One Happy Camper


After my son turned 7 months old, it hit me that his 1st Birthday was right around the corner!  I immediately began brainstorming ideas for my little summer baby.  One day someone commented that he was a “happy camper”!  And there you have it, THAT was my inspiration!  He IS a happy camper and love the great outdoors.  It turned out to be such a precious party!

When planning a party, I almost always start with the invitation….imageI love the simplicity and all the colors of this one from I Heart to Party!  She kindly customized it for Krewe’s birthday party!  Not only did she design the printable invitations, but a whole collection including thank you cards, food signs, banners, and more.  Using the collection, gave the party fluidity and tied it all together.

After I picked the invitation, the next order of business was finding the perfect tent!  How can you camp without a tent?!  I thought this one from Land of Nod was perfect!image

And of course I had to get the Campfire Set to go with it!imageIt made for the perfect photo opportunity with all the babies!  They went crazy over it!imageOf course Krewe had to dress the party in this personalized t-shirt from Sew Cute Just 4 U and organic camping themed leggings from Paisley Pear Designs.

The food went with the camping theme too!

  • lil smokies (BBQ cocktail weenies)
  • bug bites (pieces of chicken and jalepeno wrapped in bacon)
  • smoked salmon with dill suace
  • rainbow trout (goldfish crackers)
  • live bait (gummy worms)
  • dirt cups (oreo pudding)
  • wild berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
  • campfire flames (Cheetos)
  • veggie tray
  • BLT bites
  • Teddy Grahams
  • sleeping bags (tortilla roll ups)
  • bug juice (See recipe below)
  • campfire cookies
  • canteen water
  • s’mores
  • trail mix
  • and a fabulous campfire cake made by my best friend, Kriss!imageI coverd the tables with burlap and used lots of galvanized metal serving pieces.  I decorated with red lanterns, pinecones, framed pictures, a toy fishing pole, and even a plastic snake!  The tackle box was filled with gummy worms for the “live bait” and I served the “wild berries” in actual berry flats that I found at Hobby Lobby!  I put soft drinks and beer in an old canoe and iced them down!

One of my favorite displays was the bar area where I put the hand painted “Campfire Cookies” and “Bug Juice”!  It was one of the first things that guests saw as they first walked in and I felt it really set the tone.imageI dressed the bar with a plaid tablecloth found at Hobby Lobby.  I hot glued plastic bugs to the beehive shaped drink dispenser and filled it with punch.  To add the extra touch, I used the circle tags from the collection at I Heart to Party to make straw tags and food signs.

BUG JUICE

  • 2 64 oz. Dole Pineapple Juice
  • 1 2 liter Sprite
  • 1 can condensed milk
  • 2 cans frozen limeade
  • Neon green food coloring

I made my own trail mix and served the different kinds in metal buckets with these awesome FREE Printable Lables!  The trail mix bags were handstamped by With Love and Ink!  They also made napkins that said “Camp Krewe”!imageFor Party favors, I found these small colorful flashlights for $1 at Walmart.  Perfect for tiny hands!imageI ordered this highchair banner from Raw Edge Sewing Company , balloon with tassel from Iris Blingtique, and chalkboard sign from Chalk Full of Grace!

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