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A Boy’s Camping Themed Birthday Party

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Are you thinking of throwing a camping themed birthday party? Just imagine: the fresh air of the great outdoors, a trail mix station, A-frame style tents, camping food.  What’s not to love?! Cari, of Socially Circled, sure knows how to build a great theme.  Planned for her son and his friend’s fourth birthdays, this celebration is loaded with decorations inspired by the great outdoors. Camp-favorite foods, desserts and activities fuel the party.

Boys Camping Birthday Party


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Boys Camping Themed Birthday Party Banner

Guests are welcomed to “Camp Four” with a super-cute burlap banner strung between trees.  Additionally, a camping sign is hung near mini A-frame tents and a faux fire (safety first!).

Boys Camping Birthday Party

Tables are set simply with outdoor-themed centerpieces filled with…rocks! The place settings are perfect for little guys: paper plates, gingham napkins and stamped wooden cutlery, plus a lil’ camper place marker creatively displayed from a marshmallow. 

Boys Camping Birthday Party Trail Mix Bar

There are so many things I love about this party, but the self-serve trail mix bar is my absolute favorite detail. What a fantastic alternative to sugar loaded treats!  Mason jars are dressed up with customized labels. Guests get to fill them with their favorite trail mix add-ins. Lidded jars are full of options like peanuts, almonds, and sunflower seeds. There are also pretzels, banana chips, M & Ms, raisins, marshmallows and more!

Boys Camping Birthday Party Brown Bag Lunch Station

The brown bag lunch station makes me smile! I love the snack food inspired by nature — “ants on a log” (celery + peanut butter + raisins), bags of goldfish crackers and guests’ choice of peanut butter and jelly or pimento and cheese sandwiches.  In keeping with the simplicity of the “great outdoors”, the menu is painted onto a burlap tablecloth—genius! Beverages are served in metal tubs for easy access.

In addition to the trail mix bar, a sweets table is also part of the outdoor fun.  Cari uses moss to display peanut butter pops and s’more pops. “Dirt” cups and campfire stacks (pretzels) are some of the other clever dessert choices.

Two cakes—one for each birthday boy—are definite dessert table highlights. Each is decorated to look like a camp site, complete with tent and campfire. What incredible works of art!

In addition to totally creative decorations, food and treats, Cari planned plenty of fun party activities.  Camp Four includes finding plastic bugs and snakes on a nature hike, a camp craft (creating birdhouses) and potato sack races.

Boys Camping Themed Birthday Party Favor Ideas

For the trip home, guests are presented with hobo-style knapsacks with camping themed party favors tucked inside.

Have a four-year-old to celebrate? Head to the great outdoors and live it up with a camping themed birthday!

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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.