Last weekend we were invited to a very special western-themed birthday party for our friend, Amber. It was held in the beautiful backyard of the home she shares with her husband, Bob.
|All the guests were given a "western welcome" with their|
very own, personalized, mason jar drinking glass.
|Mr. Tiny & Mary with the birthday girl, Amber (I stole this photo from her).|
One can almost see the ghost of bunny ears behind Amber's head that she so
artfully retouched out of the photo.
Bob & Amber's backyard is great! It is perennially decked out with a western/desert motif so the setting was ideally apropos. I should have taken more pictures of the perfect surroundings that included wagon wheels, succulents, the barn and the corn! Here are some photos of the cool desert details that were waiting around every corner.
The garden path (by day & by night) was lit with kerosene railroad lanterns.
Queens of the Rodeo, Amber & Mary.
Mary wore a vintage western shirt with new two-piece western
ensemble that I finished for her right before we left for the party.
I think it needs some applique before it is truly "finished."
|Ben & Mary showing off their matching shirts|
Pale Face heap happy to see Lone Wolf, Emily,
(the only Native American represented) at the party.
|My favorite family photo of the night.|
Lovey, Charles & Dollie
Are you my mommy?
All the food an fixin's were delicious. People roasted hot dogs over the open fire and I made my award-winning roasted potato salad. My mom and dad told me that bestowing an award to oneself in no way negates the validity of the award.
|Amber made all kinds of tasty, themed offerings.|
You'll have to ask her why they are labeled "Smore Pogs,"
but I was particularly taken with these S'More Pops.
It would've been easy to fill up on homemade rice krispie
treats too, but...
|Amber's feeling lucky with her lucky horseshoe cake.|
No matter how much cake one consumes, there is always room for presents.
After the sun set slowly in the western skies, a chill set in, so we gathered around the campfire to sing some cowboy songs.
Cheers & Happy Trails!
|Charles & Amber and an inch worm|
|Singing cowboy songs with Steve, Mary, Ben, Amber, and Dave was my favorite|
part of the evening. Among all of the wonderful bands in which he plays, Dave is
a feature in The Lucky Stars, the kings of western swing in Southern California.
|You know it's a good party when....|
Happy Birthday, Amber!!!
Here are a couple tunes to give you the feeling of our wild west shindig!
"Way Out There" - Sons of the Pioneers
"Tumblin' Tumbleweeds" - Sons of the Pioneers
Cheers & Happy Trails!