The very best ideas for a cowboy and cowgirl birthday party for twins’.

The twins’ turned 5 on Sunday. 5! I can hardly believe it. Marisol wanted to ride a horse for her birthday (as she does most days). So, we decided to have a Cowboy and Cowgirl themed party. Flynn tends to just go with the flow, he generally thinks everything is a great idea … unless I’m taking him shopping, of course, he tends to voice his opinion on that subject.

It didn’t take me long to find a location for the party. A quick google search of horse riding in San Diego took me to the Mega Arte Riding Academy; this wonderful place also hosts parties. The party was split into three parts – horse riding, feeding the animals, and then party time. Each portion lasted about an hour.

Before I share a ton of photographs, here are my birthday kids.

Birthday party idea for twins

Horse Riding

There were three instructors to look after the kids.  They took them around the ring, through cones, over small jumps, and some kids even trotted.  Flynn thought trotting was hysterical, he couldn’t stop laughing as he bounced up and down around the ring.

Horse riding birthday party san diego

Animal Feeding

The kids were each given a bucket of food for the animals (which needed to be topped up numerous times throughout our tour – the animals were very well fed).  There were pigs, roosters, horses, llama, peacocks, bunnies and goats to feed.


Petting zoo mega arte riding academy

Petting zoo san diego
The Party


I had set up a number of activities for the kids. 

There were wooden horses to throw hoops over, horseshoe toss, tin cans to knock down, and a playground with swings, a slide, and toys to play on.

Activities for a cowboy and cowgirl birthday party for kids
The wooden horse idea came from Growing Home (which I found via Ohdeedoh).  I contacted a friend (who was also a party guest) who’s dad loves making things with wood and had him make a couple for me – you can contact them at Nana’s Tutu Trunk.

We had the token mustache photo station which is popular at the moment.

Photo frame prop for a cowboy birthday party

I purchased the mustaches from Piccadilly Party Co on Etsy.  The frame I found at a thrift shop for $1.99 and I had my husband hang some rope from it.  I put the collection of mustaches in a silver bucket along with a bandanna for those wanting to use that in photographs too.

I lined all of the tables with brown paper and set out buckets of crayons for the kids to draw.  There was also a bucket of western themed coloring book and crayon packs (that the kids could also take home with him), and we had cookie decorating.

Cowboy birthday party ideas
For the cookie decorating I had the Edelweiss Bakery I have been using for years make cowboy cookies for me with plain white icing.  I set out an assortment of Wilton Sparkle Gel and Edible Color markers in buckets for the kids to decorate their cowboys.

The Mini Western Activity Kits were purchased from Oriental Trading.

Food and Drink

The twins are not allowed to drink soda, so we decided to go with milk and water for the party.  For those who didn’t want plain milk or water though I set out containers containing chocolate powder and crystal light to fancy their drinks up a bit.

How to set up a drink station for a birthday party

I found the great idea for the personalized party straws on Pinterest, they were made by On To Baby.  I simply took large address labels, folded them (before peeling off the backing), used some mini western themed letters and stamped the names on, then cut a small triangle in the side of each, peeled the backing off and attached them to the straws. 

The milk bottles are actually wine carafes I purchased at World Market.  I was worried about bugs getting into the milk though so I made little covers for them.  I simply cut out a circle of oil cloth, turned it upside down and placed it over the top of the bottle.  Then I stitched a thin piece of elastic together to make a circle and slipped it over the top of the oil cloth and bottle.  While it was on the bottle I hand-stitched the elastic onto the oilcloth every centimeter or so.  Once stitched together I flipped it inside out and put it over the top of the bottle as a lid.
Easy idea for labeling drinks at a birthday party

The biodegradable gray and white paper straws were purchased from Amazon.

The drink cups and lids, as well as the containers for the drink mixes, were purchased from Smart & Final.

We ordered Subway sandwiches for our guests for lunch. There was also plenty of candy, horseshoe-shaped cookies, grapes, meringues, cupcakes, popcorn, pretzels, cowboy cookies, and dip with veggies.

Treat station tips for parties

The lollipops were purchased from Party City, you can customize your own labels for them.

The adorable farm house candy holders with little silver scoops were purchased from World Market.  They were filled with jelly lollies, jelly beans, M&M’s and yogurt covered raisins.

The dip and veggie cups were very easy to make.  I put a spoonful of hummus, yogurt dip, or tzatziki dip in alternate souffle cups then popped a few green beans, celery sticks, and cucumber sticks in each.

The Cupcakes

Easy cupcakes for a horse themed birthday party
I made yummy chocolate cupcakes with chocolate icing and dunked each into a bowl of chocolate sprinkles.  Each cupcake was topped with a horse.  I found tubes of horses at Joann’s.  Most places carried tubes of assorted farm animals so I was ecstatic when I found ones with just horses in them.

There was a very cheeky girl who somehow managed to sneak a second cupcake.

Cowgirl birthday party

Party Favors

Each guest went home with a handmade hobby horse, cowboy hat and a bandanna on a stick to fill with decorated cookies, a horse from their cupcake, gifts from the ‘pass the parcel’ game, lollipops, and Mini Western Activity Kits.

Handmade hobby horses for a horse themed birthday party

The hobby horses ended up being a lot of fun for the kids to play with during the party too.

