How to Throw a Western Style Theme Party

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Western style theme parties are the easiest theme party to throw. Your guests will dress up in the casual style of cowboys, cowgirls and old west settlers.

I hosted my western theme party at a local BBQ restaurant that offered a free private party room. That was easy! This party was planned for an adults ladies group, but would be great for a co-ed mixed group, men, and for a kid’s/children’s western party too. The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo was in town, so my party guests dressed up cowgirl style. The cowgirls wore cowboy hats and western boots, western shirts, jeans, western style leather belts with big shiny rodeo belt buckles.


Western Style Theme Party for Texas Ladies Group
Wanted Poster Photo Prop

To prepare for my old west party, I made a Wanted poster photo prop from an old piece of cardboard. I printed out the lettering for the poster on heavy stock paper and used safe non-toxic school glue to adhere the Wanted/Reward lettering to the top and bottom of the poster. I planned to use the Wanted poster as a party photo booth. As my party guests arrived, each one of them posed for a selfie photo op by holding the Wanted poster in front of her face. Everyone became engaged in the process and we all had lots of fun posing for our old west mug shots.


The tables at the BBQ restaurant were made of dark stained, weathered-looking wood, so there was really no need for lots of centerpieces. Instead I brought along a very cute, and inexpensive, old western town standup centerpiece which came with sticker attachments to convert the look into a cowgirl themed party.


Cowgirl Old Western Town Centerpiece
Cowgirl Old Western Town Centerpiece
Cowgirl Clothes Western Boots
Cowgirl Clothes – Western Boots


My party guests had fun exchanging white elephant gifts that matched our western party theme. The BBQ restaurant venue I chose is decorated in a Texas old west style. There were framed photos and artwork of cowboys in the old west, a Texas star, and the Texas State flag. Therefore, I had very little decorating to do and that was great for my party event budget. Our party favor bags were plain brown paper gift bags decorated with western style stickers which included a galloping horse, a sheriff’s star and a western frontier emblem. I decorated one of the chairs with a western boot, a party favor bag and a western hat, using a brightly colored poncho for the backdrop.

Cowboy Boot Western Party Favor Bag Cowboy Hat





I spent zero dollars on a party music budget because our private dining room resonated with the sound of country western music emanating from the venue’s excellent sound system. The volume of the music was not too loud, and not too low, for our party. It was just perfect! And, my guests soon began to sing-a-long with the country songs. We did, however, cowgirl-up by giving a well-deserved nod to our great State of Texas by belting out, “Deep in the Heart of Texas.” Yee-haw! Then we laughed and talked while we enjoyed one of the best BBQ plate lunches around. And we even caught a few glimpses of a western style wedding reception party in full swing in an adjoining private room.

Cowgirl Up Rodeo Barrel Racer


Western Theme Party Attire – Western Clothes Costume

Cowboy Party Costume Accessories

Western Theme Party Photo Prop

Western Theme Party Decorations

  • Red and White Checkered Plastic Tablecloth
  • Wagon Wheel Plastic Tablecloth
  • Western Theme Placemats
  • Old West Town Centerpieces and Tabletop Decorations
  • Western Party Backdrop





Author: Eljay

Hi! I'm L.J. (Eljay). Welcome to my party blog. I have raised three children and I have many years of experience planning, organizing and hosting parties for adults and children. I was able to plan successful and fun parties on a shoestring. I never planned to become an event planner, it just happened over time. If I can do it so can you! I can steer you in the right direction for planning and hosting some really awesome parties. Read my blog and check out my Event Planner Gallery. You will discover lots of great party planning tips and ideas.