Penelope's Cowgirl and Indians Birthday Party November 28 2012, 0 Comments


My cute-as-a-button baby Penny turned 1 whole year old recently and we celebrated with a Cowgirls and Indians Party!


Penny wore a vintage dress, white tights, gifted moccasins and a beautiful feather headband crafted by her truly talented Nina.  It was made from the softest leather and turkey feathers from her Great Grandpa.  Surprisingly she kept it on for the first half of the party, success!

Isn't she the worlds most beautiful baby!  Just look as that bundle of sweetness!

The cowgirls and indians theme was inspired by Penny's Great Grandma, GG, who is from Colorado and as luck would have it would be in town for the party.  GG was born and raised in Cowgirl country and is part American Indian.  Why not celebrate it!

I printed the invitations on a light pink card stock and mailed them in Light Pink Chevron Stripe Paper Bags from the shop.

I love to repeat design elements in a party.  It gives it a cohesive look and also makes the decorating process simple!  I loved the little feather design on the invitation so I blew it up and printed them larger on pink card stock. I spent one evening in front of the tv cutting them out.  Wanting to involve Olive, she loves to decorate, we decided to glue and glitter them with some light pink glitter I had leftover from another project.  We did this one morning before preschool and she felt really proud.

I used our pink feathers all over the party!  They were made into a garland, hung as a backdrop, and slipped into flower arrangements.  Simple ideas that make big impact are my favorite!

Party favors that can also double as decorations are a big win in my book!  I made these simple and cute favors using jars, pink fabric, jute twine that I already had, and Light Pink Sixlets from the shop.  All I had to buy were pretzels.  I spent another evening watching tv while cutting out the fabric circles, and the next day my family put them all together assembly style in about 15 minutes.

The Cowgirls and Indians theme was planned way in advance so I had time to collect a few toy horses from thrift stores and actually found bags of farm animals at the grocery store for about $2 each!


When I envisioned this party fresh flowers just seemed to belong.  I've actually never really considered using flowers as party decor before, especially a child's birthday.  I sourced a local shop where I could get bunches of individual flowers and make my own arrangements pretty affordably.  I purchased 6 bunches for $24 and was able to make 8 arrangements.  I thought they looked stunning and were a great value.


I draped burlap over the buffet tables and spread a little pink confetti on them.  The tables were set with a variety of white serving dishes I've been collecting and pink paper dinnerware.

I made Penny her own little teepee cake and horse cupcakes for the guests.  There are a handful of memorable crafty moments in my life and making this teepee cake was one of them.  I was a little nervous how it would go, but it turned out to be one of my favorite edible things I've ever made!

Nina made the arrow cutout cookies for the party, aren't they cute!

Me and my sweet baby indian.

Happy 1st birthday Penny June!