Niko’s 2nd Birthday Party: Rodeo Party

Lately it seems that “RODEO” is the new “CARNIVAL”… and that was certainly the case when mommy-blogger Jennifer Stano called upon us again—after hiring us for Niko’s 1st Birthday—to design entertainment and more for her son’s Western-themed 2nd birthday this year. This was not our first rodeo, as we had great fun designing and creating a Western Theme earlier this year, so we were super excited for another opportunity to recreate the “wagon wheel”


Jennifer is definitely a “hands on” mommy when it comes to party planning.  She came to us with a fun vision in mind that we enhanced by seamlessly incorporating our clever custom entertainment elements, and fun interactive posing and station signs, with some of her cute Etsy and “Mom and Pop Shop” purchases.


In addition to our unique entertainment elements—such as characters dressed in western wear,  themed animals, custom crafts, live honky-tonk band, western town inflatable, and more—we also designed the logistics of the set up, choosing perfect rental pieces and hand-selecting our favorite artisan kiddie rentals to perfectly complement the theme!

READ ON to see what Jennifer has to say…………….

(Reblogged from Jennifer Stano]


For Niko’s 2nd Birthday I decided to go for a Western Theme.


Below is a video from the party done by Kittie from Lori Dorman Photography.



Leesa at Send In The Clowns has the most amazing booths and stations I could dream of.




I did the Build a Bear station again this year as it was such a hit with Niko at his Carnival Party, only this time they had Western outfits to choose from and Western animals!!! We also had a Cowboy Vest decorating station and a wooden Train and Cars station where the kids can “build” the trains or cars and then color them.




This year I added an inflatable Western town. I always kind of steered away from having a “jumpy castle” because I felt like they are just filled with germs, BUT, I fell in love with this town and all of the kids really enjoyed it. I couldn’t get Niko out of it–and he didn’t get sick, LOL.




Leesa also made a bunch of custom painted signs for the party and stations.






The Petting Zoo and Pony Rides were also a hit and I’m happy I waited for his second birthday to have them because I think Niko understood and could really enjoy and appreciate them versus when he was one.








About Leesa Zelken, Chief Event Organizer

Leesa turned this one-time show into a thriving business and fulfilling career. Send In The Clowns is the expression of Leesa’s unique experiences as a children’s entertainer, actress, teacher … and mother. Planning over 500 events per year (and 15,000+ and counting in her career!) has forced Leesa out of clown suit and into the role of CEO – Chief Entertainment Organizer. Her ideas, creativity and energy continue to inspire and delight parents, adults, and children around the Los Angeles area.

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