Pony Party Menu: cookies and theme food
Using horsey-shaped cookie cutters and more

Food enhances your party theme, so horse around with our menu ideas, including
horsey birthday cakes, sweet and savory saddle snacks, and knee-slapping cowboy
party food served up kid style. We have ideas for a more elegant equestrian affair
and fare for the adults too. A must for your party, partners, is our easy big batch
sugar cookie recipe below. And be sure to see our
party snack mix ideas that
everyone can enjoy. Serve snacks in feed buckets for an extra measure of horsing
around. Your hungry little ranch hands will also enjoy these ideas:

  • Cut it out! Cookie cutters will come in handy for your party food.  Sure cookie
    cutters help you make fun cookies for party-goers, but you can also use cookie
    cutters as stencils for invitations, decorations and other crafts, as well as for
    other food items. So go ahead and cut it out! And while cookie cutters are
    great for cutting sandwiches for the kids, just don't try cutting out pizza. It's a
    lot of work, it won't look right, and your pizza will get cold. Trust us on this one!
    But there are lots of other creative no-fail ideas for your cookie cutters:
  • use them to cut savory foods like biscuits, and cheeses.
  • cut horse shaped pancakes
  • make Rice Krispie Treats,
  • shape Jello
  • cut dough for pie decorations or cut fondant well.
  • use cookie cutters to help guide frosting or sugar sprinkles for the
    birthday cake.
  • Cookie cutter sandwiches: Your party doesn't have to be cookie cutter.
    You can add a creativity to your party with cookie cutters for your child's
    favorite sandwiches. You'll find a variety horse shapes and horse-shoes,
    cowboy hats and boots, cacti, and sheriff's badges stars on eBay or
    Amazon. Note that horseshoe-shaped cookie cutters aren't very practical
    as your cookies will break easily if your dough isn't thick enough.

  • Outfit the lunch crew in Western Cookware: One way to add to your horsey
    theme is to wear an apron or use oven mitts with a horsey theme. You can also
    add fun to the menu with a cowboy dinner bell (chuck wagon triangle) or a
    steak branding iron. Now that's how to call the kids to lunch.

  • Head to the farmer's market for a bushel of apples: Farm friendly food is all you
    need for a horse theme party. Horses love apples (and so do kids), so start
    with a bushel of fresh juicy red apples. Or put apples in a bucket, lined with a
    bandanna or a checked cloth. Displaying candied apples will also give you that
    farm fresh vintage goodness.

Easy Big Batch Sugar Cookies Recipe
Take the cookie cutter approach to a kids party with our Easy Big Batch Sugar Cookie
recipe comes out thick, tasty and professional looking:
  • Gather the ingredients:
    2 cups butter
    2 cups granulated sugar
    2 large eggs
    4 teaspoons vanilla extract
    A small, 2-lbs. bag of flour (around six cups flour)
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1 teaspoon salt
    Powdered sugar to dust
    Sparkling sugar to decorate
  • Cream the butter and sugar.
  • Add eggs and vanilla.
  • Mix flour, salt and baking powder.
  • Combine ingredients until you have cookie dough.
  • Make three large pancake flats and chill them until firm (30 minutes - 1 hour).
    Use saran wrap or parchment paper to wrap and divide pancakes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Roll dough to 1/8 inches thick using powdered sugar.
  • Cut shape with cookie cutter, but before releasing onto baking sheet, load with
    sparkling sugar. (This will help contain most of the sugars)
  • Gently release, dust sugars and cut your next cookie until tray is loaded.
  • Bake for 10 minutes or until cookies turn brown at edges.
  • Yields around 5 dozen large cookies.

More cute ideas for your pony party:

  • Sugar cubes and tea time: Horses love sugar, so stack sugar cubes intended for
    the coffee and tea at cake time. Kids love them and since this is a birthday, you
    should let the kids indulge. Don't worry, the parents will forgive you. If you're
    having a tea party or serving the adults drinks, place a small horse sticker on
    the paper tag of your tea bags to give it a horsey touch.



  • S'mores without the fire: For a quick treat minus the outdoor heat, place a
    graham cracker square on a plate with a marshmallow and a slice of chocolate
    then microwave it for 15-20 seconds. Top with a graham square to make the
    traditional S'mores sandwich without the hassle of a real campfire. For
    decorations, you can make an artificial campfire, like the one used for boy scout
    ceremonies, right.

  • BBQ: Having a barbecue is an obvious choice for any Western style party. For
    an extra measure of horsey fun, the kids will love their hamburgers marked
    with a "Cowboy Hat Steak branding iron" and served with little piles of "hay"
    (shoestring potatoes). Poke Western cupcake toppers on hamburger buns to
    give your burger a Western flair. ood is made more fun served up in pie tins for
    a cowboy party. Or serve burgers in an upturned plastic cowboy hat with chips.
    Chicken and corn on the cob is another crowd pleaser. To make things extra
    horsey, serve biscuits cut into horse-shoe shapes. Carrot and celery sticks are
    another obvious choice.