Party favors for cowboy and cowgirl themed birthday party

The Hobby Horses – my husband purchased the pre-cut sticks at Home Depot.  The horse heads were made out of socks.  I found the idea on Dandee however made a few changes.  I used regular buttons for the eyes.  I used a combination of rope, grommets (found at Beverly’s), and canvas straps (similar to what you would use for a bag handle).   The mane was made out of Lion Brand Wool-Ease in wheat.  I used leftover rope from the hula-hoops to wrap tightly attach the sock onto the stick (along with gorilla glue).

The bandannas on sticks – The sticks were the exact same ones we used for the hobby horses.  The bandannas were purchased from Amazon.

The cowboy hats were purchased from Oriental Trading.

Mega Arte Riding Academy

Invitations were sent using Punchbowl.  They have a lovely horse invitation that has twin horses on it.


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Andrea (Lil-Kid-Things) September 26, 2011 - 7:43 pm

You did an amazing job!! Just beautiful.

Jessica @FoundtheMarbles September 26, 2011 - 7:51 pm

That party puts anything I’ve done to shame. My son turns five this Saturday and, well… let’s just say that I’m not going to be showing him the photos from this post.

mom taxi julie September 26, 2011 - 8:27 pm

The party turned out super cute!! I bet it was a big hit with the kiddos 🙂

Premalatha Aravindhan September 26, 2011 - 11:05 pm

happy birthday to ur cuties…

Brandie (@ Home Cooking Memories) September 27, 2011 - 1:36 am

VERY, VERY sweet! Love it all.

Steph September 27, 2011 - 8:44 am

Awesome party…my kids would LOVE it!

Tonya Staab September 27, 2011 - 1:22 pm

Thank you Brandie 🙂

Tonya Staab September 27, 2011 - 1:23 pm

Thank you 🙂

Kelly September 27, 2011 - 2:35 pm

Amazing! I love all the ideas and how you put everything together, and what a treat to take home such an awesome hobby horse!

Tracey September 28, 2011 - 6:51 am

Really cute pics. Love the hats!

Tonya Staab September 28, 2011 - 2:01 pm

Thank you Tracey 🙂

Tonya Staab September 28, 2011 - 2:01 pm

Thanks Kelly, it was such a fun day.

Tonya Staab September 30, 2011 - 10:26 am

Thank you Steph 🙂

Tonya Staab September 30, 2011 - 10:27 am

The twins had a blast, it was everything they hoped for … and now they have some more fun activities to do in our own backyard too 🙂

Tonya Staab October 2, 2011 - 8:39 am

You know what though 5 year olds don't care, they love any celebration you throw them, I'm sure he had a fabulous day.  Happy birthday to your little man :).

Tonya Staab October 2, 2011 - 8:39 am

Thank you Andrea

Kelly October 3, 2011 - 10:25 am

Well, well…I have finally found a chunk of time to sit down and look at all the pictures and read all the descriptions. WOW, WOW,WOW–what a fabulous party Tonya! Every detail, all the planning and presentation, the favors, planned activities, venue, the coordinating colors. I love it, every detail. Well done, you are a party goddess. I wish we could have been there, but I’m so glad that Marisol and Flynn had the party of a lifetime and that Flynn had healed enough to enjoy it!

Tonya Staab October 6, 2011 - 5:20 pm

Thank you so much hon, I wish that you were down here so you and the kids could come.  You were missed, that's for sure.

Katherine marie October 7, 2011 - 9:41 am

What a smashingly FUN and creative party!!!!! All of your details are sensational. Your lil sweeties will never forget all the love and energy you put into this special day! Hip hip hooray for five!!!

Joan February 22, 2012 - 7:44 pm

Amazing Party… Such creative ideas! My daughter is wanting a Cowboy/Cowgirl Birthday for her 4th Birthday party and I plan to use many of your fantastic ideas. Thank you for sharing.

Bernadette March 31, 2012 - 8:21 pm

I have just finished our boy/girl twins’ 4th birthday party and your blog posting of your fantastic 5th birthday party for your twins has given me great ideas for next year. I absolutely love the cupcakes you did! I wish we were still living in San Diego to go to this place! I can’t wait to see what you do for their 6th!

Patty May 20, 2012 - 7:04 pm

I am planning WAY ahead for my daughters 4th birthday. She is loving horses right now..and has been for the last year so I am hoping she will continue so I can give her a cowgirl party. I am wondering how you made the stick horses? I would love to know..i have tried to research these and they are SO expensive if you buy. If you can email me this at [email protected], I would greatly appreciate it! AMAZING Party, I may still some more ideas!!

Bethany Rinn October 27, 2012 - 8:39 am

What a fantastic post! This looks like such a fun party. Thank you for all the ideas! We used your sawhorse/roping idea at our son’s cowboy party:

marcia (123 blog) December 14, 2012 - 12:34 am

oh my word, this is PERFECT! I also have boy/ girl twins and I’m thinking of this theme for their 4th party 🙂

Leighanne January 15, 2013 - 10:22 am

I wish I would have found this a month ago… I have been looking for ideas and searching horses for my daughters birthday this weekend.. When I searched cowgirl birthday party this was the first thing I found… Complete awe.. Very good ideas from the cupcakes to the gift bags… very creative. Maybe my daughter will still be into horses next year and I will have time to use some of these wonderful birthday ideas.

Julie Butera January 19, 2015 - 11:42 am

I had fn just looking at your party! Great job!

Virginia Luther June 12, 2017 - 10:42 pm



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