These camping themed party ideas bring the great outdoors, well indoors! Creating a cute and fun party for you and your guests is easy with these three steps.
There is nothing quite like a fun night with family and friends around the fire pit.
The crackle and pops of the logs on the fire are simply delightful.
As the signs say, “Life may be better around the fire pit,” but sometimes, it’s just as fun to bring the campfire party indoors.
CREATE A MEMORABLE, INDOOR CAMPING THEMED PARTY IN THREE EASY STEPS, WITH THESE CAMPING THEMED PARTY IDEAS:
1. SET UP YOUR CAMPSITE
It’s time to dig deep in your storage bins and get creative, because you likely have a lot of camping themed party decorations literally laying around your house! Let me explain …
This cute plaid table topper is actually a blanket scarf from one of my favorite local boutiques. The colors, reminiscent of a classic Coleman camping lantern, are simply perfect for this theme.
I bet you also have a scarf, pashmina or wrap that would be great to repurpose on this tabletop!
In addition, I raided our Christmas and fall decorations to make the “campsite” extra cozy:
I repurposed miniature Christmas trees to make a big, rustic statement
Cute mini galvanized buckets that I bring out around the holidays are great as serving pieces
Large pinecones which normally I place in bowls and vases around the house in December are another perfect woodsy touch
Black outdoor lanterns that I typically place these on our front porch in the fall are perfect for this tabletop
Beige linen napkins that have been on numerous Thanksgiving tables are great. For this setting, I made them and super cute when rolled with these mini grapevine wreaths that are ideal as napkin rings. Tying the napkins together with a cute plaid ribbon would also work well.
Large wood slices that I use in the fall are also great for this rustic camping themed party
The whimsical marshmallow “bouquets” are an easy and totally adorable addition to the tabletop. I placed a small green styrofoam block in the bottom of a small galvanized pail.
The wooden sticks are actually skewers, I simply pierced each marshmallow with one and stuck them into the styrofoam blocks. I covered the styrofoam blocks with green moss and pine greens.
The marshmallow “bouquets” add height to the table, as well as serve a practical purpose. Score!
2. GATHER AROUND THE CAMPFIRE
At the center of our table is the “campfire,” a Sterno 20261 S’mores Heat can.
This is a safe and clean-burning fuel made from renewable sources and non-toxic ingredients.
It is specifically formulated for cooking and in particular, s’mores!
PRO TIP: Traditional Sterno heat cans cannot be used for this purpose. They are NOT safe for this use.
Since this is an interactive buffet, I’ve broken up the chocolate and graham crackers into individual servings for our campers.
Tonight, we’re going traditional with the classic Hershey milk chocolate bar.
There are endless options to choose from including dark chocolate, chocolate with almonds, or even white chocolate.
Mix it up with your family’s favorites and make it your own!
In addition, to the usual S’mores, we put an adults only, deconstructed version on our menu. This boozy s’mores fondue is perfect for mom and dad to share, after your little happy campers have gone to bed. Obviously, you can omit the whiskey to make it kid friendly … but we sure didn’t!
3. MAKE A BOOZY S’MORES FONDUE
- 2 cups chopped quality dark chocolate
- 1/3 cup whipping cream
- 1/4 cup whiskey
- 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
- Large marshmallows, for toasting
Heat a double boiler (you can also place a metal bowl over a sauce pan filled with water) over medium-low heat.
Add the chocolate and cream, and stir until melted. Stir in the whiskey.
Pour the chocolate sauce into a bowl. Place the graham cracker crumbs in a small bowl. (Recipe courtesy: Cooking Channel).
Oh so good and oh so cute!
We served the Boozy S’mores fondue in a glass custard dish, placed inside an adorable galvanized pail!
To get this finely crushed mix, place whole graham crackers in a Zip-loc bag and roll over them with a rolling pin.
It also makes it easy to pour into a serving dish, without creating a mess.
Toast the marshmallows over the flame.
Dip the marshmallows into the chocolate sauce, and then into the graham cracker crumbs.
3. SING THE NIGHT AWAY
One thing we’ve learned from years of event planning is that great music sets the mood.
The guitar is the classic campfire instrument of choice.
While you may not have a guitar handy or someone who knows how to play it, you’ve likely got a way to create a playlist.
Here are some classic campfire songs you’ll want to be sure to include on your mix:
American Pie (Don McClean)
Sweet Caroline (Neil Diamond)
Danny’s Song (Loggins and Messina)
Good/Riddance/Time of Your Life (Green Day)
If I Had a Million Dollars (Barenaked Ladies)
Every Rose Has Its Thorn (Poison)
Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison)
Free Fallin’ (Tom Petty)
Stand By Me (Ben E. King)
THIS IDEA IS GREAT FOR:
A camping birthday party
S’mores bar station
A unique wedding dessert bar idea
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