I’m not a fan of camping. The bugs, the dirty bathrooms, the animals- ick. However, camping out in my own backyard, that sounds like fun! I do enjoy sitting around a campfire with friends, but being able to get away and go to an actual campsite can be challenging. Between schedules, money and resources, it’s sometimes not possible to take a big group camping trip. But, throwing a camping party in your backyard is totally possible! You can have the comforts of home and the excitement of camping in one fun night.
Plan to invite your friends and their children over, and create a fabulous backyard campsite for everyone to enjoy for the evening. Make sure you incorporate these 8 elements while planning your bash.
1. Tents & Seating
Everyone is going to need somewhere to sit. But the seating certainly doesn’t have to be fancy. Camping is not a luxury activity (that’s glamping, FYI). Set up some large tents, or even a large enclosed space on the grass, and put some blankets, cushions and other “make do” seating out. You want the environment to be relaxed and comfortable, with plenty of places for all of your guests to hang out.
2. Bug Spray
As I mentioned, one of the reasons I don’t like camping is because of all the bugs. And if you’re inviting people over to have a good time, you want to make sure they won’t be attacked by pesky little insects. Just have some bug spray available to those who want to use it.
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3. Food For Roasting
Hot dogs, marshmallows, anything you can roast, your guests (especially the kids) will love it. You can find inexpensive skewers online or at a grocery store, and since people can share them, you don’t need a lot. Just make sure that you have a safe place to start a fire, otherwise the fire department might make an unexpected visit!
4. Campfire Songs
If you’ve got musical talent, or musically inclined friends, break out some “Kumbaya.” Gather around the campfire, take out the guitar and sing some songs. It’ll be fun and entertaining, plus, it will help take your mind off of the realities of everyday life for awhile. Use this as a chance to encourage your children to squeeze in some guitar practice.
5. Board Games
So that your guests don’t get bored, set out some board games. Even a few decks of cards are fine. Have games available for both children and adults, so that everyone can enjoy the night. Games that everyone can play together are great!
When it gets dark, hang some lanterns up for a calming camping vibe. People can always use them to find their way to the bathroom (you don’t want people going in your backyard!). Turn off all the lights in your backyard to really set the camping mood. You can set out flashlights for the kids who are too young to carry a lantern.
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7. Scavenger Hunt
Create a fun scavenger hunt for the kids to play together before the sun goes down. It will be a great way for them to work on team building skills, make new friends and maybe even learn something new! This activity will teach your children to appreciate nature and better understand the importance of caring for our planet. You can also step things up a notch and do a “glow in the dark” scavenger hunt that everyone can participate in when it gets dark.
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8. Adult Beverages
Some people like their camping with a side of alcohol. There’s nothing wrong with that. Even if you don’t drink, it’s nice to have some beer available for your adult guests who do. Just make sure they don’t sit too close to the fire, or wander off down the street alone. Remind them that moderation is key.