Party Recap

We wanted to celebrate our son's 4th birthday in a big way but also in a more intimate fashion. We invited his three best friends and their dads to an overnight, father-son campout in our backyard. The party was an absolute blast, complete with nature scavenger hunts, flashlight wars, fireside s'mores, a hot-off-the-grill menu, tackle box candy bar, and party favors that included personalized pajamas and miniature flashlights! It was a party we'll never forget!


Party Highlights

  • Desserts

    The birthday boy and friends were served a homemade campfire cake, complete with a fruit roll-up fire, twix logs, gummy bear embers, and sprinkle dirt. A tacklebox candy bar was also devoured, which included tootsie roll "logs," gummy worms, and hershey kiss/Nutter Butter "acorns." Fireside s'mores were also served late night!

  • Party Favors

    Each party guest was given his very own set of personalized pajamas and a miniature flashlight which were tied together with twine and met with glee!

  • Activities / Games

    The boys had a blast participating in a nature scavenger hunt as well as flashlight wars, which went on well-past bedtime. :)

  • Best Moment

    Hearing four preschool boys squealing with delight while running around in the dark, with beams from their flashlights lighting up the night sky.

  • Funniest Moment

    The conversations of preschoolers...and hearing how they excited they were to discover spiders in their tents. Yuck!

  • Most Touching Moment

    Seeing how excited the boys were to see each other first thing in the morning.

  • Best Dressed

    All of the party guests in their new, personalized pj's!!!

  • Budget

    Maybe $400? I was able to save money by gathering items over time, scouring the Target $1 bins, using bedsheets we already had for table cloths, and making as much as I could myself (i.e., the cake; the "Camp Banks" sign; etc.)

  • What People Ate

    A hot-off-the-grill menu of, what else?!, hot dogs and burgers, with all the fixins' and "taters for the tots." Guests were also treated to "flapjacks for the 4-year-old" for breakfast and a fresh fruit bar.

  • What People Drank

    "Spring water" was served with dinner and hot chocolate, served in mason jars with striped straws, was ready to accompany the late-night, fireside s'mores


Party Helpers



  • Lisa F

    Lisa F wrote:

    cute boys!! this must've been expensive....

  • Lisa F

    Lisa F wrote:


  • Lisa F

    Lisa F wrote:

    love the labels on the bottles idea!!

  • Lisa F

    Lisa F wrote:

    this is so cool!

  • Lisa F

    Lisa F wrote:

    omg awesome!!

  • Lisa F

    Lisa F wrote:


  • Lisa F

    Lisa F wrote:

    these are so adorable!!