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Cowboy 2nd
Birthday Party Planning Guide

Exclusively at BirthdayExpress.com


Bring the Wild West into your home for the special little cowboy in your life! Discover fun themed games and great tasting recipes that can’t be beat. Sure to make his 2nd birthday one to remember!

Party Checklist

4-6 Weeks Before the Party

  • Select Date:



    Plan a safe, inviting place for kids to have fun. Set time to 2-3 hours for young children, and 3-4 hours for older kids.

  • Create Guest List

    Just fill out the handy list in this guide!

  • Order Cowboy 2nd Birthday Party Supplies, 
Cowboy 2nd Favors & Party Activities

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  • Order Birthday Costume/Outfit & Gifts

    BirthdayExpress.com has lots of fun choices. Look for our costumes, T-shirts, hats and special birthday gifts designed to match our party themes.

  • Book Entertainment (optional)

2 Weeks Before the Party

  • Order Cake

    Schedule to pick it up one day before the party.

  • Mail Cowboy 2nd Birthday Invitations

    Let the birthday child help by adhering the stamps and putting the invitations in the mailbox.

  • Create List of Parent Phone Numbers

    Keep on hand in case of emergency.

  • Plan Party Menu

    Check out the recipes in this guide. Ask parents if kids have any food allergies.

  • Choose Party Games & Collect Party Supplies

    This guide has ideas that match your party theme!

2-3 Days Before the Party

  • Prepare Cameras

    Check batteries. Charge video camera. Buy film or video cards. Get Birthday Message Cameras for the kids to use.

1 Day Before the Party

  • Make Food & Drinks, Bake/Get Cake, Buy Ice

    Set out chilled/heated foods just before kids eat.

  • Childproof & Decorate Party Area

    Remove breakable items and objects that could prevent guests from moving freely. Decorate with balloons, crepe paper, and other items included in your party pack.

  • Set Up Party Games, Fill Favor Boxes & Piñatas

    Invite your party child to help!

Party Day!

  • Fill Birthday Balloons with Helium

After the Party


Pin the Tail on the Horse

  • Construction paper
  • Tape
  • Blindfold

Draw and color a picture of a horse missing its tail on a large piece of construction paper. Tape to a flat surface; keep in mind the height of all players when hanging the poster. Using the construction paper cut stripes for the horse tails and write the name of each guest on the back of their tail. Blindfold the first player and spin them three times. Guide the player toward the poster. Repeat with each player. The person to get their tail closest to the correct spot wins a prize.

Gold Rush

  • Tarp
  • Hay
  • Large outdoor area to play in

This is the perfect outdoor activity where everyone wins! Designate an open space in your yard and lay a tarp down. Place different prizes on the tarp and cover the entire top with hay. Have two guests at a time search for 1 prize in the hay.

Musical Ponies

  • Enough chairs for each guest -1
  • CD player/stereo
  • Party music

A fun game that will get your party started, perfect for all ages! Take 1 less chairs than there are players and place them in a circle. Be sure to have enough space between each chair for walking. These chairs will act as the ponies. Turn on some fun party music and have all the players walk around the outside of the circle. Stop the music randomly and all the players will race for a chair. The player left without a pony leaves the game. Remove 1 chair and repeat. The last player wins a prize.

Western Freeze Dance

  • CD player/stereo
  • Party music

Have the kiddies strap on their cowboy boots and square dance! Turn on some fun party music and have them dance silly and crazy. Stop the music randomly and the players have to freeze. To help cue the smaller kids call out “Freeze” when you stop the music. The player that moves while the music is stopped is out. This continues until there is one player left. The winner receives a small prize.


Sheriff Star Cake

Estimated Total Time: 40 minutes

  • 1-Box of cake mix your choice
  • 1-Container of vanilla frosting
  • Yellow food coloring
  • Black decorating gel

Bake cake as directed on package in the star shape cake pan. Let cake cool completely and remove from pan. Empty vanilla frosting into a mixing bowl and add a few drops of yellow food coloring and mix. Continue adding a few drops of food coloring and mixing until the desired shade of yellow is reached. Frost the entire cake with yellow frosting. Write “Sheriff” or “Happy Birthday Sheriff” across the top using the black decorating gel

Western Boot Sugar Cookies

Estimated Total Time: 20 minutes

  • Premade sugar cookie dough
  • Chocolate frosting
  • Western boot shape cookie cutter
  • Non-stick baking sheet

Roll out premade dough from package. Cut using Western boot cookie cutter. Place on a non-stick baking sheet. Bake as directed on dough package. Cool on a wire rack. Frost tops of cookies with chocolate frosting

Cowboy Hat Sandwiches

Estimated Total Time: 5 minutes

  • Bread
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Cowboy hat cookie cutter
  • Serving platter

Spread peanut butter and jelly onto a slice of bread and close with a dry slice of bread. Cut using the cowboy hat cookie cutter. Place on a platter and serve.

Cactus Juice

Estimated Total Time: 5 minutes

  • Lemonade mix
  • Green food coloring
  • Punch bowl
  • Plastic cups

Mix water and lemonade mix as directed on package. Add a few drops of green food coloring and mix. Place in a punch bowl and serve.

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