Monday, August 24, 2015

Camping Birthday Party

Yesterday we threw my daughter's 10th birthday party. I let the kids choose what they want to do for their birthdays and she wanted a Camp Party. So I searched the Internet for ideas and picked and chose what would and would not work for us and our yard. 
I started by inviting her friends and their families so I could get an idea for how many people will be at our "campsite". 
Then I made camp signs to put around the house and back yard. I got the pictures off the Internet, printed them and glued them to cardboard. I did make the Campground sign in Photoshop. 

We set our backyard up to look like a campsite: Tent, fire pit, folding chairs, lanterns and a picnic bench.

When the kids first arrived they went outside and decorated drawstring backpacks. They then were able to play in the the tent or on our trampoline. 
For snacks we had a Trail Mix Bar. This was very popular with the kids. Some even made up a name for the trail mix they created, like "Blake's Nutty Grub" and "My Chewy Chomp". 
For dinner we turned on the grill and made hot dogs and hamburgers, served with potato salad, chips, watermelon and carrot sticks. There was beer and wine for the grown-ups and juice boxes and water bottles for the kids. And after dinner we had cupcakes decorated to blend in with the outdoors: with green and brown sprinkles.
After the kids played off the sugar high from the cupcakes, we gathered them inside to open presents. While they were inside, some helpers distributed scavenger hunt items.
I created a scavenger hunt list for the kids. 
We thought it would be fun to have the scavenger hunt after the sun went down and handed out flashlights. They called it a Flashlight Scavenger Hunt! They had 8 items to find that they could put in the drawstring backpacks they decorated and 8 items they had to shine their flashlights onto in order to cross them off.  The kids had so much fun running around the "campsite" looking for the different items. 

Once the hunt was over, we lit up the campfire and sat around singing songs and telling stories. We also broke out the S'mores fixings, because what is a camp out without S'mores? 
After saying "Goodbye" to the last guests and everything was cleaned up, my daughter gave me a big hug and told me that this was the best birthday ever!!

If you want to recreate some or all of the Camp Themed Party, here are the lists I made to get ready for it:

Brianna’s 10th Birthday Party
Saturday, from 5pm to 9pm
Camp Theme

·       Hot dogs
·       Hamburgers 
·       Potato Salad
·       Chips
·       Cupcakes
·       Fruit (watermelon, Oranges, grapes)
·       Veggies (carrot sticks, celery sticks, cucumber sticks, pepper sticks, ranch)
·       Trail mix bar (almonds, peanuts, pistachios, raisins, pretzels, mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, cheerios)

·       Color bags
·       Trampoline
·       Flashlight Scavenger Hunt

·       Tent
·       Camp signs ( Bathroom, Camp Brianna, Camp Site No. 10, Trash)
·       Outside like a campsite

5 – 6: Arrive, snacks, jump on trampoline, color bags
6:00 – 7:00: Dinner
7:30: Birthday Cake
7:45: Open Presents inside. Hand out scavenger hunt lists and explain rules inside while items are distributed outside
8:00: Scavenger Hunt
8:30 – 9: Firepit, S'mores, Say goodbyes

Before party:

Make camp signs
Purchase scavenger hunt items
Create and print scavenger hunt lists
Gather flashlights for scavenger hunt (have batteries)
Clean back yard
Clean house
Grocery shopping
Make cake
Drinks in cooler
Prep food
Set up tent
Put up camp signs
Put hunt items in a paper bag for distribution
Set up trial mix bar
Set up food table
Set up table for coloring bags (bags and markers)


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