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Western Party Ideas - Western Food & Cake Ideas

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Western Food & Cake Ideas

Nothing says a western hoe down better than barbecue!  Barbecue pork ribs, spareribs, chicken or steaks to satisfy those hungry cowboy appetites....the perfect chow.


Here are some other suggestions:

For kids – hot-dogs, baked beans, potato salad, corn on the cob, and chips. Simple and easy! For adults – big bowls of chili, cornbread, cole slaw or salad.

Serve up Trail Mix a concoction of breakfast cereals, mini pretzels, M&Ms, chocolate chips, raisins, dried fruits and nuts, Boston Baked Beans, and Rattle Snake Eggs (jelly beans), Golden Nuggets, beef jerky, and Crunchy Critters in baskets – or simple tie a Bandanas around baskets for a cute Western touch.

Serving ideas:

Make your party more Eco-friendly by using regular dinner plates, flatware and glasses, even if the party is outdoors. It's more cost efficient, creates less trash at the same time, and your table is prettier.

Fill different sized glasses (goblets, tumblers, wine) or glass bowls with dried split peas, lentils and beans, set on top of up-side-down terra cotta planters of different sizes. Beans can all be one kind/color or layer the beans for a unique look. Place a candle inside (soy & beeswax are more Eco-friendly).

Place silverware into mason jars. Mason jars also work well for holding votive candles, celery sticks, pickle slices, carrot sticks and etc.

Turn bushel baskets on there side and let chips spill out. Cover baskets with twinkle lights. Rent a cactus from a prop shop or place an inflatable cactus on the table.

Bake bread in small terra cotta pots lined with foil and place the pots around the tables (on wooden tongue depressors, write the name of the bread and stick it down into the loaf), sprinkle loaves with herbs and coarse salt.

Turn medium and large terra cotta planters up-side-down and use as risers to elevate foods on the tables to different heights. For a decorative accent anywhere, just stack 5 or 6 small terra cotta pots and turn them up-side-down on the table.

Sapling trees make great favors and can be used as centerpieces prior to giving to guests. Just cover the pot they are in with burlap fabric and tie with raffia or jute. At the end of the night the person sitting at the table with the closest birthday to your event date, gets to take the tree home and plant it.

Place small bowl in the inside of an upside down Cowboy Hats. Fill it with salsa and add chips. Do several of these with different degrees of "hot".

Pour Sarsaparilla (root beer)  and other drinks into Light Up Mugs or Boot Mugs to keep your cowpokes replenished.

Ice beer down in galvanized tubs or cover a keg with a barrel.

Cake Ideas:

Cowboy Boot Cake (Use a rectangular pan. Cool cake completely after baking. Use a toothpick to draw the outline of a boot on the cake. Cut cake from your outline and frost.

A guitar cake sets the tone for fun at your party! Especially good for those singing cowboys.

Horseshoe Cake

Bake cakes a day or so ahead; store, covered. Or bake cakes a week ahead; freezer-wrap; freeze.


2 pkg. of favorite cake mix
2 pkg. or cans of favorite frosting
2- 9 inch round cake pans
1- 10" x 6" x 2" oblong cake pan,
(craft stores carry horseshoe shaped pans.)
cowboy & Indian figures
birthday candles

1. Prepare and bake 1 pkg. favorite cake mix as label directs, making 2 - 9-inch round layers. Cool as directed.

2. Start heating oven to 350 degrees F. Grease well a 10" x 6" x 2" pan. Prepare second package of cake mix as label directs; turn into pan. Bake about 35 minutes, or until cake tester, inserted in center, comes out clean. Cool as directed.

3. The evening before the party, from center of 1 - 9" round layer, cut, remove and reserve 3-inch circle. Then cut layer in half and place one half on top of the other with frosting, as filling. (Save second layer for a later dessert).

4. Place a 14-inch x 12-inch cake board or foil-covered cardboard so short end faces you. On it set filled layer, rounded side at end of board away from you. Set oblong cake on board, long side against cut sides of layers. Glue with frosting.

5. Starting at ends of inner arc of layer, with knife, cut down through oblong cake to form horseshoe shape. Remove center piece of cake from oblong for a later dessert.

6. Now, where inner arc of layer joins oblong cake, whittle off some cake to widen arc. Also, whittle cake into horseshoe shape 2" up from both ends.

7. Cut reserved 3" circle of cake in half vertically. Set on half on top of other, with frosting between; halve vertically. With frosting, glue straight cut side of each half to outside of each end of horseshoe forming straight line to bottom.

8. Use frosting, to frost cake, keeping horseshoe shape. Refrigerate.

9. Day of party, set cowboy & Indian figures, and candles on and around cake.






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