Camp S’more -Camping Themed Birthday Party

Camping Themed Birthday Party: Camp S’more birthay party with ideas for a games and activities, homemade decorations, food, s’more buffet, and free printables!
camp s'more camping themed birthday party

Over the weekend we celebrated my daughter Paige’s eighth birthday with a camping themed birthday party. We called it “Camp S’more”, and had an amazing time roasting hotdogs, and making s’mores around a campfire, and enjoying the forest.

Camping Themed Birthday Party

Today I want to share with you all the fun details from our camping themed birthday party. The first thing I did was book a local campground  to use for the day.   It’s really close to where we live, but most of our guests had never been to it and lots said they always wanted to come in and see what it was like.

Paige really wanted to roast marshmallows, and with all the by-laws around campfires, coming here was a great solution. It also provided an amazing forest backdrop, and lots of fun for the kids!

DIY bunting

Camping Themed Birthday Party Decorations

Paige’s favourite colour is aqua, so we decided to use that in all the party decorations.

I sewed some fun bunting flags to decorate the camp ground. We used the same method and pattern that I used for the Father’s Day bunting. I love all the pretty shades, and textures of aqua fabric we found and how nice they looked waving in the breeze at the camp ground.

camping themed birthday party decorations

Along with the bunting, I used the same material to wrap a letter “P” for Paige on our welcome table. I just ripped strips and knotted them together as I wrapped, and I love the rustic look it created.

camping party

It’s always nice to include a picture of the birthday girl.  To make a rustic frame to go with our theme I used some twigs and hot glued them around a picture to create a frame. 

Camp S’More Sign

On our welcome table we had a large camp s’more sign.  To make the sign I spray painted an old board aqua and used twigs to create the letters. It turned out so cute, and was really easy to make.

camp s'more camping themed birthday party

Camp Hats

For party hats, I found white camp hats, and used a sticker to add our camp s’more logo. The kids looked so cute in their camp hats.  Get our free Camp S’more printables here, including the one I used for the hats.

camping themed birthday

On our welcome table we also added a basket of assorted bug sprays -it was a wee bit buggy!

camping party decorations

Camping Themed Birthday Party Table

For the kids food table, we used the picnic table that was at the campsite. I covered all the tables in white table cloths and then layered burlap on top. It added a great campy feel. It is same the burlap I used for my burlap table runner here -the kind for gardening that you can find at Home Depot and for a great price too. 😉 It’s a pretty open weave, but laying over the white worked out great.

camping party tablescape

We used my plastic dollar store white plates on the table.   I have to tell you they were a great investment; reusable, non-breakable, and dish washer safe, not to mention better for the environment. The plates are layered with the cute polka dot napkins, and aqua water bottles. I felt like I carried around a napkin, water bottle cap and straw in my purse for weeks, since aqua can be a bit tricky and I kept having to refer to what I’d already bought to make sure the shades worked together -just part of being a party obsessed mom. 😉

camping themed birthday party water bottles

Personalized Water Bottles

The water bottles were also from the dollar store, and I added the cute camp s’more logo with a sticker -get the free printable here. I made the individual tags with card stock and stamps and tied them on with aqua baker’s twine. I love how all the little details turned out.

camp s'more camping themed birthday table

For the centre piece I found these pretty lanterns.  I like that they are white and I’ll be able to use them a lot, since they could go with anything. My mom did the beautiful flowers for me. I asked her for ferns, to go with our camping theme, and some white flowers. We arranged them in mason jars, and I love how they turned out.

woodland flowers

I tried to create a runner effect with other natural elements. We used some twig and moss balls, pine cones, and birch balls. The birch balls are made by hot gluing birch bark strips to Styrofoam balls. Love how they turned out.

camping themed table

I also spray painted some acorns and pine cones – you know I am obsessed love spray paint! I wanted to add a few more pops of aqua on the table, but still keep the big things that I was re-using or hope to re-use in the future, neutral. It worked out great.

camping party

We used another picnic table as a craft table, and place for adults to eat at. I did the centre piece of lanterns, flowers and natural elements on it also.

camping party centrepiece

There were a few little aqua butterflies tucked in too.

camping party decorations

For one of the other tables I used a upside down old crate to display an antique lantern -actually my Grandma’s old lantern that she used to use at night to go to the barn and do chores, nice to have a little bit of Grandma at the party. 😉 I also displayed these cute squirrels. They started out life as slightly questionable garden ornaments, but after having a little encounter with Mr. Spray Paint they got to fulfill their ornament destiny as centre pieces! Seriously, aren’t they cute?

camping party decorations

Don’t Feed The Bears Sign

The fun detail that the kids liked was our “Don’t Feed The Bears” sign, made with an old board, and a white paint pen. It made everyone giggle.

camping party decorations

Camping Birthday Party Games and Activities

We had a wonderful time at Camp S’more on the weekend for my daughter Paige’s eighth birthday party. I wanted to do a few camping themed activities at the party for all the kids to enjoy. Here’s what I came up with.

