The kids sat very nicely on hay bales while Erica taught them about the horses.

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And finally….it was time to ride.

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Sheriffs first, of course.

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After all the kids got to ride, after we roasted 32 hot dogs (thank you to Teresa, Audrey, Maddelyn, Maria W. for roasting them!!), ate some marshmallows, and played some games, the kids retreated to the birthday tent where it was time for popcorn and presents.

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I’d say the party was a crazy success.

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Even if we lost a few balloons along the way.

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Horse Rides: Erica Harrison
Farm and Ranch and a zillion favors: Andy and Cenone
Balloons and Favor Boxes: Shop Sweet Lulu
Maria’s and Charlotte’s boots: Zappos

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