Where to start? There are so many options and sub-themes for horse themed birthday party. Do you have a little cowboy or cowgirl? A Pony Club Devotee or even just a fan of everything horse related?
A horse themed party is a great way to not only share your child’s passion for horses but also a way to introduce other children to horses and excite their passion. We’ve compiled some ideas for several different horse themed parties to help you in planning your child’s next birthday celebration. Websites such as Etsy, Pinterest and Instagram are great for inspiration and how to guides.
Visit the Wild West Frontier
This is a great party theme that can be adapted for any age group. You can get fabulous personalised invitation pintables on Etsy. Just type Wild West boy/girl printable invitation in the search fields. A graphic designer will send you a pdf of your invite, and you can then print it onto normal or photo paper. I like to attach a little piece of magnet on the back so the guest can put the invite straight on the front of the fridge, and it will never be lost in a pile of mail again. Make it a dress up party to boot, and your little guests can BYO a cowboy hat, sheriff star, check shirt and kerchief.
Pace yourself with decorations. The ideas are endless and for a very small budget you can easily paint some 4ft high cacti onto cardboard cutouts to put around your party space. Hay bales make great extra seating as well as fitting in the theme. Bunting at any party is a must have, and you can either go the DIY with fabric or paper or even purchase some Wild West ones online.
All kids love party games. Think outside the square. Panning for gold is a great activity. Spray paint small pebbles for makeshift gold and bury them in a pit or tub of sand. Disposable round aluminium trays make for great pans. Pierce some holes in the bottom so the sand can sift right through. By fashioning some pool noodles with some yarn and rope, you can fashion a stick horse. Riding around the great frontier of your yard doing a treasure hunt is a great way to encourage all the kids to get involved. Pinterest is a great site for game decorations and even treasure hunt ideas.
Don’t forget about theming the food. Red Check tablecloths, red and white napkins and plates and signage that says “dig on in” are great ways to expand your theme. BBQ foods, corn on the cob and slaw are all great wild west foods that appeal to all ages. How about decorating some horseshoe shaped sugar cookies for the take home party bags?
Birthday cakes are a great way to personalise your party regardless of the budget. Videos on YouTube can help you with cake decorating hints and tips. If large cakes aren’t’ your thing then how about a tray of decorated cupcakes?
Pony Club/ Dressage Theme
Is horse jumping more your style? Dressage or Pony Club parties are a great theme for a party. Personalised invitations on Etsy as mentioned above. Why not set up a jumping circuit in the yard using household objects so that the children can compete in their own mini gymkhana? You can award ribbons and rosettes to all the competitors.
Other dressage games may include a plaiting competition using yarn. Who at your party can braid the fastest mock horse braid? Bunting again is a great decoration. Hay bales that double as seats are a great prop.
Perhaps your food theme can be a picnic. Using a horse float as inspiration you can prepare and serve food and drinks that are great on competing days. Mini sandwiches, fruit and soup, are great for parties.
Consider a cake with a horse jump as a topper. Some well-placed wafer sticks and lollies can help you create an edible jump
Riding Clubs and Parties
A little pricier but still a great idea is to visit a stable or farm that provides pony rides for the children. Try and pick one based on a referral from a friend and ensure that they have all the correct safety equipment such as helmets. For children that don’t have access to riding or being around horses this is a great introduction. They get to meet some ponies, learn about grooming, feeding, and a little about the ponies’ personality. Then they can saddle up for a ride and take turns being led around.
If your child and their friends are older and more comfortable with horses, perhaps a horse riding school is a better option. The children will be able to go out on a trail ride with a group of horses.
Some riding schools and farms can provide food and decorations as part of a package.
Whatever you choose, and no matter how small or large your budget is there are so many options to give your little horse lover a great themed party that will be the talk of the schoolyard.
Let them share their passion with others, and you never know, you might just convert another horse lover.