Backyard Campout Party for Andrew’s 9th Birthday

Main birthday table with the backyard campout theme.

I love organizing kids birthday parties. It is fun and I hope that my son will always remember that his parents went above and beyond to make his birthday special. I hope he passes that tradition on to his children as well.

Life is about making good memories and building relationships. We have always celebrated his birthday with friends and family – focused on the good things and great friendships we have.

Anyway, here are a few ideas for a Boys Backyard Campout if you are so inclined.

INVITATION

 

I got the inspiration from a random blog. The goal was a dimensional piece when it came to the invitation. We knew we only had a few kids we were inviting – so, we sent them a Smores Kit as a teaser.

I found the container at Michaels, added the chocolate, Graham crackers and marshmallows in little bags. My husband made a tag with the kids names and we were in business.

What is inside the invitation box?

Birthday Boy posing 

Birthday posing by Andrew

 

I just made regular cupcake with both camo and red handkerchief cupcake liners that I found at Hobby Lobby. We used ice-cream sticks to make the cupcake topper – very simple but fun.

 

Simple table arrangements to give it a Camping out look.

 

SMORES KIT FOR LATER IN THE NIGHT

Smores for later

I kept all the Smores supplies on a handy serving tray so I would not be scrambling. It made for a cool display.

 

ENTRANCE & CAMP REGISTRATION

Entrance to the party.

We set up a little play tent at the entrance to “camp” and made a quick and easy sign to welcome the kids.

SIGNS

We made a few easy, simple and quick signs to place around the campground.

NO GIRLS ALLOWED

 

Beware of Bears!

 

SCAVENGER HUNT

We had a quick scavenger hunt for the kids. Of course, we had to wait until it grew dark and gave them flashlights to increase the level of suspense. We personalized the flash lights with their names and it was also party of their goody bag. We took them on a wild goose chase around the backyard using the Compass App on my iPhone!!

MAIN TABLE

Main table

 

CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES PARTY FAVOR

The boys loved it. I gave them each a package before they left. It is delicious homemade, chocolate chip cookies just packed in a clear treat bag that is tied together with raffia. We also made simple tags and wrote on there “Happy Birthday!”.

Chocolate Chip Cookie party favors

GOODY BAGS

Very simple goody bags – brown paper sacks with their names and a few stickers from the Scrapbook section.

Brown paper sack goody bags

 

TABLE SETTING

I used pie pans instead of plates. The kids loved it and it contained their food quite nicely.

Table setting

 

This was a fun party to get together. The kids loved it. A few kids chose to go home that night and a handful stayed the night in a tent overnight. We played Glow-in-the-dark frisbee, kickball, scavenger hunt, roasted marshmallows over a fire and had a fantastic night.

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