my happy camper’s one year bash.
This weekend we celebrated Luke’s one year birthday with a camping-themed bash. I want you to know I was only following orders from my husband when he requested that this party be at least as big as Emma’s first birthday was (no second-child syndrome here!). We had about 50 at Emma’s…so I was just going above and beyond to show Andrew I was listening to his request when we had 80+ at Luke’s.
These one year old birthday parties are SO about us, right?
Well here was ours….and it was so much fun to throw. Recipes to follow this week.
You’ll be so impressed at how frugal we were when it came to this party. Andrew found a pallet of wood behind our local grocery store and broke it up to make these signs which we placed around the park.
And the Happy Camper sign below was made from burlap and felt. Probably cost about $5 to make.
Our “Grub” menu included a gourmet sausage and burger bar (including homemade chipotle aioli sauce and a honey beer mustard), salad with raspberries, feta and caramelized walnuts, chips and watermelon.
I made about 250 of them total, with the help of Emma’s neighborhood friends who measured and stirred but mostly just were my quality assurance experts.
Our “Post-hike dessert bar” included:
Part of what was so fun about planning this party was finding all sorts of camping props, including my grandmother’s old camping gear from the 50’s as well as a dear friend’s trailer, which is one of a gazillion adorable props she has for parties.
I’d love to hear from you…any recipe you’d like to see featured so you can give it a go for your next party?