Mae’s Bluegrass Birthday

Plus, More Adult Birthday Party Ideas

It was a blessing for us to be able to host Mae Camp’s birthday party out at the ranch in Larkspur last weekend. It was actually the second year in a row we’ve hosted Mae and her family and friends, and this was a big one: The Big 9-Oh!

At 90, Mae is still one of the most energetic, loving, and fun people we’ve been fortunate to host. She refuses to slow down! We see it especially when she gets on stage. Mae’s a crackerjack guitarist who can still shred it bluegrass style. And her bluegrass/chuckwagon-themed hoedown was one of the most fun adult birthday party ideas I’ve seen.

It was a gloriously sunny day out at the ranch (where we also host rustic weddings and other events). As usual we started the party off with a hayride on our antique Sears and Roebuck wagon to get everyone from the parking area down to the stables, where we had the stage and sound system set up outside, along with our chuckwagon food line.

One of the true treats of the afternoon was getting to see and hear Mae and her family band play folk and bluegrass songs, like Fire on the Mountain, The Midnight Special, Penny’s Farm, and a bunch of other singing cowboy tunes I had never heard. It seems like everyone in Mae’s family can sing beautifully or play the fiddle or guitar like they were ringing a bell!


Providing the rustic event venue for Mae’s party for the second year in a row did get me to thinking about how so many of us, when we grow up, forget to stop to celebrate and appreciate all the little milestones we cross along our journeys.

How many of us just stop having birthday parties because we think we’re too “mature,” or “grown up?” When did we decide that being an adult meant ignoring the little kid inside of us who still loves birthday cake, balloons, and a fun sunny day outdoors with our family and friends?

Celebrating a birthday with Mae has really got my brain going a mile a minute with all sorts of fun adult birthday party ideas we could put together down at the ranch.

We always recommend keeping it pretty simple with a potluck buffet line or BBQ, some Snow Creek Ranch sliders or steaks on the grill, a few beers and adult lemonades, plus sodas and regular lemonade for the kids. Keeping it simple will keep your stress level under control, and allow everyone to just focus on the love and blessings of your family and friends.

Birthday Party Ideas for Adults Who Still Love to Have Fun!

  • Happy Hour with Horses – Bring a posse of your besties down and celebrate your birthday at one of our famous Happy Hour with Horses. It’s one of the most laid back and fun birthday party ideas for adults we can think of! Ride one of our onsite horses, feed the chickens, and learn about the ranch as you kick up those boot heels with beer, wine, and a cocktail. Snow Creek Ranch sliders and passed apps from A Taste of My Kitchen are also included in your $25 ticket.

    Kids are free too, so remember to include your littlest cowpokes in your celebration!

    Our next event is in August, so it’s perfect for late summer and early autumn birthdays.

  • Farm to Table Dining – Looking for a more a romantic adult birthday party idea for your husband, wife, boyfriend or girlfriend? Check out one of our Farm to Table Dinners. Dine at twilight in rustic, intimate surroundings at our stable, while treating your loved one to a special and totally unique night out (of the city, that is). For just $115 per ticket, you’ll create a swooning, romantic memory for the two of you to share forever.

    Your tickets get you and your special one a ride on our vintage Sears and Roebuck wagon, a walking tour of the farm led by Michelle, a chance to ride a horse around the arena under the watchful eye of one of our 3 onsite trainers, the opportunity to feed the chickens, and get to know Henry and Pepperoni – our miniature horse and steer.

    Dig into a seasonal and surprisingly sophisticated 5-course, beef-inspired meal, prepared by Chefs Tussaint and Jessica of A Taste of My Kitchen. A wine pairing with each course will be curated by Sommelier Chris Davis, and a signature cocktail, and local craft beer are included too.

    Our next dinner is on September 8th, so plan your late summer or early autumn birthday night out now!

  • Cowboy Karaoke – Cowboy up, and unleash your inner country star (just like Mae!) with this fun country and western music themed party idea for adults. Put together a playlist for the evening using spotify or your ipod, and get everybody loosened up and ready to yodel and croon, with some good old-fashioned line dancing!

    You can rent your sound system and karaoke machine from our partners at Colorado party rentals, along with a dance floor and tent just in case it rains.

Serve your beer cheap, and in red solo cups to keep it simple and on-point thematically, and toss some burgers or all beef franks on the grill for food. Simple and fun!
  • Wild West Party – Round up your friends with a western-themed invitation, and make sure they come gussied up for the occasion. Play some ranch poker, put together a chuck wagon style barbecue, and make sure there’s plenty of whiskey!

    Hire a professional caller to entertain with authentic square dancing – our Big Barn and stables are both perfect spots to set up a spacious dance floor. Finally, send your guests home with western-style party favors, like bandanas, foam cowboy hats or a small potted cactus.

  • Have adult birthday party ideas of your own? Let us help you plan and host them.
    Call Matt at 303-229-9382 or email to book an event.