PARTY MAGIC: THE FASTEST GUN IN THE WEST?
Continuing on with our discussion about the breadth of our clients’ imaginations, here’s one theme that will probably catch you off guard:
Cowboy / Wild West Theme
At first sight, a Cowboy theme might not really appeal to any of you, and I absolutely understand. I mean, who would want cactus, guns, and desert to be featured in their parties?
What I am trying to achieve with our parties (especially the character-based ones), is the art of a new aesthetic, or what I would call the “Web 2.0” design approach. Whereas the typical character-based parties would employ “flat” characters and poorly chosen color schemes, I wanted something that is also character and cartoon-driven, but at the same time showing off 3-dimensional attributes, characters that are “rounded” and designed as if they were “CGI”, and a well thought-out color palette.
This is why I believe that Farah, my client, was an absolute genius when she proposed throwing a cowboy party for dear Nathan!
EXPLORING THE FRONTIERS OF DESIGN
The main point of Nathan’s party was this: how do I design a cowboy party and NOT make it look too drab, serious, and just straight up depressing?
The answer was to look to Disney, more specifically, my daughter’s personal hero: Sheriff Callie!
Of course, some adjustments had to be made (taking out the color pink since this is a boy’s party, for example), but the specific “3D” and modern kiddie look was there.
Now one of the reasons why it’s called the “Wild Wild West” is because there are so many robbers, bandits, and racketeers out there:
Which is why I’m really excited to show you what we did for the photo-op:
It looks clean, modern-kiddie, but still adheres to the Wild West / Cowboy theme! See those holes on the wall there? Guests can insert their heads and hands into the holes to pretend they’re wanted outlaws caught by Sheriff Nathan!
I love the circular lighted signage in the photo below. It really feels like you’re entering Nathan’s Town!
Another way to pose for the photo booth is this:
We placed a large money sack on the floor (with a black dollar sign stamped on it; it just can’t be seen in the photo above). Look here Sheriff Nathan! We got them a couple of outlaws about to skedaddle!
Upon entering the venue, guests were greeted with this sight:
Grab your cowboy hats caballeros, ‘coz we’re going into Nathan’s Saloon!
Besides hanging various cowboy hats on the ceiling, I thought it would be fun to hang some lassos as well!
Visitors to Nathan’s Town can also amuse themselves with various entertainment on the prairie:
The happiest of birthdays to our dear Sheriff Nathan!