camp Cole birthday party part II

So yesterday I shared part I of my little boy’s camp birthday party, including all the games and festivities, and today I’m sharing more party decorations including a few treats from the CAMP COLE Snack Shack. {All camp printable party supplies are available in the shoppe: invitation, thank you notes, printable party supplies, camp t-shirts}

I just loved my little tent and campfire napkin wrappers!

Our tree house was adorned with a Welcome To Camp Cole sign,

and all guests received a monogrammed ”I survived CAMP COLE” t-shirt upon arrival. {Personalized t-shirts are available from Sew Jewell on Etsy!}

We had so much fun that day… even though it was close to 98 degrees! Ugh! Make sure you hop over and see all the games and activities in the part I post and you can find all the printable camp party supplies in the shoppe, all of which can be personalized for your little camper! {camp party invitation, thank you notes, printable party supplies, camp t-shirts}

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and CELEBRATE! Happy Friday!

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camp Cole birthday party part I

My little boy just turned six. SIX! Oh my, it gives me heart palpitations just thinking about how much he’s grown. And this year for his birthday he wanted a camp party {All camp printable party supplies are available in the shoppe: invitation, thank you notes, printable party supplies, camp t-shirts}. My fabulous hubby built the boys a tree house last summer and we thought it was high time it got lots of use!

So you may remember that last year my oldest son’s Robot birthday party was in the middle of a monsoon… yes, it was that bad! Well, this year we had the worst storm of the season with 80 mile-an-hour straight line winds the night of our camp party. I know what you’re thinking… it doesn’t look bad in this picture?! Well, that is because this year I took my own advice and had a “rain date” on the invite. So we celebrated a day later than we planned… no biggie… at least we were dry. It was 98 degrees so we were a bit sweaty and couldn’t bring ourselves to light the fire for the s’ mores, but we were dry.

Moral of this story… be flexible moms and just have fun! {grin}

So there were games, lots of games. One legged races, Twister,

archery (NERF of course… and with his brother teasing him behind the balloon targets…), shooting gallery (NERF again), bean bag toss, and more.

And if you have party games, you must have awards. We had awards for every field game event, plus for being a good team player, best smile, awesome camper and on and on. No one was left out and the moms tell me they were a big hit!

Here’s my tutorial for making the crepe paper award medals and you can find the rounds, along with the game signs and all camp printable party supplies are available in the shoppe: invitation, thank you notes, printable party supplies, camp t-shirts}.

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing the camp party decorations and more camp party ideas including the CAMP COLE Snack Shack! As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and CELEBRATE!

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camp cupcakes ~ skunk tails


So last week was my youngest son’s camp birthday party. I have lots of details to share… lots! But since I don’t have time today to get everything edited I thought I would share a shaky {oops!} shot of his cupcakes. {All camp printable party supplies are available in the shoppe: invitation, thank you notes, printable party supplies, camp t-shirts}.

He got really involved this year, helping me decorate, making decisions. One decision he made was the icing for his cupcakes.

  • Me: “Would you like vanilla or chocolate icing on your cupcakes?”
  • Cole: “Both.”
  • Me: “Okay. Six vanilla cupcakes and six chocolate.”
  • Cole: “No. Half vanilla and half chocolate…” {head cocked sideways like “don’t you get it?”}

So that is exactly what I did and we lovingly called them skunk tail cupcakes. {smirk} All you have to do is spoon equal parts vanilla and chocolate icing into a resealable freezer bag, snip the end off the bag, apply even pressure to both sides and pipe. Super easy!

More to come on his party. And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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camp party: DIY award medals

Pics taken with my iPhone and Camera+ app. Collage made with the PicFrame app.

This Friday is the big “CAMP COLE” birthday party for my little guy and we’re planning a ton of Field Day type activities.  (Part I of the party, Part II of the party.) And what fun would it be if the campers didn’t get to take home a few medals! I have three for each game, plus some extras like “Awesome Camper,” “Best Team Player,” etc. so everyone leaves with at least four metals. {grin}

To make your own you’ll need:

  • rounds from our new campout party collection printables, we can personalized them to read any game or activity your campers will be playing.
  • circle punch
  • crepe paper
  • tape or hot glue

So simple to make, here’s how:

  • fold the crepe in small folds,
  • as you work form it into a circle,
  • tape the center front and back,
  • add the circle topper with hot glue (my preference),
  • add a longer ribbon of crepe so it can hang around the child’s neck (tip: make sure that you attach it in the center and at the top of the circle crepe so that it doesn’t want to weigh forward)

And if you curious as to how the week is going, make sure you follow me on Instagram @thecelebrationshoppe for little updates along the way!

You can also have a look at my “camp party inspiration” board on Pinterest for more ideas! As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create.

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peek: crafting my son’s party

Pics taken with my iPhone and Camera+ app. Collage made with the PicFrame app.

My little guy will be turning six in less than a week and his party is in nine days!  Woo Hoo!

We’ve developed a new line of camp party printables (the invite is in the shoppe and the other items will be soon) and I’m busy planning away. 

The day will be full of camp fare from the CAMP COLE SNACK SHACK and we’re hosting tons of fun activites like potato sack races, tug of war, and archery (with NERF bows of course! I mean, he is only six!)!

Oh, and if you’re wondering why the pic says “Day 20,” thats because I’m photojournaling our summer and yesterday was Day 20. (You can follow our adventures on Instagram at TheCelebrationShoppe.)

As always, I hope your inspired to craft, bake and create! Have a wonderful Thursday!

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camp week party favors

My oldest son’s school is in the midst of camping week at school and I was in charge of a snack. It was the perfect opportunity to create party printables for my campout birthday party collection.

