How to Make Your Party a Little Bit Country

Cowboy Boots and Cowboy's Belt

Throwing a Western-style party doesn’t have to be overwhelming or old-fashioned. All you need are carefully placed design elements to create that warm and sweet country vibe.

1. Boots

Elle Magazine writes that Texas fashion will never go out of style. Yes, this look has gone through urbanization over the years. But the honky-tonk vibe never leaves. Just look at Harry Styles and Ryan Gosling. They frequently sport boots for both comfort and style. For your Western-themed party, start hunting for the perfect men’s cowboy boots on sale. A.A. Callister adds, “Throw in a bandanna and a cowboy hat to your outfit, and you’re ready to go.”

2. Rustic Wood

Whether as a backdrop for your signage or as part of the dinner table centerpiece, rustic wood instantly adds country charm to your event. Imagine woodsy accents partnered with lavender and wild orange blooms. Together, they are truly a thing of beauty. If a Wild-Wild West look and feel is what you are going for, you can include elements such as cacti, bulls and horses.

3. Country Music

You don’t have to play “Achy Breaky Heart” to set the mood for your guests. Before Taylor Swift became a pop star, she was a charming country singer — one in a long list of talented artists in this genre. Old favorites include Rascal Flatts, the Dixie Chicks and Shania Twain. There are new great country acts to watch out for too, such as Phoebe Hunt, Ashley McBryde and Jo Smith.

4. Western Style Menu

Prepare your root beer, barbecue, coleslaw, corn on cob, horseshoe, steak and baked beans. If you want to add a twist to the meal, you can check out Martha’s Stewart’s suggestions on wonderful food ideas.

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The Western look is one of the most common themes for parties. It can be fun and playful if you plan to have kids over. It can be charmingly sweet if a wedding is what you are preparing for. So go ahead; start shopping for those boots!