Howdy Holidays! We love finding new ways to celebrate the season, but we really hit the bullseye with this unique holiday party theme. If you’ve ever wanted to host a Christmas party with some good ol’ country flair, there’s no better time than the present.
This isn’t our first rodeo, so we'll teach you everything you need to know to throw a cowboy Christmas party your guests will tip their Stetson hats to. Read on for our tips and must-have cowboy Christmas decorations– including a floral centerpiece that’ll knock your boots off!
A “country-western Christmas” isn’t the most traditional theme (yet), so we introduced a sense of familiarity with the color scheme. Classic red and green decorations were contrasted with a rainbow honeycomb garland. The hanging paper accents are very Papel Picado-esque, so they’re also fun for other cowboy-themed, Tex-Mex fiestas.
We swapped out our Christmas tree for a Christmas cactus and Pop Park City made this not-so-prickly balloon decoration. To recreate it, simply bundle groups of green medium-sized balloons together, leaving some balloons under-deflated so the ends “poke” out. Working from the bottom, layer each bundle on top of the other to form a cactus shape– and a set of cactus arms, of course!
For the “ornaments,” we took apart this holiday-themed party banner and strung the paper candy canes, stars, and honeycomb balls. There’s no wrong way to trim a cactus, so feel free to take a poke at getting creative.
Better yet, throw on Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton's "You Make It Feel Like Christmas" and turn it into a whole party activity. (Who needs gingerbread houses when there's an entire cactus to decorate?!)
The inspiration for our western-themed Christmas party came straight from this rootin’-tootin’ tableware set. The patterns feature an array of classic holiday icons with a cozy country twist, like cowboy hats, horseshoes, and a Southwest Santa. While they’re perfect for a cowboy Christmas, they’re still kitschy enough to fit a variety of other themes. (We’re looking at you, ugly-Christmas-sweater party!)
We layered the ho ho howdy dinner plates with the matching dessert plates, then used a solid red napkin to break up the patterns. (These “Merry Christmas, y’all” napkins are crucial for a country theme).
To complete the setting, we used red and white cutlery and the coordinating ho ho howdy cups. These cups can hold a whopping 13.5 ounces, so they’re made for huge helpings of hot cocoa or Christmas-themed cocktails.
As far as other table decorations go, we suggest mixing patterns and lining the center with a striped table runner. This candy cane runner is just country-kitsch enough, and it can be repurposed as Christmas gift wrap once the party is over.
Shawn from Flower Bar Co came up with this inspired centerpiece using a pair of red cowgirl boots and western-winter blooms. Using the boots as vases, she filled them with red poinsettias, evergreen sprays, and cacti sprouts.
These boot-scoot bouquets will last longer than most, so they’d be fabulous additions to your holiday home decor–or your barn!
Another showstopper at our ranch-style party was this Christmas Tree Nacho Platter. And just in queso you haven’t decided on your menu, we wanted to share the deliciously easy “recipe.”
Start at the edge of a long serving tray, and begin layering green tortilla chips row by row into a triangular tree-like shape. It’s best to focus the pointier chips along the edges to mimic the look of evergreen spruces. For the trimmings (toppings), sprinkle fresh jalapeños, olives, tomatoes, and sour cream dollops.
Finally, place a star-shaped dish at the top filled with a dip of your choosing. We went with a creamy queso, but salsa or guacamole would be just as tasty.
The perfect finale for a western holiday fête is a little gift exchange. But that doesn’t mean you need a sack full of presents– a set of party favors is simple enough. These gold and white Christmas crackers are tumbleweeds of fun, and they look terrific with the rest of the decor.
That rounds up our hoedown holiday party. We hope we’ve inspired you to put the cowboy in Christmas this year! For more festive party ideas, swing on over here to shop our entire Christmas collection.
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