One of my business goals this year it to ensure my website is updated with fresh content monthly. I’m kicking off the year with a peek of the rustic camping party I designed for my son last year! The birthday boy joined Cub Scouts at school and learned a lot about nature and surviving in the “wild”. We were faced with an equally fun decision, camping or fishing theme. We finally decided on “Camp Jeremiah”. This party was so much fun to plan and host! So lace up your hiking boots and hit the trails with us!
We decided on earth and fireside inspired tones for the color pallet. We layered in some greenery and woodsy elements to create an fun adventure for the campers. Rachel over at Printed Ink did an amazing job bringing my vision to life with a set of themed printables. A custom sign welcomed campers along with a set of directional arrows to ensure no one lost their way!
I love planning parties and incorporating activities that compliment the theme. The first activity was a “Design Your Own Canoe” station. Before campers were able to brave the “high waters”, they were challenged with designing their own canoes and equipped with a paint palette and a brush. You can find all sorts of unfinished wood items at your local craft store. I purchased these over at Hobby Lobby.
Our family game nights are filled with laughs and board games. Checkers is a household favorite and I thought it would be nice to incorporate as activity for the campers. I set up two custom boards for the guests to enjoy. I painted four sets of bottle caps to serve as checker pieces. This game was pretty popular and I’m thinking adding a third would not have been a bad idea. The games were quite competitive as you can imagine.
It would not be a camping adventure without a few rounds of archery right? How perfect is this custom target board designed by Rachel.
I sent the campers off to hit the trails for a game of “Trail Bingo”. This gave me just enough time to finish roasting the hotdogs. The campers were asked to buddy up and capture images using a mobile device. The first team that filled their card won! You can download a free copy of the printable here. This is a great way to keep the kiddos occupied. You’re welcome!
Photobooths are a signature activity that I incorporate in all of my parties. For this one, I selected a few pieces of fabric to customize a tent that served as the photobooth backdrop and party prop. My hubby whipped up a frame made of wood pieces and we sprayed them with brown spray paint.
I set up a special station for the last activity. I think the campers enjoyed the hike to the “S’more Bar” to pick up their individual kits the most of all. I used clear boxes and . included in a few graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate black bear molds designed by friend at Sunshine Treats. Guests got a kick out of those! We set up our outdoor fire pit for the kids to roast marshmallows and enjoy the best part of camping….S-M-O-R-E-S! I topped off the design with a tribal inspired arrow garland. You can find these in our shop.
I love designing this dessert station!I featured several treats designed by my favorite bakers including a set of forest of cake pops, camp themed cookies, and cupcake toppers. They were the perfect additions to the dessert table. They not only looked amazing, but were absolutely delicious! Samantha of The New York Cakepoppery designed our cake pops to resemble a set of forest trees. How adorable are these? I love the fun element the striped straws added! Carabella Creations designed a beautiful dozen of themed sugar cookies. My favorite was the party logo… she nailed it perfectly! Our cupcakes were topped with loads of fondant fun. Kima’s Konfection’s handcrafted tents, bonfires, and forest trees. I did not think our cupcakes could get any sweeter!
I wrapped up the table design with a custom garland desinged by LilyPaul Designs. I love the rustic and earthy fabric selected for this piece. It was the perfect finish for our table design.
I also made tree garlands and a garland to hang from the chandelier. You can visit my shop to purchase them both.
As the campers departed the campsite, they packed up their brightly colored backpacks with flashlights, water bottles, trail mix jars, along with goodies from the dessert station. The birthday boy loves to read so we included a custom designed bookmark for each camper to use when curling up by the fire with a good book!
I know you are wondering where did we find these adorable shirts! Well my friend Brenda over at Great Stitch can custom design a set for you and your family in any colors or theme! Ordering a shirt for the entire family was the best decision! It saved so much time and allowed me a chance to focus on other details of the party. The design was perfect!
Thank you for reading our “Happy Trail” post! You can download your free copy of the bookmark printable here.
We were thrilled to receive a full feature of this party over on Hostess with the Mostess. If you missed it, please hike over to check out the post
Styling, Custom Tent, Pillows, Tree & Arrow Garlands: Tutus & Bowties Events
Printables: Printed Ink
Cake Pops: The New York Cakepopery Inc
Custom Cookies: Cara Bella Creations by Shauna
Chocolate Favors: Sweet Sunshine Treats
Fabric Garland: Lillypaul Designs
Custom Embroidery: GreatStitch
Cupcake Toppers: Kima’s Konfections
Photography: Fitzsimmons Photography