Last year my son wanted a Campout for his 9th birthday. I couldn’t think of a better spot to host it then in our backyard! We had a BBQ, trail map scavenger hunt, silly string war, bon fire, movie outside on a big screen (the back of my neighbors house), popcorn & a build your own trail mix bar. But after so much fun and sugar, it was impossible to get them to sleep…luckily my husband had the honor of camping out with all the boys while I was snug as a bug in a rug in my bed (Smart having it in my backyard, right!) I am sure a few scary stories were told in those tents…priceless party for sure!
Every year we usually have a kids birthday party and a adult birthday party just for family and friends. For the campout party…we just put them both together! Adults came for the bbq & cake, hung out by the bonfire and talked while the kiddos did their scavenger hunt and everyone stayed up for the outdoor movie. When the feature presentation was over the adults went home and the kiddos got all snug in their sleeping bags!
Set up – I hung signs on our backyard fence. I purchased them from Oriental Trading online…cheap but super sturdy! I hung them on the fence with twine. My husband set up 2 tents for the boys to sleep in!