Campers Party Host a S'mores party with a campfire in your own back yard!
A camping party is, well, a bit campy! Once you set up camp, it's time to camp out, not stress out. With glow sticks and ghost stories, flashlights and marshmallow delights, a camping party is super easy to plan as kids entertain themselves. Camping is a theme party on it's own and you can add elements that fit the birthday kid:
Bears camping party: Host a picnic with the bears! Bears can add a bit of cuteness to your theme whether it's a teddy bear tea party or teddy bear picnic. Set out a red picnic cloth, add red lanterns, red party plates and loads of bear themed cupcakes and confections.
Owls camping party: Campy owls will add the right amount of vintage nostalgia. See our Owl Birthday Party ideas, including a campy owl party with adorable Marshmallow S'more owls.
Fishing camping party: If you're fishing around for camping party ideas, then adding the element of fishing will be alluring. Host a kids fisherman party. Dress the kid like a fisherman and use Swedish fish in creative ways.
Happy campers party: Get happy with the idea of a happy campers party. Right you'll find a happy campers T-shirt for the birthday kid. Add smiley faces to cupcakes, cookies and more. See our Smiley Face party ideas.
Camping Invitation and Wording Ideas Searching for camping party invitations are practically non-existent at the local party supply. Just grin and bear it and order online.
Camp Stationery Invitations: You'll find camping stationery, left, ideal for crafting your campy invitations. Add an owl theme to your party!
Blow the whistle on a great party! Attach the invitation wording like a lanyard to a whistle. Hang this invitation on friends instead of mailing.
Reel them in! Craft a fishing pole with a hook, line and sinker. First perfect your wording so that it fits neatly into a stencil a fish-shape you make from a cookie cutter. Cut it out, then get a wooden dowel or a bamboo rod and string the paper fish to it with a paper clip hook.
Pitch-in to pitch a tent. Fold a paper tent as an invitation (or use the idea for decorations or as an activity). Here's an easy Origami tent, which is an invitation is good enough to mail. If you're up for a more complex but intricate paper tent try the version from Kaboose.
Happy Campers party invitation wording ideas:
You're invited to Camp Happy Birthday!
Sleep under the stars Saturday, August 22 at 4:00-9:00 p.m.
Campgrounds: 123 Main Street
RSVP: Campfire Girl Tiffany or Camp Counselor Hal at 867-5309.
(Bring your sleeping bag if you want to stay the night.)
Happy Camper Cake and Food Ideas Making 'Smores is an obvious choice for party food, but the task is made easier for you and safer for kids if you make them in a microwave with the Microwavable S'Mores Maker, pictured left.
Tent: Pitch a tent easily with two graham crackers. Dip the crackers in orange candy melts to give them a prettier look.
Campfire: Pretzel sticks easily become logs. Create flames for a camp fire by cutting colorful fruit leathers (Family Fun shows you how with a campfire cake). You could also easily modify your favorite yule log recipe to make a campfire log cake.
Trees: Making trees from candy frosting requires extra tools and patience. Take the easy way out with cake picks. Get four Evergreen Trees for around a dollar, so you can easily afford a small forest.
Rocks: Candy rocks with kids and there are candy pebbles easily available online.
More Ways to set the Happy Camping Scene at Home Sure you can pitch a real tent, but if you don't have one you can just camp out under the stars. Even if it's not a sleep over, everyone bring a sleeping bag for day and you can eat cake and tell ghost stories around the fire.
Set up mini camp. Make the perfect table display for the cake or buffet with the Mighty World Hiking and Camping Small Theme Set. Includes twenty mini pieces to set up for decorations and then will later provide hours of fun as you recall the memories of the camping party.
Build a faux fire. Who needs dangerous flames when you can get all the atmosphere you need from a few real logs and artificial flames made of cellophane, construction paper or tissue paper. Of course if Dad is a camper, he can provide instruction on how to lay the proper fire for entertainment. Kids will get a kick out of constructing the fire. And with a faux fire you'll need some lickety split 'Smores. Koko's Confectionery 'smores suckers will fire up the kids quickly. Or gather around and sing camp songs, such as The Bear Went Over the Mountain, or Itchy Itchy Scratchy Scratchy.
Fishing for Camping Favor Ideas? Kids will be happy with just about any camping goodies you find - a compass, freeze dried camping ice cream, glow sticks, a whistle, quench gum or energy jelly beans, toy binoculars and finger flashlights. Here are some fun ways to give them their camping treats:
Roll a sleeping bag favor. Sew a sack from green felt or fleece about the size of an adult male's shoe box. Insert goodies flat then roll and tie to look like a sleeping bag.
A hunting they will go. When the lights go down, send your little campers hunting in the backyard for favors. Affix reflective tape on small treasures and hide them in your yard. Then, send kids outside one at a time with a flashlight in hand to hunt a prize, retrieve and return. It's more fun if the favors are slightly different but equal, or if you allow kids to have two turns each.
Go in feet first. Fill a wading pool with soapy dishwashing suds, set chairs around the pool, and allow kids to fish for their favors prizes using only their feet.
Gone Fishing: Cut construction paper into a twisty river, large pond or lake, and glue it onto a large poster board. Cut fishing holes into your water. Then have kids fish for their favors with a home made fishing stick, like the one they used from the invitation. Mom or Dad stands on the other side of the poster board and hooks a prize then "bites" with a tug of the string. You can hook a bag of Swedish fish, keychains with fish, fish rings, fish bags, chocolate river rokcs, and other fun finds.
How to make them Happy Campers through the night The thrill of the camp is often enough entertainment, but it's always good to have a few games to ensure the campers stay happy. Sure, you can sing camp songs, but here are some fun ideas you probably haven't considered:
Light up the night. When the lights go down, a camping party for kids is all about the stick lights, glow necklaces, finger lights and funny flashlights with picture lenses. Finger lights are especially fun because all the concentration is on one finger. You'll get four in a pack for around five bucks. They secure with Velcro and come with batteries. Test before the party to ensure everyone is a happy camper.
Get campy and write letters. Provide blank postcards, coloring pages, or camp stationery along with stamps, camping stickers, and pens. You might even make an expedition of heading to the post office or mail box with adult supervision. Kids get a kick out of receiving mail and it will serve a reminder of the birthday camp out experience.
Get Mad! Letters from Camp MadLibs is a fun activity and the kids can mail them to their parents or to themselves. The letters perf-out into a self envelope. Seal them with the special stickers and mail.
Toss around the Ice cream ball: Play ball and make ice cream at the same time. Pictured, left, the Play and Freeze Ice Cream maker comes in many colors.
Give the kids a quick astronomy lesson if you have a telescope.
Real camp party Want to throw a camper's birthday party for kids? Have an idea for camp theme party invitations or favors? Here are some of our online friends who've already had a campers party to get your inspiration:
NOTE: Educate kids about campfire safety. Always keep hair tied and secure clothing around a camp fire (like sweat shirt strings). Keep a bucket of water handy and show the kids how to douse a fire with a few sprinkles of water (and not the entire bucket of water).
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