Azia is turning eight and has been excited for months about her cowgirl birthday. Not sure why she decide she wanted the Western party, since she's never really been into the horses and things before, but she was pretty certain for the past month or so about what kind of party she wanted.
My theory about the cowgirl party idea was that it was a ploy to get some awesome cowboy boots. She's been wanting some for awhile. And I suppose it all worked out for her...the new boots arrived a few hours before her party. Just in time to pick out a party outfit--cause all cowgirls wear their boots with camo leggings and fluffy pink skirts, right?
We did make 10-12 invitations the night before we left for Seattle (because making them is one of Azia's favorite parts of the party planning) but neither of us are so good with the actual getting them out to people or inviting people at all. So, she brought a handful and a sharpie to basketball camp and her friends who were there got one. Then, she gave them to a few family people at Maysa's party that evening. I think we still have some sitting on the counter.
We had her party and Mom & Dad's since they have such a much better yard and Gwen's horses, so we made a little banner to go at the end of the driveway so any of her friends who hadn't been there before could find the party.
We started getting everything ready 3-4 hours before the party, but the 11 kids we had helping out were surprising unproductive. Okay, not really surprisingly, since a gang of children under 12 isn't usually the best work crew.
There was cowboy attire for everyone. Some of the smaller cowpokes needed a little help with all the knots and pins and things.
Lex helping himself to some strawberry lemonade.
Kanana doesn't quite ride by herself yet, but she likes the horses.
Coming back up from the rope swing.
Lex didn't want to come back up. Probably because he wasn't supposed to be there in the first place.
Dad was in charge of the face painting. He was so popular we probably should've had about 3 face painting stations. Mom jumped & and helped him so I think they were able to get all the kids painted who wanted to be--probably at least a couple dozen.
Against Eldon. They won. He plans to train and then challenge them to a rematch.
Lettie and Ahni at the horseshoes game. I think that's the horseshoe sign. Our sign makers were ages 2-8. Some signs were more readable than others.
Kids picking out their trusty steeds to do some barrel racing.
Everyone watching Azia's birthday movie:
Luckily Michael was around since I forget to set up the projector & speakers and screen outside. He got everything ready to go while the kids were playing games.
Paisley & Lettie off on an adventure.
Cowgirls choosing their desserts.
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