Setting the Stage
You can set the mood for a Texas barbecue in a number of ways. Decorating with a red-checked tablecloth, western style bandanas for napkins, and sheriff's stars used as party favors or place cards will help to set the stage. Naturally, a Texas flag should be hung behind your buffet.
Music will also help to put your guests in the Texas spirit. "Cowboy Songs" by Texan Michael Martin Murphey are perfect for music during your Texas theme party. For a more mellow sound, you can play Lyle Lovett's "The Road to Ensenada" , featuring Lovett's quirky, often humorous songwriting and tongue-in-cheek delivery. Favorite songs include "Don't Touch My Hat", which could be called "Ode to a Stetson", "Long, Tall Texan", and "That's Right, You're Not From Texas". For something a little edgier, try either Terry Allen's "Lubbock On Everything" , which includes his classic, often-covered "Amarillo Highway" or any of Robert Earl Keen's albums , especially "No. 2 Live Diner", "West Textures", or "Gringo Honeymoon", which includes the song, "Barbeque".
For other entertainment you could hire a trick roper - entertaining for both kids and adults. Or you could play some Cowboy poetry, such as the recordings of Baxter Black. He is the most famous large animal veterinarian/cowboy poet and is frequently heard on National Public Radio. If you can find a local cowboy poet, he would be a great addition to the party - use the Cowboy Poets' Society to find a local artist. This page has a list of cowboy poets by location, including Florida, Maryland, California, and North Carolina: http://www.cowboyrudy.com/cbyptsoc.htm or send an email to the Western Folk life Center at firstname.lastname@example.org and see if they can assist you.
Ask among your friends to find a guitarist or pianist to sing and play cowboy songs for you. A good piano songbook is My 1st Book of Cowboy Songs . A good guitar songbook is Mel Bay Presents Cowboy Songs for Acoustic Guitar .
A Texas Barbecue Menu
Pickled jalapenos, okra, and cherry peppers. Sliced onions and dilled pickles.
Fresh Blackberry Cobbler served with vanilla ice cream
Lone Star Beer