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A Camping-Inspired Birthday Party Adventure

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Camping Themed Birthday Party

I’m excited to kick off the new week with a CAMPING themed birthday party that just looks like an absolute blast! And that’s exactly what a party is supposed to be, right?!

Desiree from Desiree Spinner Events created such a fun adventure for this birthday boy & his guests at “CAMP LUKE”, where they were greeted with bright green “explorer back packs” (complete with mini binoculars, compass & more!), enjoyed camping-style games, and watched a movie under the stars while chowing down on mini burgers, fries, and adorable camping-themed sugar cookies. There was even a cool custom tent (made by modifying a pop-up tent from Target) and clever “I Survived Camp Luke” tees for kids to take home!

Camping Themed Birthday Party

Read on for lots more FUN images + all the creative party details…

Camping Themed Birthday Party

Camping Themed Birthday Party

Camping Themed Birthday Party

Camping Themed Birthday Party

Camping Themed Birthday Party

Camping Themed Birthday Party

Camping Themed Birthday Party

Camping Themed Birthday Party

Camping Themed Birthday Party

Camping Themed Birthday Party

Camping Themed Birthday Party

Camping Themed Birthday Party

Camping Themed Birthday Party

Camping Themed Birthday Party


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Desiree….

“For this party we purchased a small pop up tent at a local Target and took off all the tenting, then hand-sewed fabric panels and tied & hung each panel to the structure to create a “dreamy feeling” tent.  We put blankets and lanterns down for the kids to play with and also hung wooden shaped stars that I painted with glow in the dark paint.

We ordered back packs from LL Bean in the spring when they are super on sale and filled them with small camping goodies like an explorer hat, a copy of Curious George Goes Camping and binoculars.

When the kids arrived we gave them each an explorer backpack.  We also got two picnic tables and painted them with green chalk paint so the kids could get that camp-out feeling but also draw and have fun with them!

For the movie screening we got a projector and mini folding camping chairs that were on sale at Amazon and put pillows and blankets out. Kids had been encouraged (via the invitation) to bring their own sleeping bags with them.

The colors were brown, dark green and light green and we kept everything in the color palette.  We had camping themed kids music playing and invited Miss Lori from Klub Kidz to come play camping themed games with the kids to wear them out! =) When they wound down to watch the movie (Bernstein Bears go Camping) we served them mini burgers and fries.  The cookies were brought out in a paper bag, along with fondant start topped cupcakes by Delicious Desserts.”

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By |2018-02-12T13:33:13+00:00March 28th, 2011|Kids Birthday, Parties for Boys, Theme Parties|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (8) and Rylie (6). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. Amy March 28, 2011 at 8:02 am

    You so rarely see parties with children having a great time. LOVE this party. Great concept

  2. Sarah @http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com/ March 28, 2011 at 8:12 am

    This is SUCH a great idea! I know a family who would love this and I’m going to send this to them. Thanks for sharing =)

    – Sarah

  3. Libby James March 28, 2011 at 9:18 am

    AYKM! This is insanely adorable. I wish I had been there! SOOO much fun. Love it all!

  4. LC March 28, 2011 at 9:31 am

    WOW, this looks so fun! Great idea!

  5. Mandy of Kini Style March 28, 2011 at 9:32 am

    What an adorable party idea. It looks like it would be fun for almost any age (even my 23 yr old self!) Love the outdoor movie.

  6. Maria March 28, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Love. Love. Love.

    Is there a list of where the favors (flashlight, compass, light sticks,hats, etc) were found?

    And where was the pillow with patches found? I know I’ve seen it somewhere before…

    • Krista Ferns April 12, 2011 at 12:04 pm

      Did you get any leads on where the “patched” pillow can be found? I too MUST have it!!! :)

      [email protected]

  7. Allison March 28, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Love this theme – so cute!!

  8. Ashley Holmgren Events March 28, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Great idea for boys! Looks like everyone had a blast

  9. hena tayeb March 28, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    oh that is so cute. I loved the cookies.

  10. Jareb March 28, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    I am working with a group this summer thanks for the awesome ideas Looks Good

  11. Ron March 28, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Awesome the Boy Scouts will love this

  12. www.monogrammedeverything.com March 29, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Too cute, looks like SOOOOO much fun!!

  13. Jordan - Polkadot Prints March 30, 2011 at 5:48 am

    What a fun theme! Just good ol’ fun!
    Love the blow up movie screen…

  14. Holly March 31, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Very cute, have to do some of your idea’s for sure. Your article was great to come across! Your readers may also enjoy http://100404.site-show.com/. Thank you for posting. Love the patched pillow.

  15. sarah April 8, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Oh my gosh. I love this theme! I just did a search for “camping themed bedroom” because I want to re-do our boys’ bedroom and check out the awesome camping theme baby shower ideas I found: (just fyi: i’m in no way affiliated with this link – I hate when people promote their own stores or blogs on comment forms, I just found it and thought it was pertinent and awesome).

  16. Elaine April 9, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    This looks like an incredibly fun party! I *love* the inflatable movie screen! I think it’s especially cool that you can use this theme even on a budget – as long as you have a backyard and some creativity, you should be good to go!

  17. Krista Ferns April 12, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Yes! Please! Where did the “patched” pillow come from????

  18. Patrick April 19, 2011 at 6:33 am

    Very nice pictures and the party looks great too! Thanks for sharing this.

  19. Sandra April 21, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Wow! The kids looked like they had a great time…Good Job!

  20. mrs. muhammad November 2, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    i luv this im giving my 6yr. old a camp theme party…. i will diff use some of these ideas….. thanx again!!!

  21. Bounce house show low May 30, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Looks like a fun party. We live in show low and people ask all the time for ideas. I like these so I will pass them on

  22. maegen cheramie June 9, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    I am going to try to pull this off for my son’s birthday in August. It will be hot, but I’ll include a swimming hole (pool). I didn’t see anything written about the games and activites. What was the game with balls and the one with hoola hoops and noodles? I NEED to know. Thank you, can’t wait to do this.

  23. Ariana July 10, 2012 at 11:44 am

    What an awesome party!! Camping’s the best. I love all the details you included. The shirts and the party favors are really creative :)
    I pinned the book idea to pinterest, love that for party favors!

  24. Laurel Boettger MacDonald September 14, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    I sincerely want to do a camping theme b-day for my boys, but seriously? each guest gets an LLBean backpack? I suppose they got to take their little camp chairs too? I guess poor people don't know how to party…

    • Joan Littlefield Pearson September 14, 2012 at 11:43 pm

      I can outdo your b-day party gifts with my child's b'day party gifts.

  25. Tracie Caldwell January 10, 2013 at 4:34 am

    You Rock!

  26. Tracie Caldwell January 10, 2013 at 4:34 am

    Thank You :)

  27. Kim May 1, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Where did you find to blow-up movie screen?

  28. Mary May 4, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    I would like to know where to find the inflatable movie screen. This is so cool!

  29. Jennifer Skiles October 21, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    i guess this is how upper middle class kids party haha =P

  30. Luciana Torres December 14, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    I love it!! I wish there was an "affordable version" too… $300-400 on backpacks only? insanely expensive.

  31. Cindy Bassett March 29, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    what was used for movie screen, I so want to do this with our kids clubs at church……this is so awesome

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