This guy just turned 6!!
We have been so busy this summer, that I wasn't going to do a "party" (we were just thinking lunch with the family), but when you have a very excited boy ask about a birthday party 2 weeks before, you figure out a way to throw one together.
We chatted and decided that a bonfire would be a lot of fun. After searching Pinterest for some ideas: This is what I came up with.
Tacos are Kegan's favorite food, so we did "Walking Tacos". Have you ever had them? They were a ton of fun to do, We got the little bags of Doritos and then had taco meat, re-fried beans, chili with beans, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, taco sauce and salsa ready for every one to fill up their bags. I remembered "walking tacos" for camp when I was a kid and remember thinking they were the BEST! And I think I remembered right, because the kiddos loved it!
We had Smore's Trail Mix for snacking!
Of course, I had watermelon - all summer long I have watermelon on hand, it is MY favorite!
The "flames" were cheese puffs,
The "twigs" were pretzel sticks.
The "matches" were also pretzel sticks: I dipped the end in white melting candy (melted white chocolate chips would work too) and rolled in red sprinkles. It was an easy thing to do, but took a while - these were gone minutes after I took the picture!
You can't have a "Bonfire Birthday Party" without S'mores, so we had plenty of marshmallows on hand, I had chocolate & regular graham crackers and Hersey's chocolate bars ready to go!
And every birthday party needs a cake - right?
I found a bunch of pictures of cakes like this and was not sure how to make it, finally I found this < http://showerofroses.blogspot.com/2013/06/a-campfire-cake.html > and was so excited! I just used a store brand chocolate cake and chocolate icing, then followed the rest of her directions - it was actually pretty easy. the most time consuming part was roasting the marshmallows (I just used my gas stove).
*Just a heads up if you want to make this cake, you can probably see that the "flames" are melting a bit. :( I made the cake the day before and then wrapped it up good and left it on the counter above the dishwasher, I think that the heat from the dishwasher melted it some and then it melted more while sitting outside during the party (it was a humid day).
Also, the flames did not taste good, but it looked great - even melted!
We did a couple "games"; one was Glow-In-The-Dark Ring Toss! I put them together with a 1" dowel, cut down to 12" and screwed to a 1x10 select pine (cut down to 9 3/4") I then sanded it and stained it. I used glow sticks for our rings.
Our second game, was a Scavenger Hunt. I made the "labels" above and printed them off on to card-stock paper and glued them to the paper bags. The treasure that the kids had to find was a little 2" "gold" trophy that we found at the dollar store. We had kids from 2 years old to 9 years old, so I asked the older kids help the little kids,but they all ended up looking for their items together! It was cute to watch them!
I also made these tents for the kids to play in at the party. Let's be honest, I saw a picture of them a long time ago and thought they would be cute, but never did it until now - I just needed a good excuse to do it! :) My niece and a few other kids had a picnic by the tents for dinner!
Below is a few other pictures of the party! We had a great time and the Birthday boy loved it! I had a lot of fun on this party and hope that you all enjoy it too!
Thanks for stopping by!
I'm Megan. A wife, a mother of 2 and a home/interior design consultant. I love creating beautiful spaces and beautiful things. Just trying to figure this whole thing out! ;)