wild west inspired sweets

wild-west-cowboy-cakes

So I’m planning a wild west hoe down for a very excited little boy turning three in a few weeks {can’t believe my little one is almost three years old!} and I came across these while looking for cake inspiration.

The first is from Edibly Divine. I love the use of the handkerchief and denim. The second is from Sugar Diva Cakes and my favorite part is the cow hide {I won’t even attempt the cowboy hat}. And the third is from The Mixing Bowl. These are obviously the easiest to pull off since I have cookie cutters (available in our shoppe) for the longhorn cattle and the boot. I like the idea of a normal yummy frosting and then a fondant die cut that can easily be removed if the guest doesn’t care for it.

If you want to see the invite and table decor (complete with tin wares and denim placemats) we’ll be using, check out our wild west birthday theme.

UPDATE: The Sugar Diva shared more detail on how to make her beautiful cake. Here’s what she had to say:

“The hat cake is a 5″ round, 3″ high. I carved off the sides a little to make it look more oval, then I carved the middle top “V” and rounded the sides off a little too. The brim is a 9″ gumpaste/fondant mix circle that I had dry on top of a real hat brim (upside down). I covered the hat with plastic wrap so that the fondant wouldn’t fall through and let it dry there. I actually took the idea from here, but I made my own twist to it because I think that one is taller and flatter at the top than I wanted. I textured it before it dried with a new textured foam mat, like the one you’d use to put babies to play on, the ones with the letters. The other cakes are 8″ (Cow print) and 10″ (Corral).”

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cowboy boot birthday cake

cowboybookcake_parentsIf you’re planning a roundup of your favorite cowboy buckaroos, this cake from Parents.com is the perfect cake for you… plus it is a cool addition to our wild west cowboy birthday party theme.

Here’s all you’ll need:

  • 1  box (18.25 ounces) yellow or devil’s food cake mix
  • 1  can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
  • 1  can (16 ounces) caramel frosting
  • Red food coloring
  • Boot cake template (will have to sign up on Parents.com)
  • Boot piping template (will have to sign up on Parents.com) 

And here are the simple steps:

  1. Grease and flour a 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Using the pound-cake variation on the side of the box (add instant pudding and 1 extra egg), prepare the cake mix according to the package directions. Bake and let cake cool completely.
  2. To make the boot, print out the boot template. Place it on top of cake, angling so that the template fits. Using a food-coloring marker, draw the outline of the boot pieces on the cake, and cut out pieces with knife. {Love the tip about the food coloring marker!}
  3. Spoon 1/2 cup vanilla frosting into a freezer-weight resealable plastic bag, and snip off a small corner. Tint remaining vanilla frosting red. On a serving platter, attach cake pieces together with red frosting to make shape of boot. Cover entire boot with a thin crumb coat of red frosting. Once dry, apply a thicker coat and freeze the cake for one hour.
  4. Next, frost the heel, toe, sole, and top of the boot with caramel frosting. Place 1/4 cup caramel frosting in freezer-weight resealable plastic bag, and snip off small corner. Pipe a line down the center of the boot.
  5. Print out the piping template. Cut it out and place it on the boot, tracing the outline with a toothpick. Flip the template and repeat on other side of boot to create mirror image. Pipe white frosting over scored outline for stitching. Pipe white lines around edges of caramel top and toe of boot.

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stick pony favor

stickponyThis might be my favorite craft of recent months. While I was creating these, my boys were so excited they kept trying to sneak them from my craft table, which of course tells me that these fun stick ponies will be a great favor at any Wild West Cowboy bash. Here’s a list of what you’ll need:

  • ½ yard of brown felt
  • 2 precut felt squares of complementary color
  • ¼ yard of batting
  • 2 large buttons
  • Ribbon
  • ¾ inch dowel
  • Fabric glue
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Stick pony template (head, nose, neck); NOTE: Print each on 8 1/2 x 11 paper and piece together

And here are the super simple steps:

