Once you've decided on the theme, decor, and vittles, and you've rounded up the entertainment for your Western-themed party, it's time to send the invites.The invitation will be the first impression your guests have of your party, so seize the opportunity to set the tone for what they can look forward to. Consider also the ages of the guests. Invitations to a child's birthday party might mention a pie-eating or watermelon seed spittin' contest where an invitation for a more grownup shindig might mention a saloon-style bar and dancing. Guests of all ages will enjoy clever invitations that play on Old West icons such as cowboy hats, gingham, campfire cooking, boots and bandannas.
Making the Proper Invite
Create an introduction that introduces the party's theme. Open with a "Yeehaw" or "Howdy, pod'ner." If possible, use an Old West-style typeface, reminiscent of those used on handbills or wanted posters. Place the wording over an Old West background, such as a bandanna or wood-grain. Describe the party you are hosting as a "roundup," "hoedown" or a "grand ol' time." These clues will give your guests an idea of what they can expect from the event.
Roundup the Details
The heart of the invitation will include the time, date and location of the event; use Western speak for this part of the invitation as well. For example, instead of saying “The party will begin at 12 p.m. at Mr. and Mrs. Jones’ home,” write, “Mosey on down to the Jones' corral at high noon.” Ask guests to “saddle up” instead of arrive at a certain location. Instead of asking guests to RSVP, tell them to "Give me a holler.”
Offer a Grand Time
Another idea for a Western-themed party invitation is to format it in the style of an Old West wanted poster. Write in large, capital letters on the front of the invitation: “WANTED ALIVE: You at the Party!” Use a Western-style typeface or one that looks like it's written in with a rope. Offer a reward for those who show up in their Western duds.
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