Games to Play at a Western Party

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Practice lassoing skills at a western-themed party.
Practice lassoing skills at a western-themed party. (Image: waiting to compete. image by Jim Parkin from Fotolia.com)

For an adult or a child who is wild about the Wild West, a western-themed party will be sure to please him. From lassoing to tin-can shoot-outs, incorporate activities that call to mind the culture of the American West. Your western party will entertain cowgirls and cowboys of all ages.

Lasso Toss

Kids and adults alike will enjoy a game of lasso toss. Tie a rope into a large circle. Place a piece of duct tape on the ground to indicate where players should stand when throwing their lasso. For adults, place a chair 15 feet away from the standing point; for children, place a chair 5 feet away from the standing point. Players stand on the duct tape and throw the lasso, trying to make it land around the back of a chair. The player who ropes the chair the most times wins the game.

Target Practice

Cowboys practice their aims on tin cans in this game. Place three tin cans in a row on a bench or table. Adult cowboys stand 10 feet away from the cans, and kid cowboys stand 5 feet away. Provide players with three bean bags. Give each player five turns to throw the three bean bags at the tin cans. One point is awarded for each can that is knocked over. Whoever earns the most points is the winner of the game.

Pin the Shoe on the Horse

This game is for the young and the young-at-heart. On a large piece of poster board, draw a picture of a horse's leg--a rudimentary drawing will do. Also from poster board, cut out horseshoe shapes, place a piece of tape on the back of each one, and give one to each person. One at a time, the player's eyes are covered with a bandanna. Party-goers are spun in three circles and pointed toward the image of the horse's leg. The person who places her horseshoe closest to the foot of the horse is the winner.

Pan for Gold

Pan for gold, just like the cowgirls of the Wild West. Fill a kiddie pool with sand, water and fake gold coins. Provide each person with a pail and a strainer. On your mark, players sift through the water and sand, searching for pieces of gold. Allot two minutes for the gold search. Blow a whistle or ring a bell to indicate the end of the search. Players count their pieces of gold, and the one with the most gold wins.

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