a child's party, depending on the participants' ages, try the following games:
Gold Rush - Purchase gold wrapped chocolate coins and hide them around the
party room or out in the yard if that's where you're holding the party. Give
each child a gold mining pan (aluminum pie pan) to hold their "loot" and send
them on a search for lost gold! Each child gets to keep their loot.
Stick horse races - Buy 2 stick horses and divide your party guests into 2
teams. Set up an obstacle course or barrel racing course and have the kids run
the course, return to their team and hand off the stick horse to the next team
member in line.
Brand the Calf - Draw a picture of a calf on a poster board. Mark an X on
the calf's hindquarters. Cut "brands" out of construction paper, using the
guest's initials for inspiration. Blindfold each child, spin him around, and
then have him pin his brand on the calf. The child who comes closest to the X on
the calf wins. Or you can substitute Pin the Tail on the Horse instead.
Pinata in the shape of a horse or a boot.
a rope tying contest with licorice or real ropes.
For an Adult's Western Party, try these games:
Divide guests into teams and give them a bandana, each team has to write down
uses for the bandana, the team with the most uses, wins!
Play Cowboy Trivia
names of TV cowboys, their horses' names, ranch names, (like the Ponderosa),
famous cowboy quotes, write each on a slip of paper, and guests have to draw and
answer each trivia questions. Or divide into teams and let the teams come up
with the answers.
a square dance
a hay bale standing on end
colorful cowboy print bandana to hold whatever treats or party favors you will
be giving to the kids.