Special Saturday Post ~ Camping Birthday

Special Saturday Post ~ Camping Birthday

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. The invite: 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...