Grab your compass and get outside, it’s time to have some fun at this camping birthday party! Pop a tent and send friends out on a wilderness scavenger hunt before returning back to home base for your cutely named bear poop and live bait desserts! No air conditioning allowed at this camping themed bash! Instead, stage your dessert table right in the backyard and let nature’s beauty shine on through.
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Welcome all those happy campers to the birthday festivities with a beary cute invitation!
Camping is all about exploring nature and enjoying the outdoors, so do the same with your party setup! Forget the fancy wall setters and instead use the foliage or natural backdrop right in your backyard to stage your dessert table.
Take inspiration of the green grass, brown bark and blue skies around you and use it as your color palette for the party. Use camping themed tableware and complete the look with some pops of orange around your table.
Shop your home when it comes to decorating your camping party dessert table. Raid your house for some rustic serveware to add texture to your camping themed party. Think wood platters or bowls, burlap runners or lumberjack plaid blankets.
Break out your faux Christmas trees and prop them up on your party table for more places to showcase your camping party theme. If it looks too plain as is, hang some compasses or fishing bobbers as ornaments and an adventurer hat to top it off.
Food and Drink
You COULD go out with a nature guide and learn about all the edible fruits, berries and flowers right in your neighborhood OR you could safely serve guests cutely themed foods based on the camping theme. First round up friends around the campfire for some hot dogs grilled on a stick and bags of chips for the main meal then get creative with the desserts!
Use food tents to showcase these custom named dessert options. Unwrapped yodels turn into a pile of logs and an assortment of raspberries and blackberries become a pack of wild berries found in the woods!
Chocolate covered pretzels and cookie capped Hershey kisses are quickly turned into twigs and acorns.
Turn a chocolate wrapped snack cake into a pile of logs and pour some chocolate Whoppers candies in a bucket as bear poop.
Fill some pudding cups with gummy worms and a sprinkle of crushed cookies as a cup of live bait!
When it’s time to wish a “happy birthday” serve everyone a cupcake topped with their very own ice cream cone teepee as these options for camping shelter.
To keep everyone safe away from a fire, create s’mores pops on a cute wood grain paper straw!
Have your friends hydrate with some lake water staged in cute mini green canteens. Tip: if they don’t stand on their own, paint two square wood dowels and use to help keep the canteens upright!
Pop a tent to create some shelter. Use this as home base for some outdoor activities to enjoy the beauty around you!
- Plan a scavenger hunt in the great outdoors! Provide a bag to collect their supplies and a mini pencil to help cross off each item on the list. Download free printable scavenger list here!
- Build and decorate birdhouses to take home and help feed the wildlife in their own backyard
- Toast some marshmallows and make your own s’mores
- Grab the fishing poles and practice a little catch and release
When it’s time to tell your friends to take a hike, send the home with a favor box full of camping themed goodies.
These adorable favor boxes are filled with binoculars, a whistle and glow stick so they’ll be all set for their next adventure in the great outdoors!
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