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Camping Themed Birthday Party…in Neon

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boys birthday party camp-out…indoors? Yup! Jenifer, of hello love designs, didn’t let challenging weather conditions put the kibosh on her son’s camping party wish; she took the party indoors with some great ideas you can try, too. Invitations, decorations, party supplies, even the cake and favors, built on a rustic theme but with a modern twist. No forest greens or bark brown here: neon brights lit up this boy’s eleventh birthday celebration!!

Modern Camping Birthday Party

Jenifer’s home features a stone-fronted fireplace so she had some built-in rustic already and that is where she established the party focal point. Foamcore boards, covered in kraft paper and crisscrossed with florescent flagging tape, capture attention on the mantel.

Modern Camping Birthday Party Decorations

The dimensional trophy buck looks terrific front and center, plus he is a tie-in with the Camp Eleven theme, The Buck Stops Here. A giant metallic “E” for the birthday boy and giant pinecones look great with the neon bright camp lanterns. I like that the twin level dessert table has everything the guys could need for their camp out.


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The birthday cake on a pedestal with simple neon stripes builds on the bright theme. Easy-to-do yourself, kraft paper-wrapped boxes (with more neon tape) are used as serving platforms. Hungry campers discover neon cookies, hit the trail mix, sour neon gummy worms and the party favorite, neon marshmallows, to roast over sterno pots for s’mores.

Modern Camping Birthday Party Dessert Table Ideas

Food spray paint was used to achieve the bright colors. How cool is that?! Notice the cookies, too—aren’t they fun shapes: pinecones, a camp book, lanterns, buck heads, s’mores?

Modern Birthday Party Camping Favors

The lower level of the table holds favor bags and a clever arrangement of neon painted rocks with the message ““Eleven Rocks””. Favors include some good guy ideas: flashlights, survival cord bracelets, Pop Rocks Glow Lollipops and a neon Camp Eleven cookie.

Modern Camping Birthday Party Food

The guest table is also done up in neon bright placemats, plates and cups. Giant confetti dots ramp up party atmosphere where the guys are invited to “make your mark” on the kraft paper background.

Metal buckets are a good way to house the sterno pots for roasting marshmallows.

Graffiti AND fire, all at the same table? You know the guys liked that!

And I like this party, too! Jennifer proves that a mom’s determination will make a way for her son’s party, even when nature doesn’t cooperate!

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Layne Quintanilla

Layne is a boy mom in love. Surrounded by three adventurous little men and her ever patient husband, she's in pursuit of an empty laundry basket, the perfect cup of coffee, and sleep. She blogs, parents, and manages social media while wearing her tiara. You can join her party at My Best Laid Plans and Coupons with Q.