We recently celebrated our son Teddy’s birthday. I love a party and with social distancing still a consideration we needed a party theme that would work for close family but still be fun for him. We had recently planned our Summer vacation camping trip and he was very excited about that, so I thought that it would be a good idea to have an indoor camping birthday party.
In this post I will include a few ideas that we did, some more ideas you could use and some inspiration from my Pinterest board for throwing a fun indoor camping party.
Put up a tent / teepee / homemade fort as your centrepiece for the party. You could have a sleepover in the tent with air beds, sleeping bags and put out camp chairs etc. Decorate the tent with bunting, nature bunting also works well such as pinecones and foliage tied together. Don’t forget to string lots of fairy lights / lanterns up.
Serve up camping style food such as hotdogs, sausage rolls or one pot meals like macaroni cheese. S’mores are a must for a camping party. If like us you’re having a birthday cake you could always give s’mores later or put an alternative in a party bag.
We made party bag s’mores using pretzel sticks and marshmallows dipped in chocolate and chilled in the fridge beforehand.
I have included other food ideas on my Pinterest inspiration board such as campfire or s’more cupcakes.
The birthday cake is always a great centrepiece for the food table. We made ours using malted milk biscuits for the tent but if you’re in the States Graham crackers would be a better biscuit to use. Reeses peanut butter cups and mini marshmallows are also handy for the decoration. The trees were made using green melts from hobbycraft that were drizzled onto a wafer. This was the fiddliest part of the decoration and on reflection wooden trees would have been easier and just as effective. We placed yoghurt raisins around the bottom of the cake for some beading as confectionary pebbles are not easy or cheap to source. The bear schleich animal was a nice touch for our son who is affectionally known as Bear.
We had fun making up these bags. I ordered in bulk from eBay some torches from an outdoors supplier and some karabiner clip compasses. Then I simply photocopied a page out of our road map, cut it out and stuck it to the front of the party bag. Included in there are some sweets and the takeaway s’more.
Do a nature themed scavenger hunt with a reward for finding all the items, a camping themed prize for pass the parcel and pin the tail on the bear!
I do hope you have found some inspiration for throwing an indoor camping theme birthday party and if you have any more ideas please let me know in the comments below.
Please see our other party theme ideas such as
Doc Mcstuffins animal hospital party
Tiger who came to tea birthday