Polymer Clay S’more Charm

camping birthday party games and activities

Since our camp name was Camp S’more, I wondered if we could do some kind of s’more themed craft, and I stumbled upon some cute s’mores made out of polymer clay.

Paige isn’t really a jewellery girl, so we made ours into key rings, or back-pack clips, but they could easily be slipped onto a chain and worn as a necklace, like this one I made as an example and wore for the party.

polymer clay s'mores

Polymer Clay S’more Materials:

  • placemat
  • beige polymer clay
  • brown polymer clay
  • white polymer clay
  • rolling pin/dowel
  • toothpick
  • small square cutter
  • jewelry pin
  • wire cutters
  • small plyers
  • jump ring
  • clip
  • toaster oven

How To Make A Polymer Clay S’more

So, here’s how we made them, everyone was given a little placemat to work on. We started out forming the marshmallow, since I found on my own first attempts that if you start with the other components, the tan and brown clay leave residue on the mat, and the white clay picks it up as you try and make your marshmallow.

camping birthday party craft

After the marshmallow the kids used these little dowel rods as rolling pins, and rolled out their graham crackers, then cut them with the mini square cutter and used a tooth pick to make the characteristic line down the middle and small dots. For my first attempt at making them before the party, I used a small cardboard square as a template to help make the graham crackers the same size. I thought this might be a little tricky for our youngest guests. At Michaels I was pleased to discover that they make little cutters for polymer clay. The square one worked out great for the graham cracker and the chocolate square.

how to make a polymer clay s'more

The last part was the chocolate, rolled out and cut the same as the graham crackers and then we used a tooth pick to make lines for the chocolate bar sections.

camping birthday party craft ideas

After all three pieces were done they stacked them together, I cut and added a little jewellery eyepin from Michaels and then I baked them in our toaster oven for 30 min. according to the package instructions. After they cooled I added a little jump ring, and the key chain hooks.

how to make a polymer clay s'more

When they were all finished, we attached them to the loot bags. I love how they turned out, and the kids loved them too.

polymer clay s'more charm

Camping Themed Loot Bags

Inside their loot bags they also had a camping themed book. For the older girls we choose “Cara the Camping Fairy” -Paige and her friends LOVE the Rainbow Magic Fairy books. For some of our younger guests, we found “Curious George goes Camping” and “Caillou Goes Camping”. This is the first time I’ve used books in loot bags and think it’s a great idea. You know you’re giving something that the kids will actually use, and sometimes it’s nice to do one larger thing, instead of a bunch of little things. I’ve heard some reports that the kids really liked them too.

camping birthday party loot bags

We did the s’more craft as soon as everyone arrived which worked out really well, since the kids were still fairly settled down and able to listen to the detailed instructions and it gave us time to bake and cool the clay.

nature scavenger hunt

Scavenger Hunt

After the s’more craft we went on a little scavenger hunt. I made a scavenger hunt list -get all our camp s’more free printables here, and printed it right onto paper sandwich bags.

camp s'more camping themed birthday party

I found out how to print on paper bags over at Oh Happy Day, here’s the scoop. You have to tape shut the bag and bottom flap so your printer doesn’t get jammed, and set your printer to print on thick paper.

how to print on a paper bag how to print on a paper bag

Feed them in one at a time, and once they’re printed remove the tape. I did find the tape a little too sticky, even though it was painters tape, and found reusing it over and over helped.

how to print on a paper bag

One of the items to be found was a cute little paper gnome that we printed from a free printable.

paper gnome

gnome scavenger hunt

Grandma and Grandpa hid them in the woods while I was setting everything else up, and at scavenger hunt time the kids had a great time spotting and collecting them. This was a real hit, and so simple.

nature scavenger hunt

Outdoor Games

The other activities at the party were some games we brought, including badminton, kid’s horse shoes, and croquet, but the kids had the most fun running around and playing with each other, and balancing on a few logs at the edge of the campsite. Of course there was also the hotdog roasting, and s’more making.

camping party s'more buffet
Camping Themed Birthday Party Food Ideas

I’ve been saving the best till last, the food! The idea for a camping themed birthday party came from my daughter wanting a campfire to roast hotdogs and marshmallows, so that’s what we did.

camping themed party hotdog roast

I set up a little buffet for the hotdogs beside the campfire.

