Equestrian Themed Party
By Alexandra Uren
An equestrian themed party is a great way to get horsey friends together and celebrate all things…horsey! Centralising a party around a certain theme makes it a lot easier to organise, and with an equestrian themed party you can be as OTT as you like!
Here’s how to host the perfect equestrian themed party!
Easy, equestrian of course! Offer a prize for the best dressed and you find yourself thoroughly entertained!
Of course, we always like to look stylish so brightly coloured breeches are a must, you can check out Just Jodz’s range here but if you offer a good prize you might find one or two guests will come dressed as a horse!
Food and Drink
While the most authentic equestrian themed party would have your guests crunching carrots, sucking polos and dunking their heads into a bucket of water (although there will still be some of that – see ‘activities’), you might find your guests are unwilling to return to your next party if they’re forced to munch on root vegetables all afternoon.
We recommend having a few carrots and apples dotted around, more for the nutritional value than anything else, but equestrian party food doesn’t have to be boring. We’re thinking My Little Pony inspired cupcakes, a cowboy cake or, let’s face it, absolutely anything unicorn themed.
While a cake inspired by your own fluffy muddy pony out in the paddock might make you feel happy – it’s not quite so aesthetic on the buffet table.
Pinterest is a great source of inspriation!
The activities is where the fun really starts. Of course if you’re all pony owners you can head out for a ride before the party starts, but there’s also a range of equestrian games you can do inside.
First up, there’s apple bobbing. We’ve all seen our horses dunk their entire heads into their water bucket, and now it’s your turn! Add to the fun with the addition of your horse’s favourite snack.
Use a (preferably new) horse water bucket, half fill it with water and put an apple in for each person. Guests take turns to pick up the apple without using their hands, and each person is timed. The guest who does it quick enough is the winner!
Truth Truth Lie
‘Truth Truth Lie’ is a great game for you and your fellow equestrians, especially if there’s people who don’t know each other as well. When your guests arrive, get them to write down 3 horsey facts about themselves. Two of them should be true, and one a lie. At the start of the game, have the guests read out their facts with the others guessing which one is a lie. Whoever guesses the most lies correctly will win!
This game is hilarious if your friends have had some unique horsey experiences (arriving at a show to realise they’d left the horse at home is surprisingly common) and have the imagination to make up a lie that could just about be true.
The Chocolate Game
Next up there’s the chocolate game – which gets both very messy and very loud! Guests sit in a circle with a large block of chocolate, a knife, a fork and a selection of equestrian dress up clothes in the middle. This should include a riding hat, riding boots (preferably a few sizes too big), a back protector and a very thick pair of yard gloves (again, a few sizes too big). You can also throw a few jumpers in there as us equestrians are always wearing jumpers.
Guests take turns to throw a dice and when they roll a 6 they have to put on all the dress up clothes (including the oversized gloves!) and start eating chocolate one piece at a time using only the knife and fork – as fast as they can!
When someone else throws a 6, they pass over the clothes as fast as possible and the next person starts eating.
Finally, there’s the high jump – and trust us when we say this one isn’t to be missed. Show off your Puissance skills by leaping over a jump, increasing the height once every guest has cleared it. You get 3 tries, and then you’re out! The winner is the person who jumps the highest.
You’ll need to borrow a set of jump wings and ideally a very lightweight pole for this game, and make sure you have enough space for a run up! If your party is near the yard, you could do it in the arena (with permission!). Otherwise, this is great for the garden.
Got any more ideas for an awesome equestrian themed party? Let us know in the comments below!