Lil’ Buckaroo 1st Birthday Party

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Jake's 1st birthday party was so much fun to plan and style. Lil' Buckaroo jumped out at us as the perfect theme because that was his nickname we gave him in response to the way he "bucks" when he gets frustrated. Once I had the theme, I instantly knew I would be working with the red bandana, denim and cow prints to use as my pattern and color palettes. From there, I created the designs using those colors and a star I designed to resemble an old western sheriff badge. This party started out as just a simple idea and I am so thrilled with how it came out. It was the perfect 1st birthday party for my son!

Project Details

The Lil' Buckaroo party collection including the the invitation, party printables and thank you postcard were designed by me, Aileen - Lil' Buckaroo Designs and is available to purchase as printable DIY at  The designs were used on many of the elements throughout the party.  The delicious sugar cookies that had red bandana and cow print icing designs were purchased from TRBRown available at  I gave those cookies as sets and finished it off with a red and white check ribbon and favor circle tag I designed.  The galvanized buckets and tins that I used to hold the pez party favors and utensils was purchased from  I also purchased the bandanas and kids straw cowboy hats from Oriental Trading.  The balloons-bandana, cow print and cowboy mylars- were purchased from  All of the candy and treats on the Sweet Tooth Saloon table were labeled with circloe tags describing each treat.

Favorite Items

My favorite part of the party was the cake and dessert table.  That was the main focal point of the party and was so much fun to shop for, style and put together.  I love the 1 inch thick, weighted cardboard letters that I found at a local craft store, Richards and used to spell out Jake for the dessert table.  I covered each of the letters with the printed materials I used throughout the party-red bandana, cow print, brown leather and denim. I even emellished the denim "K" with a suede fringe ribbon.  I displayed these letter up against a mini-bail of hay (purchased from Jo-Anne's fabric) and topped it with one of the many centerpieces I had made out of the baby formula cans I had saved. 


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