Whether you grew up taking family camping trips or have never been camping in your life, a backyard campout for a birthday party can be fun and exciting for children and parents. Once the children are old enough for sleepovers, a camping-inspired birthday party can create some great memories for you, your child and your child’s friends.
- Prepare s’mores and wrap them in foil. You can bake them in the oven for a yummy snack or bake a s’mores-inspired cake;
- Use clean, old tree stumps as refreshments stands;
- Use bandanas as napkins or placemats;
- Create a homemade, nut-free trail mix with various dried fruits, yogurt-covered raisins and sunflower seeds. Send small bags home as party favors;
- Create a scavenger hunt. Have the children look for acorns, pine cones, leaves, etc.
- Make pine cone bird feeders and let the children each take theirs home to tie in a tree;
- Get a few bins of Lincoln Logs and have children craft their own log cabin creations;
- Create a faux campfire with thick twigs collected from your yard or a bundle of firewood, and add crumpled-up yellow and red tissue paper on top;
- Use twine and an old cardboard box to make a Welcome Campers or Camp Birthday [Child’s Name] sign;
- In lieu of gifts, ask party guests to donate to your favorite national park;
- Set up a large white sheet or projection screen in the yard and use a projector to show a movie under the stars;
- Set up a few hammocks around your yard for the kids;
- Stock a wooden crate with decks of cards, puzzles and other fun, camp-friendly games and activities.
- Set up a fun morning buffet with your child’s favorite breakfast foods.