What better way to bring the outdoors in than with a camping-themed sleepover? We used colors and textures inspired by nature and added simple DIY touches like faux fire logs made with corrugated cardboard for a birthday party experience no one can forget.
Our creative take on the Let’s Go Camping theme was designed to be cute without looking too sweet. We integrated easy decor tricks and affordable accents (which you may already own) into the products available in our Party Pack to mix up the look and personalize the celebration. Red tin cups and orange utensils set on activity place mats make kids more inclined to fill up.
Tin table settings add color to the tableau, while centerpieces of corrugated cardboard rolled to resemble logs come to life when teamed with moss and plastic animal figurines. Click here for the faux-log tutorial!
Let’s Go Camping dessert plates with a compass motif look even better when paired with tin-plate chargers, and tin cups bearing hot chocolate with marshmallows tie the entire theme together.
Looking for an alternative place setting? We cut placemats from kraft paper and painted guest names with a stencil, then added Let’s Go Camping dinner plates and cups with straws. Click here for the tutorial!
Personalized “camp” signs look impressive but are extremely easy to make: Just hammer together two pieces of pre-cut wood (a home-supply store will cut them for free) and paint over a stencil. A store-bought cardboard deer head adds a fantastic touch to the no-sew pennant banner anchoring the dining table. Click here for the easy DIY banner tutorial!
No-sew DIY tents for sleepover guests to slumber beneath do require some extra effort but are less complicated to make than they look. Click here for the tutorial!
A decorative “campfire” of stones, paper crinkles, and corrugated-cardboard “logs” add to the outdoor ambiance.
We made each tent cozier by adding a chalkboard sign that designates the occupant for the night.
The food table is a great opportunity for theme-based decorating, and our easy three-step menu is composed mainly of store-bought food creatively accented and presented with flair. To set the stage, we strung a personalized pennant banner on the wall behind a food table decked out with potted mini trees, camping lanterns, and toy binoculars among food items on various stands.
Cake + Ice Cream + Drink.
Drinks and dessert are all you’re obligated to serve if your fete doesn’t fall during a meal hour. S’more Cupcakes and Pebbled Ice Cream Cups are the perfect pairing for campers, while juice boxes wrapped in wood-grain contact paper and decorated with Let’s Go Camping stickers add to the fun.
If your party falls during mealtime, simply add our meal option for lunch or dinner. We put store-bought chili into plain tin cans wrapped with a layer of corrugated cardboard, then tied bright red spoons to the cans with twine. Ready-made cornbread was placed in an iron skillet lined with a checkered dishtowel and labeled with a cheerful printable.
Round out the full menu (or bulk up drinks and dessert) with store-bought treats that are presented so well they could pass for decor!
- Dot cellophane bags with stickers, fill with trail mix, add red striped straws, then tie with jute twine. (Label with a printable so guests know what they’re getting!)
- Fill an industrial-sized can with gummy worms and another with crackers, then add a sign announcing the lot has “Gone Fishing.”
Keeping kids occupied is a must for all birthday parties, but at sleepovers in particular you’ll want guests to stay focused on one thing at a time. Nature-themed activities tie effortlessly into camping and are a great way to fill time while adding fun to the party.
Let guests get crafty at a terrarium station! We spray painted the tops of Mason jars with chalkboard paint, then labeled each with the name of a guest. Kids fill their jars with potting soil, miniature plants, and plastic animal figurines for a custom keepsake they’ll love creating. Click here for the jar tutorial!
Let’s Go Camping wall decals used for party decorations translate perfectly into props for our Animal Tracking activity. Give kids notepads, pencils, and toy compasses and set them loose to identify as many different animals as they can within a set amount of time. The child who “tracks” the most animals when the timer goes off wins!
Creative favors help make a birthday party memorable. We wrapped rock candy, whistles, stickers, and toy binoculars (used in our Animal Tracking activity) in red bandanas tied around wooden sticks to create survival knapsacks perfect for a camping theme!
Add a personal touch to our standard Let’s Go Camping birthday invitation by including a toy compass labeled with a fun printable, then mailing it in a small box filled with paper crinkles and decorated with critter stickers.
Prefer the convenience of an electronic invitation? This Camping Party Evite invitation is perfect!
Click here to download our Let’s Go Camping free printables!
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