For several years I have been wanting to throw a camping party for my boys. We decided 8 was the perfect age for a tent campout. In our new home we back up to a forest space. I knew I wanted to utilize this for a real outdoor camping feel. I set up the main party table with the trees as our backdrop.
For this party package I used wood grains and plaid for a very BOY outdoor feel. I started with this Happy Birthday banner. I love the cute tent images in my boys’ favorite colors. I displayed it on a pallet I stained. I shared earlier this week on Instagram how I did that with vinegar and steel wool!
I found adorable cakes on pinterest I wanted to recreate. You can see the original here. I almost always do cupcakes at the twins’ parties but these were perfect and they could each have their own cake. I used wood slices to create a cake stand making them front and center of the display. In the party package I have included the mini pennants in the full alphabet to create any name. I reduced the size slightly so longer names can fit as well.
Later in the evening we would be watching a movie on a projector. I wanted to let the boys create their own trail mix. My boys are super picky and don’t like traditional trail mix. By creating a trail mix bar each kid could pick their own snacks. Mini galvanized buckets were the perfect container to hold them.
I used the printable cupcake toppers on the front of these mini kraft bags for each boy to fill with their trail mix. Also included in the party package is a printable treat bag topper that says trail mix. You could premake your own trailmix and have them packaged ready to go if a make your own trail mix bar does not fit for you.
These tiered trays are one of my favorite party items I own. I have used them in so many ways. For this camping party they held the party favors. I filled in the extra spaces with pine cones for another natural element on the table.
For the party favors each boy got a flashlight. I put name tags on them so there were no mix ups during the party.
I also created take home s’mores kits so the party fun could continue. These printable treat bag toppers come in 2 sizes. A larger version if you are creating a s’mores mix with mini marshmallows, choc chips, and a graham cereal instead. Another fun take on s’mores.
A closer look at the favors!
One the other side of the table we had all of our s’mores ingredients for our fire later that night. Get creative. Add multiple kinds of candies, various flavors of cookies or crackers, and even several kinds of marshmallows.
The chocolate graham crackers were a big hit!
I wanted to add a little more plaid to the table. I found these fun plaid fabrics at my local craft store. I cut strips and just did a basic slip knot around a strand of 5/8 ribbon to create a garland. Mix and match any fabric you like. Even add burplap strips for another texture.
My dreams of an outdoor party almost came to and end the week of the party. We live in Oregon and May is not always known for reliable weather. We get lots of rain. Of course the weeks on either side of the party were unseasonably warm. The day of the party however was rainy. We put up a pop up tent to cover the tables. The boys could have cared less about the rain. Give them some rubber boots and they were happy.
We were lucky to get a few breaks in the rain to have our fire. They even slept in the tent in the rain!
As each boy arrived at the party they were given these fun wood slice name tags. If you follow me @5mCreations on Instagram you saw me creating these. I used block alphabet rubber stamps to add their names and a leaf stamp for the green.
The boys loved wearing these! This made another item to take home with their party favors.
For food we went simple. Classic hotdogs roasted over the fire, fruit and chips. Between this, trail mix, and cake nobody went hungry!
I love the look of these pie tins from the dollar store for plates. You might remember them from the camping party I posted on the blog a while back.
Hotdogs for everyone!
The pie tins keep everything from spilling off of laps. The mom part of me loves this. And they look so fun!
These lanterns seriously make my heart skip a beat. Aren’t they adorable. Ok maybe I shouldn’t say adorable for a boy’s party. I found them in blue and green and knew they had to make an appearance on the party tables. They come in so many colors.
My other favorite item in this photo is that basket. I went to an estate sale down the street a few months before the party and found this one and the one you may have noticed in the pie tin plate photo. You don’t get much more outdoors than a basket made of twigs. For the napkins inside I printed a sheet of patterned plaid paper (included in the party downloads), cut them 2×4 inches and wrapped them around the rolled napkins and wood silverware, tie with twine and they are complete. I have said this before but I love napkin wraps. They are so easy but make such a big impact.