I filled 4″ cello bags with two Keebler Chips Deluxe Rainbow Chocolate Chip cookies and closed the bags with my new campout cello toppers. The little note says “Thanks for visiting CAMP Westview.” They were a huge hit!

The collection isn’t quite ready for the shoppe, but it’s coming very soon!

Happy Friday everyone! And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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real parties: girly camp party

Today’s real party feature is the perfect example of why small birthday parties don’t necessarily mean less exciting. Wendy Updegraff of Wendy Updegraff Photography hosted a small and very special “Camp Bella” birthday party for her little girl and her two besties.

The dessert table is just beautiful and I love that ruffle cake with the feather headpiece inspired by Wendy’s favorite Designer/Artist Lori Marie.

 From favors to

activities, Wendy planned a fabulous evening at Camp Bella.

Wendy posted many more images and details of this lovely party. Including a close up of that fabulous DIY paper campfire (love that!). Hop over to her blog and see! {Thanks again for letting us share Wendy!}

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DIY birthday campsite

I’m excited to have Stephanie Lynn from Under the Table and Dreaming as a guest blogger this morning! 

My oldest has been going through the list of what type of birthday party he wants this year (you may recall, Science was his choice last yearand he’s considered a camping and/or adventure party, among other ideas. I’ve been wanting to use my owl campout invitations for years (we also have a fun great outdoors invitation) so I’m game, but of course I’d have to create an entire set of printables to go with!

And although no decisions on his part yet, I saw this fabulous set of DIY ideas that Stephanie Lynn whipped up last year for her own little one and just had to ask her to share. She turned a normal backyard into an organized and detailed campground for just pennies on the dollar. LOVE it! 

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When planning a party, I love taking a particular theme and creating a space that captures a total experience for all the guests, especially the little ones. Although it takes some pre-planning and prep work, setting the stage for an unforgettable party can be fairly easy and inexpensive… especially if you are willing to get a little creative and put together some projects yourself.

Last year I put together an Outdoor Adventure Party to celebrate my little guys fourth birthday. Once we decided on the theme, I knew immediately that that the backyard was destine to be turned into a mini camping site for the little ones.

I started by drawing up some simple plans for Kid-Sized A-Frame Play Tents. Coming in just under $9 per tent, these little pretend play structures were sure to provide hours of make believe fun, while creating the perfect campsite scene for the party.


Inexpensive furring strips from the lumber store were used to create the frames. It took just a couple of cuts – completely detailed in the online tutorial.

The pieces were then secured together with wood glue and nails and covered with twin size flat sheets – simply stapled to the frame. I made burlap pennant banners to embellish each side of every tent – using an easy no-sew method.

Since every camp site needs a fire I made this one kid friendly. Rocks were used to create the fire ring and logs were than stacked and topped with red and orange tissue paper for the flames.

Camping Park Signs were made to scatter around the yard designating all the different party stations.

Scrap wood was cut to size and painted, then fool proof vinyl was added for the designs. It was an inexpensive way to add a few custom decorations and help add to the whole camp site feel.


To lead guests were they needed to go a wooden directional sign was made and stamped with all the fun areas to visit.


Costing under $2.50 in supplies makes this a fun inexpensive party decoration that you’re able to customize to fit just about any theme. Furring strips from the local hardware store were cut to size using this tutorial. The cut pieces were then assembled, painted and stamped with foam alphabet stamps.

I hope you can use some of these ideas for your next outdoor adventure or imaginary play area! The kids got a kick out of having a campsite all to themselves, especially one just their size!

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For more creative do-it yourself ideas, visit Stephanie Lynn on her blog at Under the Table and Dreaming on facebook  and on twitter!

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summer camp must haves

With summer drawing near I’ve been thinking about summer activities and away camps. Honestly I’m not ready for away camp… I’m having a hard time with my oldest going to full day school next year… I know, I know. I don’t have to tell you moms how hard it is to let go.

Anyway, it still got me to thinking about all the fabulous things I would get them “IF” I were sending them away this year, and here are a few things that made my short list:

  • Pottery Barn Kids toiletry bags - how cool is this?! Let’s face it, the cabins don’t often have bathrooms/showers in them. You have to walk a few hundred yards and this keeps your shampoo, toothbrush, towel, etc. handy!  Plus, you can have it personalized so there is no question who it belongs to.
  • Mabel’s Labels’ Camp Edition - I’m all for labeling everything, even toothbrushes! {wink}
  • Personalization Mall “road trip” lap desk - this would be perfect for my kiddos to write letters home on. I know I will personally want a letter every single day… not that I’ll get it, but at least this little lap desk makes one less excuse they can give me.
  • Pottery Barn hooded beach towels - my oldest has a ton of curly hair so the hood would be super helpful.
  • Carson HU-530 Hawk kid bonoculars on Amazon – you can’t bird watch without them.
  • Tiny Prints summer camp personalized journal – and if my kiddos don’t write every day, maybe they’ll at least write down a little about their daily adventures so I can catch up when they get back home.

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real parties: wilderness camp

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My friend Chris from Celebrations At Home featured a campout birthday party yesterday and I had to share it here. The party was hosted by Lisa of Moore Minutes and every detail was perfectly rustic for a campout in the “real” wilderness!

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I’m starting at the S’mores bar because I love how Lisa pulled this all together. Just look at how she displayed her dessert tags: aged paper and pine cones! Very clever!

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Lisa set the scene with three different stations: S’mores table, main dining area, and

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gift/banner area. 

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Before I go, I have to leave you with a few shots of the favor bags and the boys going on a hike. My boys would LOVE this! Make sure you hop over to see tons more pictures and details in Lisa’s original blog posts: classic campout birthday party and S’mores dessert bar.

And check out our campout  and great outdoor invitations and table decor for even more ideas! Happy Friday everyone!

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