Wilderness Birthday

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We celebrated Maddie’s birthday on the weekend at Great Wolf Lodge! We have been there a couple of times, and always had a blast, so when the topic of birthday plans came up months ago (you know I love to plan ahead) Maddie decided she’d like to celebrate there. I was a little disappointed (I know I’m crazy) not to get to plan an at-home celebration full of wonderful homemade details, but I did come up with a few ideas to personalize the party.

I decided to work with the Great Wolf Lodge camping and wilderness theme to create a few special details for the party. During dinner, we gave all the kids a “Camp Maddie” hat, and lanyard to wear, instead of party hats. They were so cute.

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A friend designed the “Camp Maddie” logo, and I used to tie all the party details together, including decorating the hotel room door. Maddie’s reaction when she saw the door: “wow”. Mommy’s reaction to Maddie’s delight: big smile!

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After dinner Maddie handed out the loot bags to her guests. For the kids we made cute bags, with her “Camp Maddie” logo.

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Inside we had some colouring pages, printed out from the GWL website, here. We added a bundle of crayons. We also found these great moose pencils, that fit our theme perfectly!

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I shared here, the fun moose cookie cutter I found at IKEA. We made moose sugar cookies, and iced them with chocolate icing for the body. For the antlers, I made icing out of maple syrup, and sprinkled with sugar in the raw. The maple flavour was delicious with the chocolate, and fit our theme beautifully.

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We also made some simple Smore Pops. Nothing says camping like smores! We dipped some marshmallows in chocolate, and then in crushed graham crackers. I wrapped them in little cello bags, and tied them with a red ribbon.

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For the adults, we made a mini-loot bag, with just the cookie and smore pop, cause everyone loves a homemade treat!

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We had a wonderful time. There is so much to do at GWL. Of course everyone loved the water park, but the kids also really enjoyed the craft room, and story time. The absolute highlight for the birthday girl though, was going to the kids spa with her girlfriends!

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Sometimes, life really is a party!

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  1. that first picture is hilarious! glad you all had fun

  2. Maddie’s party was so great…gotta love celebrating over a couple of days 🙂 She was such a sweetheart. My girls loved being in on all the action. The little details were adorable. We’re already trying to book for ‘Camp Maddie’ 2012!!

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