The last step to our meal was drinks. Since it was an outdoor party I didn’t want to have to deal with a drink dispenser. I dressed up water bottles with these printable water bottle labels. Prefect for the boys to carry around to each activity.
This Camp centerpiece is created using party circles from my printable camping party decor package. I offer several styles of images. For my twins I wanted them each represented with their color of tent. The package comes with Happy Birthday and Happy Camper but personalization with your camp name is always available. Just add the sticks to your favorite container (floral foam in the bottom), cover with crinkle paper, and you are set.
Once dinner was done I got the boys together for a scavenger hunt. You may notice an odd object on our scavenger hunt list. We have a stone alligator that was left by the previous owner who lives in our forest. The boys got a kick out of it. A printable version of this card (without an alligator) is included in the camping birthday party decor package.
The boys had a great time hunting down the objects and checking them off. You could take it a step further if you wanted and give them each a bag to collect items in.
Next was birthday cake! My favorite thing about these cakes was that when you lit the candles you were lighting the fire.
I painted plain generic colored birthday candles with brown and white craft pain to make the logs.
We spent the rest of the evening watching a movie. This was supposed to be outdoors on a projector screen, however the rain and cold had the boys decide on warmth indoors. We ended the night camping out in the big tent in the backyard. Everyone bundled up and made it all the way through the night.
It was such a fun party! Happy Birthday boys! If you create a party using this package be sure to send me photos at email@example.com. I am always looking for parties to feature here on my blog or in my shop.
The camping birthday party printable invitation can be customized to fit your needs. Are you throwing a party for twins or more than 1 child? I can easily add both names to this camping invite. You can find it for sale in my etsy shop.
The full camping birthday party printable decor package includes so many extras! Create your perfect camping party space! Personalization is also available. Find this printable decoration as an instant download in my etsy shop.
Links to products used above:
Happy Camper Shirts: (note-I ordered 2 different colors and the brand and sizing was not the same on each. They shrunk quite a bit after washing.) AMAZON
Wood Pencils: AMAZON
Lanters: (lots of colors available) AMAZON
Trees on cakes: AMAZON
Clear Cello S’mores Bags: (9 x 2 1/2 x 2 1/2) PAPERMART
Galvanized Foor Trays: HOBBY LOBBY
Mini Galvanized Trail Mix Buckets: Target Dollar Spot
Centerpiece Bucket: Target Dollar Spot
3 tier Galvanized Tray:(seasonal) Pick Your Plum
Pie Tins: Dollar Tree
Check out more camping party ideas on my pinterest board.
5M Creations May 25th, 2017
Posted In: Boy Birthday Party
For my littlest guy we created a dinosaur nursery. It is so fun with bright pops of green, orange, and navy. I knew when I did his nursery that I wanted his first birthday party to match. I created this party line with dinosaur silhouettes inspired by some of the art I had in his room.
His smash cake featured this adorable fondant dino. The cake stand is from my daughter’s bake shop party got spray painted navy to fit a boy theme.
These letters sit on top of his bookshelf in his room. I love that they are such a fun bold piece of decor on the table.
I created printable cupcake toppers with a mix of dinosaur silhouettes, happy birthday, and roar in the party colors. I love the look of these cute polka dot cupcake cups. They add so much color to the treats.
Each month I took a photo of my little guy with his stuffed dinosaur in his lime green cloth diaper. A blue frame made it the perfect addition to our dessert table. This party was all about celebrating his first year!
For his high chair I created a mini banner with the printable dinosaur centerpiece circles and a personalized circle with his name from our party decor package. I added a dinosaur bib from Skip Hop and a sweet birthday hat I found at my local party store.
We rented a large community center to host the event. We expected around 75 friends and family. Even though it was a big space I wanted to make sure it was bright and colorful. The polka dot bouquets of balloons at each table were the perfect addition.
Each table had a centerpiece, different photos of our little guy from throughout the year, a painted dinosaur figure, and an activity book I created for the kids. They were able to decorate it with stickers and crayons. Inside was a word search, maze, and more.
