Now that summer has arrived, it's the perfect time to throw a camping-themed party. The weather is warm and the kids are out of school, so it's the perfect opportunity to get together and have some fun. We have all the party supplies you need for a wilderness scavenger hunt or an indoor camping movie night!
So, if you’ve got a little explorer with a birthday to celebrate, follow our lead! Here are our top tips for throwing the best camping party in the forest–or backyard!
The first step in party planning is deciding whether you’re celebrating indoors or outdoors. Either way is excellent, just be sure to pack a tent to pitch. Not only do tents make for good adventure shelters, they’re also optimal camp-themed party decorations!
We suggest draping a balloon garland and a Happy Birthday banner in front for an extra touch of fun. As for other camping-themed birthday party decor, you can’t go wrong with a classic set of adventure party fans.
Another adventure party staple is pillow poof floor seating. We love the direction this mama bear took by crafting some low tables, and setting out a few bohemian pillows. Trust us, dining on the floor is a super easy way to transform your party into a wilderness retreat.
For a different approach, ask your guests to B.Y.O.S. B. (Bring Your Own Sleeping Bag) to sit and snack on. The more your fête feels like a real camping trip, the better!
When it comes to camp-themed partyware, there are tons of options to explore. The adventure collection from My Minds Eye is one of our favorites. There's plenty of wilderness wonder for your party guests to enjoy with gingham patterns, pops of forest green, and darling bear details.
We recommend layering the compass plates over the mountain plates, and embellishing with a thermos, or tree-shaped napkin. Then, set out a few adventure backpacks for your happy campers to fill with fuel for expeditions and camping games.
If you want to take a different route, adventure awaits with this fully-stocked party-in-a-box. This brilliant set comes with all the camping-themed tableware and decor you’ll need to make party planning a breeze.
The adorable camper plates and scenic cups bring a little wanderlust spirit to the celebration; perfect for parties on the adventure-themed side. For those who want to venture even further, consider using both themes and have one tableware set for the party dessert table.
While we’re on the topic of desserts, it’s crucial to note the importance of proper camping party food and treats. After all, half the fun of camping lies in roasting marshmallows and loading up on snacks and s’more snacks!
Instead of simply serving birthday cake, we suggest incorporating a trail mix bar or s’mores station. In fact, these adventure food cups were practically made to hold graham crackers, mini marshmallows, and all the campfire food fixings!
As long as party cakes are adorned with campfire cake toppers, the type of cake you serve doesn't matter. For this particular party, we chose a rustic cinnamon roll cake, and added the coordinating topper from the camping-themed kit.
Alternatively, we love this adventure topper set and how perfect it is for transforming celebration cakes into whimsical forest scenes
When all the camping fun is done, be sure your guests leave with a souvenir from their adventures. We suggest having explorers take their pick between a mini magnifying glass, compass, or adventure whistle. One of these little keepsakes is sure to come in handy the next time wilderness calls!
That concludes our camping birthday party must-haves. We hope you’ve found some inspiration, and feel prepared to brave any celebration adventure. For s’more sensational ideas, check out the rest of our camping-themed party collection. From our fête to yours, keep calm and camp on!
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