Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Happy CAMper Birthday Party!

MY baby. My BABY. My itty, bitty, teeny, tiny baby turned 1 yesterday. Yep. 1 Whole Year Old. I'll save the tears for my pillow, and instead share with you the celebration part. The part that helped this entertaining loving momma look past the fact that we were entertaining because my baby is now a toddler.

Months ago, I was trying to come up with a theme of sorts. I thought the whole "Winter ONEderland" thing was adorable, but probably better suited for a girl. Back to the drawing board, and it dawned on me. Let's have a CAMping party. And it began. I am certainly not the first one to have a camping themed party, because as soon as I started searching I was bombarded with tons of cute ideas. I do believe, as far as the Internet goes, that I was the first person to have a CAMping party though, and that is where my creative intellectual property ends :)

I will warn you. It's time for photo overload. I am going to keep the dialogue to a minimum or this will, seriously, be the longest post in Blogger history.  Please feel free to ask any detail questions in the comments or the FB page!  :)

The Menu
  • CAMping Chili
  • CAMping Corn Chowder
  • Baked Potatoes
  • Potato Bar
  • Fresh Cut Vegetables & Dip
  • Dirt Pudding Cups
  • Dirt Cupcakes
  • S'Mores Bars
  • Ants on a Log
  • Bug Juice (Punch)
  • Canteen Water (Punch)
  • Bottled Water
  • Assorted Beer
  • Coffee

Weekend Prior: All decor and favors were completed
Thursday Prior: Cupcakes were baked
Friday: Chili and Chowder were made and refrigerated.  Dirt cups made and refrigerated.  S'mores Bars made and refrigerated.  Set up was started.
Day of: Cupcakes frosted, punch made, ants on a log made, all food was set up.

Kids received a "hiking bandana" with candy, homemade hot chocolate packets & Play-Doh

Adults received a take out box with homemade hot chocolate packets and homemade trail mix

I couldn't have been happier with how it all turned out.  We had about 50 guests, and just to tell you how big our families are, that accounted for no least that aren't family. :)  We are so fortunate to have had so many people come and celebrate with Cam!

Happy Birthday Baby Boy!!!


  1. Wow! That is an amazing party! I've never seen/heard of a camping party so the idea is new to me. The attention to details paid off- it all looks fabulous. I will have to keep this idea in mind for my Cam too! :)

  2. Happy Birthday Cam! We feel like we know's been fun watching you grow up this past year. Thank you two-Molly and Carl for sharing his milestones with us. Your a spitting image of your father. Too cute. Your mom & dad inspire me in more ways than words could do justice. Your such a lucky boy!! We luv Gibson just like you :)

  3. Wow! So cute. What a lucky little boy!

  4. Oh my goodness! Everything looked so professional and COOOL! Those cupcake wrappers are SO CUTE! Where did you get them? And I need that smores bar recipe STAT! YUM.

    The bandana thing is TOTALLY cute too! It looks like Cam had an amazing time!! =)

    I empathize with you on your little man turning one, I think I will cry when July 5 finally gets here!

    Glad that you're back =) I think I speak for everyone when I say we missed you!!

    Sending you sunshine,

    Rachael @ You Me and Natalie

  5. Perfect, exactly as I expected. Everything looks amazing. What a special day.

  6. wow! what a wonderful party - so many cute and imaginative favors/foods (and so well executed!). Cam looks pretty happy, too ;-) Did you get a pic of him diving into cake?

  7. Amazing! You did such a great job! :)

  8. What a wonderful party theme and execution! Love all the little details and the menu items are perfect.

  9. What a great party!! Everything looked great!! You did an awesome job! :)

  10. looks great! Love the CAMping Idea to tie in your sons name!

  11. Can you tell me where you got all of the cute little signs for the food and goodies???

  12. @anonymous- I made all the signs myself. I just printed everything from home on cardstock and round labels for the take out boxes.


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