Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A Camping-Themed Birthday Party

I tossed around a few ideas before finally setting on a camping-themed birthday party for Carter.  Even though he's a just little guy, some of his favorite things are playing in our tent and making s'mores (or "'mores" as he calls them).

Decorations were easy-peasy, since almost everything were things I already had.  I used some free printables to make a sign for the door.  (It says, "Camping Party," but you can't read it very well here.)

 In the backyard, we had the firepit, the tent, and a little banner that said, "Camp Carter."

Frank tended the firepit

while Uncle Brian worked the grill.

We had hamburgers, brats, and hotdogs, along with "camp food" like corn on the cob, chips, fruit, and baked beans.  I saw this cute idea where you float plastic bugs in your punch bowl, but my plastic bugs sank!  I guess that made it an even bigger surprise when you got to the bottom of the lemonade and found a bug?  I'll tell myself that, anyway.

 The one idea that did work was the gummy-worm centerpiece.  I couldn't find a tackle box in good enough condition to serve food from, so I bought a little grey pencil case that served as a tackle box.

I made a Dirt Cake for his birthday cake, and I was a little nervous because Carter has never had Dirt Cake. How sad would it be if he didn't like his own birthday cake?!  Fortunately, he loved it!  He was a little unsure about the gummy worms at first, but then he decided those were pretty cool, too.

As we were finishing lunch, it started to sprinkle.  Not good news for the campfire or s'mores.  We got really, really, lucky though, and it turned out to be a brief shower that didn't even extinguish the fire.  Soon, we were headed back outside for s'mores making!

When Carter was ready to unwrap gifts, he got some help from his BFF Jenna and, of course, Jacob, who I might add, spent most of the day telling Carter he didn't like two-year-olds.  Jealous much?!

The best part of the day, though, was just all of us hanging out and having fun together.  For days, the kids had been so excited about playing with all of their grandmas and grandpas and cousins all at once.  And it was no small fete, either, since Gary, Anna, Rachael, Jenna, and Brett had to drive 3.5 hours one way... and 3.5 hours home in the same day.

Carter (and Jacob) loved playing with everyone, and we all just had the best time.

All the fun eventually caught up with the Birthday Boy around mid-afternoon, and he went down for a nap shortly after everyone left.

Carter had a very fun-filled day, and he's a very blessed little two-year-old to have so many family members remember him on his special day!

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