Backyard Camping Party Ideas (Fun DIY Birthday)

Get creative with these exceptional children’s backyard camping party ideas, by Party Haus Event Styling of South Florida. Or hire them to create the perfect party for you!

Check out these fun backyard camping party ideas with a DIY tent for your next kids’ summer birthday.

Your children are going to go gaga for this incredible camping-themed party. 

The ideas are imaginative and entertaining, bringing all the classic camping details to life. 

Why You Will Love This Party Theme

A camp party theme is loaded with ideas, directions, and tangents for an amazing and creative celebration. It’s perfect for kids or adults, honestly.

I’ve included Angie’s essential party details for your outdoor camping party. This post will inspire and convince you to try the theme for yourself.

There are many clever routes to incorporate a camp theme into party food, table settings, parting gifts, and decor.

Of course, summer is a perfect time to camp out, but if your party has to be indoors, Party Haus has you covered with ideas for both indoors and outdoors (and a tent to keep you dry!).

Keep reading for ways to decorate the space, lay out the buffet or dessert table, and set the dining table.

Then, read these posts for inspiration about food, snacks, and drinks and what games and activities to include.

Oh, and if you are also planning a shower anytime soon, bookmark these baby shower food ideas.

Planning your Party

Are you planning an upcoming birthday bash? This camp-themed party works well for girls or boys.

For other children’s themes, check out this Backyard Carnival or these Two The Moon party ideas.

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.

Party Decor

​Transforming your backyard into a camping wonderland is a fantastic idea for your child’s birthday celebration. Hosting a backyard campout is a great way to entertain party guests of all ages.

With just a few simple touches, like setting up a small tent, you can create a cozy atmosphere for everyone to enjoy. Adding a big screen for outdoor movies ensures non-stop entertainment.

Gather your party guests and prepare for a great way to celebrate! Below are lots of ideas to incorporate a camp vibe into your home, indoors or out.

Create a Campsite

No camping trip is complete without a base camp and campfire.

Create a central camp setting by placing battery-operated candles or flameless LED tea lights in a circle or using cushions. Or set the mood with an open flame or fire pit at your backyard gathering for roasting marshmallows and telling stories around the campfire.

To keep adding to the scene, surround the area with faux, natural, or stuffed pillows for rocks. Add wood logs or twigs to create a lifelike feel. It’s sure to be an absolute hit with all your happy campers.

Finally, add a few throws, blankets, or cushions around the fire for hanging out.

I love how Party Haus used an adorable stuffed campfire pillow!

Construct a Tent or Teepee

Create a tent or teepee in your home. It will give your party theme cred and a central focal point!

Assemble it with blankets or sheets, or draw one on a huge piece of paper and mount it to the wall.

You can also get an affordable tent or teepee kit that your kids will continue to enjoy after the party.

If using sheets and blankets, drape them over a clothesline or a few poles and secure them with rope or clothespins.

Add some pillows or cushions inside the tent or teepee to create a comfortable and cozy space for the kids to gather.

Angie added a camouflage tent with charming pillows and cozy cushions for seating.

String Camp Lights

Hanging twinkle lights is a fun way to add a magical glow to your campsite.

You can string the lights around the party area or drape them over the seating area to create a cozy and inviting ambiance.

Twinkle lights are available in many shapes, sizes, and colors, so you can select them to coordinate with your party’s color scheme.

Add Natural Decor and Camping-Themed Decorations

When decorating your house for the party, include touches of nature.

For example, pinecones, branches, leaves, or rocks can be used in table settings or as props.

Natural decorations will help create a rustic and authentic camp feel for your party. 

Party Haus included lanterns, benches, and pine trees to impart that camping feeling.  

Setting a Buffet Table 

Arranging the buffet table for your camping party is all about bringing the outdoors inside.

Borrow these tips and some of Angie’s creative ideas to create a unique and rustic spread.

Use Different Heights

When arranging the buffet and dessert table, use different heights to create visual interest.

Use cake stands, tiered trays, wooden crates, or boxes to create different levels for your food items.

This makes the table more visually appealing and easier for your guests to navigate.

Plan a Focal Point

Finally, create a focal point at the table. This can be a birthday cake, a floral centerpiece, or a backdrop, such as this rustic Camp Dylan sign.

This will draw guests’ attention to the table and create a memorable moment for the birthday girl or boy.

Create a Natural Setting

Continue the outdoor theme at your table. You can use items such as rustic props, burlap table runners, and greenery.

This will create a natural vibe that will make your guests feel like they are in the great outdoors.

Party Haus layered their buffet table with plaid tablecloths and camp signs, then layered food and accessories on top.

Angie scattered faux pine trees and woodland animals such as foxes, porcupines, cut logs, miniature flags, tents, and skis throughout the setup. 

