Wild West Party Theme
America & the Wild West is something we’ve all grown up with. Starting with the cowboys & Indians games of our childhood, through to the black & white films on a Sunday afternoon with maybe a bit of line dancing during the week thrown in. Create your own spagetti western saloon & invite your friends round for an evening of old American revelry at your wild west party.
WILD WEST PARTY INVITATIONS
WILD WEST PARTY DECORATIONS
A marquee in the garden is ideal for this theme, if you have the room but works just as well inside your house. Fix saloon style swing doors to the entrance to the marquee or the main room to be used & put a saloon sign over it. Swing doors are available from most DIY shops & can be fixed to the existing door frame or make an additional frame out of wood. Arrange spitoons, wanted signs (of guests) & cacti around the room & attach signs to the wall for watering hole (bar), chuck-wagon (buffet table) etc.
WILD WEST PARTY FANCY DRESS
Ask friends to come in fancy dress & give suggestions if neccessary. These might include cowboy, Indian, sheriff, can-can dancer or Mexican. Keep a few spare large coloured handkerchiefs & cowboy hats handy for guests that have forgotten! If you’re throwing a large party & hiring staff, make sure they dress up as well.
Men, choose from:
Jeans, boots, waistcoat, hat, gun holster, bandanna. Toy shops should have plenty of accessories to choose from.
Cut tassels into a length of brown material & attach to a pair of loose brown trousers. Decorate a brown vest top or long-sleeved tunic top with colourful zig-zag motifs. Wear moccasins on your feet & carry a tomahawk made from cardboard. Top it all off with a head-dress of feathers.
Ladies, come as:
Jeans or denim skirt, boots, checked shirt, hat
Decorate a bodice or basque with sequins. Add a full circle skirt made from lining material with plenty of layers of petticoats underneath & a feather in the hair. Wear black or brown lace-up ankle boots. Garter optional.
Make a brown shift dress with short capped sleeves & decorate with colourful zig-zag motifs. Tie hair in plaits, if long enough or wear a wig & finish with a headband with a feather at the back.
WILD WEST PARTY DRINKS
Shake 45ml tequila, 15ml triplesec or Cointreau & 30ml lime juice vigorously with ice & strain into an old style champagne glass rimmed with salt. Decorate with a slice of lime.
Fill a tall glass with ice. Stir in 45ml tequila & top up with orange juice. Pour 15ml grenadine on top & decorate a slice of orange.
Fill a tall glass with ice. Stir in 30ml tequila & 15ml creme de cassis. Top up with dry ginger & decorate with a slice of lime or lemon.
If guests are feeling brave, serve tequila neat in small shot glasses to be followed by a lick of salt & a suck on a quarter of lime.
Blend 60ml bourbon, 15ml lemon cordial, 60ml orange juice 1 whole egg & 30ml maple syrup with ice & strain into a large glass. Decorate with a slice of orange & lemon.
Stir 60ml bourbon & a dash of bitters with ice & strain into a cocktail glass.
Shake 45ml bourbon, 15ml lemon juice, 15ml curacao, a dash of Benedictine & a dash of bitters with ice & strain into a tall glass.
WILD WEST PARTY FOOD
Mini tequila jellies
WILD WEST PARTY ENTERTAINMENT
For a large gathering, organise a band & caller for line dancing or a barn dance.
Also, arrange an area for poker & give each guest a bag of chips (available from most toyshops). Award prizes to the person with the most chips at the end of the evening or whoever cheated the most etc. You could ask guests to donate money for their bag of chips & raise money for a good cause at the same time. Alternatively, hire some casino tables & croupiers.
WILD WEST PARTY MUSIC
Gather a collection of country & western CD’s & keep the music playing all evening. Don’t forget to include Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers & for a more up-to-date feel, Shania Twain & it wouldn’t be the wild west without the soundtrack to The Good, The Bad & The Ugly!