A Texas-Size Cowgirl Birthday Party

Say “howdy” to fun at a pretty pink cowgirl party with tips from 4-year-old Finley and her mom.

When it came to planning her most recent birthday party, it wasn’t Finley Conneely’s first rodeo—it was her fourth. So it was only fitting that she have a Texas-size party to celebrate her big day. With help from event planner Claire Fowler, mom Ashley spent eight months planning the cowgirl-themed party to take place in the backyard of the Conneelys’ Preston Hollow home in Dallas.

About 80 friends and family attended the homespun hoedown, which featured plenty of pink, brown, paisley and burlap touches. After greeting the birthday girl with a hearty “Howdy, partner,” guests could accessorize their Western looks with bandannas and 10-gallon hats.

Partygoers chowed down on burgers and chicken sandwiches before digging into the  sweet eats: “tumbleweeds” (cotton candy), “hay bales” (crisped-rice treats), custom sugar cookies, chocolate cake pops and a red velvet and chocolate cake. The three-tier cowgirl confection was decorated in pink paisley with fondant lasso rope details and topped with a cowgirl hat and a gilded (edible!) belt buckle emblazoned with the birthday girl’s name.

Finley and her friends galloped around the party and had their faces painted, tried to rope steer (by tossing a hula hoop onto a pink steer attached to a hay bale) and took turns riding a pony from Cathy’s Critters. Ashley says Finley couldn’t get enough of her hands-on experience behind the reins as a real cowgirl. Before heading home, the 40 kids giddied up to the “Hitching Post” to grab their stick-pony party favors.