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An Awesome Outdoor Camping Birthday Party

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Is there anything more fun and laid back than celebrating with an outdoor camping themed birthday party?  Sara, of The Homespun Hostess, threw just such a party for her oldest son’s ninth birthday. We’ll walk you through the nature-inspired decorations, including a hot dog roast, s’mores station and all of the accompanying old-fashioned fun!  The gorgeous party photos were taken by Maggie Russo Photo.

Awesome Camping Birthday Party

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How do you throw a camping themed birthday party?  Simple!  Invite friends and family over. Add a backyard bonfire.  Provide plenty of camping themed food and desserts.  Have fun!

Boys Outdoor Camping Birthday Party Invitation

Sara invited her guests to “Camp Tyler” via darling printable invitations, which she designed.

Boys Outdoor Camping Birthday Party Welcome Sign


Guests were greeted on the porch by a “welcome campers” sign.  I love the marshmallow roaster—what a creative touch!  Apple baskets were filled with water thermos bottles, definitely a camping (and party) must-have.

Out back, a tent was in place with festive pennant flags to set the camp party scene.

Boys Outdoor Camping Birthday Party Table

A dessert bar was readied on a plaid fabric-covered table against the back of the house.  A “Camp Tyler” banner hung from the siding.

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Guests were treated to a s’mores building station, created by using a triple-tiered stand filled with all the fixins’ for those favored marshmallow + chocolate + graham cracker treats!

Boys Outdoor camping Birthday Party Cake Ideas

Because you can never have enough treats, Sara also displayed a Texas chocolate cake and s’mores brownie pops, both made by Little Miss Sweet Tooth.  How cute is that mini camping scene on top of the cake?

Boys Outdoor Camping Birthday Party Desserts

Cupcakes were party ready with printable camp themed toppers.  Macaroons were also on hand to curb guests’ hankering for something sweet!

I love how the scattered pinecones, fire burned log, and lantern helped bring an outdoorsy camping vibe to the display.

Boys Outdoor Camping Birthday Party Food Ideas

Boys Outdoor Camping Birthday Party Desserts food Ideas

Camp food is the best, isn’t it? Sara set up an amazing array of food for guests to nibble. Trail mix cones, campfire chili, and plenty of dogs and condiments are great for a backyard weenie roast.

Boys Outdoor camping Birthday party Activities


Guests kept busy roasting marshmallows, competing against each other in a nature hunt and playing flashlight tag.

This is just the kind of summer party that invites laughter and laid back satisfaction!  S’mores anyone?

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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.