Harry’s First Rodeo Birthday Party

What do you get when you combine a year of lying low and a first birthday? A mom that really wants to celebrate her baby boy’s special day. 😉 It’s no secret I jump at the chance to throw a party- especially one with a theme. But when we started talking about Harry’s first birthday, my husband and I both agreed we would hire our friend, Elisabeth, to bring this vision to life.

After the crazy snowstorm in Texas during February, we decided to work on our backyard landscape. We love our backyard and knew it would be an easy spot to host our family and community group from church in. When it came to themes, I couldn’t get over having his “First Rodeo” at home. His nursery is filled with horses and he’s a Cowtown baby- so what could be better?! Thanks to lockdown, it felt like I spent half of my pregnancy with him in this backyard in a kiddie pool listening to Texas country.

Elisabeth owns Silver Lining Events and I’ve known her since we lived in Dallas. She is an absolute sweetheart, has a client list that makes you pick your jaw up off the floor, and she’s a mom, so she knows just how special these first birthdays are. I know I went a little overboard with these photos, but I wanted to show you every single detail she included.

For the party, we had ponies which was such a hit! I think Maxi rode the pony *at least* 60 times. I mostly have video on it on my phone, but here are two little snapshots I got!

Elisabeth also filled these cute little lunch boxes for the kids with peanut butter & jelly and turkey sandwiches. So they could play, and eat, and not have to worry about going through a line. You can see them on the table below. If your family is fond of horses and you plan to buy your own horse, you may want to look for an online source of horse-related articles.

And for party favors, every kid went home with a stick horse. FYI, this Etsy shop is amazing! She was wonderful to work with.

While Elisabeth sourced most of these items, I’ll link a few things I was able to order! Thank you for letting me share these photos as my own little virtual diary to look back on. Sending you all lots of love this week.


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  1. Katie Davis wrote:

    Hi there! Who did you use for your front yard birthday signs?

    Published 28 Jul 21Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Hi Katie! I used @lifeoftheyardy on Instagram! xx, Katey

      Published 28 Jul 21Reply
  2. Allison wrote:

    Hi! Love all of it! Where did you get the sign that says “Welcome to Harry’s first rodeo”? Thank you!

    Published 23 Aug 21Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Hi Allison! My sister made it! She is a graphic designer and can make for you! Her Instagram is @kirstenmcfarlandesigns if that helps! xx, Katey

      Published 15 Sep 21Reply
  3. Jessica wrote:

    Hey girl! Where did you get the monthly circles that are on the mantle as well as the banner that is on the mantle?! Thank you so much!

    Published 22 Dec 21Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Hi girl! Those are from Peony & Confetti Co. too! 🙂 Have a wonderful New Year!! xx, Katey

      Published 28 Dec 21Reply
  4. Anna wrote:

    Where is the front door wreath from?

    Published 02 Jan 22Reply
  5. Yvonne Pena wrote:

    Hello! Where did you get the twine for Harry’s name?

    Published 04 Jan 22Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Hi Yvonne! Our party planner actually made it! xx, Katey

      Published 04 Jan 22Reply
      • Yvonne wrote:

        Oh, awesome! I absolutely love it! By any chance do you mind sharing what invitation you used? I am planning my son’s first birthday coming up in March and I absolutely love the first rodeo theme!

        Published 04 Jan 22Reply
        • Katey wrote:

          Our planner made that as well- haha! But my sister is a graphic designer and has made lots of rodeo invitations and can do whatever you want! Here is her website. https://kirstenemcfarlandesigns.com/

          Published 04 Jan 22Reply
  6. Libby wrote:

    Any idea how she made the rope sign? I have mine at home trying to figure it out for tomorrows birthday. It isn’t his first rodeo it’s his second!

    Published 22 Jan 22Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      I am so sorry, this comment got buried and I just saw it! I have ZERO clue and wish I did! 🙁 If you figured it out, please let me know! xx, Katey

      Published 04 May 22Reply
  7. Atalie Ockree wrote:

    Hello! Such a cute party! I’m also in Fort Worth and considering this theme for my son’s first birthday. Who did you use for pony rentals? There don’t seem to be many near me. Thanks!

    Published 27 Apr 22Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Hi Atalie! I’m so sorry, I don’t know the company name. Our planner found the company in Irving! I am sure that doesn’t help narrow it down too much, but that is all I know! 🙁 xx, Katey

      Published 28 Apr 22Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      My husband just said he has heard of “Mimi’s Pony Go-Round” that is good!

      Published 28 Apr 22Reply
  8. Libby wrote:

    Love everything, especially the beautiful, unique plates? Can you share where these are from?

    Published 15 May 22Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Hi Libby! Thank you so much! They are linked at the bottom, let me know if it doesn’t show up for you! xx, Katey

      Published 20 Jun 22Reply
  9. Lauren wrote:

    Hey! Looking for the link to the balloons & also the sign that is beside the ponies! Love this theme so much! Looking to do it in November for my son, Gabriel’s first birthday!

    Published 28 Aug 22Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Hi Lauren! Aw that means so much! He will have a wonderful first birthday! Our party planner booked a balloon company to install them- but any local balloon company could. And then my sister made the sign! Here is her website, she can make for you. 🙂 https://kirstenemcfarlandesigns.com/

      xx, Katey

      Published 28 Aug 22Reply
      • Lauren wrote:

        Thank you! Please send link to plates if you have it. I cannot find the link below. Thanks so much!!

        Published 08 Sep 22Reply
  10. Ana wrote:

    Omg I love the whole theme and how it all came together! If you don’t mind me asking where is the wagon basket from? It’s so cute!

    Published 17 Mar 23Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Hi Ana! I ordered it on etsy I believe! xx, Katey

      Published 13 Jun 23Reply