Food List for Backyard Camping Party (DIY Birthday Ideas)

Get ideas for fun and easy food, snack, and drink options for your kid’s next birthday party!

Hello, Happy Campers! Here is a fantastic food list perfect for a backyard camping party with DIY birthday ideas woven in.

When it comes to the camp grub, obviously, you’ll want to choose foods that are kid-friendly and easy to eat.

Some great options include chicken nuggets, wraps, hot dogs, hamburgers, fruit skewers, and s’mores. You can also have a make-your-own trail mix station or a popcorn bar.

Angie gives traditional children’s food favs clever and camp-inspired names.

Party Planning Services

Are you planning an upcoming birthday bash? This Camp-Themed Party works well for girls and boys.

If you want to plan a party but aren’t interested in selecting all the details, get in touch with Angie here!

She is excellent at conceptualizing the overall aesthetic of an event and bringing it to life.

If you are more of a DIY party planner type, let her creativity inspire you.

See her Carnival-Themed Party and read more about her in this interview. Then, see her ideas for a baby shower lunch in this post.

Camping Party Food

Below are classic favorites and creative renditions of delicious party grub your kids will gobble up!

Hamburgers and Hot Dogs

Classic camping food that kids love, and it’s easy to make on the grill or over a campfire.

Grilled Corn

Another classic camping food that’s healthy and delicious. Season it with butter, salt, pepper, or any other spices your kids prefer.

Pigs in a Sleeping Bag

A clever spin on an old favorite, pigs in a blanket, which is a small hot dog or other sausage wrapped up in a pastry wrap.

Campers Sushi

Kid’s highly favored flavor, peanut butter and jelly, but this time in new-fangled roll-up style.

Try this easy campfire ham and cheese bread recipe for another yummy side.

Picnic Chicken

Chicken nuggets, same food, new name. Always kid-approved. Don’t forget the sauces, though!

Firewood Logs

Tie up small piles of firewood pretzels rods for an adorable treat.

Campfire Flames

Angie combined the flame-colored snacks of Doritos and cheese slices to add the warm glow of yellow to the mix!

Forest Berries

A colorful mix of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries is always a festive combo for any party table. Angie added kiwi, too, to complete the look!

Fruit Skewers

Thread chunks of fruit onto skewers. They are a colorful and healthy addition to the table.

Beware of Bears

Crackers in the shape of bears. How can you resist?

Consider Dietary Restrictions

It’s important to recognize dietary restrictions when planning the menu.

Make sure to have options for guests who are vegetarian, gluten-free, or have other dietary restrictions.

Label each dish so that guests know what is in each item.

Dessert Bar

When it comes to desserts, you want creative recipes that fit the camping theme.

Great options include decorated cake, cookies, cupcakes, or dirt pudding cups.

You can also have a make-your-own s’mores station and a fruit kebab station.

Birthday Cake

This can easily be the main dessert event. Angie incorporates a camping chocolate marshmallow-designed cake that complements the table with perfection.

Camping-themed cupcakes

Create camping-themed cupcakes using a decorating kit or by making your own decorations.

Use a camping-themed design like tents, trees, or campfires. You can also add some edible glitter or sprinkles to make them extra special.

Campfire Brownies

Make brownie mix ahead of time, pour it into a cast-iron skillet, and cook it over the campfire or in the oven. Serve it warm with ice cream.

S’mores Station

No camping party is complete without s’mores! Set up a s’mores station with graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate bars.

Angie used a fun 3 tier tray to hold all of the ingredients.

Roast the marshmallows over a campfire, grill, or in the oven, or simply have melted chocolate in a small crockpot for dipping.

Include small bowls filled with toppings like crushed candy bars or sprinkles.

Campfire Cones

Fill sugar cones with mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, and any other toppings your kids like, then wrap them in foil and cook them over the campfire.

Camp Snack Bar

Arrange a fun snack bar with various snacks and treats that the kids can grab throughout the day. 

Bear Tracks Cookies

Create a base of sugar cookie or peanut butter and decorate the tops with chocolate chips or candies to make a bear insignia paw print. So cute!


Pop popcorn over the campfire and serve it in cute paper bags or pre-bag it for little campers to take home.

Caramel Corn

Spread delicious caramel corn on the grazing table as Angie did.

Trail Mix

Create a DIY trail mix bar with nuts, dried fruits, and chocolate chips.

Personalized trail mix bags

Create trail mix bags using brown kraft bags and stickers.

Let each child choose their own mix of nuts, seeds, and dried fruit, and then add a sticker with their name. 

Veggie and Dip Cups

Fill clear plastic cups with cut-up veggies and dip for a healthy snack option.

Display the snacks in baskets, jars, or bowls to create a rustic and natural feel.

Drink Ideas

Personalized water bottles

Create personalized water bottles for each child using waterproof labels.

Use a camping-themed design and add each child’s name.

Not only is this a fun way to add a personal touch to the party, but it also helps to prevent any mix-ups with drinks.

Fruit-Infused Water

Add sliced fruit like strawberries, lemon, and lime to water for a refreshing and healthy drink option. Serve it on tap in a drink dispenser so the kids can help themselves.


Make homemade lemonade and serve it in a large dispenser with lemon slices and fresh mint.

Campfire Cocoa

Make hot cocoa packets ahead of time and serve them with whipped cream and marshmallows.

Camping Theme Party Ideas

To see the entire camping experience that Party Haus designed and styled, check out Theme Ideas for Backyard Camping Party.

It’s full of creativity, party details, and inspiration for your upcoming celebration.

Games and Activities

The little campers are going to arrive with lots of energy, so you’ll need to be prepared!

Coming soon! Lots of fun indoor and outdoor Children’s Party Games and Activities.

Event Planning Services

A Kids Summer Camping Birthday Party is a unique theme party to host.

With creativity and imagination, it will transport your child and their friends to a magical camping adventure!

But there is definitely work involved! If it’s too much for you, call the creative pro, Angie, at Party Haus!

Let Party Haus help you save time, money, and stress in planning your next event! Follow and connect with Angie here!

See her Carnival-Themed Party and read more about her in this interview.

Your kids are going to go wild for this party! Don’t forget to document the day with plenty of photos and videos.

I look forward to hearing about your adventures. Happy Camping!


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