Walker’s No Gift Camping Birthday Party
For a break from our regularly scheduled topics…I bring you “surviving a 5 year old birthday with 15 kids”
Okay, to be clear, I had a TON of help getting ready for this party (THANKS MOM!). And really, what is survival without some serious help?
Since we do a TON of camping, a camping birthday party seemed like the perfect theme. We decided to invite Walker’s entire class so no one got left out. I was counting on some having a conflict so we didn’t end up with 37 5 year olds, and about 15 showed, which was perfect.
Since I’d just spent a ton of time cleaning out his toy room, he didn’t need any more toys, and honestly, I wanted the party to be about his friends, not what his friends were bringing — that’s how WE hang out with our friends, so why not set a precedent? I did put a suggestion on the bottom that kids were welome to bring a well-loved but overgrown book for Walker to donate.
Then I went nuts on pinterest and came up with some phenomenal ideas for food and games. I (of course) forgot to take pictures of most of the food, but it was super simple:
- Pigs in blanket (mini cocktail weinies)
- S’more snack mix (mini marshmallows, golden grahams, and chocolate chips)
- S’more pops – Recipe
- Fruit kabob bar – the kids assembled their own
- Apple juice and water (each cup had a different sticker on it, so the kids could remember which cup was theirs by remembering which sticker they had)
- Cupcakes with dirt and jello worms (these were so realistic they made me almost hurl –kids LOOOVed them)
Then we had a few games. Mom and I set up an obstacle course around the yard.
They started with a driving test. They could choose between the scooter shown, and I also added their motorized tractors.
Then we had a bean bag toss, and finished off the games with the scavenger hunt. I was running out of time, so I ran around the yard with my phone and snapped random pictures of things, uploaded them to snapfish.com, made a collage 4×6 print and had them sent to the nearby Walgreens. It took all of 10 minutes and cost about 3 bucks. The kids decided to do the hunt as individuals and I gave them each a dry erase marker and they crossed the items off right on the photo.
It was a wild success! No idea how I’m topping this next year….