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Wild, Wild West! Cowboy Birthday Party

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It’s awesome how Nicole of Million Dollar $mile Celebrations really brings out the FUN in party planning! She acted as “deputy” for her nephew’s Western Cowboy Party & helped pull out the dynamite ;) for a “western train robbery themed day” in the 1880’s Old West Adventure Town of Rawhide. The dessert table even depicts an entire “Wild West” town with “general store” cookies, fondant cacti, “Boot Hill”, and more incredible details that you will just have to see for yourself!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Clever desserts like edible “tumbleweeds” with butterscotch and wonton noodles
– A train bridge rigged with licorice and fondant dynamite
– Cowboy hats, sheriff badges, conductor caps, red bandana & more dress up props!
– Denim pockets stuffed with utensils + money bag juice boxes

indian tee pee ice cream cones

all aboard train whistles

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wild west outlaw outfits

cowboy hats and sheriff badges

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conductor hats and watches

party costume props


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Nicole

I had the pleasure of helping bring my identical twin sister’s ideas to life for her son’s Wild West Train Robbery Party.  Can you believe she made us set up a real model train on the dessert table?  Anyway, Tonia had some amazing ideas and I was so proud to be her deputy on this wild train ride.


What happens when a you mix the bad guys… the good guys… the Wild West… and a three-year-old birthday boy that loves trains? A Western Train Robbery Party!  Drake is a rough-n-tumble boy with a zest for action and adventure.  His love for locomotives and his hometown of Chandler, Arizona collided for the wildest and most dangerous party this side of the Rocky Mountains. My identical twin sister, Tonia, also known as the ‘Sheriff’ had some of the most delightful and down-right dangerous ideas for this party… including a whopping 30 minute set-up and a real, functioning train circling the dessert table.  Thanks to About Love Photography for capturing outlaw in action!


Our train rolled into an Old West adventure town called Rawhide.  We moasied down the deserted dirt streets and into a reserved party area.  Rawhide provides the most charming air-conditioned, school house that we transformed into the ‘Bank of Drake’, complete with a banner and wanted posters, money bags, and a sheriff badge door wreath.  We added a splash of teal and red bandanas around the party area and added some fun cowkid-friendly toys and props of the existing play areas.  We topped the picnic benches with grain filled boots, chocolate coin filled train cars, and framed stories of authentic and famous train robberies in history.  Denim pockets stuffed with utensils lined the tables alongside with money-bag juice boxes.  The cowboys and cowgals had to locate their seat by identifying the personal brand placed on the pocket using their initials.


After a cowboy feast cooked up by the folks at Rawhide, guests found tempting treats on top the wide open plains of Drake’s dessert table.  From a water-tower cake to a train bridge rigged with licorice and fondant dynamite, the table set the scene for a sweets robbery to go down in the history books.  Casey’s Confections recreated a Wild West town and ranch with intricately decorated cookie buildings, cattle and horses.  But, she didn’t stop there.  Casey baked up the Boot Hill brownie bites, a tee-pee village, and Drake’s water tower cake.  Brittany from Edible Details topped cupcakes baked at Sweet Daddy Cupcakes with the most tiny and terrific fondant details.  Don’t you just want to press that dynamite box on the bridge or sit and listen to cowboy song in the Outlaw Camp?? Watch out… the tiny little rattlesnake might be adorably dainty, but he’s deadly delicious.  And… check out the mini boots set on the graves at Boot Hill.  Cake Pop My Heart created money bag cake pops and realistic haystack cake treats.  Give me all your cake pops and no one gets hurt!  The Marshmallow Studio created barrel and Saguaro cacti (that’s plural cactus for you non-dessert dwellers) that we placed into tiny terracotta vases.  We added some bubblegum gold, rock candy diamonds, and chewy coal candies straight from the store to the mining scene on the table.  Grandma Dianne even created some edible tumbleweeds with butterscotch and wonton noodles.  We gathered everything from a wagon wheel, some flagstone, and cans of baked beans to give the table some unique levels.  Oh yeah, there was a train that hauled full-speed around the town, attempting to deliver the gold before the outlaws rode up and said, “Reach for the Sky”!


