Backyard Campout Birthday Party Fun!

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To celebrate our boys birthdays this spring we threw a Backyard Campout Birthday Party! It was a fun yet laid back party filled with games, a backyard movie, and two of the coolest campout birthday cakes you’ve ever seen!

Backyard Campout Birthday Party by 3 Little Greenwoods

A huge banner welcomes the campers! Make sure to check back tomorrow to see how the boys helped me make all the party banners. You’ll never guess what they are!

DIY Birthday Banner

DIY Birthday Banner

Our boys were eager to help set up their campsites. Of course, each needed a separate tent for all their buddies to sleep in. Everyone knows that 10 year old boys are too manly to camp out with 7 year olds! :)

Backyard Birthday Party

Backyard Campout Birthday Party by 3 Little Greenwoods

Backyard Campout Birthday Party by 3 Little Greenwoods

Tables to hold the party supplies, presents and cakes were set up on our back deck. It was great to have almost the entire party outside. Thank goodness we had awesome weather!

Flashlights are a must at any campout party. They served as party favors and provided great fun for a game of nighttime hide and seek. I picked these up from Target’s Dollar Spot.

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Once all the party guests arrived, it was time for games! All the game supplies were stashed into a wooden crate to make it easy to grab.

Backyard Campout Birthday Party by 3 Little Greenwoods

campout party

3-legged Races – We used strips of cloth to tie the children’s legs together for this fun game. Boys are all about racing to see how is the fastest!

backyard games

backyard games

“Don’t Drop the Fire Crystal” Race – This game is exactly like the old “egg and spoon” race but we made it way more exciting by creating fire crystals (balled up pieces of red card stock) for the children to carry.

Backyard Campout Birthday Party by 3 Little Greenwoods

Even Princess Tootsie wanted to try! I promise she looked way more coordinated at the beginning of the party. 

Backyard Campout Birthday Party by 3 Little Greenwoods

Backyard Scavenger Hunt – All you need is a paper lunch bag, a marker, and a list of things easily found in your backyard. They loved tearing through the yard collecting items!

Backyard Campout Birthday Party by 3 Little Greenwoods

After everything on the list of checked off, the children choose treasure (pre-filled Easter eggs bought on sale). 😉

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After the games, it was time for a laid back dinner of hotdogs, chips and cake!

Although the boys did agree to a combined birthday party, they were very vocal about having two separate birthday cakes.

Big Boy’s Campfire Birthday Cake was a huge hit! Go {here} to see how I made it!

Campfire Birthday Cake by 3 Little Greenwoods

Campfire Birthday Party by 3 Little Greenwoods

Not to be outdone, Little Boy wanted an entire campsite on his birthday cake! It is filled with a campfire, tent, trees, and even a sweet red bird.

{Click here} for the complete Backyard Campout Cake tutorial.

Backyard Campout Cake by 3 Little Greenwoods

Backyard Campout Cake by 3 Little Greenwoods

Once candles were blown out and the cake was cut, it was time for the real campfire and s’mores.

campout birthday party

The boys thought these super huge marshmallows were awesome! I’m surprised there were any left to roast. Little sneakers! 😉

backyard campout party

After all that fun, it was time to settle down with a movie on the big screen.

Honey attached a side to our tailgating tent to create a big screen for a projector. It worked like a charm and was super cool to watch the movie on a giant screen!

Backyard Campout Birthday Party by 3 Little Greenwoods

Here’s our Sweet Yellow Dog plotting her sneak attack on all the party leftovers, dropped shoes, and other random objects laying around the backyard.

yellow dog

Remember my Garden Varmint post? I can’t wait to show you all the things that went missing the morning after the Campout Birthday Party!

This Backyard Campout Birthday Party was by far our boys favorite! Keeping the party simple with a few games and a easy menu made for a laid back yet fun time for this party planning Mama.

As always, I hope we have inspired you to celebrate with your family!

                       Your comments totally make my day! They give me huge motivation to                    

keep creating and having fun with my 3 Little Greenwoods! 

~ Ashley

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  1. 1

    Suzanne of Simply Suzannes at Home

    Looks like so much fun! Thanks for sharing :0)
    Have a great week,

  2. 3

    This is one of the neatest, and most fun birthday themes I have seen. Such awesome ideas! Thank you bunches for linking up and partying with us, Ashley! Pinning this.

  3. 5

    What a NEAT idea! Love this! Looked like so much fun!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

  4. 7

    This looks like a blast! Having boys can be so fun sometimes! I will have to pin this for when Cole gets older :)

  5. 9

    What a darling party! Love all your ideas and great cake!

  6. 11

    Very, very cool party! And that is the cutest cake!

  7. 13

    What a great idea for a birthday party! The cakes were awesome! It looks like the kids had a blast!!! And maybe once they finally fell asleep the dog had fun nibbling up all the fallen leftovers?! 😛

    • 14

      Hey Sweet Friend!

      That silly dog was probably sick from all the half eaten hotdogs, dropped huge-fungus marshmallows, and pieces of cake she ate! But we love her sneaky self!

  8. 15

    What a cool birthday! That cake is awesome. I’m stopping by from the Tuesday blog hop & I’m a new follower through Bloglovin. I hope your having a great day.

  9. 17

    I love how you kept things simple, but at the same time there were lots of fun details! You really did an amazing job!

    • 18

      Thanks so much! It was a much more laid back kind of party than Tootsie’s Princess Sofia party last summer. Girls are a tad more high maintenance that boys to say the least! 😉

  10. 19

    What a fun party! You really put a lot of time into it!! I love the theme, so perfect for outside and for boys!! :)

  11. 21

    Oh my goodness!! I am SO glad you did this first! Ours will not even be half as cool, but this helps me so much. P.S. Expect lots of panicked, “HELP ME!” messages next week as I try to pull this together! Thanks for all the inspiration, Ashley! :)

    • 22

      I searched all over Pinterest trying to find someone else who had done the campout party theme without getting monogrammed backpacks and having individual tents packs for the campers. My goal was to have a fun party for me and the kids! 😉 Just let me know if you have any questions!

  12. 23

    This is brilliant! This is for sure going to be a theme for a future birthday party for my little boy! I love camping, tents, and sitting around a fire. He already loves being outside and I’m sure he’ll love all of these things when he’s a bit older (he’s six months old now).

    Thanks for the inspiration! I found your post through the BeYoutiful link party.

    • 24

      Yay! So excited you found me. Our boys’ Campout Birthday Party was super fun and they loved celebrating with their friends. Hopping over to ‘see’ you! 😉

      ~ Ashley

  13. 25

    I love love love this theme! Everyone looks like they are having so much fun! You did a great job!

  14. 27

    Are you like the most fun mom EVER?!!! Wow! What a great party and so fun. Pinning to remember for sure!!

    Thanks Ashley for sharing your amazing creativity with us a Project Inspire{d}! I can’t wait to see what you bring to the party on Monday! [hugs]

  15. 30

    Oh my word. This is absolutely adorable! I love a good party with attention to detail, and you’ve certainly got that here. I’m so pinning it for later! :) #projectinspired

  16. 32

    You must be the “cool” mom in your group. This is one amazing party! The tent labels, the cakes, the games, smores, and a big screen movie. You rock! Thanks for linking up to Creative Spark.
    Glenna @ My Paper Craze

    • 33

      Thank you so much! I love the whole party planning process and am just grateful my “too cool” 10 year old agreed to having a combined party with his little brother! 😉

  17. 34

    I shared this darling party on my blog today in the Boy Mom Madness recap!!


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