Camping Party Ideas

Calling all happy campers! Report to this camping themed party for a celebration of outdoorsy fun, food and adventure.

  • 01 of 05

    Invite Other Campers

    Group of campers.

    Tent-style invitations are a cute way to ask guests to your camping-themed party. And they are pretty easy to make, too! Simply fold a piece of cardstock (or colored paper of your choice) into the shape of a tent. Print the party details on another sheet of colored paper, and cut it to fit beneath the flaps.

    These can be made in any color combination you like, and embellished with details of your liking, such as a the little camping sign at the top and pieces of twine on the tent flaps. Of course, you can also find a variety of camping-themed invitations from party suppliers. Or you can go with a less traditional approach, such as:

    • A mini flashlight with a tag attached that tells the party details.
    • A piece of cardstock cut into the shape of something associated with camping, such as a sleeping bag, canoe or pine tree.
    • A package that contains the ingredients for smores, with a recipe card that outlines the party plan.
    • A photo of your child inside of a tent.
  • 02 of 05

    Decorate Your Campsite

    Camping Party Ideas: Faux campfire
    Christine Gauvreau

    Transform your party space into a campsite with a few of these ideas:

    • Tents: Whether you pitch a large camping tent in the yard or create your own blanket tee-pees, party guests will enjoy playing inside these camp-inspired structures.
    • Camping gear: Items such as lanterns, flashlights, cast iron pots and aluminum cans are functional pieces that can also be used as decorations for a camping party. A cast iron pan, for instance, adds that rustic charm, but also works as an actual serving piece for your party food.
    • Camping signs: Camping signs can be made from cardboard and paint, and attached to wooden stakes to mark different areas of the party space.
    • Tent place cards: Smaller versions of the tent-style invitation may be used as party table place cards.
    • Faux fire: Build a campfire that is safe enough for a kids party. Just add some “flames” cut from orange paper to a pile of wood. Gather your guests around the faux fire for some campfire songs, word games and storytelling.
  • 03 of 05

    Camping Games and Activities

    Kids playing games on camping trip.

    A few camping games and activities to entertain your little campers include:

    • Fun fishing games.
    • Flashlight tag.
    • Make shadow puppets.
    • Musical sleeping bags (play like musical chairs, using sleeping bags instead of chairs).
    • Relay races, such as potato sack, three legged or wheelbarrow races.
    • Telling ghost stories.
    • A hayride.
    • Hiking.
    • Camping songs sing along.
    • Scavenger hunt.
    • Lantern making.
  • 04 of 05


    Camping party food: S'mores dip
    Christine Gauvreau

    Camping food is traditionally cooked over a fire, so consider serving some food cooked on an outdoor grill or an old-fashioned weenie and marshmallow roast (over an adult-supervised fire). Additional suggestions for camping party food:

    • Smores dip.
    • Smore sundaes: set up an ice cream bar with crumbled graham crackers, chocolate squares and mini marshmallow toppings.
    • Smorepedos.
    • Burgers.
    • Hot dogs, or pigs in a "sleeping bag."
    • Marshmallows.
    • Campfire platters: Arrange grapes as the rocks, pretzel sticks as the wood and cheese or carrot sticks as the flames to create a campfire on a plate.
    • Campfire cupcakes.
    • Any food that can be served on a skewer, such as fruit and cheese ka-bobs or mini meatballs.

    A fun idea is to create a dessert or buffet table where the various foods are set up beneath tents (made from cardstock paper).

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  • 05 of 05


    Camping Party Ideas: s'mores favors
    Christine Gauvreau

    A fun and easy choice for camping party favors is a take-home package of s'mores ingredients. There are many ways to do this, including stacking a chocolate bar and bag of marshmallows atop a box of graham crackers, and tying them together with twine or gingham-check ribbon.

    Mason jars are a pretty way to display unwrapped ingredients, as are clear gift boxes or cellophane wrappers.

    Additional suggestions for camping party favors include:

    • Flashlights
    • Hobo-style treat bags: Wrap treats in bandanas and tie to sticks
    • Lanterns: give out mini lanterns or have kids take home lanterns they made at the party
    • Backpacks