  1. Using the template (all three pieces), cut two shapes out of the brown felt and one out of the batting. (You’ll need to trim your batting about another ½ inch all the way around so that it easily tucks into your pony silhouette.)
  2. Determine where you want your button eyes and stitch them into place on both sides.
  3. To create the mane, use the curve of the pony’s head/neck as a guide and lay the precut felt square along the back of the pony’s neck so that it overlaps about an inch. This part of the felt will be tucked into the pony silhouette. Take your scissors and cut (shorter at the top and longer at the bottom) off a half moon shape on the right of the felt square.  (You may have to trim the bottom off a bit more for the mane to end at the neck.) This should leave the shape of a pony’s mane. Now, cut thin strips, to resemble hair, all the way up the felt.
  4. For the top of the mane, use roughly a quarter of the second square of felt and lay it over the ears and forehead. Trim the felt in a curving motion allowing the mane on top of the pony’s head to be longer and to gradually get shorter on the forehead. Again, cut thin strips to resemble hair.
  5. To assemble the pony, tack the batting to one side of the pony with fabric glue and then tack the mane pieces into place. For the final pony silhouette, use a solid stream of glue around all edges except roughly an inch in the bottom where your dowel will be inserted. (TIP: If you get glue on the felt or if it spills over the edges, let it dry and then snip it off with your scissors.)
  6. For the bridal, select a thick ribbon and cut two pieces. One to go the length of the nose to the bottom of the neck and the second over the head between the ears. Apply the ribbon by tacking it into place with fabric glue.

Visit our shoppe to see all of our wild west decor including our custom invitation, complete with Texas Longhorns! And we would love to see your creativity. Please share with us at  ideas@celebrationshoppe.com. Happy crafting!

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wild west loot favor

Cowboy goody bagCowboys and girls will happily ride off into the sunset with these loot-filled goody bags and you’ll love how easy they are to make. Here’s what you need:

Cut out the template and trace the dollar-sign onto your brown lunch bag (about an inch-and-a-half from the bottom). Fill the outline in with the black Sharpie and fill each bag with treats. Then simply gather the bag at the top, tie on the twine and attach the Sherriff badge (they usually have clips on the back) and you’re done.

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Texas Longhorn cookies

Texas Longhorn cowboy cookiesFor your next Wild West hoedown, stock your chuck wagon with these fun Texas Longhorn, sheriff badge and cowboy boot cookies. Not only are they cute, but they’re a very economical way to decorate and pull your theme into your table. Plus, they can be a delicious goody bag surprise. Visit my post on flooding cookies for tips on how to pull off this icing. It’s much easier than you might think, especially with the right instruction. {wink}

You can find these cookie cutters, along with our Wild West invitations and décor in our shoppe.

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cowboy’s (saw) horse

Cowboy Sawhorse EntranceWe love this idea so much (and again from mommawants1more on flickr; yes, I’m a fan) that I’ll likely use it for my own son’s birthday this summer. We firmly believe that fun invitations are the beginning to getting your guests excited about attending your bash (see our wild west invites and decor), but don’t stop there. This extra fun idea gets the kids excited as soon as they arrive. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Lumber
  • Sawhorse joints
  • Black paint
  • Bandanas
  • Straw or cowboy hats
  • Hula skirt/long straw
  • Hay/straw cubes
  • Letter template

And here are a few easy steps:

1.       Break out the hammer and create a standard sawhorse using joints. Then add a head as shown in the image, rounding the ends like nostrils.

2.       Paint signs using a letter template. These say “Fixin’s” and “Saloon.”

3.       Using a grass hula skirt, hot glue a tail on your horses and trim another short for the mane.

4.       Attach your signs to a piece of lumber and hammer into the ground using the hay to secure it into place.

5.       Finally add the bandanas and hats to your horses and your entry way is complete.

We love to see and share fun ideas. Please share by posting a comment or sending an e-mail to customercare@celebrationshoppe.com if you have images. (By submitting you’re giving us approval to share with our readers, and of course giving you credit.)

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buckaroo photo op

Cowboy cutoutA fun craft for any child birthday is to create a character photo op. We made this one for our cowboy birthday party so that the children could stand behind it and wear the cowboy hat. All you need is:

  • 48″ dowel, ¾ inch in diameter (available at the hardware store)
  • Two wire ties
  • Hot glue
  • Razor/box cutter
  • Sheet of craft board
  • Western shirt, jeans and vest
  • Plastic sheriff badge
  • Cowboy hat
  • Rope for belt
  • Bandana

Have your child lie down on the craft board and draw an outline of him/her. (You’ll notice that our cowboy is a little bowlegged and has one arm raised). Cut the board out using the razor and then poke holes in the center of the chest and at the belt level. Insert your wire ties and secure the cutout to the dowel. Now dress your cutout and secure the clothing with hot glue if necessary. (Tip: We used an old shirt and jeans and cut them to fit the child size.) Pin on your sheriff badge, insert the dowel in the ground (in front of a hay bale if you have one) and set the cowboy hat on top. The kids will have a great time and you’ll get fun pictures for your scrapbook.

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