Cowboy Party

Danyelle Mathews, from Pasco, Washington, threw one heck of a rodeo for her son Owen's sixth birthday.

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Saddle Up

Danyelle Mathews

Saddle Up

Each kid (that's Owen in the left) got a homemade horse, cowboy hat, sheriff's badge, and bandanna.

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Bandanna Bonanza

Danyelle Mathews

Bandanna Bonanza

It's so easy (and cheap) to make a garland with knotted bandanas.

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Cowboy Cake

Danyelle Mathews

Cowboy Cake

Danyelle's sister-in-law, Alicia, whipped up this cowboy boot-shaped dessert for the occasion.

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Rodeo Roundup Boot Cake

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Western Wardrobe

Danyelle Mathews

Western Wardrobe

When the kids arrived, they each got to wear their own hat, bandana, and sheriff's badge.

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Boot Loot

Danyelle Mathews

Boot Loot

Each kid got a homemade bag to collect the pinata candy. Danyelle replaced the basic drawstring of a cotton bag with twine and used Heat n' Bond (5-yard roll, $6.50), an iron-on adhesive, to create bandanna decals.

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Bottoms Up

Danyelle Mathews

Bottoms Up

After racing around, the kids needed an appropriate refreshment -- root beer!

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Chow Down

Danyelle Mathews

Chow Down

Along with the pinata candy, guests took home bags of trail mix sealed with a homemade sticker.

Originally published in the July 2011 issue of Parents magazine.

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