Decorate with red-and-white checkered tablecloths and send barn-shaped invitations! Seek adventure on a fall hayrack ride, pull up hay bales around a campfire, and/or enjoy an old-fashioned barn dance. There are lots of games that can be played by guests of all ages, like Pin the Tail on the Donkey and Barnyard Animal Charades. A barbeque-style meal, complete with burgers and baked beans, will add to the down-home country atmosphere. The setting will spawn stories of years past. You could also have your guests dress-up in their best cowboy/cowgirl outfits.
- If you can't have a real bonfire, build a pretend one using a circle of medium-sized rocks, yellow and orange tissue paper and an accent of gold tinsel.
- Plain brown shopping bags can be cut to make vests for guests to decorate and wear.
- Inflatable or tissue cacti decorations can add a Southwestern slant to your motif.
- You can make a mobile using string or fishing line and cutouts or clippings of cowboy hats, sheriff's stars, horses, tumbleweeds and cowboy boots.
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