Last week I received this message via Twitter: @hostitnotes any ideas for an urban cowgirl bridal shower? Reader Krista B wants something chic and country with a modern city feel to celebrate her sister's pending nuptials.
Thanks for writing in, Krista, and congratulations to your sister! When it comes to a party with a country theme, you can always go the "bandana-as-napkin" look with cowboy hats galore, but what you end up wtih may be more dusty western than the modern, chic look you're going for (not that I don't love the occasional bandana napkin). Here are a few ideas to help you achieve a look you'll love.
Top a table with a back tablecloth and a faux cow skin rug for a lot of look. For my money I'd opt for a brown and white cow skin rather than black and white spotted. If you're setting the table for dining, tie a strip of leather around cloth napkins to place at each setting, attaching a cute tag or a small horseshoe with a name card.
I love mason jars for country and western parties, but to keep things modern I'd set up a traditional cocktail serving station with bar and martini glasses. A whiskey and bourbon bar is perfect for cowgirls, or consider a specialty cocktail. Save the mason jars for decoration. In fact, here's a great tutorial for making your own mason jar chandelier. Emulate this on a smaller scale for some awesome party lighting. Or keep it easy and just put candles in jars around the room. Another fun lighting option would be a western lantern or two—perfect for an evening event. Floral arrangements can be displayed in cowboy boots (slide a tall thin vase into the boot first), or wind sisal rope around a glass vase for that just-lassooed look. Or skip flowers all together, and opt for a clean-cut cactus look.
If you want to go the extra mile, find inexpensive horseshoe charm necklaces to give as favors or for the bride and bridesmaids. For more inspiration check out this beautiful cowboy rehearsal dinner and this western camping trip bachelorette party. A few other links to jump-start your planning: Cowgirl Cookies; a cute kids party with fun touches that inspire; more fun lighting. Best of luck with your upcoming party—and be sure to send pictures!
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