With Madeline and Will's birthday's just two weeks apart (even though I was due BEFORE her birthday, remember? Longest two weeks of my life) we decided to combine birthdays and have one big shebang this year. I've discovered that I just love planning parties, and since this was my only chance for the year to throw and fun, themed birthday party, I really got into it.
Hats, stick horses and badges for all the kids!
My sister Kelly helped me assemble the cake - to be totally honest, when I was mixing all that fondant, I had SERIOUS doubts that there was even going to be a cake, so I was really pleased that it turned out just like I envisioned! Maddie's eyes seriously turned into saucers when she saw it, so...mission accomplished!
Will got his own little smash cake, which he dug right into!
We had such a fun time - and I'm only a little sad I don't get to plan another party until next year! :)
Notes: Oriental Trading company has a ton of great party supplies for cheap! That's where I found the hats, the bandanas for decorating (they wouldn't have worked for the horses, they are just a super thin poly), the cowboy cut-out for "pin the badge on the sheriff" and the sheriff badges. I made the bandana stick horses with supplies from Hobby Lobby - $1 bandanas, $1 dowel rods, felt ears and eyes - total cost per horse? $2.50. Can't beat that. I took some basic pictures, so I can post a tutorial if anyone is interested. Super easy. UPDATE: Stick horse tutorial can be found here: http://meandmadeline.blogspot.com/2012/07/bandana-stick-horse-tutorial.html The fabric for the kids outfits (even the plain white tshirts) came from Hobby Lobby.