Ellie is actually the only member of our family who has not been camping (ie slept in a tent). When we started coming up with a theme for her birthday party I had some really fun suggestions, but Ellie had her heart set on a camping party. Thankfully my sister and Pinterest helped me with some ideas because I was stuck on what to do.
I was under the impression that hot dogs, which I thought were the universal kid food, are no longer acceptable because no kids I know ever eat them when they come over for a BBQ. But for some reason if you get to cook the hot dogs over a fire pit, they are the most delicious creation on the planet. Luckily I didn't have much planned for the party because cooking dinner took an hour and half in itself. They were seriously happy just to sit around and chat.
After dinner we had a s'more bar and went to play hide and go see in the dark at the park. They probably would have played that for hours too, had I not had to rush everyone back to eat cake and open presents with 30 minutes to spare.
It was such a low-key fun night and I'm so glad we got to celebrate Ellie!!!