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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Cowboy Birthday Party Extravaganza!

I was looking through my old computer files, trying to get organized (ha) and just had to share my Cowboy Birthday Party from a few years back! This was really a great party, and I think I had more fun making all the invitations and favors than the kids actually had!

cowboy birthday party invitation visualSo let's get started with the invitation. Here is how it will look when it's finished. The cowboy is actually a paperdoll magnet that attaches to the invitation. I still see them on friend's refrigerators, and it's been 5 years since the party!
printable cowboy birthday party invitation without paperdoll
Click on the invitation to the right, and you will be taken to photobucket, where you can print out the card. Use 5.5x4.25 cardstock (half of a letter-sized sheet). This is the outside of the card.

cowboy paper doll magnetThen print the cowboy on magnet paper or cardstock and cut out. If you used cardstock, glue a magnet to his back. Also glue one on the card, then attach the doll. (I used a sizzix machine to cut out the paperdoll and clothes. Then I glued rope to his hand.)

If you want an even easier way to do it, print out this next card instead. printable cowboy birthday party invitationIt has the cowboy on it already. It won't be 3D looking, but it will still look great!

cowboy birthday party invitation insideOk, now for the inside of the card. Before printing, save it to your computer and open it in some kind of a print program (I use PAINT SHOP PRO PHOTO X2) and add the personalization information. The blank blue box can be for any additional information (I used it to say to bring back the permission form to the riding stable). Then take the card, and feed it into your printer according to your printer's instructions for printing the back side. Now you have the Birthday Invitation finished!! Printable cowgirl birthday party envelope

printable cowboy birthday party envelopeYou can mail them in plain invitation sized envelopes, or print the envelopes as well. Just choose the cowgirl or the cowboy, save to your computer, and take it to your print program. Add the name inside the lasso, and of course the address. Print out according to your printer's instuctions for envelope printing.

But wait! There's more... We haven't covered party favors and thank-you notes yet, so Stay tuned for Part 2!

Please feel free to ask questions or comment below. I will answer:)

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  1. Those are really cute! I liked the idea that you made the cowboy a magnet, so it can be used.

  2. Well, I figured if I was going to work that hard on an invitation, at least this way they might keep part of it at least!!

  3. So cute! Have you heard of our charity Spirit Jump? We send gifts/cards to people battling cancer in hopes of putting a smile on their faces. I bet some kids would love a cowboy magnet. Stop by and check us out maybe you would like to join

    We are also having a raffle $2 donation for a ticket and the prizes are GREAT, George Foreman Grill and some really cool water bottles.

    Stop by and check us out