A Camping Birthday Party Adventure!

It’s an adventurous kind of day on the blog! Today, I’ll be taking you on a tour of Camp Grizzly – an awesome, camping-themed birthday party for 4-year-old Jack, styled by our own Elizabeth Draeger – Cardstore’s senior product manager, and party-planner extraordinaire.

A camping birthday party - complete with sleeping-bag invitations, a scavenger hunt, and a campfire cake! | Cardstore Blog

When she’s planning a party, the first thing Elizabeth focuses on is the invitations. Designing them helps her work through the colors, fonts and general tone of the party, and as long as she stays true to those elements, everything else falls into place.

To get all the little campers excited about coming to Camp Grizzly, Elizabeth created a truly one-of-a-kind invitation. Folded up inside a mini sleeping bag, each camper found a trail map that included all the necessary “registration” information. Both the invitation and the sleeping bag were then nestled into traditional matchboxes, wrapped in craft paper, tied with jute, and topped with a mini stick and marshmallow.

A camping birthday party - complete with sleeping-bag invitations, a scavenger hunt, and a campfire cake! | Cardstore Blog

As each camper arrived, they were given a Camp Grizzly t-shirt and flashlight. Everyone came up with a camp name, like “Fireside Felicity” or “Catfish Colin,” and then wrote it on their outdoor-themed name tag.

On a nearby table, the kids used toothpicks and marshmallows to build model “log” cabins, which Elizabeth said was especially helpful in keeping everyone entertained while the rest of the guests arrived.

A camping birthday party - complete with sleeping-bag invitations, a scavenger hunt, and a campfire cake! | Cardstore Blog

A camping birthday party - complete with sleeping-bag invitations, a scavenger hunt, and a campfire cake! | Cardstore Blog

Once everyone was there, the official list of events kicked off with a scavenger hunt! The kids worked together to find all the items listed, and Elizabeth made sure to include pictures, so even the younger campers could join in on the fun.

A camping birthday party - complete with sleeping-bag invitations, a scavenger hunt, and a campfire cake! | Cardstore Blog

Next up was the awesomely hilarious Cheeseball Toss. All the kids (and even some adults!) paired up. One person put on a shower cap with shaving cream piled on top, while the other stood several feet away and threw cheeseballs at their head. The person with the most cheeseballs stuck to their head at the end of the game was the winner!

After the games, it was time to clean up for some grub. Chicken fingers, cornbread, chili, soup, and salad were on the menu (with camp-inspired names, of course), and after dinner, Jack had a blast blowing out the candles on his campfire cake! (All the tasty food and cake was provided by Marigold Catering.)

A camping birthday party - complete with sleeping-bag invitations, a scavenger hunt, and a campfire cake! | Cardstore Blog

Finally, to finish off the night, all the kids snuggled up in sleeping bags, on lawn chairs, or in tents to watch an outdoor movie.

A camping birthday party - complete with sleeping-bag invitations, a scavenger hunt, and a campfire cake! | Cardstore Blog

Thanks so much to Elizabeth Draeger and Tess Smith for sharing this awesome camping birthday party with us!
All photos courtesy of Tess Smith Photography.

We can’t wait to see what’s in store for Jack’s 5th birthday!

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  1. Catherine says:

    I would like to do something like this for my son’s 8th birthday. Would you share the printables or are they available to purchase?

    • Hi Catherine! The camping party was a featured party that was completely handmade, and unfortunately, none of the product shown is currently for sale. But we will definitely take your interest as feedback and look to introduce camping-themed content on Cardstore.

  2. Mark says:

    Jessica – you made the kids day! Fantastic arrangements made with each aspect been properly carved. Simply loved the idea of invitation cards, infact everything was managed so beautifully. Now, I am eagerly waiting for my baby which is due next month. For sure, the first birthday plan is yours!

  3. What a great party! Saw the comment about none of the printable a being for sale, but hoping you can share how you did the mini marshmallow on a stick?

    • Elizabeth Draeger says:

      Hi Mary! You will be delighted to know that the mini marshmallows on a stick were super easy! I just had my boys help me pick out a bunch of small twigs from our yard (the boys loved helping) and then made sure the tips were freshly snapped off to make them sharper. Just push on a mini marshmallow (like the ones you throw into your hot cocoa) and you are done! So glad you enjoyed the post and liked the party!

  4. Megan Comer says:

    Hi there! What an ADORABLE party as an inspiration for my son’s 4th in January. Can you tell me where you found the flashlights? I can’t find good sized ones at a decent price and was wondering if you could help! Thanks!!!!

    • Elizabeth Draeger says:

      Hi Megan! I had a hard time finding smaller plain flashlights also. In fact, I am trying to recall where I did end up getting them from. I believe that I ordered them on-line in bulk, but my preliminary search is not coming up with anything. I will take a look at my notes and see if I can find where exactly I ordered them from. So sorry that I am not more helpful then this.

    • Elizabeth Draeger says:

      Hi Megan – I was able to find the flashlights that I ordered, but they seem to be sold out right now. Hopefully now that you have the actual product, you may have some luck locating them on another wholesale site. http://www.ckbproducts.com/flashlights-display-p-2049.html

      Best of luck!

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