camp s'more camping themed birthday party decor

The hotdog buffet included the dogs, and buns and some great toppings. Most of the kids just went for ketchup, but for the rest of us there were some delicious options like fresh chopped tomatoes from my mom’s garden, relish, sauerkraut, pickles, onions and cheese.

camping themed birthday party buffet

I love a good hotdog, and nothing beats one roasted over a campfire.

camping themed birthday party campfire

Along with the hotdogs, we had simple veggies, dip and chips. The individual dip containers worked out really well -they were easy and made sure there was no double dipping. 😉

veggies and dip

I picked up these cute little take-out french fry boxes and served kettle roasted potato chips in them. The individual servings made it really easy for everyone.

camping themed birthday party food

Custom Roasting Sticks

Before the party, I made custom roasting sticks for everyone -which turned out to be one of my favourite little details.

marshmallow roasting sticks

On a trip to the woods I collected some birch bark from the ground and used it to create labels on the sticks.

camping birthday party ideas

I cut the birch bark with a paper punch -which worked really well. Then I stamped on the kid’s name, or Camp S’more, and finished it with some aqua ribbon to tie them into our theme colour.

marshmallow roasting sticks

It worked out really well, everyone had their own stick and they were super cute.

marshmallow roasting sticks

Drinks

We also had a drink table at the party. We offered spring water and pink lemonade.

camping themed birthday party drinks

Since the weather was a little cooler, and fall like, we also had hot chocolate. We made it at home and brought it in some assorted thermos.

party drinks table

This worked out really well, since guest could help themselves and it stayed nice and hot. For the hot chocolate we also had some mini-marshmallows, some store bought and some of the home made ones, and whipped cream! I also really loved the cardboard cups, which came with lids -I found them at A Buck or Two.

camping party hot chocolate station

S’mores Buffet

For dessert we enjoyed the much anticipated S’more Buffet!

s'mores buffet

One of my favourite little details was the marshmallow tree I made with sticks and mini marshmallows as a centrepiece for the table.

how to set up a s'mores buffet

Cookies

I made three kinds of cookies to start with. First was the home made graham crackers -read all about them here, -they really are so much better than store bought!

homemade graham crackers

I also made chocolate chip cookies, and peanut butter cookies. They were all really good.

camping themed party food

The cookies looked so good on top of the Rustic DIY Tree Branch Cake Plates that I made. Love it when a plan comes together (since it really is so rare.)

s'more buffet bar

Marshmallows

We had six kinds of marshmallows! Most of them I found on a cross-boarder shopping trip. There we got the chocolate, chocolate mint, and cinnamon bun. At home I found coconut, and gigantic strawberry.

strawberry marshmallows

I made the home made vanilla -by far the best in my humble opinion.

homemade marshmallows

Admittedly I went a little over board and there were tons left over, but I have to say for the impact it had, and the kids sense that they’d died and gone to heaven it was definitely worth it! And let’s face, over-board is the way we roll around here!

camping themed party food s'more buffet

Chocolate

Of course our s’mores also required chocolate. Why have just plain chocolate when you could have a whole bunch of kinds?

s'more buffet bar

So we had milk chocolate, dark chocolate, chocolate with almonds, mint chocolate, caramel chocolate, and cookies and cream chocolate.

camping themed birthday party

The guests all had a great time, mixing and matching different cookies, marshmallows and chocolate to come up with their own original s’more creations.

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Birthday Cupcakes

They ate so many s’mores that they didn’t have room for cupcakes!

cupcake in a jar

I made cupcakes in a jar, since they’re perfect for camping. The cupcakes are in small mason jars, and tied them with baker’s twine and the sweetest wooden disposable spoons. I found the plain spoons on etsy, and added the polka dots with the eraser end of a pencil and some aqua ink. They turned out so cute.  Inside was a plain vanilla cupcake cut in half and layered with raspberry jam, and aqua coloured icing.

stamped wooden spoons

The cupcakes made a sweet end, to a very sweet day!

camp s'more camping themed birthday party

Camp S’more turned out great, the only problem, it was over too soon!

With a camping themed birthday party, life is really a party!

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6 Comments

  1. LOVE the Smore themed craft…
    You are seriously gifted- especially in the “party” planning area.
    How appropriate…
    🙂

  2. I never thought about trying to feed a paper bag through my printer. What a good idea! You could probably avoid having to tape it if you feed the bottom of the bag into the printer first. You could flip your image upside down before printing it if you are using a graphics program. I’m not sure if you could do that with a word processing program, but you could maybe export your document as a jpeg file and then import it back in and turn that image upside down.

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