A Texas-Style Bon Voyage Party

Event planner and interior designer Dina Manzo creates a Spaghetti Western themed party, transforming contemporary spaces into a rustic "saloon" decorated with Western props and a Southwest motif.

  • Western Wall Motif Decor

    Buckaroo Banzai

    For a surprise bon voyage party celebrating a New Yorker's move to Texas, bold graphic accents and iconic cowboy themes help take ordinary living spaces back in time, offering partygoers a taste of the Wild West.

  • Living Room before Adding Saloon Bar

    Before

    A brand-new Staten Island home gets redressed in Old West themes for Ron and Anthony's party. This is the home's great room prior to the transformation by Dina Manzo and her crew.

  • Saloon Dining Area

    After

    The great room offers ample space to create a Western ballroom that serves as the main dining area for the party.

  • Dining Area Before Saloon Bar was Added

    Before

    Dina's idea is to turn the dining room into the saloon bar, complete with hitching posts, railings and an assortment of Western gear.

  • Saloon Bar After Remodel

    After

    Once the transformation is complete, rustic distressed-wood shutters, cocktail tables made from old whiskey barrels and a variety of cowboy paraphernalia set the mood as guests enter the party.

  • Western Motif Decorated Table

    Accessorized, Cowboy-Style

    An antique oil lamp, battered cowboy hat, faux leather tablecloths and Mexican blankets are among the accent items used to dress the saloon.

  • Saddles on Barstools

    Pull Up a Chair, Pardner

    Authentic worn-leather saddles, secured atop barstools using zip ties, make for imaginative bar seating. These and other pieces were rented for the party from a local prop house.

  • Western Motif Decor

    Southwest Archetypes

    No Western motif could truly be complete without wagon wheels and cattle skulls — used here with hay bales, rope, sunflowers and other Western props, they fashion a decorative tableau.

  • Table before Saloon Game Table

    Before

    One of Dina's challenges for this project was how to make use of the kitchen in the context of the cowboy theme.

  • Saloon Gaming Table

    After

    Green felt, poker chips and playing cards turn an ordinary kitchen-island countertop into a poker table.

  • Western Inspired Flower Arrangment

    A Nod to Sergio Leone — and Maybe Giada De Laurentiis

    Playing off the \"spaghetti\" in the Spaghetti Western theme, olive-oil tins and restaurant-size Italian tomato cans double as flower vases and are filled with arrangements of sunflowers, cactus and grassland foliage.

  • Western Motif Campfire Buffet

    Chuck Wagon Buffet

    For serving the meal, Dina creates a buffet table reminiscent of a cowboy campfire. Menu items include barbecue, chili and — of course — spaghetti.

  • Western Outdoor Seating Area

    Before

    The patio, before redecorating began

  • Western Outdoor Seating Area

    After

    Simply swapping out some accent pieces was sufficient to continue the Western theme into the outdoor space. Among the less-subtle ideas that Dina had planned for the backyard: line-dancing lessons and a mechanical bull.

  • Three Colorful Throw Pillows

    Throw Pillow Accents

    Dina selects a color palette evoking the colors of sunsets and the desert Southwest.

  • Western Patio Table Lighting

    Decorative Patio Lighting

    Glass hurricane lamps in ambers and orange tie together the color theme seen also in the place settings and sofa pillows.

  • Dining Area Before Saloon Bar

    Before

    The dining room entrance, just inside the home's front door, is seen here prior to being transformed into a portal to the Old West.

  • Saloon Bar Entrance

    After

    The archway entrance to the dining room, now made over into a saloon façade complete with swinging saloon-style doors, provides a suitably grand entrance into the party.

  • Western Motif Cowboy Cake

    Cowboy Cake

    One of the two cakes custom-created for the party features a cowboy hat, boots and a western belt. A second cake celebrates the Italian component of the party: It was in the shape of the \"boot\" of Italy, with a riding spur, naturally.

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