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!
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!
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. :)
Hearing four preschool boys squealing with delight while running around in the dark, with beams from their flashlights lighting up the night sky.
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.
All of the party guests in their new, personalized pj's!!!
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