I love camping. I love being out of doors, enjoying nature, competing with the bugs, and sleeping on the fresh earth under the stars. Nature hikes, guitars, camp fires, s’mores — to me it’s the stuff of summer. Though we haven’t taken the kids camping yet, my son’s growing love of nature and the idea of camping made this 4-yr birthday party theme a no-brainer.
This guy is a January birthday, and each year we’re challenged to create fun and engaging parties in the dead of winter. For his campfire birthday party, I had the added challenge of wanting to incorporate the feeling of nature, and summer. There were no full-sized pine trees, or lakes for swimming, but I think we managed to pull off a fun and festive fête.
Upon entering, guests were greeted by a mini tee pee built from birch logs (sourced from a local green house) and kantha blankets. All the food was camp themed, from the bundled pretzels (firewood) to the s’mores on the stick. We had p-nut allergies in the house, so we were very careful to ensure all ingredients were nut free (including the GORP trail mix bar). Cupcakes were transformed into camp fires using this simple trick for multi colored frosting. Juice box covers were created using muslin bags, and some printable iron-on transfer paper.
The table was decorated with faux bois log planters that we inverted to create stands of varying height. Assorted dried mosses were incorporated among the plates & platters to enhance the natural vibe. A vintage Thermos and some tin cans made great vases for holding greenery, and a couple kerosine lanterns completed the look.
Activities were made easy using the Paper Source woodland creature masks, and a silhouetted squirrel, allowing for a pin-the-tail game. For a fun scavenger hunt, we hid bug-shaped finger puppets around the house.
Goodie bags full of camp necessities were tied up into bindles using bandanas & scavenged tree branches.
Pretzel logs (firewood bundles)
Mini Hot dogs (cut dogs in half, swap sliced dinner rolls for buns, serve in cupcake liners)
G.O.R.P. trail mix bar
S’mores on a stick (dip marshmallow in melted chocolate, and roll in crushed graham cracker)
Campfire Frosting How-To:
Fill piping bag with red, yellow and orange. Using a medium star tip & starting in the middle, pipe a single flame, straight up. Work around to add individual flames around the center flame, pulling each one in and up toward the middle. Outer flames should decrease in size as you go.
Want to start your own campfire? Source all your goodies here:
Table scape: Hobby Lobby
Paper goods: Paper Source, Fort & Field
Goodie Bags: Oriental Trading Co.
Invitations & thank you cards: Moo
Invitation design, printables design, photography: Kelly Allison