Party of the Month: Trailblazing Bash

Gina Lee, of Redlands, California, created a camping party for her daughter Madeline’s eighth birthday, complete with tents, s’mores, and fireside fun for all.

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Madeline (center) loved that the lawn was covered in tents. Lee and her husband, Chris, built them using two A-frames, plywood, and floral fabric.

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No Boys!

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Scout’s Honor

This sign made sure it was girls only!

felt campfire

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Cute Campfire

A roaring felt centerpiece added cozy — and worry-free — atmosphere. Lee had it made as a decorative party keepsake for Madeline.

kid canteens

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Thirst Quencher

Lee ordered kid canteens from Birthday Express and added ribbon and “8” stickers from

Camping Bingo

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Calling All Gamers

Lee found vintage-inspired bingo cards and cleverly used pebbles for chips.

paper bag lunches

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Grub to Go

Paper bags held a healthy lunch that was easy to tote to the tents and picnic blankets.

girls having leisurely lunch

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Sitting Pretty

The girls took a break from the party games with a leisurely lunch on the lawn.

tent-shaped PB&J sandwiches

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Foodie Fun

Guests nibbled on “kids in blankets” and tent-shaped PB&J sandwiches.

sweet and tangy bug juice

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Super Juice

No campout would be complete without sweet and tangy bug juice. Lee added 7-Up to fruit punch for a fizzy kick.

s'more ingredients

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Sweet Anticipation

That night, the girls toasted s’mores and settled in for a movie under the stars. You can download a printable version of the Nellie*Design s’mores bag tag below.

roasting marshmallows

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Roasting 101

As the sun set, the girls got a lesson in how to toast the perfect marshmallow.

Mini s'mores topped vanilla and chocolate cupcakes

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S’mores Please

Notice a theme? Mini s’mores topped vanilla and chocolate cupcakes.

Canteen Cake

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Canteen Cake

A fondant cake made turning 8 taste great!

felt hair clip souvenirs

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Adventurous Accessories

Each guest was given two felt hair clips as souvenirs.

outdoor essentials goody bag

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Outdoor Essentials

Brown paper bags were decorated with a map of the Sequoia National Forest and filled with a flashlight, trail mix, a bandanna, a cuddly stuffed animal, and a handy compass from Oriental Trading Company.

Originally published in the August 2012 issue of Parents magazine.

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