September 23, 2012

Jackson’s ‘Camp-In’ 10th Birthday party

Filed under: Special Occasions — faithscookies @ 8:37 pm


My Son Jackson, just turned 10 years old….still can’t believe he is ‘double digits’, not sure where the past 10 years have gone. For his 10th Birthday party we decided on a ‘Camp-In’ theme. Living in Florida, the weather can be very unpredictable so even though we decided to pitch the tent outdoors, we knew that we could always have the Campers sleep inside if needed. Jackson invited 6 of his friends and his 2 sisters would also be attending the party. The invites were sent and Campers were invited to attend the ‘Camp-In’, bringing their sleeping bags, pillows and toothbrushes!.

I found some great ‘hot cocoa’ flasks and decided to monogram them with each campers first Initial and also create a ‘Camp Survival Kit’ for each camper. I already had the green/brown gable boxes but just added a quick sticker to each one. Each survival kit included:

A Map of Florida, USA, World, or Tampa. (FYI…If you are a AAA member, you can order for free online, up to 12 maps of your choice). Mine arrived about a week after ordering which was great. A flashlight, twinkie, pack of gum, gummy worms in a little container and goldfish crackers. I setup the dinner table with pine cones, a lantern centerpiece and made burlap napkin rings hand stamped with an owl out of IKEA curtains. I also made 2 tablecloths from the same curtains.

I decided to setup the desserts, s’mores table and ‘MESS’ table in our ‘pool table’ room. I placed twinkle lights over the french doors and made a burlap banner to spell out CAMP above the doors. I found some cute vintage camp accessories, such as mini oil lamps, camp stool and a great vintage cake tin at a vintage warehouse in Lakeland and also found a MESS kit at another local shop. I made monogrammed cupcake wrappers with ‘Camp 10′ and ‘J’ and cupcakes with frosting and candy frogs, fish and turtles, peanut butter cookies, swamp trifles, bear paw marshmallow pops and mini double chocolate cookie cakes.

Burlap Banner and twinkle lights

Vintage cake tin


Swamp trifles – Blue berry jelly and cake, vanilla pudding and whipped cream with mini fishing poles with a candy swedish fish attached and peanut butter cookies.

Cupcakes with goldfish, turtle, frog candy toppers and mini chocolate chip cookie cakes with a peanut butter cup baked inside with vanilla frosting.

I baked a double layer cookie cake, the top layer was a double chocolate chip cookie and the bottom layer was a chocolate chip cookie cake. I added mini marshmallows onto pretzel sticks to resemble mini s’mores and made a burlap mini tent and added a candy bear and tree….everyone loved the cake.

Everyone played tackle football outside to burn off some energy. After the pizza and desserts, they played pass the parcel, another favorite game of mine growing up. I wrapped up dollar store items, the ‘whoopie cushions’ were loved by all!!!!. Later on they toasted marshmallows and made s’mores outside on the camp fire. They all drank hot chocolate from their flasks.


Individual s’more kits and telescoping sticks and Camp Ten display with ‘Alligator sighting’ picture and binoculars…..some of the Campers did see a couple in the lake. I added vinyl number ’10′ to white balloons and attached to sticks onto a spray painted wooden pallet.

The next morning I had put together some individual mini cereal boxes in tupperware containers (used as bowls), with a napkin, spoon and apple juice. They also ate fruit and breakfast sandwiches.

A few campers that left a little later did get to play The Chocolate Game….another favorite English game (I needed Cadbury chocolate!). Jackson managed to eat a couple of pieces!
Each camper took home their survival kit, marshmallow toasting sticks and monogrammed flasks.

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