Ideas & inspiration for your “One Happy Camper” birthday party!
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If you’re looking for a fun and unique birthday party theme for your little one, the “One Happy Camper” birthday theme is a fun and adventurous option.
This theme is perfect for families who love camping, the outdoors, and adventure and works well for both boys and girls.
Our happy camper turned one this past May. We had a wonderful little party for him, and the theme was a big hit!
In this post, you will find tips and inspiration for planning the perfect One Happy Camper birthday party:
- Party Location
- Party Invites
- One Happy Camper Decorations
- One Happy Camper Shirts/Apparel
- Food & Drink Ideas
- Activities & Games
- Party Favors
Planning the Perfect One Happy Camper Birthday
Where to Have the Party
We had our party at our house. We wanted to be outside because our party was in late spring/early summer. There was a chance of rain in the forecast, so we set up the party in our garage but were able to be outside for most of it.
If you have a backyard or outdoor space, that could be the perfect spot for your party. You could set up tents, a campfire, and other outdoor decorations to create a fun happy camper atmosphere.
If you don’t have an outdoor space to use where you live, you could consider renting a pavilion at a local park or community center that has an outdoor space.
And, of course, having the party inside works too!
There are many cute digital download “one happy camper” birthday invites to choose from on Etsy. I created our invites on Canva.
One Happy Camper Birthday Decor
I am going to share the decor that we used for our party – we went with kind of a neutral woodland theme – and will share some other cute options as well!
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A Few More Decor Options
If you want to make things easy on yourself, consider this decor pack that includes banners, a balloon arch, a monthly milestone photo banner, and a cake topper.
One Happy Camper Party Apparel
Food & Drinks
For food and drink options at your One Happy Camper birthday party, think camping-themed snacks and treats.
We grilled hot dogs and hamburgers and had chips and fruit to go with it. We also had Teddy Grahams, goldfish, and trail mix to fit with the theme.
And of course a s’mores bar with graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate (Hershey’s & Reese’s).
Camping-themed cookies would be a fun idea if you have someone local who makes custom frosted sugar cookies.
For drinks, we just had water and pop, but serving lemonade or iced tea would fit well with the theme.
Cake & Cupcakes
There are so many cute ways to decorate a “One Happy Birthday” cake. I decided to keep it simple and bought a plain white smash cake from my local grocery store (it was only $7!) and then decorated it with a cake topper and woodland figurines.
This customizable cake topper is so adorable if you’re looking for something personalized.
The cupcakes were just as simple – I bought cupcakes with white frosting from our local grocery store and then stuck a graham cracker, Hershey chocolate, and Teddy Graham on top of each one.
A few more “One Happy Camper” food ideas:
One Happy Camper Birthday Tableware
I forgot to get themed plates/napkins/utensils for our party, so we used plain white. But here are some cute ideas if you want to stick with the happy camper theme.
Activities and Games
- Play yard games (cornhole, bocce ball, ladder golf, etc.)
- Have a campfire
- Animal Charades
- Tag/Hide & Seek
- Capture the Flag
- Relay Races
- Nature walk/scavenger hunt
- Nature art – use natural elements like leaves or sand along with traditional art supplies
- Water activities – these reusable water balloons would be fun
We did not buy party favors, but here are some cute ideas if you want to do favors for your party.
Make a Mini S’mores Kit with these cute gift tags
Party Favors for Kids
I hope these ideas have you feeling inspired and excited to plan your One Happy Camper birthday party!
Tag me on Instagram @jettsetterstravel with your party details – I’d love to see them! 🙂