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Murder Deep in the Heart of Texas

Postby ELIZHONEYCUTT » Wed Jan 15, 2014 6:42 pm

Murder at Deadwood Saloon & Chili Cook-off Birthday

Yeehaw! We had us a hog killin’ time at our first annual poker tournament and chili cook-off! It was my son’s 16th birthday and it was a blast! My husband also surprised me by renewing our vows in front of our family and friends, which we didn’t get to do our first go around. Well we are burning daylight, so let’s get into it. It was a beautiful night and the stars were shining bright in Texas! We decided to have our little shindig outside.

Decorating –
Entrance Sign – We purchased a Groupon for Vista Print and made a large vinyl sign that hung above our garage door.

Dance Hall - Our dance hall was our wide driveway. Our neighbors let us hang bunting from that ran from our house to theirs. We ran jute and red and blue bandanas. We made medium sized silver stars and used raffia that hung down at the bottom of the star. We strung the stars in between the bandanas. Everyone loved it. We also used the Dance Hall sign from Night of Mysteries. Of course, we played good ole’ fashioned country music. Everyone danced the two-step and cotton eye Joe.

Gambling Hall – We love games! We set up several tables as part of our casino. We had the following games – poker, blackjack, dice, bunco and dominos (chicken foot and Mexican train are too fun!). Each table was decorated with green felt and the rules for that specific table.

Chili Cook-off – We covered each table with brown plastic table clothes and burlap. Gotta love that burlap! Each Crock Pot was sat on an aluminum cookie sheet (we wanted as little mess as possible). We had a sign that read Chili Cook-off and each pot of chili had their own name sign. Oh, I almost forgot – chili lights were strung throughout the table and I was able to purchase lights that hung like chilies strung together. Behind the table was of course, the great Texas flag.

Bar – Although we served no alcohol (hey, it was a 16th birthday party), we served Sarsaparilla, lemonade, tea and water. It was a fine waterin’ hole. We created wanted posters that hung above the bar. We did a lot of research and found original posters. A Mexican blanket laid across the bar. We all drank out of Mason jars.

Covered Dessert Wagon – This was amazing! The guys built this and even our painter got in on it. It was made out of a 6 ft table. It wasn’t too difficult. Just a little pvc piping and a king size sheet that was purchased from the thrift store. Here’s the link for instructions – ... est-themes

Cactus – we don’t have much cactus here in town. We made cactus out of large, medium and small appliance boxes to hide our neighbor’s ac unit. Just Google cactus clipart on the internet and you’ll be amazed at what you find. We even added colored tissue paper flowers to some of them.
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