Again for the decor I utilized several items from his room. The large M, stuffed dinos, and orange frame filled in the favor table nicely.
One the way out each guest took a favor. Inside was colored sixlets and mini dinosaur figures, topped with our printable treat bag toppers.
There are so many fun elements included in this printable dinosaur party package. Not just for a first birthday. If you need other ages for a ONE banner just send me an email. I am happy to send you another age along with your purchase. Personalization of your child’s name is always an option. You can find it here in my etsy shop.
A matching printable photo invitation is also available. A non photo version is available upon request. Soon I will be offering this package in girl colors. Girls love dinosaurs too!
5M Creations April 18th, 2017
Posted In: Boy Birthday Party
This week I am sharing another customer party. This party package was a custom request by the mom and I love how it turned out. A mix of gray chevron, red and navy, with cute vintage airplanes.
This is a perfect example of how banners can be used in so many ways. I love the use of it to dress up the food table.
How sweet is this airplane cake? The smash cake is always the best part of the first birthday.
This printable airplane party package includes a high chair banner. They are the perfect addition for those great cake photos.
A sweet red toy plane and balloons make a cute centerpiece. Add some coloring pages for the party guests to keep them occupied during the slower times of the party.
Custom signs are always available to match any of our party themes.
Personalized favor tags saying thank you from the birthday boy are a great way to send your guests off.
You can find the matching printable airplane birthday party package and invitation in my etsy shop.
5M Creations February 20th, 2017
Posted In: Boy Birthday Party
For my twins 7th birthday they requested a Rescue Bot party. I had actually avoided this theme for the last 3 years as there is NOTHING available for the theme. They have been in love with them for years and I really wanted to give them the theme they wanted. We did not want grown up transformers. I finally found some art work online and decided to make my own.
I started with a basic Rescue Bots welcome sign. My boys have this on their bedroom door now. This balloon wreath I found on pinterest by Abstract Grace. I love that it can be used for any birthday in the family. It is also able to be customized by changing the colors to fit your theme. It was super easy to assemble.
I knew that I wanted a party table. We are lucky to have a great deck in our backyard. We set up tables for the kids to eat at to keep the mess outdoors. On one end I set up this Rescue Bot display and a gift table. Being outside does not mean you have to skip out on decor. The boys Rescue Bot figures and fire station made a great display.
I wanted the characters front and center on the Resuce Bot cupcake toppers. We went with a light blue starburst background so the bright characters would pop. I added a few logos as well.
For the Rescue Bot Happy Birthday banner I wanted the characters and colors to be bright and bold. I love how it turned out.
For centerpieces my boys had large transformers we placed on the tables. We added some balloons to mason jars filled with paper shreds. What party is complete without balloons?
My boys wanted to play party games at their Rescue Bot Birthday Party. We created a Rescue Bot obstacle course. They had to rescue a stuffed kitten from a tree, race up then slide down the fire station(play structure). run across a ring maze,
Climb through a tunnel,
Shoot the Deceptaconcans with nerf gun,
Use their robot hands to transport a ball, then race back to their team. The kids loved the obstacles. They spent most of the time doing the stations over and over.
My boys also wanted a “pin the” game. The transformer party games I could find did not work for the number of kids I had. I made a large sign and created a transformer logo sticker for each kid to place over the logo on the sign. It worked perfectly.
Last was the always loved pinata. I got this one from www.walmart.com.
Overall it was such a fun party and fairly easy to make happen. The boys had a blast. In my opinion a party where kids can run around outside is the best kind of party.
Because the images used are licensed characters I cannot sell the files in my shop. Lucky for you I am sharing these files that I created for my own personal use FREE. (For Personal Use Only). Not for reproduction, commercial use, or sharing. I hope you have your own awesome Rescue Bot Party. Like always I love seeing customer photos to share on my blog or instagram. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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5M Creations February 14th, 2017
Posted In: Boy Birthday Party