Quin’s Wild West 1st Birthday

This weekend we celebrated our gorgeous daughter’s first birthday. Her birthday isn’t until Tuesday but we had all of her little friends over to celebrate Wild West style.

A few weeks ago I spent several days making several attempts at these ‘wanted’ birthday invitations. We tried tea water, coffee water, food colouring. It either wouldn’t bond to the paper or it made the ink run so much you couldn’t read the text. The winning combo was: A little bit of coffee with hot water to make a strong mix + a paint brush which dripped the coffee over the page. Then I put them in the oven and when they were dry, burnt the edges with a lighter. The result: perfecto!!

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Quin’s wanted poster birthday invitations

We spent the few weekends leading up to the party making signs, props and preparing the menu. We decided that we didn’t want to just put out bowls of chips and sweets. We wanted to provide healthy, delicious food that kids and adults would enjoy. My lovely wife was baking for 2 days and made sweet and savoury muffins and chicken mince sausage rolls. We also had a fruit platter, baby animal and rice crackers, carrot and celery sticks, and cheese and crackers. It was all devoured so we think it was a success!

wild west cowboy birthday food

The chow table – food fit for cowboys and girls

We used the custom water bottle labels I bought from Etsy and made up 24 bottles and Quin’s grandma made a punch to keep everyone hydrated. Everyone commented on the water bottles and a few people took them home.

The watering hole - drinks table wild west party cowboy
The watering hole – drinks table
Wild west cowboy party - custom drink labels

Quin’s 1st birthday custom water bottle labels

I made up a bunch of sugarfree goodie bags for the kids to take home. They included 2 stickers, 2 temporary tattoos, a plastic animal, bubbles and a smiley face badge.

Wild west cowboy party - sugar free goodie bags

Sugar free goodie bags

I made a few chalk boards for the littlies to play with if they wanted some quiet time. I upcycled old photo frames and painted the backboards with blackboard paint. What’s awesome about these blackboards is they are sooooo cheap to make. Frames without the glass are always a dollar or less at the charity shop or treasure market.

Wild west cowboy party - upcycled chalk boards

Upcycled chalk boards

We used the old pallets we’ve had laying around for ages to showcase 20 of our favourite pictures of Quin from the last12 months.

Wild west cowboy party - wooden pallet photo boards

Wooden pallet photo boards

The saw horse horses were made from ikea table legs we don’t need anymore and bits of wood I had in the shed. They took about 10 minutes to make and we’re sure every kid played with them during the party.

Wild west cowboy party - sawhorse horses

The roping ring – sawhorse horses

Quin’s teepee which her mummy made her a few months back came out and was as popular as ever!

Wild west cowboy party - handmade teepee

Handmade teepee

The idea for Quin’s gold mine stemmed from seeing a large magnifying glass at the shop. Add a bit of sand, a few painted rocks and some gold pans from Papa and you have a gold mine!

Wild west cowboy party - the gold mine

Quin’s very own gold mine

My lovely wife made these pool noodle ponies. Not only can kids ride them, they can hit each other and no one gets hurt, as we discovered.

Wild west cowboy party - pool noodle ponies

Pool noodle ponies

We bought 7 hay bales from a local farmer for $7 each and I made her some very rough happy birthday bunting. Once it was all set up we were ready to party!

Wild west cowboy party - happy birthday bunting and hay bales

Happy birthday bunting and hay bales

We had such a fabulous morning and we’re so grateful to have so many wonderful friends and family who made the effort to come and get dressed up. All the kids and the parents got into the games and there were no sugar-crash meltdowns – complete win!

All of Quin's friends and family having fun at her wild west birthday party

All of Quin’s friends and family having fun at her wild west birthday party

The wildest family in the West!

The wildest family in the West!

Wishing our beautiful girl a very happy first birthday

Wishing our beautiful girl a very happy first birthday

Quin's wild west cowboy party -Blowing out the candle

Blowing out the candle

Quin's wild west cowboy party - Polly Blowing out the candle

Polly’sbirthday is just a couple of days after Quin’s so we sung happy birthday to her too

Quin playing in the gold mine with little Huxley

Quin playing in the gold mine with little Huxley

Quin's wild west cowboy party - photo pallet board

Quinks looking back over the last 12 months

Quin's wild west cowboy party - saw horse horses

Quin’s great-grandma getting her roping on!

wild west Cowboy party - baby basketball hoop

Grandma showing off her ball skills

Quin's wild west cowboy party - little cowboy

One of the cutest cowboys – little Rian

Quin's wild west cowboy party - cowboy and cactus family

Polly came as a cactus!

Quin's wild west cowboy party - baby cowboy

Nathan was the smallest cowboy in town that day

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Quin and her gorgeous mummy

wild west Cowboy party - gay dads

Our fave dads – Michael and Jared with Elijah and Huxley

wboy party - pass the parcel

All the kids loved pass the parcel, especially the birthday girl

wboy party - pass the parcel gay dads

Little Eli looking rad in dad’s glasses

wild west Cowboy party - sharing animal crackers

Quin shared all her food with me

wild west Cowboy party - carrying the pool noodle pony

I think Quin loves the pool noodle pony because she can pick it up

wild west Cowboy party - chalk board

Creating art, saying ‘howdy’ to her friends

wild west Cowboy party - baby trampoline

We finished off her big day with the trampoline – she thinks she can jump so high!

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4 thoughts on “Quin’s Wild West 1st Birthday

  1. Words cannot describe how amazing this is. I am so jealous – I would be all over that sand pit.

    Happy Birthday Quin. Hope you had a wonderful day! Hope you girls had a great day, too.

    x

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