Who’s it going to be… The Outlaw?  If so, grab a moustache and a pistol.  The Law?  You’ll need a cowboy hat and a bandana.  Or Maybe the train conductor?  In that case, you’ll need a train hat and a pocket watch.  The cowkids had the best time picking favors and playing the roles of the party’s characters.  All decorated with hand sewn or painted # 3’s, the accessories had pretty little details for the girls and plenty of bam for the boys!  Someone sure made out and we’re pretty sure it wasn’t the train robbers!!  The best favor of all was the Tinker family’s donation from party guests to Feeding America charity.  Every $1 donated provides eight meals for hungry tummies here in the states.  Drake’s family requested monetary donations in lieu of gifts and that really was how the West was won!



– Host & Party Sherriff: Tonia Tinker
– Styling: Million Dollar $mile Celebrations
– Photography: About Love Photography
– Cookies and baked treats: Casey’s Confections
– Cake pops: Cake Pop My Heart
– Fondant toppers: Edible Details
– Marshmallow pops: The Marshmallow Studio
– Favors and décor: Oriental Trading
– Cupcakes: Sweet Daddy Cupcakes
– Party supplies: Petite Party Studio
– Venue: Rawhide

By |2018-03-06T15:33:36+00:00August 14th, 2012|Outdoor Parties|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (8) and Rylie (6). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. Katie Anderson-Keith Watson Events August 14, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    All of the details in this party are incredible! Especially love the dessert table!!

  2. Million Dollar $mile Celebrations August 14, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Thanks Partners! You sure do know how to feature a wild party! Sheriff Tonia is more excited than a miner who just struck GOLD! Thanks to all the vendors and happy birthday to cowboy Drake!

  3. Tonia "the Sheriff" August 14, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Thanks for the feature. A western train table has never tasted so good. YeeHaw!!!

  4. lyn August 15, 2012 at 3:17 am

    beautiful party… the edibles are just adorably cute! love the teepee and the outlaw camp cupcakes!

  5. MonogrammedEverything!! August 15, 2012 at 9:17 am

    LOVE this. SO cute.

  6. MrTrain.com August 15, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Thank you for using our model railroad whiskey barrels, snow fence, O gauge wooden trestle, O gauge dump bin,& O gauge water tower in your FANTASTIC birthday theme. It is great to see our hand crafted products used in a unique way!

  7. Stacy Lipps August 15, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Thank you so much for using our coffee stained $$ bags & the custom larger ones. They looked awesome, so did everything else!

  8. Tonia "the Sheriff" August 15, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    A few more resource shout outs:

    Train Accessories- MrTrain http://www.mrtrain.com
    Rope Art- Stampede Rope Art http://www.etsy.com/shop/stampederopeart
    Money Bags- Gosh That’s Posh http://www.etsy.com/shop/goshthatsposh
    Bandana Flower Bows- Two Strangers Boutique http://www.etsy.com/shoptwostrangersboutique
    Bandana Bows- Le Petite Birdie http://www.etsy.com/shop/lepetitebirdie
    Bandana Pinafore & Ruffle Diaper cover (little sister’s outfit)- Sherbet Baby http://www.etsy.com/shop/sherbetbaby

    Thanks to everyone who made this party the BEST in the WEST!!!

    • Kimberlee August 17, 2012 at 12:41 pm

      Amazing party as always!!! I love all attention to detail!

  9. artes dImaginacao August 19, 2012 at 6:36 am

    SPECTACULAR! One of the best i ever see. Congratulation.

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  11. Bethany Bergstrom Rinn October 27, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    What a fantastic party! Thank you for all the ideas & inspiration. We used your "Drake" rope name idea for our son's cowboy party, too. I even found the exact fabric as yours at Hobby Lobby. :) It was a hit! http://teamrinntx.blogspot.com/2012/10/yee-haw-isaacs-cowboy-birthday.html

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    How do you get the rope to be stiff and stay in place when you write the name out. Everything is amazing in these pictures!

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