Sunday, September 18, 2011

A pink cowgirl party....

... for my best, best girl!

Sage had her birthday party today (she turns seven tomorrow!) and we celebrated wtih a pink cowgirl party. I was inspired for the theme by this post and adapted it for Sage.

We started off at our house where Sage opened her gifts and we gave each of her guests a pink bandana to wear (I had bought white ones at Dollarama and died them pink). Then, I drove the girls (& my boys) to my MIL's farm. We asked our friend, Chelsea, if she would be willing to bring a couple her horses there to give the girls some trail rides and she did. The girls loved it!

Here's Sage on Podunk:

And Cameron leading them around the yard:

I got some great shots of all of her friends on the horses, as well as some group shots in front of the grainery & on the hayrack, but I'm not going to post them here, as I didn't get permission from their parents to do so.

After the trail rides, we climbed on the hayrack and Cameron took us on a hayride.

I took this photo of Jonah (& Austin) on the hayride:

And one of Cameron driving the tractor:

Our destination? Stanley Park. I think it took us about 20 minutes to get there. It was quite windy on the hayrack, but everyone had a great time. While Sage and her friends went to play on the playstructure, we set up the decorations. Here's the banner I made:

And I found two little pails like this on clearance at Walmart. I filled them with sand and then topped them with some oats. I made the decorations using PTI cardstock and Limitless Layers dies and adhered them to some wooden skewers.

In lieu of treat bags for the kids, Sage and I made some of these cowgirl cookies in a jar for the girls to bring home, bake and enjoy! I also baked some for the party-- they're very good!

Sage loved her banner!

Cameron roasting some wieners for our guests:

I loved the banner I made for the cake for our back to school feast so much that I decided to make one for Sage's cake. I let her choose what she wanted it to say.

After the cake, the girls went to play some more while we cleaned up. Then it was a windy hayride back to the farm, where we loaded up the van and drove the girls home.

I wanted to share one more thing.... This is the card that I made for Chelsea as a thank you for her bringing her horses-- the girls enjoyed that so much! I used this week's Make-It-Monday at Papertrey Ink: stamping with acrylic paint.

I used Papertrey Ink cardstock (rustic white, kraft, hawaiian shores, harvest gold), stamps (Modern Wood Mats, Gratitude Journal), twine, button and dies (Mat Stack #1 & #5, Beautiful Blooms II #1) and my 1 1/8" circle punch.

Thanks for looking!


Joyce said...

What a fun party. Great photos. You certainly did a fantastic job incorporating lots of crafty fun into the party. I loved seeing those cowgirl cookie jars. Gotta pin that one.

Marlo said...

Great job Leigh! looks fun! glad it all turned out

Elena said...

sooooo cute! You did a great job with the banners, and those favor are adorable! If I ever did a cowgirl party, the horse-rides would have to be one of those plush horse-heads on a stick things... haha! They must have had a blast!

Anna said...

Your card is great! Looks like such a fun party. i love your attention to detail!

Karen C. said...

This looks like such a fun and different party. I'm sure everyone will remember this celebration for a long time. You sure made a great set of paper crafts for the party and it was awesome to see that long banner hanging between the trees. Super ideas.

Kim said...

Happy birthday to SAge!! It looks, and sounds like she had a fabulously fun party...with all the trimming! ( those cookie jars look awesome )...great job Mom!


xoxo... t said...

How fabulous, and happy birthday to Sage!

Susan Rob said...

Looks like a great party! Beautiful banner. Very pretty card too!

Jen Adcock said...

What an extraordinary post! You have given us such a magical photographic essay. What an amazing photographer you are! Pretty cute subject matter too, I might add. ;-) Love all your wonderfully creative, lovingly made offerings. But the cake is my favorite. Yep, the cake takes the cake! Everything...fantastic!

Elizabeth said...

What clever treat jars for the girls, I love that idea a lot! And her party looked like so much fun! So glad that she got to have a horse party!!!!! We had one for Alyssa one year as well, loved it then too!!!

Hoping you are well friend!