Add Personal Touches

To make the table even more striking, add personal touches.

Angie created camp signs, miniature personalized banners, and custom food labels. 

Setting the Dining Table

The dining table is a wonderful place to continue the camp-themed setting.

Use these place-setting ideas to inspire you to create a fun, memorable, and interactive table.

Woodland-Inspired Table Settings

Use earthy tones like brown, green, and beige for your tablecloth, napkins, and plates.

Add some nature with pine cones, pine trees, or acorns to the table. 

Party Haus used rustic paper plates and cute bear face napkins.

DIY Camping-Themed Placemats

Make camping-themed placemats using brown kraft paper and camping-themed stencils.

Let the kids create the placemats using templates of trees, tents, campfires, or animals.

Rustic Utensil Holders

Create silverware holders using mason jars or tin cans.

Wrap the jars or cans with jute twine and add a wooden tag with each child’s name.

Fill the jars or cans with disposable utensils, and you will have a functional and stylish addition to your table.

Another idea is to fold and stitch fabric scraps into a mini sleeping bag, which you can then slide your plastic utensils into.

Camping Party Food

Fueling your happy campers is essential for a successful backyard birthday party.

Serve up classic favorites like hot dogs, burgers, roasted marshmallows, and the irresistible taste of s’mores made with graham crackers.

For a special touch, consider a delicious smore cake. And what’s a movie night without the smell of fresh popped popcorn? Pair it with comforting hot chocolate to keep everyone warm throughout the festivities.

When it comes to food, you want to choose items that are kid-friendly and easy to eat. You can pack individual containers or put out a whole buffet.

Remember to stock up on party essentials like gummy worms, gummy bears, and ingredients for making your own trail mix. And what’s a party without some sweet treats?

Check out food ideas for a backyard camping party for menu ideas, including lunch or dinner, snacks, and dessert.

Discover more sweet treats and camping desserts here.

A grinder salad sandwich would also be the perfect addition!

With these party details in place, your outdoor camping party will surely be a memorable celebration for everyone.

Games and Activities

Setting up your backyard for a DIY birthday bash is a great idea, especially if you’re looking for fun ways to entertain your guests.

Organize activities like a scavenger hunt, sack races, a tent pinata, or fun lawn games. As the evening rolls in, gather around for ghost stories by the campfire.

To cap off the night, set up an outdoor movie screening for some added fun. With these simple yet entertaining ideas, your own backyard will be the perfect location for a memorable celebration.

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

Check out this post to get ideas for lots of fun indoor and outdoor Children’s Party Games and Activities.

Parting Gifts

Send off the cute little guests with some sweet treats. Prepare goody bags filled with goodies and party favors to thank your guests for joining the fun.  

Angie filled a cellophane bag with an adorable “S’more for Later” mix.

She added a cute personalized label and then sealed it with a sweet ribbon.

FAQ

How do you plan a low budget birthday party?

Planning an inexpensive birthday party is totally doable with some creativity and resourcefulness! Start by choosing a simple theme, like a backyard camping party requiring minimal decorations. Utilize items you already have at home for decor, such as blankets, pillows, and string lights. Opt for DIY activities and games. Prepare snacks like hot dogs, popcorn, and s’mores. Finally, make your own invitations and party favors to save on costs.

How do you set up an indoor camping for kids?

Setting up an indoor camping experience for kids is a breeze! Start by clearing a space in your living room to set up tents or build forts using blankets and pillows. Create a cozy space with fairy lights or lanterns to mimic the glow of a campfire. Set out sleeping bags, pillows, and blankets for a comfy night’s sleep.

How can I make my backyard camping fun?

Making your backyard camping fun is easy with a few simple tips! Start by setting up tents or building forts for a cozy sleeping area. Create a campfire atmosphere with a fire pit or string lights. Plan activities like scavenger hunts, sack races, and fun lawn games. Consider setting up an outdoor movie screening under the stars.

How do you make a homemade tent for kids?

To make a homemade tent for kids, you’ll need some bedsheets or large pieces of fabric and something to use as the tent’s frame, like PVC pipes or wooden dowels. First, construct the frame by connecting the pipes or dowels to make a basic A-frame shape. Then, drape the fabric over the frame and secure it with clothespins or binder clips. You can set it up indoors or outdoors and add cushions or blankets inside for comfort.

Event Planning Services

A kid’s 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 Event Styling!

Let Party Haus help you save time, money, and stress when planning your next event! You can follow and connect with Angie here.

And don’t forget to check out her Carnival-Themed Party and read more about her in this interview.

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

Please comment below on how the party goes. I look forward to hearing about your adventures.

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xo,
Cindy

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