  • Horseshoe-shaped biscuits: (serve with fried chicken and corn on the cob). Use
    your favorite biscuit recipe to make the dough, then cut into horse shoe or
    other horse theme shapes using a cookie cutter. Or bake biscuits on a stick on
    an open flame, cowboy style.

  • Wagon Wheel pasta salad: Try your favorite pasta dish with wagon wheel
    shaped pasta. Wagon Wheel pasta may be hard to find, but you can buy it in
    bulk (12-pack) on Amazon.

  • Have a weenie roast: Turn lunch into an activity by having party-goers prepare
    their own hot dogs on a stick, cowboy style. Hot dogs and baked beans are the
    staple of any true cowboy, but make sure to use cowboy vernacular and call
    them "little doggies." You can also bake biscuits by wrapping the dough around
    the stick and cooking them in the fire.

  • Gorp (Good Old Raisins and Peanuts): Before the stampede at the chuck wagon,
    serve up the party snack mix. We have the recipe for gorp and other saddle
    snacks for your hungry posse.

  • A sweet idea to serve ice cream: You'll find plastic trophies make a fun base to
    serve an ice-cream cone.

  • Drinks to wash down the trail dust: Roy Rogers, Sarsaparilla or cream soda, Root
    beer, Cactus Cooler, or make your own Cactus Cooler (mix a carbonated lime
    drink with lime Sherbert).

Pony Party Menu Ideas
Suggestions for what to feed the kids at a pony party

Having a barbecue is an obvious choice for any Western style party, but don't get too
fancy with the kids, they'll be fine with hamburgers. If you want to try something a
little off the cuff, serve hamburgers with little piles of "hay" (shoestring potatoes).

Here are some other menu choices for your chuck wagon:

  • Cowboy up to something different. Who says you have to serve a lunch or
    dinner? Try breakfast fare! Cowboys loved bacon and eggs with coffee. While
    the kids won't go for the coffee, you can make them chocolate milk for the
    "coffee" and serve it in tin mugs. Throw in a few flap jacks. Breakfast is a less
    expensive option than other meals. Don't worry about the time you serve it.
    Kids love having breakfast for dinner.

  • Wagon Wheel pasta salad: Try your favorite pasta dish with wagon wheel
    shaped pasta. Don't get too fancy for the kids, though, as most love the
    standard Mac N Cheese routine.

  • Hitch a wagon: Serve an ordinary sandwich with some fanfare. Hitch a plastic
    horse to a wagon tray you make from cardboard. You can "glue" some licorice
    wheels to the box with icing, licorice ropes for the reigns, and skewers to
    hitched the wagon. Call them chuck wagon sandwiches! Author Jenny Dodd
    makes a wagon tray from sandwiches piled high on a tinfoil, with tomato
    wheels. Pictured on page 27, see more cowboy recipe ideas in her book on
    Google.

  • Cookie cutter design sandwiches: If you cut sandwiches like a cookie, you'll
    waste lots of bread, but here's how to cut out the waste... Start by slathering
    a slice of bread with strawberry jam and set it aside. Now cut a fresh slice of
    bread with a horse shoe horse-shoe shaped cookie cutter so as to keep the
    integrity of the bread. Carefully cut the horse-shoe shape using a knife so that
    you frame the design. Set aside the horseshoe piece and now work with the  
    frame to coat it in peanut butter. Now marry peanut butter slice over the jelly
    half, so that the horse shoe pattern shoe shows with strawberry jam. You may
    choose to make smaller sandwiches by marrying the horse shoe  Try other
    cookie cutter shapes too, such as cowboy hats and boots, cacti or sheriff's
    stars designs.

  • Horseshoe-shaped biscuits: (serve with fried chicken and corn on the cob). Use
    your favorite biscuit recipe to make the dough, then cut into horse shoe or
    other horse theme shapes using a cookie cutter. Or bake biscuits on a stick on
    an open flame, cowboy style.

  • Have a weenie roast: Turn lunch into an activity by having party-goers prepare
    their own hot dogs on a stick, cowboy style. Hot dogs and baked beans are the
    staple of any true cowboy, but make sure to use cowboy vernacular and call
    them "little doggies." You can also bake biscuits by wrapping the dough around
    the stick and cooking them in the fire.

  • S'mores without the fire: For a quick treat minus the outdoor heat, place a
    graham cracker square on a plate with a marshmallow and a slice of chocolate
    then microwave it for 15-20 seconds. Top with a graham square to make the
    traditional S'mores sandwich without the hassle of a real campfire. For
    decorations, you can make an artificial campfire, like the one used for boy scout
    ceremonies, right.

  • Gorp (Good Old Raisins and Peanuts): Before the stampede at the chuck
    wagon, serve up the party snack mix. We have the recipe for gorp and other
    saddle snacks for your hungry posse.

Having a cowboy party? Then you'll want to make cookies for your little Buffalo Bill
using sprinkled jimmies to create a buffalo coat. Check out the 50-page cookbook by
Tuda Libby Crews:  "Wild West Cowboy Cookies Cookbook.

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