Ever dreamed of having a camping party but worried that the weather wouldn’t cooperate? Here are some ideas to help you plan an amazing overnight camp experience either indoors or out.
Camping Party Invitations
Sending great invitations can make your guests feel special before the party even starts. You can either make your own invitations, or find some available for purchase. Here are some ideas for both options.
- Tent Flap Invitations — Make this party invitation by cutting a piece of colored cardstock to 4″x8″. Holding your paper horizontally, fold the top corners to the bottom center to form tent flaps. Glue a piece of white paper containing your party information under the folded area so that it is visible when you open the tent flaps.
- Flashlight Invitations — Flashlights are a camping party essential. A fun idea is to write your party information on a decorative tag and then use a rawhide cord to attach it to a small, colorful flashlight. Send these off in small padded mailing envelopes and have everyone bring them to the party.
**Camping Party Invitation Tips** — If you choose to make your own invitations, don’t forget to include the date, location, and time of your party. It is also helpful to put the host’s name, RSVP by date, and either your phone number or email. If your party is a sleepover, be sure to tell your guests to bring their pjs, sleeping bags, and toothbrushes!
Here are some camp theme invitations we love, available from our friends at Tiny Prints:
Starry Site Invitations
Cute Campground Invitations
Little Tent Invitations
Camping Theme Party Decorations
Have some fun making your family room or backyard into a campsite! Before the guests arrive, set up your tent or tents. If you are using more than one tent, set them in a circle so that they open onto a common “campfire” area. If you are celebrating indoors, you can drape sheets over tables to make a variety of different tents.
- Hang streamers and balloons inside the tents for a festive feel
- Give your camp a fun name and make a sign for your front door saying, “Welcome to Camp Watuwannacallit!”
- Scatter stuffed woodland animals to feel like you are in a forest
- Set up a picnic cooler with drinks
- Hang strings of twinkle lights to look like stars
- Make a “campfire” by covering a touch light with a red scarf and surrounding it with branches
- If available, use a picnic table to serve your food
Here are some great party supplies available from our friends at Birthday Express:
Let’s Go Camping Party Supplies
Camping Theme Favor Box
Personalized Camp Party Banner
Camping Party Activities
Make Some Edible Campfire — A fun activity to try is making an Edible Campfire. For each child, you will need:
- 1 graham cracker
- pretzel sticks
- red frosting
- 1 Hershey’s Kiss
To make the campfire, put a glob of red frosting in the center of a graham cracker base. Stick a Hershey Kiss in the middle of the frosting and you have your fire. Now, build a “log teepee” by breaking up small pretzel sticks and leaning them against each other over the fire to represent the tinder. More frosting can be added on top for a bigger fire. Finally, put the whole thing into your belly!
Design a Walking Stick — Buy a long thick dowel for each of your party guests (available at home improvement stores). Set out paints or colored Sharpie markers and have your campers design their own personalized walking sticks.
Camping Party Games
Wildlife trail — In advance of your camping party, hide a variety of cuddly toys, plastic animals, natural objects (e.g. a shell, pine cone, homemade straw birds’ nest) around the camp area. Split the kids into teams and give each team a list of items to find plus a sack to put them in. The first team to complete the list is the winner.
Bug Bites — Issue each child a strip of stickers and then it’s each bug for himself! The aim of the game is to ‘bite’ someone by placing a sticker on their back without them noticing. At the end of the game the person with the least stickers is declared the champion bug, but the person with the most stickers on their back gets a prize!
Flashlight Tag — When it gets dark, give each child a flashlight and split them into two teams. The aim of the game is to tag as many players as possible from the opposing team by shining a light at them. Once caught, they are taken to base and need to be watched over by a chosen guard. However, they can be rescued by their teammates, so the guard needs to be on the lookout with his flashlight. If the guard spots the rescuers, they too are put in the base camp.
Campfire Stories and Songs — Have your campers make up their own campfire tale by sitting in a circle and asking one person to start the first two sentences of a story. Then have each person build on what has been said by adding his or her own two sentences. Keep going around the circle until the story reaches its invariably zany conclusion!
Shadow Puppets — As your campers head off to bed, send them with their flashlights have them come up with their own creative ideas for shadow puppets. Who can make the most? The most realistic? The silliest? Guaranteed laughs and creativity!
Nothing says campout like campfire cooking. Whether your party is inside or out, there are lots of camp themed menu items to choose from.
- Edible Fire (from activity time)
- Trail Mix (any combination of Nuts, chocolate chips or M+M candies, raisins, Goldfish crackers, mini pretzels, granola clusters, dried fruit, mini marshmallows, or gummies.)
- Fruit Leather
- Hotdogs, baked beans, and potato chips or potato salad
- Chili and cornbread
- Bug Juice (red fruit punch)
- Toasted Marshmallows
- S’Mores (Graham crackers with a piece of chocolate and toasted marshmallow in between)
- Dirt Cups (Cups of chocolate pudding with Oreo crumbles on top and gummy worms stuck inside and peeking out)
Breakfast (For sleepovers):
- Eggs, Bacon, and toast
- French Toast
Camping Party Favors
What should your campers take home from a night at Camp Watuwannacalit? Here are some ideas for camping party favors:
- Water Bottles or Canteens
- Plastic Bugs
- Walking Sticks (from the walking stick activity)
Camping Tools Toys
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