Party Inspiration: Planning a Birthday Camping Trip

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camping trip birthday inspiration My little guy’s 3rd birthday is coming up, and we’re planning an overnight family camping trip to celebrate. Inspired by Paper and Parcel’s Pow Wow invite, the party vibe I’ve pulled together is a little bit Wilderness Explorer, a little bit Boy Scout, and a lot of simplicity. We’re foregoing the fuss, leaving the extras at home, and making an escape into the wild (well… sort of—a toddler still needs a bathroom nearby!). Take a peek at my inspiration for our wilderness getaway, along with some of the fun details that we’ll pack along to keep things in the birthday spirit.

Setting the Scene: Our camping spot is right on the lake, making it perfect for fishing or—even better—fish-themed birthday favors. I love the idea of chocolate fish bunched together and hanging from bakers twine around the campsite. It keeps things feeling playful and rustic without the live bait. I’m also planning on incorporating these copper wire light strands from Terrain. They’re simple to use, battery operated, and look beautiful wound inside metal lanterns.

Clockwise from top left (above): Photo via klm photography // Sardine favors via Martha Stewart // Image via Terrain // Image via Oh Lovely Day

LED light strands make a toddler-friendly campfire. Image and lights via Terrain

camping trip birthday ideas

The Details: A handful of wilderness-themed details will complete the natural vibe. I’ve planned paper merit badges as rewards for our nature scavenger hunt along with compasses and pint-sized canteen favors for day hikes around the park. My absolute favorite detail? Skipping stone pouches: muslin bags filled with smooth river rocks for tossing into the lake.

Clockwise from top left (above): Merit badge kit and image via Nice package on Etsy // Compass via Weddingstar // Muslin bag via Ruffled // River rock image via Pinterest // Canteen image via Hostess with the Mostess

The Extras: It wouldn’t be camping without a couple of survival manuals. We’ll also taking these on our birthday trip:
• To warn Luke about the prospect of adopting wildlife: This Moose Belongs to Me
• For the perfect scavenger hunt notes: Minted’s Moonrise Adventure Notebook
• For our family who thinks camping is risky business: How to Stay Alive in the Woods

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