How to Decorate for a Saloon Party

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There is nothing more festive than a party with a well-done theme. If you're planning a saloon party, you're going to want decorations that add to the celebratory mood and help to re-construct a bit of the Wild West. Here are some guidelines to help you create an atmosphere that assures you won't have any strays from your herd of friends.

Things You'll Need

  • Burnt wood saloon sign
  • Cactus or cowboy boot lights
  • Wall murals (see Resources)
  • Parchment paper
  • Drawing charcoal
  • Paper punch
  • Cardboard
  • Black poster paint
  • Swinging door curtains
  • Paisley bandannas
  • Cow print balloons
  • Small helium tank
  • Curling ribbon
  • Cowboy boot candle
  • Glue
  • Gold glitter
  • Old saddle
  • Bale of straw
  • Clothesline
  • Cowboy boot mugs or Mason jar mugs
  • Welcome your guests and let them know they are at the right place by decorating the entrance. Buy or make a burnt wood sign bearing the name of your saloon to hang above or on the door to your home. Run cactus or cowboy boot lights around the doorway.

  • Cover the walls with murals (see Resources). Paper murals can be used to replicate the interior of a Wild West saloon by temporarily attaching them to the surface of your walls. When the party is over, they are easily removed and can be stored for future use.

  • Create comical "Wanted Dead or Alive" posters of expected party guests using Photoshop or by sketching on parchment paper. Use a paper punch and smudged charcoal to create burnt edges and bullet holes.

  • Make cowboy cut-outs on large pieces of cardboard. Paint them black and place the silhouettes around the room--leaning against the wall, slouching near the doorway or even peering in the window.

  • Hang swinging saloon door curtains over the bathroom door and add an outhouse sign.

  • Fold bandannas diagonally, creating triangles. Tie them together, end to end, to make a colorful, saloon-themed garland.

  • Place a bandanna in the center of the table. Inflate a dozen cow print balloons and tie them together with curling ribbon. Anchor the ribbons with a cowboy boot or cactus candle.

  • Make shimmering horseshoes from cardboard, glue and gold glitter to hang from the ceiling.

  • Borrow a saddle and place it over a bale of straw and hang a plastic six shooter in a holster over the saddle horn.

  • Use clothes line to create lassos to hang along the walls.

  • Serve drinks and small snacks (like peanuts) in cowboy boot mugs or Mason jar mugs that your guests can take home as party favors

Tips & Warnings

  • Have an ample supply of cowboy hats and bandannas on hand for guests who arrive out of costume.

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