Round up your posse for a Western-style Post-Prom! You’ll find everything you need to turn your location into the Wild West with our line of decorations and theme kits. Start your planning by visiting our Western section and checking out our fun and festive tips below!
You can never have enough hay bales for a Western party! Place the hay bales outside at the entrance where the guests will arrive and also place several surrounding the entire area where the party will be held. Remember that more IS better when it comes to this basic decoration! Here are some more ideas:
• Place cowboy hats around the room for accent pieces.
• Attach a large Desert Evening Mural to the wall to give the feel of the Wild West.
• Create “Wanted Posters” of some of your students and give them crazy outlaw names like Rob Few or Outlaw Jessie Wails!
• Rope off sections with “lasso” ropes.
• If you can get a hold of some leather saddles, these look especially cute sitting around and on top of the hay bales.
• Another way to create a great entrance is by using our OK Coral Entrance for your guests to walk through. Be sure to separate some hay and have it lying loose on the ground for them to walk on!
• Find some old rodeo pictures of horses bucking up. Enlarge the images so that you can trace them onto black paper. Cut out the images like silhouettes and place them on your walls in groups of two or three.
• Outline the walkway or room with a Split Rail Fence and hang some leather riding equipment and ropes from it.
• Don’t forget to hang signs on the bathroom doors that read “Cowboys” and “Cowgirls”!
• We offer a variety of cactus decorations that would really add some Western atmosphere! Even just one or two would make a great backdrop for some country Western tintypes (old fashioned picture takin’, partner!)
Start by covering the tables with red and white checkered gingham. These easy-to-use table covers set the Western mood. Complete the setting with gingham plates and cups/stadium cups or select plain red or plain white tableware. For centerpieces, here are several options:
• Tie helium inflated cow balloons with red, white or black curling ribbon. Anchor the balloons to the table by tying them to mini straw bales, bandannas with sand tied inside or weighted cowboy hats. (Make sure the balloons float above eye level so students can talk across the table.)
• Select a tissue centerpiece such as the cowboy boot honeycomb centerpiece, the Western Boot Centerpiece, or the oil lamp centerpiece. All are affordable and easy to assemble. These can also be given as prizes during the party.
• Another option is to pile cowboy hats (about three) in the center of the table and surround them with mini straw bales.
• If you select a fresh flower option for your centerpiece, sprinkle Wild West confetti, cactus confetti or chili pepper confetti around the flowers.
• Place a small boot candle in front of each place setting with a place card leaning against it. Create a Western name for each student, e.g. Wild Bill, Rodeo Jack, Ropin’ Samantha – be creative.
• Use bandannas as napkins. Tie each up with a ribbon and place a Sheriff’s badge on each one.
• For a down home touch on your Western tables, use a paint pen (available at craft and art supply stores) to draw black cow markings randomly on the handles of plain white cutlery. Tie the plastic flatware together with jute, twine, or red grosgrain ribbon.
• Round up some old tin coffee cans and place them on a bandanna in the middle of the table. Add some different varieties of barbecue sauce bottles to complement the authentic look!
• Cacti always go with the Wild West, so you could simply add a unique cactus plant to the center of your tables.
• Rent old Western videos and place them around the table like a house-of-cards.
Nothing beats an old-fashioned campfire when you are doing a Western theme. Try to find someone who knows a few songs and can play the guitar to entertain students. If something a bit more active sounds like the way you want to go, try some of these suggestions:
• Hire a caller to teach everyone how to square dance or do the two-step. It’s a great time to kick up your heels.
• Have a howling at the moon contest.
• Try your luck at a lassoing contest.
• Rent a mechanical bull; be sure to follow all safety instructions.
Your Post-Prom party doesn’t require a huge meal. Students will get hungry, though, so here are some food ideas to go along with your theme.
• Hotdogs, baked beans, chips, chili, and cornbread.
• Large tins of peanuts and trail mix to get the ole “do-si-do” going!
• Place a small bowl in the top of a cowboy boot and fill it with salsa. Put out several “salsa hats” with different degrees of “hot” and add piles of tortilla chips.
• Root Beer is sure to please all of your Post-Prom guests!
• Some breakfast options are foods like hashbrowns, pancakes, and sausage.