Get Outdoors-Camping Themed Party Ideas Here!

Let’s talk about camping! It’s kind of a classic American summer tradition don’t you think? Maybe roughing it in a tent isn’t your personal idea of a good time, but I can hardly think of a single kid who isn’t thrilled by the prospect of some outdoor fun.

How about throwing a camping themed party for your next birthday or celebration? Sometimes it can be best to keep it as simple as a fire pit, hot dogs on a stick, and definitely don’t forget those good old fashioned s’mores (I really like this post from Beau Coup on how to keep things easy), but if you want to spice things up a little, I’ve got that covered too.

Click through the gallery for even more great camping themed party ideas below!


  • Tent City 1 of 17

    If you're brave enough to host an overnight campout, and have the yard space to do it, the idea of a field full of tents is dreamy. Think of all the fun the guests will have!

    Inspiration via Beau Coup

  • Table Tent Display 2 of 17

    Down to the starry sky above the tent, this table setting is too darling not to share. Use the mini coolers to hold drinks and condiments, and add lanterns for some extra ambiance. 

    More details here from Baby Bites

  • Campers Invited 3 of 17

    This invite seems exactly right for a camping party! Bonfire, s'mores, and hot dogs? Count me in. 

    Inspiration via The Homespun Hostess

  • Party Favors 4 of 17

    Send your campers home with party favors like individually wrapped s'more kits or trail mix packets. So cute!

    Inspiration via Gina Lee Photography

  • Camp Food 5 of 17

    Need a menu idea? Labeling sandwich rolls"sleeping bags" is clever as can be.

    Inspiration via Jesi Haack Design

  • Welcome Campers! 6 of 17

    Having a "welcome campers" sign seems terribly appropriate, don't you think?

    Inspiration via Crafty Southern Mama

  • More Invite Options 7 of 17

    Personalize these happy camper invites with your own fun details.

    Find them here from Etsy seller Nellie Design

  • Woodsy Decor 8 of 17

    Woodsy decor is easy to come by — simply use what you've got lying around! Pinecones, logs, and tasty treats are all you need. 

    Lots of camping themed party inspiration here from the Homespun Hostess

  • Trail Mix Table! 9 of 17

    This build your own trail mix station is so clever — and easy to put together, too. Have campers fill their own party favor bag with whatever concoction they dream up. 

    Find more details on this fun camping themed party at A Little Savvy Event

  • Build Your Own S’More Station 10 of 17

    Stock a s'mores station with all sorts of sweet toppings and treats, then get your roaster sticks ready!

    Via Shop Sweet Lulu

  • New Item 11 11 of 17

    Using tree stumps around a fire pit practically guarantees a good time. I swear, the simplest ideas are often the best! Those teepees in the background are delightful as well!

    Inspiration via Shop Sweet Lulu

  • Camping Printables? 12 of 17

    Make things as easy as possible with this collection of camp themed printables. Everything from food tags to invitations to a party banner — it's all included!

    Get it here from Simone Made It

  • Dirt Cups 13 of 17

    Keep it grubby by serving individual "dirt" cups full of crushed Oreos and pudding, yum! 

    Find more camp friendly menu and table inspiration here from Vixen Made

  • Classic Canteen 14 of 17

    You can purchase these darling mini-canteens from Oriental Trading here and either make a cute decal to go on top, or leave as is. Your little campers will be thrilled!

    Inspiration via Gina Lee Photography

  • Leaf Rubbings 15 of 17

    Activity idea: Have campers head out on a nature hike to search out cool plants and leaves. Then use the leaves to make rubbings.

    Inspiration via Learn, Create, Love

  • Mini Bow And Arrow 16 of 17

    How about archery? These mini bow and arrows look like a fun (and completely harmless) project to make!

    Details here from All For The Boys

  • Nature Scavenger Hunt 17 of 17

    Scavenger hunts are always a hit at parties. Keep yours outdoors with this nature themed hunt (free printables included!).

    Get it all here from Design Dazzle


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